Bringing the Spiritual To Its Senses
A leading scholar explores the importance of physical objects and sensory experience in the practice of religion.
Humans are needy. We need things: objects, keepsakes, stuff, tokens, knickknacks, bits and pieces, junk, and treasure. We carry special objects in our pockets and purses, and place them on shelves in our homes and offices. As commonplace as these objects are, they can also be extraordinary, as they allow us to connect with the world beyond our skin.
A History of Religion in 5 & 1/2 Objects takes a fresh and much-needed approach to the study of that contentious yet vital area of human culture: religion. Arguing that religion must be understood in the first instance as deriving from rudimentary human experiences, from lived, embodied practices, S. Brent Plate asks us to put aside, for the moment, questions of belief and abstract ideas. Instead, beginning with the desirous, incomplete human body, he asks us to focus on five ordinary types of objects - stones, incense, drums, crosses, and bread - with which we connect in our pursuit of religious meaning and fulfillment.
By S. Brent Plate
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(w)holehearted is a play on words to emphasize the idea of appearing whole and intact as a human being, but with fissures, scars, and brokenness peeking through from behind the tough exterior. it is the facade that many of us peruse our lives carrying, often neglecting our pain, our mental health, and most importantly, the way we are more prone to hurting others when we lack this self-awareness. (w)holehearted seeks to encompass as many stories as possible, touching on several topics, namely, spirituality, feminism, colorism, domestic violence, intersectionality, mental health and more. it aims to depict that anyone with the darkest past and pitfalls can still save themselves from drowning in the difficulties that not only plague our world, but also plague our hearts.
Pages: 214 pages
Publisher: CreateSpace Independent Publishing Platform
100 Books on Islam in English is a companion guide for anyone interested in reading about the different aspects of Islam. The author, HRH Prince Ghazi bin Muhammad, has created three main lists to help readers find their way to titles that give a true explanation of Islam: 25 Essential Books on Islam in English, 50 Excellent Books on Islam in English, and 25 Recommended Books on Islam in English. These three lists cover general introductions to Islam, Qur’anic studies, the life of the Prophet, doctrine, theology, philosophy, law, Sufism, history, culture, art, science, and politics. Finally, there is an additional list of 40 general titles that Muslim—and many other—readers will find beneficial.
By: Ghazi bin Muhammad
Published by: The Islamic Texts Society
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