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
THE MILLION COPY BESTSELLER What makes us brilliant? What makes us deadly? What makes us Sapiens? Yuval Noah Harari challenges everything we know about being human in the perfect read for these unprecedented times. Earth is 4.5 billion years old. In just a fraction of that time, one species among countless others has conquered it: us. In this bold and provocative book, Yuval Noah Harari explores who we are, how we got here and where we’re going. I would recommend Sapiens to anyone who’s interested in the history and future of our species’ Bill Gates ‘Interesting and provocative… It gives you a sense of how briefly we’ve been on this Earth’ Barack Obama **ONE OF THE GUARDIAN’S 100 BEST BOOKS OF THE 21st CENTURY**
Author: YUVAL NOAH HARARI
ISBN: 9780099590088 ISBN: 9780099590088 Publisher: VINTAGE Subtitle: A BRIEF HISTORY OF HUMANKIND Author: YUVAL NOAH HARARI
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
This remarkable record of Marcel Kurpershoek expedition and encounters in the Saudi Arabian desert in the late 1980s details his search for the living chronicle of Saudi Arabia—the oral poetry of the Bedouins. In the vast desert, Kurpershoek discovered poets who composed verses celebrating bravery and feats of arms, especially those of the poet ad-Dindan—proof of the authenticity of the pre-Islamic tradition in Arabian oral poetry. Part travelogue, and part book of poems, this book offers valuable insight into contemporary and traditional Saudi society.