Syria-Iran Axis: Cultural Diplomacy and International by Nadia von Maltzahn

By Nadia von Maltzahn

Because the Iranian Revolution of 1979, the shut alliance among Syria and Iran has continued for over 3 a long time, in accordance with geopolitical pursuits among the 2 states and sometimes framed within the language of resistance. In view in their robust courting at a state-level, what have Syria and Iran every one been doing to foster renowned trade and hire cultural instruments to construct a picture within the different state? The Syria-Iran Axis examines the motivations, content material and succeed in of cultural international relations among Syria and Iran to figure out to what measure the 2 companions were winning in bridging their international perspectives and political outlooks. by way of analysing the level to which a state-directed cultural alternate can foster bilateral family members within the center East, Nadia von Maltzahn bargains a special research of the formation of overseas coverage and international relations within the zone.

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Islam: Religion of Life by Abdul Wadod Shalabi, Abdal Hakim Murad

By Abdul Wadod Shalabi, Abdal Hakim Murad

This concise e-book is one of the most interesting introductions to Islam for an informed readership. Its content material is actual, trustworthy, and powerfully provided -- written through an Islamic pupil, Dr. Abdul Wadod Shalabi, who combines conventional non secular education from al-Azhar collage and Western schooling from the college of Cambridge, the place the writer obtained his doctorate. additionally, it's been edited via Abd al-Hakim Murad, himself a student. AUTHORBIO: Abdul Wadod Shalabi is the writer of over twenty books on all facets of Islam. He combines a deep loyalty to his theological education at al-Azhar collage in Cairo, whereas having an acute realizing of the trouble of the trendy international. His reviews in another country, which earned him a doctorate from the college of Cambridge, and his well-liked occupation within the Azhar hierarchy (he has been editor of its magazine and deputy Shaykh of al-Azhar), have put him in a special place to distill and introduce Islam to multitudes raised within the West. writer: Shalabi, Abdul Wadod

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My Life with the Taliban by Abdul Salam Zaeef

By Abdul Salam Zaeef

This is often the autobiography of Abdul Salam Zaeef, a senior former member of the Taliban. His memoirs, translated from Pashto, are greater than only a own account of his awesome existence. "My lifestyles with the Taliban" bargains a counter-narrative to the normal bills of Afghanistan when you consider that 1979. Zaeef describes growing to be up in rural poverty in Kandahar province. either one of his mom and dad died at an early age, and the Russian invasion of 1979 compelled him to escape to Pakistan. He all started scuffling with the jihad in 1983, within which time he was once linked to many significant figures within the anti-Soviet resistance, together with the present Taliban head Mullah Mohammad Omar. After the struggle Zaeef back to a quiet existence in a small village in Kandahar, yet chaos quickly beaten Afghanistan as factional struggling with erupted after the Russians pulled out. Disgusted by means of the lawlessness that ensued, Zaeef used to be one amongst the previous mujahidin who have been heavily excited about the discussions that resulted in the emergence of the Taliban, in 1994. Zaeef then info his Taliban occupation as civil servant and minister minister who negotiated with overseas oil businesses in addition to with Afghanistan's personal resistance chief, Ahmed Shah Massoud. Zaeef was once ambassador to Pakistan on the time of the Sept. 11 assaults, and his account discusses the unusual 'phoney struggle' interval ahead of the US-led intervention toppled the Taliban. In early 2002 Zaeef was once passed over to American forces in Pakistan, although his diplomatic prestige, and spent 4 and a part years in criminal (including a number of years in Guantanamo) prior to being published with no need been attempted or charged with any offence. "My existence with the Taliban" deals a private and privileged perception into the agricultural Pashtun village groups which are the Taliban's bedrock. It is helping to give an explanation for what drives males like Zaeef to soak up hands opposed to the foreigners who're silly sufficient to invade his place of birth.

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Shi'ite Lebanon: Transnational Religion and the Making of by Roschanack Shaery-Eisenlohr

By Roschanack Shaery-Eisenlohr

By recasting the connection among faith and nationalism within the heart East, Roschanack Shaery-Eisenlohr proposes a brand new framework for knowing Shi'ite politics in Lebanon. Her examine attracts on numerous untapped resources, reconsidering not just the politics of the demonstrated management of Shi'ites but additionally institutional and well known actions of id construction. Shaery-Eisenlohr lines present Shi'ite politics of piety and authenticity to the coexistence formulation in Lebanon and argues that carrying out the discourses of piety and coexistence is a precondition to cultural citizenship in Lebanon. As she demonstrates, debates over the character of Christianity and Islam and Christian-Muslim discussion are actually intertwined with strength struggles on the nation level.

Since the Seventies, debates within the transnational Shi'ite international have steadily associated Shi'ite piety with the aid of the Palestinian reason. Iran's non secular elite has sponsored this piety venture in a number of methods, yet in doing so it has assisted within the production of quite a few Lebanese Shi'ite nationalisms with competing claims to spiritual and nationwide authenticity. Shaery-Eisenlohr argues that those ties to Iran have in reality bolstered the placement of Lebanese Shi'ites via delivering, as is well-known, monetary, army, and ideological aid for Hizbullah, in addition to via compelling Lebanese Shi'ites to foreground the Lebanese parts in their id extra forcefully than ever prior to.

