Download The Convergence of Judaism and Islam: Religious, Scientific, by Michael M. Laskier, Yaacov Lev PDF

By Michael M. Laskier, Yaacov Lev

The Convergence of Judaism and Islam bargains fifteen interdisciplinary experiences that examine the advanced relationships among the cultures of Jews and Muslims through the medieval and early sleek classes. They demonstrate that, for the main half, Jewish-Muslim relatives have been peaceable and concerned highbrow cooperation.

Eschewing a chronological procedure and that includes contributions from eu, Israeli, and North American students, together with veterans and up to date PhDs, the amount makes many desirable and stimulating juxtapositions. to offer one instance, chapters on early Islam and the shaping of Jewish-Muslim kinfolk within the heart a long time make clear the felony battles over the prestige of synagogues in twentieth-century Yemen or the execution of a fourteen-year-old lady in nineteenth-century Morocco.

Sure to impress controversy and dialogue, this quantity specializes in a interval of unfastened alternate among those cultures that ended in the most seminal breakthroughs in math, technological know-how, and drugs the realm has identified
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Download The Virtue Ethics of Levi Gersonides by Alexander Green PDF

By Alexander Green

This booklet argues that Levi Gersonides articulates a special version of advantage ethics between medieval Jewish thinkers. Gersonides is famous by way of students as the most cutting edge Jewish philosophers of the medieval interval. His first version of advantage is a reaction to the doubtless capricious forces of success via education in activity, diligence, and crafty aimed toward actual self-preservation. His moment version of advantage is altruistic in nature. it truly is in response to the human imitation of God as author of the legislation of the universe for no self-interested profit, top people to mimic God in the course of the virtues of loving-kindness, grace, and beneficence. either those types are amplified in the course of the associations of the kingship and the priesthood, which serve to actualize actual protection and beneficence on a bigger scale, amounting to popularity of the political necessity for a department of powers.

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Download Religion in Times of Crisis by Research Fellow in Conflict Transformation and Social PDF

By Research Fellow in Conflict Transformation and Social Justice Gladys Ganiel, Heidemarie Winkel, Christophe Monnot

Faith is alive and good world wide, specifically in occasions of non-public, political, and social difficulty. Even in Europe, lengthy seemed the main secular continent, faith has taken centre degree in how humans reply to the crises linked to modernity, or how they have interaction with the countryside. during this publication, students operating in and on Europe provide clean views on how faith presents solutions to existential problem, how difficulty raises the salience of spiritual identities and cultural polarization, and the way faith is contributing to adjustments within the sleek international in Europe and past. situations from Poland to Pakistan and from eire to Zimbabwe, between others, display the complexity and ambivalence of faith s function within the modern world." Biographical note Gladys Ganiel, Ph.D. (2005), is Assistant Professor in clash answer and Reconciliation on the Irish tuition of Ecumenics at Belfast of Trinity university Dublin. She works around the disciplines of sociology, politics, anthropology and non secular stories, specializing at the rising Church move, and on faith, clash and reconciliation in Northern eire, Zimbabwe and South Africa. She is the writer of a few books together with, The Deconstructed Church: knowing rising Christianity, co-authored with Gerardo Marti, She is Vice Chair of the Sociology of faith learn community of the ecu Sociological organization and has served at the overseas committee of the organization for the Sociology of faith. Heidemarie Winkel is presently instructing on the Technical collage of Dresden (Germany). From 2002 - 2011, she used to be assistant professor on the Universities of Erfurt and Potsdam, interrupted by way of a venture at the intersection of Gender Codes and spiritual perform within the Arab Christian Context (2005-2007), funded by way of the German examine starting place. She is the chair of the Sociology of faith community within the ecu Sociological organization. She has lately released chapters regarding faith and gender within the context of the ecumenical move and within the Arab-Islamic context. Christophe Monnot is assistant professor of Sociology of Religions on the college of Lausanne. In 2013 he released either Croire Ensemble (Believe Together), providing the result of the 2010 nationwide Congregations research in Switzerland, and los angeles Suisse des mosques (Mosques in Switzerland) targeting the association of the Muslim groups in Switzerland. Contributors are Mariecke van den Berg, David J. Bos, Marco Derks, Marco Derks, R. Ruard Ganzevoort, Miloš Jovanović, Vladimir Kmec, Marta Kołodziejska, Anne-Marie Korte, Anne-Sophie Lamine, Christophe Monnot, Alexandre Piettre, Ali Qadir, Srdjan Sremac, Joram Tarusaria, Martina Topić, and Tom Wagner.
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Download Islamic Spirituality: Foundations by Seyyed Hossein Nasr PDF

