The First Muslims: History and Memory by Asma Afsaruddin

By Asma Afsaruddin

A clean examine the origins and improvement of Islam, this can be a attention-grabbing reconstruction of the formative period of the Muslim group. utilizing a wealth of classical Arabic assets, it chronicles the lives of the Prophet Muhammad, his partners, and the next generations of Muslims, jointly referred to as the the Pious Forebears. This obtainable ebook takes an in depth examine the embryonic Muslim groups and explains the impression of the earliest converts at the improvement of Islam and its present ideals.

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Servants of Allah: African Muslims Enslaved in the Americas by Sylviane A. Diouf

By Sylviane A. Diouf

Publish 12 months note: First released November 1st, 1998

Servants of Allah provides a heritage of African Muslims, following them from West Africa to the Americas. even supposing many imagine that what Muslim religion they introduced with them to the Americas used to be quick absorbed into the hot Christian milieu, as Sylviane A. Diouf demonstrates during this meticulously-researched, groundbreaking quantity, Islam flourished in the course of slavery on a wide scale. She information how, even whereas enslaved, many Muslims controlled to stick to lots of the precepts in their faith. Literate, city, and well-traveled, they drew on their association, team spirit and the power in their ideals to play a tremendous half within the such a lot famous slave uprisings. yet for all their accomplishments and contributions to the background and cultures of the African Diaspora, the Muslims were mostly missed.

Servants of Allah --a selection 1999 remarkable educational Title--illuminates the position of Islam within the lives of either person practitioners and groups, and indicates that although the faith didn't continue to exist within the Americas in its orthodox shape, its mark are available in convinced religions, traditions, and creative creations of individuals of African descent. This fifteenth anniversary version has been up-to-date to incorporate new fabrics and research, a assessment of advancements within the box, customers for brand spanking new study, and new illustrations.

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Muhammad: A Prophet for Our Time by Karen Armstrong

By Karen Armstrong

Muhammad provides a desirable portrait of the founding father of a faith that keeps to alter the process international historical past. Muhammad's tale is extra correct than ever since it deals the most important perception into the real origins of an more and more radicalized Islam. Countering those that push aside Islam as fanatical and violent, Armstrong bargains a transparent, available, and balanced portrait of the primary determine of 1 of the world's nice religions.

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The West and Islam Religion and Political Thought in World by Antony Black

By Antony Black

This comparative heritage of political concept examines what the Western and Islamic techniques to politics had in universal and the place they diverged. The ebook considers how a number of historical and medieval thought-patterns did or didn't bring about glossy advancements; and the way sacred monarchy, the legitimacy of the nation, and the function of the folks have been seemed upon in every one tradition. the writer makes a speciality of the interval from the increase of Islam to the eu Reformation, yet his research extends to the most genres of political inspiration as much as the current. He argues that until eventually the mid-eleventh century, Europe, Islam, and the Byzantine international had extra in universal than is usually proposal. What made the West diverse was once the papal revolution of the past due 11th century, Europe's twelfth-century 'renaissance', and the slow secularization of political proposal which undefined. while, Islam, after an early blossoming, interpreted its personal revelation progressively more narrowly. This quantity throws gentle on why the West and Islam every one built their very own specific form of method of executive, politics and the country, and on why those are so varied.

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Discovering Islam: Making Sense of Muslim History and by Akbar S. Ahmed

By Akbar S. Ahmed

Now reissued with a brand new advent, Discovering Islam is a vintage account of ways the background of Islam and its kinfolk with the West have formed Islamic society this present day. Islam is frequently caricatured as competitive and enthusiast. Written within the culture of Ibn Khaldun, this readable and wide-ranging booklet balances that snapshot, uncovers the roots of Islamic discontent and celebrates the assets of its energy. From the 4 ''ideal Caliphs'' who succeeded the Prophet to the refugee camps of Peshawar, an goal photograph emerges of the most good points of Muslim background and the compulsions of Muslim society.

