Desperately Seeking Paradise

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Desperately Seeking Paradise

Desperately Seeking Paradise

Journeys Of A Sceptical Muslim

  • Author: Ziauddin Sardar
  • Publisher: Granta Books
  • ISBN: 1847086837
  • Category: Biography & Autobiography
  • Page: 356
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Ziauddin Sardar, one of the foremost Muslim intellectuals in Britain, learned the Koran at his mother's knee in Pakistan. As a young student in London he set out to grasp the meaning of his religion, and, hopefully, to find 'paradise', his quest leading him throughout the Muslim world, from Iran to China to Turkey. Along the way he accepts that he may never reach paradise - but it's the journey that's important. At a time when the view of Islam in the West is so often distorted and simplistic, Desperately Seeking Paradise - self-mocking, frank and passionate - is essential reading.

Seeking Paradise

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Seeking Paradise

Seeking Paradise

  • Author: N.A
  • Publisher: Booktango
  • ISBN: 1468924117
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SEEKING PARADISE

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SEEKING PARADISE

SEEKING PARADISE

  • Author: Mary Ali
  • Publisher: Author House
  • ISBN: 1491875674
  • Category: Biography & Autobiography
  • Page: 228
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This is the story of Iman, a story of a woman who grew up in the countryside in the "troubles" of 1970s Northern Ireland. She goes to England to qualify as a dietitian in the 1980s. Twelve years later, her world is turned upside down. She leaves a world of comfort and luxury and the cold English husband, from whom she has slowly drifted away to become a Muslim, to enter another world, a world of dangers, deception, and lies. A violent marriage robs her of her two beloved sons and takes them to the cruel, selfish world of her ex-in-laws in Lahore, Pakistan. In deep grief, she continues her professional life and marries again in Saudia Arabia and returns to England. Only to see that also fall apart with the loss of her home in the beautiful Shropshire countryside. She knows that one day, she will pay the price for the suffering, grief, exhausting, gruelling trips to Pakistan and failed attempts to get her children back. "When the grim reaper comes for me," she told her best friend from Dublin a few months before the diagnosis came. And when it came, it was breast cancer. How will Iman emerge from this? Does she have a future? Read this written-from-the-heart story to find out.

Mecca

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Mecca

Mecca

The Sacred City

  • Author: Ziauddin Sardar
  • Publisher: Bloomsbury Publishing
  • ISBN: 1408835592
  • Category: History
  • Page: 448
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Mecca is the heart of Islam. It is the birthplace of Muhammad, the direction towards which Muslims turn when they pray and the site of pilgrimage which annually draws some three million Muslims from all corners of the world. Yet Mecca's importance goes beyond religion. What happens in Mecca and how Muslims think about the political and cultural history of Mecca has had and continues to have a profound influence on world events to this day. In this captivating book, Ziauddin Sardar unravels the significance of Mecca. Tracing its history, from its origins as a 'barren valley' in the desert to its evolution as a trading town and sudden emergence as the religious centre of a world empire, Sardar examines the religious struggles and rebellions in Mecca that have powerfully shaped Muslim culture. Interweaving stories of his own pilgrimages to Mecca with those of others, Sardar offers a unique insight into not just the spiritual aspects of Mecca – the passion, ecstasy and longing it evokes – but also the conflict between heritage and modernity that has characterised its history. He unpeels the physical, social and cultural dimensions that have helped transform the city and also, though accounts of such Orientalist travellers as Richard Burton and Charles Doughty, the strange fascination that Mecca has long inspired in the Western imagination. And, ultimately, he explores what this tension could mean for Mecca's future. An illuminative, lyrical and witty blend of history, reportage and memoir, this outstanding book reflects all that is profound, enlightening and curious about one of the most important religious sites in the world.

Religion in America

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Religion in America

Religion in America

A Political History

  • Author: Denis Lacorne
  • Publisher: Columbia University Press
  • ISBN: 0231526407
  • Category: Religion
  • Page: 256
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Denis Lacorne identifies two competing narratives defining the American identity. The first narrative, derived from the philosophy of the Enlightenment, is essentially secular. Associated with the Founding Fathers and reflected in the Declaration of Independence, the Constitution, and the Federalist Papers, this line of reasoning is predicated on separating religion from politics to preserve political freedom from an overpowering church. Prominent thinkers such as Voltaire, Thomas Paine, and Jean-Nicolas Démeunier, who viewed the American project as a radical attempt to create a new regime free from religion and the weight of ancient history, embraced this American effort to establish a genuine "wall of separation" between church and state. The second narrative is based on the premise that religion is a fundamental part of the American identity and emphasizes the importance of the original settlement of America by New England Puritans. This alternative vision was elaborated by Whig politicians and Romantic historians in the first half of the nineteenth century. It is still shared by modern political scientists such as Samuel Huntington. These thinkers insist America possesses a core, stable "Creed" mixing Protestant and republican values. Lacorne outlines the role of religion in the making of these narratives and examines, against this backdrop, how key historians, philosophers, novelists, and intellectuals situate religion in American politics.

