Publisher: Prospect Books
$18.00 USDAn Egyptian woman's reflections on her changing homeland—updated with an afterword on the Arab Spring
In language that vividly evokes the lush summers of Cairo and the stark beauty of the Arabian desert, Leila Ahmed movingly recounts her Egyptian childhood growing up in a rich tradition of Islamic women and describes how she eventually came to terms with her identity as a feminist living in America. As a young woman in Cairo in the forties and fifties, Ahmed witnessed some of the major transformations of this century—the end of British colonialism, the rise of Arab nationalism, and the breakdown of Egypt's once multireligious society. As today's Egypt continues to undergo revolutionary change, Ahmed's inspirational story remains as poignant and relevant as ever.
By: Leila Ahmed
Published by: Penguin
The Jewish religion is one of the major faiths of the world yet one of the least understood. In a wide ranging and accessible guide for the general reader, Rabbi Naftali Brawer outlines the major themes and history of over 5,000 years of Jewish faith, form its Abrahamic origins and the foundation of Jerusalem to the eras of exile, diaspora and persecution. From ritual and practice to faith and politics, the theology and history of Judaism are bound together.
by Naftali Brawer
This multiple award-winning, comprehensive compilation of narrations and details of the life of Prophet Muhammad (S) has never before been available in English until now! Internationally acclaimed as “the most authoritative resource” on the Sīra, this two-volume translation text book is revolutionary in bringing his (S) life to life for every one who ventures upon it. The original volumes have won the approval and praise of numerous scholars. Now, it is at last available as a treasured text for your personal or educational development.
Now also available in soft cover
Author: Samira al-Zayid
Translators: Susan Imady, Tamara Gray, & Randa Mardini
Binding: Hardcover & Softcover
Pages: Vol 1, 570; Vol 2, 558
Publisher: Daybreak Press
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A Hisotry of Muslim Civilization is a unique textbook written especially for the younger generation of Western-born Muslims and all those interested in learning about the History of Muslims from a Muslim perspective.
By Huseyin Abiva
A History of the Arab Peoples covers not only political history, but also culture, society, economy and thought, in a work of profound and lasting importance. A magnificent display of the late Albert Hourani's lifetime of scholarship, it was a best-seller on first publication in 1991.
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On the eve of Yom Kippur in 2002, Aliza Lavie, a university professor, read an interview with an Israeli woman who had lost both her mother and her baby daughter in a terrorist attack. As Lavie stood in the synagogue later that evening, she searched for comfort for the bereaved woman, for a reminder that she was not alone but part of a great tradition of Jewish women who have responded to unbearable loss with strength and fortitude. Unable to find sufficient solace within the traditional prayer book and inspired by the memory of her own grandmother's steadfast knowledge and faith, Lavie began researching and compiling prayers written for and by Jewish women. A Jewish Woman's Prayer Book is the result - a beautiful and moving one-of-a-kind collection that draws from a variety of Jewish traditions, through the ages, to commemorate every occasion and every passage in the cycle of life, from the mundane to the extraordinary. This elegant, inspiring volume includes special prayers for the Sabbath and holidays and important dates of the Jewish year; prayers to mark celebratory milestones, such as bat mitzva, marriage, pregnancy, and childbirth; and prayers for comfort and understanding in times of tragedy and loss. Each prayer is presented in Hebrew and in an English translation, along with fascinating commentary on its origins and allusions. Culled from a wide range of sources, both geographically and historically, this collection testifies that women's prayers were - and continue to be - an inspired expression of personal supplication and desire.
Edited By Aliza Lavie
A Journey through Islamic History tells you all you ever wanted to know about the history of the Muslim world from the Prophet Muhammad to Malcolm X in a short, accessible, and lavishly-illustrated format.
This book includes eight chronological essays covering fifteen hundred years, over 175 photographs, a timeline with five hundred entries, and textboxes featuring important personalities, key events, and major ideas.
