By Daniel Shayesteh

the home I Left at the back of tells the eye-catching and relocating lifestyles tale of Dr Daniel Shayesteh. Dr Shayesteh was once raised a training Muslim in Iran. whereas learning in Tehran he grew to become concerned with the Iranian Fundamentalist Revolution, and went directly to develop into a number one Muslim baby-kisser and instructor of Islamic spiritual philosophy in northern Iran. within the moment yr after the Revolution, he fell out of style with the Ayatollah Khomeini's political workforce. abducted by means of Khomeini's progressive army, he used to be put on dying row expecting execution. He was once miraculously published and at last escaped to Turkey, the place, via a enterprise courting which went flawed, he got here to understand a bunch of Christians, and during them, Jesus Christ. Dr Shayesteh's tale deals a compelling photograph of existence in Iran after the Revolution. He presents particular insights into the interactions among Iranian tradition and fundamentalist Islam, a devastating critique of the Iranian Revolution, and a caution to the realm approximately radical Islam.

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By John Renard

In gentle of the common public notion of incompatibility among Islam and Christianity, this booklet offers a much-needed ordinary comparability of those nice religion traditions from a wide theological point of view. Award-winning student John Renard illuminates the similarities in addition to the diversities among Islam and Christianity via a transparent exploration of 4 significant dimensions—historical, creedal, institutional, and moral and non secular. all through, the booklet positive factors comparisons among concrete parts reminiscent of creedal statements, prayer texts, and writings from significant theologians and mystics. it is also a word list of technical theological phrases. For western readers particularly, this balanced, authoritative paintings overturns a few universal stereotypes approximately Islam, in particular those who have emerged within the decade on the grounds that September eleven, 2001.

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By Habibur Rehman

The e-book entitled Prophet Muhammad because the Exalted Ruler of Arabian Peninsula is without doubt one of the so much pioneering books on the grounds that little paintings has been performed in regards to the Holy Prophet as a distinct and an exemplary ruler. just a couple of humans comprehend that regardless of being the amazing Ruler of entire of Southern Arabia he had voluntarily set for himself elegant and superhuman goals that have been no longer set by means of any king or monarch at any place on the planet. Human documents show that no emperor or ruler ever undertook a role up to now past human strength with such feeble capability as he did. With greatness of function, smallness of capacity and magnificent effects he created this sort of lasting revolution within the galleries of governing powers which was once no longer obvious ahead of. He set excessive criteria for scuffling with wars, exemplary etiquettes in assembly envoys, followed humble variety in writing letters to kings and monarchs, remained trustworthy in pleasant the stipulations of treaties, and pursued a simplistic way of life whereas justly, honestly and equitably governing people.

Despite being an impressive and strongest ruler, he lived in a thatched condominium, outfitted of stones and adobe bricks; wore an easy turban, coarse blouse and patched trousers and ate dates and barley breads. He mended his personal costume, stitched his personal outfits and did his loved ones paintings himself. He sat on a mat supported by way of a leather-based pillow full of fibers and used easy utensils and a pot for acting ablution. He didn't take any country support notwithstanding many a time hearth didn't gentle in his apartment and he needed to sleep hungry and extremely usually he needed to face darkish nights as a result of paucity of the burning oil. He wore no crown, had no throne, no courtiers, no castle and fortresses, no kingly gowns and no glamorous paraphernalia. He governed from the mudded ground of the Mosque and whilst he died, his august physique used to be shrouded in 3 white sahooli cotton outfits which had neither head disguise nor casing.

This certain ruler inspired the process human background quite a bit that historians suggested him because the maximum guy of all occasions. whilst he died in 632 he used to be the undisputed and the simplest ruler of Arabian Peninsula. He was once not just a such a lot influential, outstanding and remarkable genius of all occasions yet an extraordinary phenomenon on the earth, jogging in flesh and blood, and having greatest effect via ages.

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By Jonathan P. Berkey

Jonathan Berkey's 2003 booklet surveys the non secular background of the peoples of the close to East from approximately six hundred to 1800 CE. the outlet bankruptcy examines the spiritual scene within the close to East in overdue antiquity, and the non secular traditions which preceded Islam. next chapters examine Islam's first century and the beginnings of its personal traditions, the 'classical' interval from the accession of the Abbasids to the increase of the Buyid amirs, and thereafter the emergence of latest sorts of Islam within the heart interval. all through, shut cognizance is paid to the reports of Jews and Christians, in addition to Muslims. The ebook stresses that Islam didn't seem suddenly, yet emerged slowly, as a part of a protracted method wherein it was once differentiated from different non secular traditions and, certainly, that a lot that we take as attribute of Islam is in reality the fabricated from the medieval period.

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By Alyssa Gabbay

Although pluralism and spiritual tolerance are regularly linked this present day with Western Enlightenment thinkers, the roots of those ideologies stretch again to non-Western and premodern societies, together with many lower than Muslim rule. This publication explores the advance of pluralism in Islam in South Asia throughout the paintings of the poet, historian and musician Amir Khusraw and sheds new gentle on how Islam constructed its personal tradition of tolerance.

Countering stereotypes of Islam as intrinsically illiberal, the booklet presents a greater figuring out of the way rhetorics of pluralism advance, which can reduction in opting for and inspiring such discourses within the current. Khusraw, a practising Muslim who confirmed nice affection towards Hindus and used a lot indigenous imagery in his poetry, is a perfect determine via whom to discover those matters. Addressing problems with ethnicity, faith and gender within the early medieval interval, Alyssa Gabbay demonstrates the pre-modern precedents for pluralism, conveying the huge sweep of Perso-Islamicate tradition and the profound alterations it underwent in medieval South Asia.

