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Books > Humanities > Religion & beliefs > Aspects of religions (non-Christian) > Religious life & practice > General

Material Religion and Popular Culture (Paperback): E. Frances King Material Religion and Popular Culture (Paperback)
E. Frances King
R1,255 Discovery Miles 12 550 Ships in 12 - 17 working days

In this study, E. Frances King explores how people first learn to relate to the images and artefacts of religious belief within their domestic environments. As a sense of religious belonging is instilled on a daily basis in the home, it also becomes emotionally linked to family, community, and homeland, resulting in two different genealogies - one to do with faith and one to do with motherland - that become entangled.

Acts of Faith - 25th Anniversary Edition (Paperback): Iyanla Vanzant Acts of Faith - 25th Anniversary Edition (Paperback)
Iyanla Vanzant 1
R382 R331 Discovery Miles 3 310 Save R51 (13%) Ships in 7 - 11 working days
Effortless Mindfulness - Genuine Mental Health Through Awakened Presence (Hardcover): Lisa Dale Miller Effortless Mindfulness - Genuine Mental Health Through Awakened Presence (Hardcover)
Lisa Dale Miller
R3,879 Discovery Miles 38 790 Ships in 12 - 17 working days

Effortless Mindfulness promotes genuine mental health through the direct experience of awakened presence-an effortlessly embodied, fearless understanding of and interaction with the way things truly are. The book offers a uniquely modern Buddhist psychological understanding of mental health disorders through a scholarly, clinically relevant presentation of Theravada, Mahayana and Vajrayana Buddhist teachings and practices. Written specifically for Western psychotherapeutic professionals, the book brings together traditional Buddhist theory and contemporary psychoneurobiosocial research to describe the conditioned and unconditioned mind, and its in-depth exploration of Buddhist psychology includes complete instructions for psychotherapists in authentic, yet clinically appropriate Buddhist mindfulness/heartfulness practices and Buddhist-psychological inquiry skills. The book also features interviews with an esteemed collection of Buddhist teachers, scholars, meditation researchers and Buddhist-inspired clinicians.

My Healing Ministry/Anthologies of Poetic Spiritual Meditations - Teaching and Learning Comes by Hearing the Words of God... My Healing Ministry/Anthologies of Poetic Spiritual Meditations - Teaching and Learning Comes by Hearing the Words of God (Paperback)
Gloria Solomon
R641 R543 Discovery Miles 5 430 Save R98 (15%) Ships in 7 - 11 working days
Jewish Magic before the Rise of Kabbalah (Paperback): Yuval Harari, Batya Stein Jewish Magic before the Rise of Kabbalah (Paperback)
Yuval Harari, Batya Stein
R1,116 R925 Discovery Miles 9 250 Save R191 (17%) Ships in 12 - 17 working days

Magic culture is certainly fascinating. But what is it? What, in fact, are magic writings, magic artifacts? Originally published in Hebrew in 2010, Jewish Magic Before the Rise of Kabbalah is a comprehensive study of early Jewish magic focusing on three major topics: Jewish magic inventiveness, the conflict with the culture it reflects, and the scientific study of both. The first part of the book analyzes the essence of magic in general and Jewish magic in particular. The book begins with theories addressing the relationship of magic and religion in fields like comparative study of religion, sociology of religion, history, and cultural anthropology, and considers the implications of the paradigm shift in the interdisciplinary understanding of magic for the study of Jewish magic. The second part of the book focuses on Jewish magic culture in late antiquity and in the early Islamic period. This section highlights the artifacts left behind by the magic practitioners-amulets, bowls, precious stones, and human skulls-as well as manuals that include hundreds of recipes. Jewish Magic before the Rise of Kabbalah also reports on the culture that is reflected in the magic evidence from the perspective of external non-magic contemporary Jewish sources. Issues of magic and religion, magical mysticism, and magic and social power are dealt with in length in this thorough investigation. Scholars interested in early Jewish history and comparative religions will find great value in this text.

