BP - Islam / Bahaism / Thesophy acquired during October 2017
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Myanmar's enemy within : Buddhist violence and the making of a Muslim 'other'
Wade, Francis, author
London : Zed Books, 
Baker Berry BP63.B93 W33 2017
Is Islam an enemy of the west?
Sonn, Tamara, 1949- author
Cambridge, UK ; Polity, 
Islam v. the west? -- Jihad : message, motivation, and methods -- Muslim opposition to terror -- Shared grievances -- Mainstream Muslim strategies -- Religion is not the root of conflict.
New York, Washington, Madrid, London and now Paris - the list of Western cities targeted by radical Islamic terrorists waging global jihad continues to grow. Does this extreme violence committed in the name of Islam point to a fundamental enmity between the Muslim faith and the West? In this compelling essay, leading scholar of Islam Tamara Sonn argues that whilst the West has many enemies among Muslims, it is politics not religion that informs their grievances. The longer these demands remain frustrated, the more violence has escalated and recruitment to groups like Islamic State has increased. Far from quelling the spread of Islamic extremism, Western military intervention has helped to turn nationalist movements into radical terrorist groups with international agendas. Islam, Sonn concludes, is not the problem, just as war is not the solution. (Publisher).
Baker Berry BP161.3 .S66 2016
Religious revival and secularism in post-Soviet Azerbaijan
Wiktor-Mach, Dobrosława, author
Berlin ; Walter de Gruyter GmbH, 
"The book explores the complex world of Islam from the perspective of its adherents and activists in Azerbaijan. Baku, the most secular Muslim capital city, is a battlefield for the minds and souls of "ethnic Muslims." Visiting pirs was till now the typical expression of religiosity among Azerbaijani Muslims. Sunni-Shia division was blurred. Nowadays, Shia and Sunni Muslim movements propose new distinctive identities. Foreign and local preachers took advantage of liberal religious policies of the 1990s to promote their ideas. Salafis stress the "pristine" Islam and the idea of universalism, while Shias underline rationality in their faith tradition. Turkish model of Islam is more inclusive towards local customs. Sufism, although not as powerful as before, also finds a committed audience. Finally, independent charismatic local leaders gain supporters. The book investigates how this pluralism affects both religious groups and believers. Competitive environment requires effective strategies and flexibility. In this process, the traditional dominance of Shiism is challenged by Sunni movements. Shiism, however, is not giving up and adapts its concepts and practices to contemporary contexts"--
Baker Berry BP63.A94 W55 2017
London : Muslim Institute ; 2016
Baker Berry BP190.5.N38 N38 2016
The Arabic Freud : psychoanalysis and Islam in modern Egypt
El Shakry, Omnia S., 1970- author
Princeton : Princeton University Press, 
The first in-depth look at how postwar thinkers in Egypt mapped the intersections between Islamic discourses and psychoanalytic thoughtIn 1945, psychologist Yusuf Murad introduced an Arabic term borrowed from the medieval Sufi philosopher and mystic Ibn ̀Arabi-al-la-shùur-as a translation for Sigmund Freud's concept of the unconscious. By the late 1950s, Freud's Interpretation of Dreams had been translated into Arabic for an eager Egyptian public. In The Arabic Freud, Omnia El Shakry challenges the notion of a strict divide between psychoanalysis and Islam by tracing how postwar thinkers in Egypt blended psychoanalytic theories with concepts from classical Islamic thought in a creative encounter of ethical engagement.Drawing on scholarly writings as well as popular literature on self-healing, El Shakry provides the first in-depth examination of psychoanalysis in Egypt and reveals how a new science of psychology-or "science of the soul," as it came to be called-was inextricably linked to Islam and mysticism. She explores how Freudian ideas of the unconscious were crucial to the formation of modern discourses of subjectivity in areas as diverse as psychology, Islamic philosophy, and the law. Founding figures of Egyptian psychoanalysis, she shows, debated the temporality of the psyche, mystical states, the sexual drive, and the Oedipus complex, while offering startling insights into the nature of psychic life, ethics, and eros.
