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The Quran Epic and Apocalypse

Author : Todd Lawson
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Suppose our knowledge of the Quran began only recently with the discovery of mysterious scrolls in a desert cave. Suppose there was no Islamic history and no Muslim community to help us understand this book. Is it conceivable, then, that we might mistake it for the central text of a long-vanished apocalyptic community whose ideas about the next world, colorful and extraordinary as they appear, nonetheless make perfect sense in the context of perhaps the most pervasive literary genre of late antiquity, the epic? How do people understand the Quran to be divine revelation? What is it about this book that inspires such devotion in the reader/believer? Todd Lawson explores how the timeless literary genres of epic and apocalypse bear religious meaning in the Quran, communicating the sense of divine presence, urgency and truth. Grounding his approach in the universal power of story and myth, he provides a unique appreciation of the unparalleled status and unique charisma of the Quran as a religious text and monument of world literature.

Being Human

Author : Todd Lawson
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The Oxford Handbook of Qur anic Studies

Author : Mustafa Shah
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The Qur'an is the foundational sacred text of the Islamic faith. Traditionally revered as the literal word of God, its pronouncements and discussions form the bedrock of Islamic beliefs and teachings. Notwithstanding its religious pre-eminence and the fact that it is the sacred text for over one billion of the world's Muslims, the Qur'an is also considered to be the matchless masterpiece of the Arabic language. Its historical impact as a text can be discerned in all aspects of the heritage of the Arabic literary tradition. Over recent decades, academic engagement with the Qur'an has produced an impressive array of scholarship, ranging from detailed studies of the text's unique language, style and structure, to meticulous surveys of its contents, concepts and historical contexts. The Oxford Handbook of Qur'anic Studies is an essential reference and starting point for those with an academic interest in the Qur'an. It offers not only detailed reviews of influential subjects in the field, but also a critical overview of developments in the research discourse. It explores the tradition of Qur'anic exegesis and hermeneutics, making it a comprehensive academic resource for the study of the Qur'an. No single volume devoted to such a broad academic survey of the state of the field currently exists.

Islam and Judeo Christianity

Author : Jacques Ellul
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The theme of Islam and Judeo-Christianity is the relationship between these three faiths under three headings that are often promoted as a basis for commonality between them (sons of Abraham, monotheism, and religions of the book). Ellul incisively critiques these expressions, finding less common ground than is generally accepted and a pattern of conformism. The English edition of Islam and Judeo-Christianity includes a foreword by David Gill and Dominique North Ellul, and Alain Besancon's extensive foreword to the French edition of Islam and Judeo-Christianity (relocated to the appendices in this edition). The book also includes other writings on this theme by Ellul: Firstly, chapter 5 from Ellul's Subversion of Christianity where "Islam is portrayed as a non-progressive, totalitarian religion, founded on the concept of divine right, and credited with having introduced into Christianity the idea of holy war." Secondly, Ellul's foreword to The Dhimmi: Jews and Christians under Islam written by Bat Ye'or (1985), which documents the conditions of Jews and Christians in Muslim society. Thirdly, Ellul's foreword to The Decline of Eastern Christianity under Islam: From Jihad to Dhimmitude, also by Bat Ye'or (1996), which further explores the history of Jews and Christians under Islam.

Saddam s Word

Author : Ofra Bengio
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This is the first serious attempt to understand modern Iraq through a close examination of the political discourse used by the Ba'th regime and its leader, Saddam Hussein. By analyzing political terms, concepts, and idioms as disseminated through the official Iraqi mouthpieces, author Ofra Bengio illuminates Iraq's political culture and the events that these expressions have both reflected and shaped. Not only does this study add to our understanding of the "Saddam enigma;" it also offers a more universal truth: that under any regime, political culture is built on public discourse. Saddam's Word will be of much interest to students of the contemporary Middle East, as well as to all other observers of Saddam Hussein and his regime.

The Great Interregnum an Exposition of Daniel and the Apocalypse

Author : Rev. James BONNAR
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From Hobbits to Hollywood

Author : Ernest Mathijs
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Peter Jackson's film version of The Lord of the Rings (2001-2003) is the grandest achievement of 21st century cinema so far. But it is also linked to topical and social concerns including war, terrorism, and cultural imperialism. Its style, symbols, narrative, and structure seem always already linked to politics, cultural definition, problems of cinematic style, and the elemenal mythologies that most profoundly capture our imaginations. From Hobbits to Hollywood: Essays on Peter Jackson's Lord of the Rings treats Jackson's trilogy as having two conditions of existence: an aesthetic and a political. Like other cultural artefacts, it leads a double life as objet d'art and public statement about the world, so that nothing in it is ever just cinematically beautiful or tasteful, and nothing is ever just a message or an opinion. Written by leading scholars in the study of cinema and culture From Hobbits to Hollywood gives Jackson's trilogy the fullest scholarly interrogation to date. Ranging from interpretations of The Lord of the Rings' ideological and philosophical implications, through discussions of its changing fandoms and its incorporation into the Hollywood industry of stars, technology, genre, and merchandising, to considerations of CGI effects, acting, architecture and style, the essays contained here open a new vista of criticism and light, for ardent fans of J.R.R. Tolkien, followers of Jackson, and all those who yearn for a deeper appreciation of cinema and its relation to culture.