Becoming Jewish, Believing in Jesus - Judaizing Evangelicals in Brazil (Hardcover): Manoela Carpenedo Becoming Jewish, Believing in Jesus - Judaizing Evangelicals in Brazil (Hardcover)
Manoela Carpenedo
R1,699 Discovery Miles 16 990 Ships in 12 - 17 working days

An unexpected fusion of two major western religious traditions, Judaism and Christianity, has been developing in many parts of the world. Contemporary Christian movements are not only adopting Jewish symbols and aesthetics but also promoting Jewish practices, rituals, and lifestyles. Becoming Jewish, Believing in Jesus is the first in-depth ethnography to investigate this growing worldwide religious tendency in the global South. Focusing on an austere "Judaizing Evangelical" variant in Brazil, Carpenedo explores the surprising identification with Jews and Judaism by people with exclusively Charismatic Evangelical backgrounds. Drawing upon extensive fieldwork and socio-cultural analysis, the book analyses the historical, religious, and subjective reasons behind this growing trend in Charismatic Evangelicalism. The emergence of groups that simultaneously embrace Orthodox Jewish rituals and lifestyles and preserve Charismatic Evangelical religious symbols and practices raises serious questions about what it means to be "Jewish" or "Christian" in today's religious landscape. This case study reveals how religious, ethnic, and cultural markers are being mobilized in unpredictable ways within the Charismatic Evangelical movement in much of the global South. The book also considers broader questions regarding contemporary women's attraction to gender-traditional religions. This comprehensive account of how former Charismatic Evangelicals in Brazil are gradually becoming austerely observant "Jews," while continuing to believe in Jesus, represents a significant contribution to the study of religious conversion, cultural change, and debates about religious hybridization processes.

The Dual Truth, Volume II - Studies on Nineteenth-Century Modern Religious Thought and Its Influence on Twentieth-Century... The Dual Truth, Volume II - Studies on Nineteenth-Century Modern Religious Thought and Its Influence on Twentieth-Century Jewish Philosophy (Paperback)
Ephraim Chamiel
R655 Discovery Miles 6 550 Ships in 12 - 17 working days

This book explores three schools of fascinating, talented, and gifted scholars whose philosophies assimilated the Jewish and secular cultures of their respective homelands: they include halakhists from Rabbi Ettlinger to Rabbi Eliezer Berkowitz; Jewish philosophers from Isaac Bernays to Yeshayau Leibowitz; and biblical commentators such as Samuel David Luzzatto and Rabbi Umberto Cassuto.Running like a thread through their philosophies is the attempt to reconcile the Jewish belief in revelation with Western culture, Western philosophy, and the conclusions of scientific research. Among these attempts is Luzzatto's "dual truth" approach. The Dual Truth is the sequel to the Ephraim Chamiel's previous book The Middle Way, which focused on the challenges faced by members of the "Middle Trend" in nineteenth-century Jewish thought.

El Cincel De Dios (Paperback): JosA (c) Luis Navajo El Cincel De Dios (Paperback)
JosA (c) Luis Navajo
R243 R210 Discovery Miles 2 100 Save R33 (14%) Ships in 7 - 11 working days

En medio de una situacion de extremo dolor el protagonista percibe que, junto a su crisis de salud, sucumbe tambien su animo. Pero algo extraordinario ocurre que cambia radicalmente las cosas. La salida llega, y lo hace de un modo tan peculiar que el autor comenta: "Te advierto que tendras que hacer un esfuerzo para creer lo que a continuacion voy a contarte, pero creeme, vale la pena que admitas la veracidad de mi relato..."
Tras una experiencia tan extraordinaria el autor senala: "Quien diga que la noche carece de luz debe estar ciego, o tener sus ojos cerrados, o tal vez no conozca la noche. He visto cielos nocturnos tan hermosos que quede extasiado de su belleza, y tan luminosos que mis pupilas respondieron con lagrimas ante tal inundacion de luz. Tales cielos siempre corresponden a los lugares mas oscuros, porque cuando se apagan todas las luces a nuestro alrededor es cuando se encienden las lamparas celestes."
Cada pagina de El cincel de Dios plasma el nectar de las reflexiones sobre la experiencia mas rica y madura que un ser humano puede describir ante las horas mas intensas de oscuridad, sufrimiento y dolor.

Studying Islam in Practice (Hardcover, New): Gabriele Marranci Studying Islam in Practice (Hardcover, New)
Gabriele Marranci
R2,864 Discovery Miles 28 640 Ships in 12 - 17 working days

This book presents Islam as a lived religion through observation and discussion of how Muslims from a variety of countries, traditions and views practice their religion. It conveys the experiences of researchers from different disciplinary backgrounds and demonstrates the dynamic and heterogeneous world of Islam. The fascinating case studies range from Turkey, Egypt, Morocco and Lebanon to the UK, USA, Australia and Indonesia, and cover topics such as music, art, education, law, gender and sexuality. Together they will help students understand how research into religious practice is carried out, and what issues and challenges arise.