By Yasminah Hashim & Muhammad Beg
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The veil's resurgence from the Middle East to America
In Cairo in the 1940s, Leila Ahmed was raised by a generation of women who never dressed in the veils and headscarves their mothers and grandmothers had worn. To them, these coverings seemed irrelevant to both modern life and Islamic piety. Today, however, the majority of Muslim women throughout the Islamic world again wear the veil. Why, Ahmed asks, did this change take root so swiftly, and what does this shift mean for women, Islam, and the West? When she began her study, Ahmed assumed that the veil's return indicated a backward step for Muslim women worldwide. What she discovered, however, in the stories of British colonial officials, young Muslim feminists, Arab nationalists, pious Islamic daughters, American Muslim immigrants, violent jihadists, and peaceful Islamic activists, confounded her expectations. Ahmed observed that Islamism, with its commitments to activism in the service of the poor and in pursuit of social justice, is the strain of Islam most easily and naturally merging with western democracies' own tradition of activism in the cause of justice and social change. It is often Islamists, even more than secular Muslims, who are at the forefront of such contemporary activist struggles as civil rights and women's rights. Ahmed's surprising conclusions represent a near reversal of her thinking on this topic. Richly insightful, intricately drawn, and passionately argued, this absorbing story of the veil's resurgence, from Egypt through Saudi Arabia and into the West, suggests a dramatically new portrait of contemporary Islam.
By Leila Ahmed
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A Sufi Study Of Hadith | Haqiq Al Tariqa Minas-Sunna Al-Aniqa
by Mawlana Ashraf Ali Thanawi
Translated by Shaykh Yusuf Tala Delorenzo
Authenticity, Compilation, Classification and Criticism of Hadith
A Textbook of Hadith Studies provides an academic introduction to the Hadith, or the teachings of the Prophet Muhammad, which are second only to the Qur'an (Koran) in their authoritativeness within Islamic tradition. Suitable for university courses and all serious students of Islam, the topics surveyed include Hadith methodology, Hadith literature, the history of Hadith compilation and documentation, and the methods of Hadith criticism (al-jarh wa al-ta'dil) and classification.
Mohammad Hashim Kamali, born in Afghanistan in 1944, was a professor of Islamic Law and Jurisprudence at the International Islamic University in Malaysia, and dean of the International Institute of Islamic Thought and Civilization (ISTAC) from 1985–2007. He is currently chairman and CEO of the International Institute of Advanced Islamic Studies, Malaysia. He is also on the international advisory boards of eleven academic journals published in Malaysia, the United States, Canada, Kuwait, India, Australia, and Pakistan. Professor Kamali has addressed over 120 national and international conferences, and has published sixteen books and over 110 academic articles. His books include The Principles of Islamic Jurisprudence, Freedom of Expression in Islam, and Islamic Commercial Law: An Analysis of Futures and Options.
From the great and ancient cultures of Asia comes this fascinating collection of great prose, drama, poetry and scripture. Translated by scholars well versed in the original languages, the contents range from selections from the holy books of the Confucian, Taoist, Hindu, Buddhist and Islamic religions to a story from The Thousand and One Nights and verses from the Rubaiyat of Omar Khayyam
By: John D. Yohannan
Published by: Penguin
This is the textbook for "HAD 202: The Forty Hadith of Imam al-Nawawi" with the Ribaat Academic Program. For more information please visit rabata.org/ribaat.
Imam Nawawi's collection of forty two hadith brings together some of the most important and pivotal Prophetic traditions. Each tradition encapsulates a great rule of the religion of Islam, described by Islamic religious scholars as an "axis" in Islam. The commentary of the great hadith master Shaykh al-Islam Ibn Daqiq al-'Id is simple but erudite.
Mokrane Guezzou is a well-known translator of over ten works including the Qur'an commentary Wahidi's Asbab al-Nuzul.
Ibn Daqiq al-'Id (d.1302) is accounted as one of Islam's great scholars in the fundamentals of Islamic law and belief.