Approaching the Qur n

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"Approaching the Qur'an captures the complexity, power, and poetry of the early suras, or chapters, of the Qur'an, the sacred scripture of Islam. Michael Sells presents brilliant translations of the short, hymnic suras associated with the first revelations to the Prophet Muhammad. In the second edition, Sells offers a new translation and commentary on the Sura of the Compassionate (al-Rahmān), which holds a special place within Islamic devotion and literature. Additionally, a new preface addresses the ongoing controversy over teaching about Islam and the Qur'an in Americna universities."--Publisher.

Approaching the Qur an

Author : Michael Anthony Sells
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Presents brilliant translations of the short, hymnic chapters, or suras, associated with the first revelations to the Prophet Muhammad. Most of these early revelations appear at the end of the written text and are commonly reached only by the most resolute reader of existing English translations. These suras contain some of the most powerful prophetic and revelatory passages in religious history. They offer the vision of a meaningful and just life that anchors the religion of one-fifth of the world's inhabitants. The book is enriched by the inclusion of a CD recording of Quranic reciters chanting several of the early suras, allowing readers an opportunity to hear the Qur'an in its original form.

Encyclopedia of Apocalyptic Literature

Author : Valerie P. Zimbaro
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Though fully cross-referenced and indexed, the content of this volume seems unnaturally shaped by the A-to-Z format; thematic chapters would make more sense. For example, the reader is directed to six different entries connected with James Baldwin and his book Go Tell It on the Mountain . Neverthele

The Last Apocalypse

Author : James Reston
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A rich, panoramic, illustrated popular history traces the victories of the kings and popes of Christendom against the seemingly invincible Vikings, Moors, and Hungarian Magyars, shaking the world and confirming the popular belief that history was about to end.

A Modern Layman s Faith Nova Religio Laici

Author : Walter Bradford Woodgate
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Islam and the Heroic Image

Author : John Renard
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Throughout the world and over many centuries, the cultures in which Islam has been a major presence have created stories in word and picture to celebrate the men and women who best exemplify each culture's aspirations. This is the story of how those heroic figures have both shaped and been shaped by the religious tradition called Islam. Copyright © Libri GmbH. All rights reserved.

Saddam s Word The Political Discourse in Iraq

Author : Moshe Dayan Center for Middle Eastern and African Studies Tel Aviv University Ofra Bengio Senior Research Fellow
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This is the first serious attempt to understand modern Iraq through a close examination of the political discourse used by the Ba'th regime and its leader, Saddam Hussein. By analyzing political terms, concepts, and idioms as disseminated through the official Iraqi mouthpieces, author Ofra Bengio illuminates Iraq's political culture and the events that these expressions have both reflected and shaped. Not only does this study add to our understanding of the "Saddam enigma;" it also offers a more universal truth: that under any regime, political culture is built on public discourse. Saddam's Word will be of much interest to students of the contemporary Middle East, as well as to all other observers of Saddam Hussein and his regime.

America Islam and the War of Ideas

Author : Larry Pintak
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A Religious History of Ancient India Upto C 1200 A D Smarta epic Pauranika and Tantrika Hinduism Christianity and Islam

Author : Śrīrāma Goyala
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Apocalyptic and Eschatological Heritage

Author : Martin McNamara
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Ireland has been implicated in the modern study of apocalyptic and Old Testament Pseudepigrapha from the very beginning, so the conference brought together scholars who specialize in those themes in the two regions. Ten papers explore such topics as journeys to the world beyond in ancient Judaism, p

Apocalypse 2012 God s Judgments

Author : Ernest Johnson
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Author Ernest Johnson delves into the passages of the scriptures, in particular the Book of Revelation to glean insights on the storm that is to come. By studying the prophecies of old, he predicts the war of tomorrow, and foresees the forces that will bring ruination through out the world in Apocalypse 2012. "I heard the voice of the fourth living creature say,, 'come and see'! I looked and there before me was a pale horse! it's rider was named death, and Hades was following close behind him," This is but one ominous passage in the book of Revelations foretelling the doom that will come to the world. Numerous other prophecies predict the coming of the end times, and continue to spread fear and uncertainty, especially when the occurrence of terrible wars and calamities seem to concur with their divination. In the light of this, with Apocalypse 2012: God's Judgments, Johnson uses his understanding of the Word of the Lord to outline the true meaning of these foreboding signs and portents, their place in God's plan, and their implications on the lives of the faithful and the non-faithful alike. His book explains how current and future events will herald the rise of the Anti-Christ and the Second coming of Christ. According to the Bible, these are the signs leading to the rapture, and preceding the plagues that will scourge the remnants of mankind after the true believers have been spirited away into the heavens, safe from the horror about to befall those left behind. It is in this time that the angels will sound the Trumpets announcing the arrival of the apocalypse and the ultimate Judgment of God will bestowedupon humanity. Apocalypse 2012: God's Judgments studies the sacred Word of the Holy Bible to interpret present happenings and glean insights into the days to come. For believers of the faith, and those who wish to know what will come after the end of the year 2012, Johnson's work will make for a truly engrossing reading experience.

Irano Yuda ikah Le e er Paras eha Yahadut ovets Me arim Bi te ume Ha maga Ben Yehudim e tarbut Paras Be meshekh Ha dorot

Author : Shaul Shaked
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Epic and Romance Criticism

Author : Arthur Coleman
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