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Arabs: A 3,000-Year History of Peoples, Tribes and Empires
Arabs: A 3,000-Year History of Peoples, Tribes and Empires
A riveting, comprehensive history of the Arab peoples and tribes that explores the role of language as a cultural touchstone

This kaleidoscopic book covers almost 3,000 years of Arab history and shines a light on the footloose Arab peoples and tribes who conquered lands and disseminated their language and culture
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Encyclopedia of Creation Myths
Encyclopedia of Creation Myths

A myth is a narrative projection of a given cultural group's sense of its sacred past and its significant relationship with the deeper powers of the surrounding world and universe. A myth is a projection of an aspect of a culture's soul. In its complex but revealing symbolism, a myth is to a culture what a dream is to an...

France since 1945
France since 1945
`a very thoughtful and stimulating analysis ... He is acute about the ways in which France today needs to change to meet the challenges of its new role in the world.' John Ardagh

The last fifty years of French history have seen immense challenges for the French: constructing a new European order, building a modern economy,
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Bangladesh in Bondage: Tarique Rahman, SQC, LB, and Other Essays
Bangladesh in Bondage: Tarique Rahman, SQC, LB, and Other Essays

This book brings together a collection of essays about the untenable political status quo in Bangladesh under Sheikh Hasina. Since democratization in the 1990s, Bangladeshi political life has been characterized by fierce battles over the role of religion in society, corruption, and the obstacles to constructing a society with freedom...

The Metacolonial State: Pakistan, Critical Ontology, and the Biopolitical Horizons of Political Islam (Antipode Book Series)
The Metacolonial State: Pakistan, Critical Ontology, and the Biopolitical Horizons of Political Islam (Antipode Book Series)

'An urgent and extraordinary book. Weaving a philosophical analysis of Heidegger, Agamben and Foucault, Jan draws out the implications of their thought for a radical analysis of the ontological politics of Islam and Pakistan. Whether writing about the 'Ulama and Deoband schools, blasphemy laws, the military, beards, or the...

The Qur'an and Late Antiquity: A Shared Heritage (Oxford Studies in Late Antiquity)
The Qur'an and Late Antiquity: A Shared Heritage (Oxford Studies in Late Antiquity)
In this book, Angelika Neuwirth provides a new approach to understanding the founding text of Islam. Typical exegesis of the Qur'an treats the text teleologically, as a fait accompli finished text, or as a replica or summary of the Bible in Arabic. Instead Neuwirth approaches the Qur'an as the product of a specific...
Sacred Schisms: How Religions Divide
Sacred Schisms: How Religions Divide
Schism (from the Greek 'to split') refers to a group that breaks away from another, usually larger organisation and forms a new organisation. Though the term is typically confined to religious schisms, it can be extended to other kinds of breakaway groups. Because schisms emerge out of controversies, the term has negative connotations. Though they...
Islam: A Brief History (CourseSmart)
Islam: A Brief History (CourseSmart)

Reflecting recent global developments, the second edition of this illuminating introduction to Islamic history expands its coverage of the Qur’an, Sufism, and Muslim views on human rights, including the rights of women.

  • An expanded new edition of this concise, illuminating introduction to Islam, written by one of the...
Questioning the Veil: Open Letters to Muslim Women
Questioning the Veil: Open Letters to Muslim Women

Across much of the world today, Muslim women of all ages are increasingly turning to wearing the veil. Is this trend a sign of rising piety or a way of asserting Muslim pride? And does the veil really provide women freedom from sexual harassment? Written in the form of letters addressing all those interested in this issue, Questioning the...

Sufis in Western Society: Global Networking and Locality (Routledge Sufi)
Sufis in Western Society: Global Networking and Locality (Routledge Sufi)

In recent years Sufism has undergone something of a revival as a spiritual alternative to other manifestations of Islam. This book investigates the development of Sufism in Western societies, with a regional focus on North America and Europe. Exploring a number of issues relating to the dynamic tensions between religious globalization processes...

Rationalization in Religions: Judaism, Christianity and Islam
Rationalization in Religions: Judaism, Christianity and Islam
Current tendencies in religious studies and theology show a growing interest for the interchange between religions and the cultures of rationalization surrounding them. The studies published in this volume, based on the international conferences of both the Berlin-Brandenburgische Akademie der Wissenschaften and the Israel Academy of Sciences...
The Art of Siege Warfare and Military Architecture from the Classical World to the Middle Ages
The Art of Siege Warfare and Military Architecture from the Classical World to the Middle Ages
The papers in this book present, for the first time, the world of warfare, both defensive and offensive, from the Classical periods to end of the Middle Ages in one collection. These scholarships have attracted ancient writers and generals and nowadays historians, archaeologists and researchers poliorcetics. Military historiography and...
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