Imam Nawawi (1233-77) was an authority on hadith and a biographer, lexicologist, and Sufi.
This book is about Abu Bakr, the first Caliph to rule the world of Islam after the Prophet Muhammad. More important than his achievements as a state leader was his close companionship with Prophet Muhammad, a relationship that earned him the name al Siddiq. He was the only Companion who was privileged to ride alongside the Prophet Muhammad in his great migration to Madina, a turning point in the history of Islam. This book analyzes his exemplary life, his relationship with the Prophet, and his unique role in the birth period of Islam.
By Resit Haylamaz
Pages: 167 pages
Publisher: Tughra Books
If the stories that come out of Afghanistan are ever to contain hope for the future, then the young people readers will meet in these pages are that hope. From street workers to female students in newly formed academies, children who work in family businesses, and pickpockets who steal from visiting photographers, these are the faces of young Afghanis who universally wish for peace in their neighborhoods, in their country, in their lifetimes.
Award-winning photojournalist Tony O'Brien and filmmaker Mike Sullivan went to Afghanistan to interview and photograph children of a wide range of ages, from varied ethnic backgrounds, and with very different daily lives. As each one tells his or her story the reader is placed right in the middle of everyday life as it is lived by children in the midst of one of the world's most enduringly conflict-ridden countries.
by Tony O'Brien and Mike Sullivan
Photographs by Tony O'Brien
"Michot provides an introduction into the work (Risaleh Dukhaniyyeh) and an outline of the scholarly debates concerning smoking that occured in Turkey in the 16th and 17th centuries." —Islamic Horizons
"Against Smoking is a gem of scholarship. This compact book is a major contribution to the study of Islamic pietism in general and Ottoman religious and cultural history in particular." —Professor Ahmet T. Karamustafa, Washington University in St. Louis
One of the earliest Arabic texts against smoking, Ahmad al-Aqhisari's Epistle on Tobacco is presented here for the first time in a scholarly edition, together with a fully annotated English translation. Yahya Michot expertly sets the epistle within its Ottoman social, intellectual, and historical context. Includes thirty illustrations.
by Ahmad al-Aqhisari
Introduction, first edition and translation by Yahya Michot
Yahya Michot is professor of Islamic studies and Christian–Muslim relations at Hartford Seminary, Connecticut.
It is not possible to fully grasp the true gravity of the Qur'an, but this remarkable collection gathers forty hadith that each indicate the majesty of the Book of Allah. Whether describing the manifestation of the Qur'an as an intercessor on the Day of Judgement, or its effect on those who read it, every hadith in this collection is profoundly inspiring and likely to have a deeply transformative effect on the reader.
Translated by Mawlana Mohammad Mohammadi
Commentary by Mohamed Ansa & Mawlana Mohammad Mohammadi
Mulla 'Ali al-Qari Mulla 'Ali al Qari, a Hanafi jurist, hadith expert and theologian, was born and grew up in Herat, Afghanistan where he received his early Islamic education. He was deeply devoted to the Qur'an, and his mastery and precision of Qur'anic recitation and its science earned him the appellate "al Qari, or 'the Qur'an reciter'. His scholarship was exacting and his output profuse having composed works a great number being encyclopaedic in nature on just about every field and subfield of the traditional Islamic disciplines. ...... ''A fluid translation of an invaluable work on the Prophetic hadiths related to the virtues of the Qur an by a leading hadith master. The commentary and referencing make this work of great benefit to anyone seeking to become of the people of the Qur an, whom the Prophet (Allah bless him and give him peace) described as, "the people of Allah and His most chosen." - SHAYKH FARAZ RABBANI
The Arba'in or Chihil Kalima of Jami is a choice collection of Traditions of the Blessed Prophet (may Allah bless him and grant him peace). The main emphasis is on cultivating high qualities of character. The compiler, a great Persian scholar and poet, further enriched his beautiful Hadith selection with pithy and eloquent paraphrases in verse. In this edition, Turath Publishing presents the original Arabic and Persian texts together with English translations of both. These are complemented by an introductory account of Jami and his works, and also by notes on both the content and the sources of the Hadiths.
