A life of the prophet Muhammad by bestselling religious writer Karen Armstrong.
Most people in the West know very little about the prophet Muhammad. The acclaimed religious writer Karen Armstrong has written a biography which will give us a more accurate and profound understanding of Islam and the people who adhere to it so strongly. Muhammad also offers challenging comparisons with the two religions most closely related to it – Judaism and Christianity. ISBN: 9781842126080 Publisher: PHOENIX PREES Subtitle: A BIOGRAPHY OF THE PROPHET Author: KAREN ARMSTRONG
Islamic theocracy is now firmly established in fundamentalist Iran, and waves of fundamentalism are sweeping the entire Islamic world, and its diaspora.
This book examines the claim of those Islamists who contend that, as a belief system and a way of life, Islam carries with it a theory of politics and the state which should be applied unquestioningly. Ayubi traces both the intellectual sources and the socio-economic bases of Political Islam, arguing that it is a modern phenomenon, dating back only to the inter-war period. He describes its major proponents as urban, educated and relatively young people, whose energies were mobilised, but whose expectations were not fulfilled by the post-independence ‘populist’ regimes in the Arab World.
Islamic movements in six countries are studied in detail. Ayubi’s distinctively broad definition of politics encompasses innovative material on sex and the family, and on the emerging alternative economic and social networks of Islamic banks, schools, and hospitals in the countries discussed.
Ayubi stresses the traditional concern in Islam for the collective enforcement of morals, but argues that there is no case for the commonly held misconception that politics begins from theological principles in the Arab world: the historical connection between Islam and politics can be explained as an attempt by the rulers to legitimise their actions. He suggests that radical Islamists are reversing this position by subjecting politics to their specific religious views, so their movement is in some senses an anti-state one. He concludes by discussing possible intellectual responses to fundamentalism, drawing on the thinking of contemporary Muslim liberals. ISBN: 0415103851 Publisher: ROUTLEDGE Subtitle: RELIGION AND POLITICS IN THE ARAB WORLD Author: NAZIH AYUBI
In this book, murder is viewed in the cultural specificity of Pakistan. The author shows how several peculiar factors – traditional safeguarding of the family relational system, land, historic notions of vengeance, baradari ties, the concept of honour etc – are all related to the cause and effect of murder and homicide in Pakistan.
The author also examines the secular nature of the Pakistani penal code in a country which apparently derives its raison d’etre from the spirit of Islam. The study is based on a sample survey of convicted murderers in the New Central Jail, Multan, the largest federal institution in the country which houses convicts from all over the country.
The author carried out exhaustive interviews and supplemented these findings with published data on homicide over a large period of time. Finally, his conclusions are compared to those of other studies from different cultures. This is the first major study on this subject to be published anywhere and is an invaluable source of primary material for further research.
ISBN: 9694020069 – Hardback Publisher: VANGUARD BOOKS ISBN: 9694024153 Publisher: VANGUARD BOOKS Subtitle: THE APPLICATION OF ISLAMIC LAWS IN A MODERN STATE Author: ANITA M. WEISS