Category: Books

Sarah Ager on Reclaiming the Radical Feminism of the Qur’an

[ 0 ] November 20, 2014 |

by SARAH AGER for THE GIRL GOD (BLOG) on NOVEMBER 19, 2014:  “As a feminist, how could you willingly subject yourself to such a misogynistic religion?” It’s disheartening to think how many times I’ve been asked this question since I converted to Islam. However, given my own misgivings towards the status of women in Islam […]

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Genius Denied and Reclaimed: A 40-Year Retrospect on Marshall G.S. Hodgson’s “The Venture of Islam” (by Bruce Lawrence)

Genius Denied and Reclaimed: A 40-Year Retrospect on Marshall G.S. Hodgson’s “The Venture of Islam” (by Bruce Lawrence)

[ 0 ] November 12, 2014 |

Bruce B. Lawrence celebrates Marshall Hodgson’s moral vision by BRUCE LAWRENCE for MARGINALIA (AT LA REVIEW OF BOOKS) on NOVEMBER 11, 2014:  Marshall Hodgson was both a genius and a visionary. While he may have seemed to be just another university professor, at once restless, innovative, and genial, he was also an academic Übermensch with […]

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The Green Call: A Narrative of the Iranian Green Movement (by Mohsen Kadivar)

The Green Call: A Narrative of the Iranian Green Movement (by Mohsen Kadivar)

[ 0 ] November 10, 2014 |

The Green Call: A Narrative of the Iranian Green Movement Volume I: Papers, Letters and Declarations (2009-2014) Nedaye Sabz Rawayati as Jonbesh-e Sabz-e Mardom-e Iran Jeld-e Awwal: Neweshtarha (1388-93) Mohsen Kadivar (1959- ) E-book : November 2014 (preface below)  478 Pages — Download Full book in Persian  by MOHSEN KADIVAR (self-published book/on his blog), NOVEMBER 2014:  […]

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Omnia El Shakry on “The Arabic Freud”

Omnia El Shakry on “The Arabic Freud”

[ 0 ] November 6, 2014 |

by ALI ALTAF MIAN for ISLAMiCommentary on NOVEMBER 6, 2014: Is Sigmund Freud a stranger to the robust intellectual scenes of the modern Middle East? Is there mutual ignorance between Islam and psychoanalysis? Do only secular Arab thinkers invoke Western discourses of suspicion, such as psychoanalysis? In a forthcoming monograph, provisionally titled The Arabic Freud, UC-Davis […]

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WATCH: Christine Fair on “Fighting to the End: Pakistan’s Way of War”

[ 0 ] October 23, 2014 |

via WORLD AFFAIRS COUNCIL (DC) on OCTOBER 20, 2014:  Since its founding in 1947, the army of Pakistan has dominated the state, embroiling the country in an enduring conflict with India over Kashmir. Despite repeated losses, the Pakistani army remains committed to achieving its military goals in the region. The employment of non-state actors in […]

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A Conversation with Sahar Amer, Author of ‘What is Veiling?’

A Conversation with Sahar Amer, Author of ‘What is Veiling?’

[ 0 ] October 13, 2014 |

ISLAMiCommentary editor’s note: There seems to be no end to controversies and misunderstandings surrounding veiling. Here is a Q & A with Islamic studies professor Sahar Amer on her new book “What is Veiling” followed by an op-ed she wrote for the online journal “The Conversation” on debates on veiling in Australia. Amer also did […]

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Religion Publishing Update Fall 2014: A Scholarly Boom on Islam

[ 0 ] October 10, 2014 |

by MARCIA Z. NELSON and JANA RIESS for PUBLISHERS WEEKLY on OCTOBER 3, 2014:  One rarely uses the term booming in publishing these days, but it’s fair to say that academic publishing about Islam is doing just that. New books are diverse in subject matter and house of origin, as this major religion’s world-shaping influence is […]

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Khaled Abou El Fadel on the Way of Truth and Justice: Understanding Islamic Law

Khaled Abou El Fadel on the Way of Truth and Justice: Understanding Islamic Law

[ 0 ] September 26, 2014 |

by KHALED ABOU EL FADL for ABC RELIGION & ETHICS on SEPTEMBER 23, 2014:  The law plays a central role in Islam and yet, the law is also the least understood aspect of the Islamic faith by Muslims and non-Muslims alike. In the West, for example, some even go as far as thinking that a Muslim […]

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The War Department’s WWII Advice Booklet for Soldiers Headed to Syria (via Slate)

[ 0 ] September 19, 2014 |

by CHRIS A. SMITH for SLATE on SEPTEMBER 17, 2014:  The Vault is Slate‘s history blog. Like us on Facebook, follow us on Twitter @slatevault, and find us on Tumblr. Find out more about what this space is all about here. In 1942 the American war machine was in high gear, and soldiers were shipping out across the globe—often to places […]

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Jean-Pierre Filiu on ‘Gaza: A History’ (Book Q & A)

Jean-Pierre Filiu on ‘Gaza: A History’ (Book Q & A)

[ 0 ] September 17, 2014 |

“Both Fatah and Hamas, the main Palestinian parties, have forged over the years a self-celebrating militant narrative, intimately linked to Gaza, and any academic research has to deconstruct this narrative before addressing the core issues of the historical process.” — Jean-Pierre Filiu  Column » ‘By the Book’ with Joseph Preville by JOSEPH RICHARD PREVILLE and […]

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