by Abu Hamid Muhammad Al-ghazali
by Abu Hamid Al-Ghazali (Author), Eric Ormsby (Translator)
As the first complete translation of a classic Arabic text written in the 11th century, this work is an eloquent introduction to mystical love in Islam. Considered one of the most important chapters in al-Ghazali's magnum opus The Revival of the Religious Sciences, it consists of arguments that form the basis of Sufi theory and the practice of mystical love. Providing the book's historical and spiritual context, this account also offers insight into the poetry of such greats as Rumi and Hafiz.
by Abu Hamid Mohammad Al-Ghazali
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قامت المؤلفة بقراءة السيرة من منابعها الأولى ومصادرها الأم ومن مصادر أخرى وبعد دراستها قامت بتأليف هذا الكتاب لتجمع فيه أخبار السيرة من أوثق مصادرها واعتمدت في هذا الكتاب بالإضافة إلى الى كتب السيرة كتب الأحاديث، كما حرصت على تنسيق الأخبار وترتيبها زمنياً . وقد أفردت لكل فترة زمنية من حياة النبي ﷺ قسماً خاصاً بها يضم أحداثه، هذا الكتاب في ستة أجزاء يعتبره بعض الدعاة والعلماء مرجعاً أساسياً لمن يريد دراسة السيرة النبوية
تأليف الدكتورة سميرة الزايد
A 6-volume compilation of sirah written in Arabic by Ustadha Samira az-Zayid, a female scholar residing in Damascus, Syria, with a Bachelor's degree in Islamic Studies and Arabic Literature. This in-depth sirah is the only book on this topic written by a woman and has been called by scholars the most important work of sirah this century.
This short work in Arabic is commonly used as a teacher's guide for children's programs as it covers all the basic requirements of knowledge. Compiled by Ustadha Thana' al-Mahini, it covers topics such as Qur'an and hadith, sirah, 'aqidah, fiqh, and the 10 sahaba promised Paradise.
FAMOUS FIQH BOOKS like al-Maqasid have stood the test of time because of their sheer usefulness. Compact enough to be memorized by students becoming scholars, al-Maqasid contains hundreds of rulings of personal Islamic law distilled from the most commonly asked and answered questions in schools and mosques from the time of the Prophet (Allah bless him and give him peace) down to Imam Nawawi.
Widely considered the best medium-size handbook available in English for teaching the basics of Islam from a traditional perspective, this new edition has been revised and updated with a full complement of notes on a number of contemporary Muslim issues, and three major essays have been appended on why Muslims follow madhhabs, hadiths the mujtahid Imams lacked, and the place of Sufism in Islam.
by Nawawi (Author)
Nuh Ha Mim Keller (Translator, Author)
$59.99 USDفي هذا الكتاب مادة غنية متنوعة للوعظ والإرشاد تكون عوناً للوعاظ على تحديد أهم الخطوط التي يسيرون ضمنها لتحيق الأهداف المرجوة من الوعظ، هذا الكتاب في جزأين تأليف الأستاذة حسناء صلاحي الأصبحي
Written by Ustadha Hasna' Salahi al-Asbahi, this 2-volume book is a guide and a reference for the da'iya and covers many different aspects of Islam.
This book is an adaptation in English of the prefatory volume of a 40-volume biographical dictionary (in Arabic) of women scholars of the Prophet’s hadith. Learned women enjoyed high public standing and authority in the formative years of Islam. For centuries thereafter, women travelled intensively for religious knowledge and routinely attended the most prestigious mosques and madrasas across the Islamic world. Typical documents (like class registers and ijazahs from women authorizing men to teach) and the glowing testimonies about their women teachers from the most revered ulema are cited in detail. An overview chapter, with accompanying maps, traces the spread of centres of hadith learning for women, and their eventual decline. The information summarized here is essential to a balanced appreciation of the role of women in Islamic society.