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Islam and the Blackamerican: Looking Toward the Third by Sherman A. Jackson

By Sherman A. Jackson

Sherman Jackson deals a trenchant exam of the profession of Islam one of the blacks of the United States. Jackson notes that nobody has provided a resounding clarification of why Islam unfold between Blackamericans (a coinage he explains and defends) yet now not between white american citizens or Hispanics. the idea has been that there's an African connection. actually, Jackson indicates, not one of the targeted gains of African Islam look within the proto-Islamic, black nationalist events of the early twentieth century. in its place, he argues, Islam owes its momentum to the distinctively American phenomenon of "Black Religion," a God-centered holy protest opposed to anti-black racism.
Islam in Black the US starts as a part of a communal look for instruments with which to strive against racism and redefine American blackness. The 1965 repeal of the nationwide Origins Quota approach ended in a tremendous inflow of overseas Muslims, who quickly drastically outnumbered the blacks whom they discovered right here practising an indigenous type of Islam. Immigrant Muslims could come to workout a digital monopoly over the definition of a correctly constituted Islamic lifestyles in the United States. For those Muslims, the nemesis used to be now not white supremacy, yet "the West." of their eyes, the West was once no longer a racial, yet a spiritual and civilizational danger. American blacks quickly realized that competition to the West and competition to white supremacy weren't synonymous. certainly, says Jackson, one can't be anti-Western with out additionally being on a few point anti-Blackamerican. just like the Black Christians of an past period suffering to discover their voice within the context of Western Christianity, Black Muslims now started to try to discover their black, American voice within the context of the super-tradition of ancient Islam. Jackson argues that Muslim culture itself comprises the assets to reconcile blackness, American-ness, and adherence to Islam. it's crucial, he contends, to maintain inside of Islam the valid elements of Black faith, to be able to keep away from what Stephen Carter calls the domestication of faith, wherein faith is rendered incapable of resisting the kingdom and the dominant tradition. even as, Jackson says, it's crucial for Blackamerican Muslims to reject an particular specialise in the general public sq. and the secular objective of subverting white supremacy (and Arab/immigrant supremacy) and to boost a convention of non-public piety and spirituality attuned to particular Blackamerican wishes and idiosyncrasies.

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The New Orientalists: Postmodern Representations of Islam by Ian Almond

By Ian Almond

The west's Orientalism -- its building of the Arab "Other" -- has been uncovered, tested and expurgated lower than the severe thought microscope lately but the problem has got renewed urgency in mild of the present weather of worry and hysteria concerning the Islamic global. whilst post-modern thinkers from Nietzsche onwards have hired the motifs and emblems of the Islamic Orient inside an ongoing critique of western modernity, an appropriation which -- this highly debatable publication argues -- runs each danger of changing into a brand new and sophisticated kind of Orientalism. interpreting the paintings of Nietzsche, Jacques Derrida, Michel Foucault, Jean Baudrillard, Julia Kristeva and Slavoj Zizek and of post-modern writers from Borges to Salman Rushdie and Orhan Pamuk, Ian Almond additionally attracts on Muslim thinkers together with Akbar S. Ahmed and Bobby S. Sayyid during this well timed undertaking. the result's a provocative exam of the results and implications of this "use" of Islam for either the post-modern undertaking and for Islam itself.

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Christentum und Islam als politische Religionen: Ideenwandel by Oliver Hidalgo, Holger Zapf, Philipp W. Hildmann

By Oliver Hidalgo, Holger Zapf, Philipp W. Hildmann

Der Band untersucht wichtige Stationen des Wandels politisch-religiöser Ideen im Christentum und im Islam als ideelle Anpassungsleistungen an die sich stetig verändernden gesellschaftlichen Rahmenbedingungen bzw. auch als Gestaltungsversuche des Politischen auf foundation theologischer Prämissen. Damit leistet das Buch einen zentralen Beitrag zum Verständnis der genuin politischen measurement von Religionen unabhängig von beobachtbaren Säkularisierungsprozessen und möglichen institutionellen Trennungen zwischen Staat und Kirche. Die versammelten Aufsätze loten konzeptionelle und methodische Zugangsmöglichkeiten zum Themenfeld aus und erschließen den politisch-religiösen Wandel in Christentum und Islam zum Teil in Einzelfallanalysen, zum Teil in vergleichender Perspektive.

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