By Seyyed Hossein Nasr

A broad-ranging, illustrated, scholarly remedy of center subject matters in Islamic spirituality. This booklet discusses the rules of Sufism, together with the Qur’an, the Hadith, pilgrimage, and prayer, in addition to a learn of the increase of Islam. The spouse booklet Islamic Spirituality: Manifestations delves extra deeply into the various ways in which Sufism is lived out around the globe, with recognition to a few of the sects and their writings.
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Download The Faces of the Goddess by Lotte Motz PDF

By Lotte Motz

The assumption that the earliest people worshipped a sovereign, nurturing, maternal earth goddess is a well-liked one. it's been taken up as truth through the media, who generally depict sleek goddess-worshippers as "reviving" the traditional religions of our ancestors. Feminist students contend that, within the primordial religions, the nice mom was once venerated because the basic, inventive strength, giving start to the realm, granting fertility to either plants and people, and ruling excellent over her kinfolk pantheon. The peaceable, matriarchal farming societies that worshipped her have been ultimately burnt up or subjugated by way of nomadic, patriarchal warrior tribes corresponding to the early Hebrews, who introduced their male God to overthrow the good mom: step one within the production and perpetuation of a brutal, male-dominated society and its attendant oppression and degradation of women.In The Faces of the Goddess, Lotte Motz units out to check this speculation by way of analyzing the true woman deities of early human cultures. She unearths no hint of the good mom of their myths or of their worship. From the Eskimos of the arctic desert, whose harsh existence even this present day such a lot heavily mirrors the earliest hunter gatherers, to the wealthy cultures of the sunny Fertile Crescent and the islands of Japan, Motz seems to be at a variety of goddesses who're referred to as mom, or who supply delivery of their myths. She reveals that those goddesses have various origins as ancestor deities, animal protectors, and different divinities, instead of stemming from a standard mom Goddess archetype. for example, Sedna, the strong goddess whose chopped-off palms grew to become the seals and fish that have been the Eskimos' leader resource of meals, had not anything to do with human fertility. certainly, human motherhood used to be held in such low esteem that Eskimo ladies have been pressured to offer delivery thoroughly by myself, without human companionship and no valuable deities of childbirth. Likewise, whereas a variety of Mexican goddesses governed over therapeutic, women's crafts, motherhood and childbirth, and functioned as tribal protectors or divine ancestors, none of them both embodied the earth itself or granted fertility to the plants: for that the Mexicans regarded to the male gods of maize and of rain. Nor have been the rituals of those goddesses nurturing or peaceable. The goddess Cihuacoatl, who nurtured the author god Quetzalcoatl and helped him create humanity, used to be worshipped with human sacrifices who have been driven right into a hearth, got rid of whereas nonetheless alive, and their hearts have been reduce out. And Motz heavily examines the Anatolian goddess Cybele, the "Magna Mater" usually stated for example of a robust mom goddess. Hers have been the final of the nice pagan mysteries of the Mediterranean civilizations to fall ahead of Christianity. yet Cybele herself by no means provides start, nor does she challenge herself with helping girls in childbirth or childrearing. She isn't really herself a mom, and the male personality figuring such a lot prominently in her myths is Attis, her chaste better half. Tellingly, Cybele's monks commit themselves to her by way of castrating themselves, therefore mimicking Attis's death--a very atypical technique to venerate a goddess of fertility.To depict those past goddesses as peaceable and nurturing moms, as is frequently performed, is to disclaim them their very own complicated and complicated nature as beings who have been frequently violent and vengeful, delighting in sacrifice, or who reveled of their eroticism and have been worshipped as harlots. the belief of a nurturing mom Goddess is particularly strong. during this tough publication, in spite of the fact that, Motz indicates that She is a made from our personal age, no longer of past ones. by way of discarding this simplistic and tired paradigm, we will open the door to a brand new state of mind approximately female spirituality and non secular event.
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Download Religious Studies: The Key Concepts (Routledge Key Guides) by Carl Olson PDF

By Carl Olson

Spiritual reports: the major strategies is an available, A-Z source, defining and explaining keyword phrases and concepts principal to the examine of faith. Exploring vast and habitual issues that are appropriate in either jap and western religions, cross-cultural examples are supplied for every time period to offer a finished review of the topic. topics lined contain: Afterlife Comparative faith fairs Ethics Gender Monotheism international religions Modernity Pilgrimage Sacred Theism Secularization With move referencing and extra examining supplied all through, this booklet presents an inclusive map of the self-discipline, and is an important reference for all scholars, lecturers and researchers.
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