Baker Berry BP190.5.P78 E47 2017
Voice of the Muslim Brotherhood : Daʻwa, discourse and political communication
Mellor, Noha, 1969- author
Milton Park, Abingdon, Oxon ; Routledge, 2018
Unpacking the Brotherhood brand -- The undisputed leader -- Networks and opportunities -- Voice of the Brotherhood -- Branding the movement (1928-1938) -- Bargaining politics (1938-1948) -- Fragmentation stage (1949-1971) -- Resuscitating the brand (1974-1995) -- Soul-searching (1996-2010) -- The last bargain (2011-2013).
In the wake of the January 25 revolution, and the coup that followed in 2013, Egyptian bookstores recorded a significant increase in demand for books by and about the Muslim Brotherhood. However, despite the burgeoning literature on the Brotherhood, knowledge about the movement is still rather limited, particularly with regards to its most strategic tool - media and communications. This book offers a fresh and close look into the communication strategy of the group, focusing on published periodicals, biographies and websites that represent the voice of the Brotherhood. The book analyses the core mission of the Brotherhood, namely its dàwa (call) - how it is articulated and how it is defined by the movement as an ideology and a process. Have the media represented a coherent voice of the Brotherhood over the past decades? What can they communicate regarding the Brothers' perception of the needs of their audiences? How have the media served to sustain, preserve and distinguish the movement for nine decades? The book argues that the Brotherhood media speak with an intermittent voice and deliver an incoherent message whose tone is changeable and fluctuating and cannot be claimed to truly represent the heterogeneity of the group. Adopting an interdisciplinary approach which integrates Media Studies and Social Movement Theory, the book provides a fresh analysis of the Brotherhood movement as an interpretive community and will be a valuable resource for anyone studying Egypt or the Muslim Brotherhood.
Baker Berry BP10.J383 M45 2018
Malay court religion, culture and language : interpreting the Qur'an in 17th century Aceh
Riddell, Peter G., author
Leiden ; Brill, 
One century, two commentaries -- The Wujudiyya environment of Tafsir Sura al-Kahf -- The reformist environment of Tarjuman al-mustafid -- The significance and pragmatic roles of Sura al-Kahf -- Narrative explication by the 17th C. Acehnese commentators -- Study of the qira'at in 17th century Aceh -- Comparing the texts.
In 'Malay Court Religion, Culture and Language: Interpreting the Qur'an in 17th Century Aceh' Peter G. Riddell undertakes a detailed study of the two earliest works of Qur'anic exegesis from the Malay-Indonesian world. Riddell explores the 17th century context in the Sultanate of Aceh that produced the two works, and the history of both texts. He argues that political, social and religious factors provide important windows into the content and approaches of both Qur'anic commentaries. He also provides a transliteration of the Jawi Malay text of both commentaries on s'ra 18 of the Qur'an (al-Kahf), as well as an annotated translation into English. This work represents an important contribution to the search for greater understanding of the early Islamic history of the Malay-Indonesian world.
Baker Berry BP130.78.I5 R53 2017
Ismaili history and intellectual traditions
Daftary, Farhad, author
Abingdon, Oxon ; Routledge, an imprint of the Taylor & Francis Group, 2018
Shiʻi communities in history -- The study of the Ismailis : phases and issues -- Ismaili history and literary traditions -- Idris ʻImad al-Din and medieval Ismaili historiography -- A major schism in the early Ismaʻili movement -- The Ismaili daʻwa under the Fatimids -- The concept of ujja in Ismaili thought -- Cyclical time and sacred history in medieval Ismaili thought -- ʻAli in classical Ismaili theology -- Al-qadi al-nuʻman, Ismaʻili law and Imami shiʻism -- The Iranian school of philosophical Ismailism -- The medieval Ismaʻilis of the Iranian lands -- The "order of the assassins" : J. von Hammer and the Orientalist misrepresentations of the Nizari Ismailis -- Ismaili-Seljuq relations : conflict and stalemate -- Sinan and the Nizari Ismailis of Syria -- Hidden Imams and Mahdis in Ismaili history -- Religious identity, dissimulation and assimilation : the Ismaili experience.
