In this broad introductory volume, Ralph Magnus and Eden Naby detail Afghanistan’s physical situation, human environment, and modern history, as well as the rise and fall of competing internal forces, most recently the Taliban. The authors offer analytical insight into Afghanistan’s political position within the restructured Central Asian region, the ethnic relationships that complicate its political history, and the potential for stability. ISBN: 0813340195 Publisher: WESTVIEW PRESS Subtitle: MULLAH, MARX, AND MUJAHID Author: RALPH H. MAGNUS & EDEN NABY
How did we come to a modern understanding of our bodies and souls? What were the breakthroughs that allowed human beings to see themselves in a new light?
Starting with the revolutionary ideas of the Renaissance that challenged the sense of the body as a corrupt vessel for the soul, Roy Porter goes on to chart how — through figures as diverse as Locke, Swift, Johnson, and Gibbon — ideas about medicine, politics, and religion fundamentally changed notions of self. He shows how the body moved center stage in the eighteenth century, writing brilliantly on the ways in which men and women flaunted, decorated, tanned, and dieted themselves: activities that we find familiar but that a Puritan divine would have considered Satanic. And Porter explores how, at the end of the century, the human soul took on a new significance in the works of Godwin, Blake, and Byron. ISBN: 0393050750 Publisher: NORTON Subtitle: THE MODERN FOUNDATIONS OF BODY AND SOUL Author: ROY PORTER