Shaery-Eisenlohr demanding situations the idea that Shi'ite id politics merely serve to undermine the Lebanese nationwide undertaking. She additionally makes transparent that the expression of Lebanese Shi'ite id is a nationalist expression and an accidental results of Iranian efforts to steer the politics of Lebanon.

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Applying Ibn Khaldūn: The Recovery of a Lost Tradition in by Syed Farid Alatas

By Syed Farid Alatas

The writings of Ibn Khaldūn, relatively the Muqaddimah (Prolegomenon) have rightly been considered as being sociological in nature. therefore, Ibn Khaldūn has been largely considered as the founding father of sociology, or at the very least a precursor of recent sociology. whereas he was once given this popularity, although, few works went past proclaiming him as a founder or precursor to the systematic software of his theoretical viewpoint to precise historic and modern points of Muslim societies in North Africa and the center East. the continued presence of Eurocentrism within the social sciences has now not helped during this regard: it usually stands within the means of the glory of non-Western assets of theories and ideas.

This publication offers an outline of Ibn Khaldūn and his sociology, discusses purposes for his marginality, and indicates how you can deliver Ibn Khaldūn into the mainstream in the course of the systematic software of his thought. It strikes past works that easily kingdom that Ibn Khaldūn was once a founding father of sociology or offer descriptive debts of his works. as an alternative it systematically applies Khaldūn’s theoretical point of view to express old facets of Muslim societies in North Africa and the center East, effectively integrating techniques and frameworks from Khaldūnian sociology into sleek social technological know-how theories. Applying Ibn Khaldūn will be of curiosity to scholars and students of sociology and social theory.

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Development models in Muslim contexts : Chinese, 'Islamic' by Robert Springborg

By Robert Springborg

This quantity examines the features of the chinese language fiscal improvement version and its reception in Africa and Latin the USA. It additionally investigates the present pageant over governance types within the Muslim international and asks which version or versions will advisor improvement in Muslim international locations. pt. 1. The chinese language version and its international reception -- pt. 2. The chinese language version and its rivals within the Muslim international -- pt. three. The function of governance in improvement versions

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Islam in the 21st Century by Gregory H. Franco and Scott L. Cervantes (Editors)

By Gregory H. Franco and Scott L. Cervantes (Editors)

Islam is the second one commonest religion on this planet with over 1000000000 adherents. knowing Islam as a twenty-first century religion has strength to deal with one of many modern world's sorest issues, and, while, to unlock the energies of 1 of the world's such a lot effective forces. in addition, overcoming suspicion of Islam is a pertinent twenty first century problem dealing with the U.S. as its makes an attempt to fix a decade of deteriorating ties with Muslim humans world-wide. This ebook explores suspicion of Islamic schooling within the united states, analysing the level to which this kind of sentiment is predicated on verifiable info. The contract among normal vast rules of study ethics and Islamic teachings pertaining to existence are mentioned besides. different chapters deal with the 2 arguable matters bearing on women's rights and age of consent for kids in Muslim groups. How media representations of Islam can contradict and re-interpret the sanctity of lifestyles upheld within the holy publication also are analyzed. additionally, this publication explores the significance of recent Islamic presences in Europe, and the authors deal with the connection among the nation and Islamic faith, the mixing of Muslims in Europe and the position of Islam inside of eu society.

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Islam and Gender by Ziba Mir-Hosseini

By Ziba Mir-Hosseini

Following the Islamic Revolution of 1979 and the re-introduction of Sharica legislation on the subject of gender and the kin, women's rights in Iran suffered a massive setback. even if, because the implementers of the legislation have confronted the social realities of women's lives and aspirations, confident adjustments have steadily happen. the following Ziba Mir-Hosseini takes us to the guts of the becoming debates in regards to the ways that justice for ladies could be accomplished. via a chain of vigorous interviews with clerics within the Iranian non secular middle of Qom, she seeks to appreciate the various notions of gender that tell Islamic jurisprudence and to discover how clerics at the present time perpetuate and regulate those notions.Mir-Hosseini reveals 3 major techniques to the difficulty: insistence on "traditional" patriarchal interpretations in accordance with "complementarity" yet "inequality" among men and women; makes an attempt to introduce "balance" into conventional interpretations; or a thorough rethinking of the jurisprudential structures of gender. She introduces the debates one of the commentators through reading key passages in either written and oral texts and by means of narrating her conferences and discussions with the authors. detailed in its process and its material, the booklet relates Mir-Hosseini's engagement, as a Muslim lady and a social anthropologist trained and dealing within the West, with Shii'i Muslim thinkers of assorted backgrounds and perspectives. within the literature on girls in Islam, there's no account of this kind of face-to-face stumble upon, both among faith and gender politics or among the 2 genders.

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