“...read today, when many Muslim women still don’t dare pray in mosques, let alone lecture leaders in them, Akram’s entry for someone like Umm al-Darda, a prominent jurist in seventh-century Damascus, is startling. As a young woman, Umm al-Darda used to sit with male scholars in the mosque, talking shop... She went on to teach hadith and fiqh, or law, at the mosque, and even lectured in the men’s section; her students included the caliph...” (New York Times)
“...replete with enlightening references... the standard introduction to the study of the women scholars of Islam.” (Muslim World Book Review)
By Mohammad Akram Nadwi
Mohammad Akram Nadwi (alumnus of Nadwat al-Ulama, Lucknow) has written extensively in Arabic and Urdu on hadith, fiqh, Islamic biography, and Arabic grammar; and recently in English: Madrasa Life (2007), Abu Hanifah (2010), two (of the five) volumes of al-Fiqh al-Islama (2007, 2012), and Abu l-Hasan 'Ali al-Nadwi (2013).
The cover shows the study journeys of Fatimah bt. Sa'd al-Khayr and her principal students. She moved from Valencia with her merchant-scholar father to China, then travelled back westward, settling longest in Baghdad. She taught thereafter in Cairo, where she died in 600 ah. (See ch. 3.)
Al-Murshid al-Mu'een is a widely recognised primary text for learning Islam in North Africa. In it the author, Abd al-Wahid ibn 'Ashir, summarises in verse the three sciences of Islam, Iman and Ihsan: Maliki fiqh, Ash'ari 'aqida and Junaidi tasawwuf. This is its first complete translation into English. Dr. Asadullah Yate is also the translator of Shaykh Ahmad bin al-Bashir al-Qalawi ash-Shinqiti's (1216 AH/1802 CE- 1276 AH/1853 CE) Mufid al-'Ibad, a very full commentary on al-Murshid al-Mu'een, which is published by Diwan Press in English as "Islam in the School of Madina".
Written in the second Islamic century by al-Imam al-Shafi’i (d. 204AH/820AD), the founder of one of the four Sunni schools of law, this important work gives the fundamental principles of Islamic jurisprudence and its influence continues to the present day. During the early years of the spread of Islam, the exponents of Islamic legal doctrine were faced with the problems raised by ruling and administering a diverse and rapidly growing empire. In Medina and Kufa, as well as other cities of early Muslim rule, schools of law had to be developed, but it took the genius of Muhammad b. Idris al-Shafi’i, born in the year 150AH/767AD, to establish the principles by which the various legal doctrines could be synthesised into a coherent system. In theRisala, which laid down the basis for such a synthesis, al-Shafi’i established the overriding authority, next only to the Qur’an, of theSunnaor example of the Prophet Muhammad as transmitted in the traditions.
Professor Majid Khadduri has done an admirable service in making this valuable work available in English, His excellent translation uses not only the original manuscripts of Ibn Jama’a and al-Rabi, found at Dar al-Kutub, the National Library in Cairo, but also authoritative editions published earlier in this century, namely the Bulaq and Shakir editions. In his introduction, Professor Khadduri outlines the historical background of theRisalaand gives a biography of al-Imam al-Shafi’i as well as annotated, detailed summaries of the composition, structure, substance and argument of the text. He also includes a list of transmitters of traditions, a glossary of the most important Islamic legal terms and a select bibliography. For this new edition, the index has been expanded and a small corrigenda added.
by Majid Khadduri
‘One of the leading texts on Islamic fiqh. A must for the bookshelf of all conscientious Muslims.’Dr Darsh (Q News)
Table of Contents
The Historical Background of theRisala
The Composition and Structure of theRisala.
Substance and Argument of theRisala.
Significance of theRisala
The Text of theRisala.