Accurately depicting the paradoxicality and jaggedness keen on the improvement of its composite tradition, this ebook can have nice relevance to students and scholars of Islam in South Asia, gender, non secular pluralism, and Persian literature.

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By Kabir Edmund Helminski

A revised twenty fifth anniversary variation of the vintage paintings on Sufism that Jack Kornfield referred to as, "A heartfelt sleek illumination of the Sufi course, choked with the perfume of the ancients."

In Sufism, the paranormal department of Islam, presence is the standard that describes a heart-filled kingdom of mindfulness, an adventure of being wide awake within the current second. it's only during this current second, Sufi teachings show, that we will connect to the Divine, and the Divine can pass though us.

Kabir Helminski is among the world's such a lot famous lecturers of Sufism. Named one of many "500 such a lot Influential Muslims" on the planet via Georgetown college and the Royal Strategic stories middle, Helminski and his teachings are touchstones for the expansion in curiosity in Sufism, and his books were translated all over the world. In Living Presence, Helminski lays out the elemental rules of Sufism, and the way those principles may end up in the event of presence.  In this inspiring paintings, readers will domesticate presence of their lives through:

* discovering a stability among the outer stimuli of the area and our internal reactions to them
* Harnessing faithfulness and gracefulness
* studying concerning the parallels among historic non secular knowledge and sleek mental knowledge
* Meditation and contemplation to find extra that means in day-by-day life

With specified readability, this e-book describes how presence should be built to significantly enhance our lives. Drawing at the paintings of the liked Sufi poet, Rumi, in addition to conventional fabric and private adventure, this booklet integrates the traditional knowledge of Sufism with the desires of latest existence. thoroughly revised and up to date for its twenty fifth anniversary, this variation of dwelling Presence bargains a knowledge that's either common and practical.

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By Ibrahim M. Abu-Rabi

This e-book explores the theology and philosophy of the celebrated glossy Muslim pupil and theologian Bediuzzaman acknowledged Nursi [d.1960]. Nursi wrote in either Ottoman Turkish and Arabic and his existence and proposal mirrored the transition of recent Turkey from an empire to an earthly republic. The individuals to this quantity shed new mild on significant dimensions of Nursi's proposal: theodicy and justice. Classical Muslim theologians debated those vital matters; besides the fact that, we needs to give some thought to the trendy debate of those concerns within the context of the novel political and social differences of recent Turkey. Nursi explored those concerns as they concerning the advance of country and society and the situation of Islam within the smooth secular countryside. Nursi is the founding father of a 'faith circulation' in modern Turkey with hundreds of thousands of fans all over the world. during this ebook, extraordinary students in Islamic, center jap, and Turkish reports discover Nursi's idea on theodicy and justice compared to a few western philosophers, theologians, and males of letters, equivalent to Dante, Merton, Kant, and Moltman. This ebook provides a useful source for experiences in comparative faith, philosophy, and Islamic and center jap Studies.

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By Qays Majnun,Paul Smith

FOR AND approximately HIS LAYLA

Translation & creation via Paul Smith

Majnun was once a true individual! Qays (Majnun=’madman) used to be a formative years, a Bedouin poet within the 7th century of the Bani Amir tribe within the Najd desolate tract in Arabia. He fell in love with Layla from an analogous tribe whom he was once denied. (It is expounded that Shakespeare was once encouraged via their story for Romeo & Juliet from their tragic love story). so much of his recorded poetry was once composed ahead of his descent into love-madness (mast) then via an ideal grasp… his religious unification together with his loved. Nizami’s well-known telling in their story got here from this gathered poems (Divan) and different resources. Many different Persian, Turkish and Urdu poets imitated him or wrote their very own models of the tale of the peak of human love that turned Divine. the following within the type of the qit’as within which they have been composed, is the most important number of poems placed into English. 220 pages within the paperback.


“It isn't a joke... the English model of the entire ghazals of Hafiz is a brilliant feat and of paramount value. i'm astonished. If he involves Iran i'm going to kiss the fingertips that wrote this type of masterpiece encouraged by means of the writer of all.” Dr. Mir Mohammad Taghavi (Dr. of Literature) Tehran.
“Superb translations. ninety nine% Hafiz 1% Paul Smith.” Ali Akbar Shapurzman, translator and knower of Hafiz’s Divan off through heart.
“Smith has most likely prepare the best number of literary proof and historical past referring to Hafiz.” Daniel Ladinsky (Penguin Books author).

Paul Smith is a poet, writer and translator of over eighty books of Sufi poets of the Persian, Arabic, Urdu, Turkish, Pashtu and different languages together with Hafiz, Sadi, Nizami, Rumi, ‘Attar, Sana’i, Jahan Khatun, Obeyd Zakani, Mu’in, Amir Khusrau, Nesimi, Kabir, Anvari, Ansari, Jami, Khayyam, Rudaki, Yunus Emre, Lalla Ded, Bulleh Shah, Mahsati and others, and his personal poetry, fiction, performs, biographies, children’s books and screenplays

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By Joel Richardson,Susan Crimp

at some point, an American at the verge of changing to Islam stated to at least one of the editors, Please, I worry i'm approximately to make the largest mistake of my lifestyles. Please supply me one good cause to not convert. this can be the ebook Joel Richardson needs he had at that second. strong, frequently stunning yet regularly heartfelt, those essays from over a dozen people who have left Islam -- usually in worry for his or her lives -- are outstanding for his or her honesty. The tales of ways those women and men freed themselves from this repressive and brutal faith aren't simply inspirational, yet current a searing problem to these Westerners decided to perpetuate the Islam is a faith of peace delusion in any respect costs.

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