The Ismailis represent an important Shiʻī Muslim community with rich intellectual and literary traditions. The complex history of the Ismailis dates back to the 2nd/8th century when they separated from other Shiʻī groups under the leadership of their own imams. Soon afterwards, the Ismailis organised a dynamic, revolutionary movement, known as the daʻwa or mission, for uprooting the Sunni regime of the Abbasids and establishing a new Shiʻī caliphate headed by the Ismaili imam. By the end of the 3rd/9th century, the Ismaili daʻiş, operating secretly on behalf of the movement, were active in almost every region of the Muslim world, from Central Asia and Persia to Yemen, Egypt and the Maghrib. This book brings together a collection of the best works from Farhad Daftary, one of the foremost authorities in the field. The studies cover a range of specialised topics related to Ismaili history, historiography, institutions, theology, law and philosophy, amongst other intellectual traditions elaborated by the Ismailis. The collation of these invaluable studies into one book would be of great interest to the Ismaili community, as well to anyone studying Islam in general, or Shiʻī Islam in particular.
Baker Berry BP195.I8 D3238 2018
Jihad & co. : black markets and Islamist power
Ahmad, Aisha, author
New York, NY : Oxford University Press, 
The rise of militant jihadist groups is one of the greatest international security crises in the world today. In civil wars across the modern Muslim world, Islamist groups have emerged out of the ashes, surged dramatically to power, and routed their rivals on the battlefield.
Baker Berry BP173.75 .A384 2017
Shared identities : medieval and modern imaginings of Judeo-Islam
Hughes, Aaron W., 1968- author
New York, NY : Oxford University Press, 
1. Symbiosis: rethinking a paradigm -- 2. Origins -- 3. Messianism in the shadows -- 4. The manufacture of Orthodoxy -- 5. Et in Arcadia ego -- 6. Re-frame -- Conclusion: Two solitudes.
"In this controversial study, Aaron W Hughes breaks with received opinion that imagines two distinct religions, Judaism and Islam, interacting in the centuries immediately following the death of Muhammad in the early seventh century. Tradition describes these relations using tropes such as that of "symbiosis." Hughes instead argues that various porous groups--neither fully Muslim nor Jewish--exploited a shared terminology to make sense of their social worlds in response to the rapid process of Islamicization. What emerged as normative rabbinic Judaism on the one had, and Sunni and Shi'i Islam on the other were ultimately responses to such marginal groups. Even the spread of rabbinic Judaism, especially in the hands of Saadya Gaon (882-942 CE), was articulate Islamically. The emergence of the so-called "Golden Age" in places such as Muslim Spain and North Africa continued to see the articulation of this "Islamic" Judaism in the writings of luminaires such as Bahya ibn Paquda, Abraham ibn Ezra, Judah Halevi, and Moses Maimonides. Drawing on social theory, comparative religion, and original sources, Hughes presents a compelling case for rewriting our understanding of Jews and Muslims in their earliest centuries of interaction. Not content to remain solely in the past, however, he also examines the continued interaction of Muslims and Jews, now reimagined as Palestinians and Israelis, into the present"--
Baker Berry BP173.J8 H84 2017
al-Sahib ibn 'Abbad, promoter of rational theology : two Mu'tazili kalam texts from the Cairo Geniza
edited by Wilferd Madelung, Sabine Schmidtke
Leiden ; Brill, 2017
Fragments from the Kitāb Nahj al-sabil fi l-uṣūl of al-Ṣāḥib b. 'Abbād -- Fragments from 'Abd al-Jabbār al-Hamadhānī's commentary on an anonymous theological treatise by al-Ṣāḥib b. 'Abbād.
Baker Berry BP195.M6 S34 2017
In search of the lost Orient : an interview
Roy, Olivier, 1949- author
New York : Columbia University Press, 
Baker Berry BP173.7 .R6813 2017