Translation of Shafi’i’sRisala.
Transmitters of Traditions.
Ali ibn Abi Taleb is the fourth Caliph of Islam, but he is the first to remember from among all the Companions of the Prophet Muhammad as far as bravery is concerned. He is a symbol of courage and gallantry as much as a leading spiritual figure in Islam. This book brings to life the biography of this unique hero of Islam, analyzing where and how he was raised, the dynamics that formed his personality and the struggles that he went through in his lifetime.
By Resit Haylamaz
Publisher: Tughra Books
The first English translation of recent poetry by the late Mahmoud Darwish, the most important Palestinian contemporary poet. Almond Blossoms and Beyond is one of the last collections of poetry that Mahmoud Darwish left to the world. Composed of brief lyric poems and the magnificent sustained Exile cycle, Almond Blossoms holds an important place in Darwishs unparalleled oeuvre. It distills his late style, in which, though the specter of death looms and weddings turn to funerals, he threads the pulses and fragilities and beauties of life into the lines of his poems. Their liveliness is his own response to the collections final call to bid Farewell / Farewell, to the poetry of pain.
by Mahmoud Darwish
Translated by Mohammad Shaheen
*This book is in Arabic and English*
This collection of forty hadith by one of the most famous compilers of hadith is generally regarded as the most popular anthology and the best introduction to the study of the Prophet’s sayings which, together with the Qur’an, contain the essential teachings of Islam. The Arabic original has been printed alongside the English translation for the benefit of those with a knowledge of Arabic. The translation, by two scholars working in close collaboration, combines accuracy with readability.
Translated by Ezzeddin Ibrahim and Denys Johnson-Davies
Table of Contents
Translators’ Introduction in English
Translators’ Introduction in Arabic
Imam an-Nawawi’s Introduction in Arabic
The Hadith: Arabic text with Facing English Translation
يغطي هذا الكتاب جانبين مهمين، الجانب الأول هو بناء عقيدة المسلم بناءً سليماً أساسه القرآن والسنة وصيانته من الضياع والأفكار المضللة القديمة والحديثة، والجانب الآخر هو جمع معظم بحوث
العقيدة وأهم ما يتصل بها من بحوث يحتاج المسلم إلى معرفتها
تأليف الأستاذة سعاد ميبر
This book covers all the essential knowledge of aqidah based on the Qur'an and sunnah - attributes of God and the prophets, a study of the prophets as well as all the revealed books and the unseen, and more. It is written in Arabic by Ustadha Su'ad Maibar, who has a Bachelor's degree in Islamic studies.
Whether you're planning a trip to Morocco, Egypt, or any of the 25 exotic countries where Arabic is spoken, you'll want to bring along your language skills and ARABIC in 10 minutes a day® with CD-ROM is just the ticket! With a focus on practical words and phrases which every traveler needs, the book and interactive software provide an easy, step-by-step approach together with useful study tools and fun, computer activities and games. Perfect for students, travelers and international executives worldwide!
Known as an expert on Islam, Sufism, and Islamic arts & crafts, Burckhardt presents in-depth analyses of seminal examples of Islamic architecture, from Spain and Morocco to Persia and India. He examines Koranic calligraphy and illumination, arabesque, carpets and rugs, Persian miniatures, and much more while making illuminating comparisons with Christian, Hindu, and Buddhist art. Beautifully illustrated in color, this masterpiece is presented in a revised, commemorative edition containing 285 new illustrations and a new Introduction.
Teaches kids about how Islam teaches Muslims to greet one another.
by M S Kayani
In today’s complex and volatile world the consequences of relying on fraudulent and counterfeit Hadith to legitimize extremist behavior, issue violent fatwas, and justify blatant abuse, particularly of women, is not only far too easy but in fact dangerous. Israr Khan addresses the sensitive topic of Hadith authentication, focusing on the criteria adopted by classical scholars to maintain that concentration on the continuity and accuracy of the chain of narrators, rather than the textual content of Hadith, has led to particular Hadith being included which either contradict other Hadith directly, project the Prophet (SAAS) in an uncharacteristic light, or do not reflect and/or conflict with the teachings of the Qur’an. The study traces in careful detail the historical development of the oral and written traditions, as well as the many targeted attempts at fabrication that took place, critiquing in methodical detail certain Hadith which have come to be widely accepted as “authentic.”