Islamic Radicalism and Multicultural Politics

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Islamic Radicalism and Multicultural Politics

Islamic Radicalism and Multicultural Politics

The British Experience

  • Author: Tahir Abbas
  • Publisher: Taylor & Francis
  • ISBN: 1136959602
  • Category: Political Science
  • Page: 248
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The emergence of an Islamic political radicalism in Britain has been one of the most dramatic developments in post-war society. Islamic Radicalism and Multicultural Politics explores the context behind this phenomenon, focusing on post-war immigration and integration, the complex relations that exist between Britain and Islam and the true extent of social and economic inequalities that affect Muslims.

Reading the Qur'an

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Reading the Qur'an

Reading the Qur'an

The Contemporary Relevance of the Sacred Text of Islam

  • Author: Ziauddin Sardar
  • Publisher: Oxford University Press
  • ISBN: 0199911495
  • Category: Religion
  • Page: 432
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"I grew up reading the Qur'an on my mother's lap," writes Ziauddin Sardar. "It's an experience I share with most Muslim children. And so it is that our connection to the Qur'an is infused with associations of the warmest and most enduring of human bonds." In Reading the Qur'an, Sardar--one of Europe's leading public intellectuals--laments that for far too many Muslims, the Qur'an he had learned in his mother's lap has become a stick used for ensuring conformity and suppressing dissenting views. Indeed, some find in the Qur'an justification for misogyny, validation for hatred of others, an obsession with dress and mindless ritual, rules for running modern states. Arguing passionately but reasonably against these trends, Sardar speaks out for a more open, less doctrinaire approach to reading the Qur'an. He contends that the Qur'an is not fixed in stone for all time, but a dynamic text which every generation must encounter anew, and whose relevance and implications for our time we have yet to fully discover. The words of the Qur'an imply movement: the religious life, it tells us, is not about standing still but always striving to make our life, our society, the entire world around us a better place for everyone. Sardar explores the Qur'an from a variety of perspectives, from traditional exegesis to hermeneutics, critical theory, and cultural analysis, drawing fresh and contemporary lessons from the Sacred Text. He also examines what the Qur'an says about such contemporary topics as power and politics, rights of women, suicide, domestic violence, sex, homosexuality, the veil, freedom of expression, and evolution. Ziauddin Sardar opens a new window on this remarkable Sacred Text, in a book that will engage all devout Muslims and will interest anyone curious about the Qur'an and Islam today.

Second Language Identities

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Second Language Identities

Second Language Identities

  • Author: David Block
  • Publisher: Bloomsbury Publishing
  • ISBN: 1472571037
  • Category: Language Arts & Disciplines
  • Page: 240
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Second Language Identities examines how identity is an issue in different second language learning contexts. It begins with a detailed presentation of what has become a popular approach to identity in the social sciences (including applied linguistics) today, one that is inspired in poststructuralist thought and is associated with the work of authors such as Anthony Giddens, Zygmunt Bauman, Chris Weedon, Judith Butler and Stuart Hall. It then examines how in early SLA research focussing on affective variables, identity was an issue, lurking in the wings but not coming to centre stage. Moving to the present, the book then examines in detail and critiques recent research focussing on identity in three distinct second language learning contexts. These contexts are: (1) adult migration, (2) foreign language classrooms and (3) study abroad programmes. The book concludes with suggestions for future research focussing on identity in second language learning.

Just Your Average Muslim

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Just Your Average Muslim

Just Your Average Muslim

  • Author: Zia Chaudhry
  • Publisher: Short Books
  • ISBN: 1780722494
  • Category: Social Science
  • Page: 144
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Too often we see Islam and Muslims portrayed as fanatical jihadists or helpless victims of western oppression. This book provides a rare insight into what, as the book's title states, the average Muslim makes of it all.Taking us on a personal journey from his time growing up in Liverpool in the 70s, to the present, Zia Chaudhry offers a Muslim's reflections on growing up in the West, finding his own way in his faith and reconciling it with the demands of modern-day work and family life.Chaudhry is a successful criminal barrister and, nestling among the serious messages in this book, there is much humour as he tackles subjects as diverse as Ford Cortinas, the juxtaposition of science and religion, Beverley Hills Cop, South Park, conspiracy theorism, world politics, and how Islam has its own duty to once again produce the sorts of minds that helped shape the history of the world.This fascinating and original book provides a better insight into the life of "just your average Muslim" than you will find anywhere else. A powerful antidote to common but exhausted stereotypes, it challenges non-Muslims to reexamine their perceived ideas of what they "think they know" and Muslims to examine how they portray themselves to the world. It encourages us all to reflect on our similarities, not our differences.