The prominent collections we have today, were made possible by the development of the science of Hadith criticism, and Muslim scholars deserve deep appreciation for their painstaking work, as well as their invaluable contribution towards preserving the Hadith literature to the best of their ability. However, insists the author, the process is ongoing, and the closed door policy which currently surrounds Hadith authentication needs to be carefully reexamined.
by Israr Ahmad Khan
$20.00 USD $10.00 USDThis superb full-colour, illustrated guide features 3D laminated cut-outs to show you the key sights in perspective and a large, fully-indexed, pull-out map. Additional detailed maps and plans can also be found throughout the guide, clearly pin-pointing the best places to stay and the top places to eat and drink. At the heart of the guide is a wealth of comprehensive information written by experts on the sights and top attractions, in an easy-to-read A-Z format. Also included are great, practical travel tips covering accommodation and food and drink for all budgets, entertainment, sport, transport and health; not to mention some insider tips for saving money or having a unique travel experience. There is also a variety of recommended tours covering the best routes available, to ensure you get the most from your destination. The plastic wallet allows you to keep the guide and map together and ensures that both will survive in all weather. Baedeker - setting a new standard in 21st century travel guide publishing.
Reimagining American Influence In A New Middle East
This book distills eleven years of expert reporting for The New York Times, Reuters, and The Atlantic Monthly into a clarion call for change. An incisive look at the evolving nature of war, Rohde exposes how a dysfunctional Washington squandered billions on contractors in Iraq and Afghanistan, neglected its true allies in the war on terror and failed to employ its most potent nonmilitary weapons: American consumerism, technology, and investment. Rohde then surveys post-Arab Spring Tunisia, Turkey, and Egypt, and finds a yearning for American technology, trade, and education. He argues that only Muslim moderates, not Americans, can eradicate militancy. For readers of Steve Coll, Tom Ricks, and Ahmed Rashid, Beyond War shows how the failed American effort to back moderate Muslims since 9/11 can be salvaged.
by David Rohde
In Bitter Lemons, Durrell tells the perceptive, often humorous, story of his experiences on Cyprus between 1953 and 1956-first as a visitor, then as a householder and teacher, and finally as Press Advisor to a government coping with armed rebellion. Here are unforgettable pictures of the sunlit villages and people, the ancient buildings, mountains and sea-and the somber political tragedy that finally engulfed the island.
A thoughtful and incisive meditation on literature, motherhood, and spiritual wellbeing from Turkey's leading female author.
After the birth of her first child, Elif Shafak experienced a profound personal crisis. Plagued by guilt, anxiety, and bewilderment about her new maternal role, the acclaimed novelist stopped writing for the first time in her life. As she plummeted into post-partum depression, Shafak looked to the experiences of other prominent female writers - including Sylvia Plath, Virginia Woolf, Simone de Beauvoir, and Alice Walker - for help navigating the conflict between motherhood and artistic creation in a male-dominated society. Searingly honest, eloquent, and unexpectedly humorous, Black Milk will be widely embraced by writers, academics, and anyone who has undergone the identity crisis engendered by being a mother.
by Elif Shafak
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By Jeremy Scahill
The unauthorized story of the epic rise of one of the most powerful and secretive forces to emerge from the U.S. military-industrial complex, hailed by the Bush administration as a revolution in military affairs, but considered by others as a dire threat to American democracy.
Poetry. UpSet Press has restored to print Suheir Hammad's first book of poems, BORN PALESTINIAN, BORN BLACK, originally published by Harlem River Press in 1996. The new edition is augmented with a new author's preface, and new poems, under the heading THE GAZA SUITE, as well as a new publisher's note by Zohra Saed, an introduction by Marco Villalobos, and an afterword by Kazim Ali. "The true manifest destiny of Suheir Hammad is to raise her searing vigorous voice, a brave flag over the dispossessed to sing stories of indelible origin and linkage to remind struggling humankind, whatever color or cultural root: We will hold on, we will never be gone. What's more, we will shine the light on one another!"--Naomi Shihab Nye.
By Suheir Hammad
Publisher: Upset Press
“Chicken with Plums is a feast you’ll devour.”
Acclaimed graphic artist Marjane Satrapi brings what has become her signature humor and insight, her keen eye and ear, to the heartrending story of a celebrated Iranian musician who gives up his life for music and love.
When Nasser Ali Khan, the author’s great-uncle, discovers that his beloved instrument is irreparably damaged, he takes to his bed, renouncing the world and all its pleasures. Over the course of the week that follows, we are treated to vivid scenes of his encounters with family and friends, flashbacks to his childhood, and flash-forwards to his children’s future. And as the pieces of his story fall into place, we begin to understand the breadth of his decision to let go of life.
The poignant story of one man, it is also stunningly universal—a luminous tale of life and death, and the courage and passion both require of us.
By Marjane Satrapi
Publisher: Pantheon Books
In the dark of night, Hanan al-Hashimi awakens from a nightmare, confused and shaken. Roaming the house in search of some reassurance, she is drawn towards the streak of light under her husband's bedroom door. Little does she know that the beckoning glow will turn her life on its head...
By: Samar Yazbek
Published by: Arabia Books
The classification of knowledge is a recurring theme in Islamic scholarship. Successive generations of Muslim scholars, from al-Kindi in the ninth century to Shah Waliallah of Delhi in the eighteenth century, have devoted considerable efforts to the exposition of this theme.
The lives and the ideas of the three thinkers discussed in Classification of Knowledge in Islam - al-Farabi (870-950AD), al-Ghazzali (1058-1111AD) and Qutb al-Din al-Shirazi (1236-1311AD) - cover the pivotal period of Islamic history from the first flourishing of the philosophical sciences to the sacking of Baghdad by the Mongols.
In addition, each of these three thinkers was either a founder or an eminent representative of a major intellectual school in Islam. Al-Farabi was the founder and one of the most prominent representatives of the mashsha’i (Peripatetic) school of philosopher-scientists.
By Osman Bakar
Foreword by Seyyed Hossein Nasr
Publisher: Islamic Texts Society
by Hamid Keshmirshekan
Daughter of Damascus presents a personal account of a Syrian woman's youth in the Suq Saruja ("old city") quarter of Damascus in the 1940s. Siham Tergeman wrote this book to preserve the details of a "genuine Arab past" for Syrian young people. In it, she relates the customs pertaining to marriage, birth, circumcision, and death. She writes of Ramadan festivities, family picnics to the orchards of the Ghuta, weekly trips to the public bath, her school experiences, Damascene cooking, peddlers' calls, and proverbs. She includes the well-known dramatic skits, songs, and tales of the Syrian Hakawati storytellers. And, through the words of her father, she describes the difficult period when Syrians were involved in the Balkans War and World War I. All this wealth of ethnographic detail is set in real-life vignettes that make the book lively and entertaining reading.
Little has been published about modern Syrian social life. In this English translation of an Arabic memoir originally published in Syria in 1978, Tergeman appeals to a wide audience. General readers will find a charming story, while scholars can find source material for university courses in anthropology, sociology, family and women's studies, and Middle Eastern area studies. The introduction by anthropologist Andrea Rugh portrays Syrian social life for Western readers and points out some of the nuances that might escape the attention of those unacquainted with Arab culture.
by Siham Tergeman
English version and introduction by Andrea Rugh