Hinduism and Environmental Ethics - Law, Literature, and Philosophy (Hardcover, New): Christopher G. Framarin Hinduism and Environmental Ethics - Law, Literature, and Philosophy (Hardcover, New)
Christopher G. Framarin
R3,246 Discovery Miles 32 460 Ships in 12 - 17 working days

This book argues that the standard arguments for and against the claim that certain Hindu texts and traditions attribute direct moral standing to animals and plants are unconvincing. It presents careful, extensive, and original interpretations of passages from the Manusmrti (law), the Mahabharata (literature), and the Yogasutra (philosophy), and argues that these texts attribute direct moral standing to animals and plants for at least three reasons: they are sentient, they are alive, and they possess a range of other relevant attributes and abilities. This book is of interest to scholars of Hinduism and the environment, religion and the environment, Hindu and/or Buddhist philosophy more broadly, and environmental ethics.

My Life Today (Hardcover): Ellen Gould Harmon White My Life Today (Hardcover)
Ellen Gould Harmon White
R363 R331 Discovery Miles 3 310 Save R32 (9%) Ships in 7 - 11 working days
Men and Women in Christ - Fresh Light From The Biblical Texts (Hardcover): Andrew Bartlett Men and Women in Christ - Fresh Light From The Biblical Texts (Hardcover)
Andrew Bartlett
R678 R551 Discovery Miles 5 510 Save R127 (19%) Ships in 12 - 17 working days

The debate about men and women in the church and in marriage continues to cause division among Christians. Most books on this issue are written from a firmly partisan point of view - complementarian or egalitarian. This one is unique. Andrew Bartlett draws on his theological learning and his skills as a judge and arbitrator to offer an even-handed assessment of the debate. His analysis is thorough but accessible. He engages with advocates of each view and all the key biblical texts, weighing the available evidence and offering fresh insights. He invites the reader to move beyond complementarian and egalitarian labels and seeks progress towards healing the division.

Everyday Lived Islam in Europe (Hardcover, New Ed): Nathal M. Dessing, Nadia Jeldtoft, Linda Woodhead Everyday Lived Islam in Europe (Hardcover, New Ed)
Nathal M. Dessing, Nadia Jeldtoft, Linda Woodhead
R3,246 Discovery Miles 32 460 Ships in 12 - 17 working days

This book offers a new direction for the study of contemporary Islam by focusing on what being Muslim means in people's everyday lives. It complements existing studies by focusing not on mosque-going, activist Muslims, but on how people live out their faith in schools, workplaces and homes, and in dealing with problems of health, wellbeing and relationships. As well as offering fresh empirical studies of everyday lived Islam, the book offers a new approach which calls for the study of 'official' religion and everyday 'tactical' religion in relation to one another. It discusses what this involves, the methods it requires, and how it relates to existing work in Islamic Studies.

Confronting Injustice without Compromising Truth - 12 Questions Christians Should Ask About Social Justice (Paperback):... Confronting Injustice without Compromising Truth - 12 Questions Christians Should Ask About Social Justice (Paperback)
Thaddeus J. Williams; Foreword by John M. Perkins
R494 R419 Discovery Miles 4 190 Save R75 (15%) Ships in 7 - 11 working days

God does not suggest, he commands that we do justice. Social justice is not optional for the Christian. All injustice affects others, so talking about justice that isn't social is like talking about water that isn't wet or a square with no right angles. But the Bible's call to seek justice is not a call to superficial, kneejerk activism. We are not merely commanded to execute justice, but to "truly execute justice." The God who commands us to seek justice is the same God who commands us to "test everything" and "hold fast to what is good." Drawing from a diverse range of theologians, sociologists, artists, and activists, Confronting Injustice without Compromising Truth, by Thaddeus Williams, makes the case that we must be discerning if we are to "truly execute justice" as Scripture commands. Not everything called "social justice" today is compatible with a biblical vision of a better world. The Bible offers hopeful and distinctive answers to deep questions of worship, community, salvation, and knowledge that ought to mark a uniquely Christian pursuit of justice. Topics addressed include: Racism Sexuality Socialism Culture War Abortion Tribalism Critical Theory Identity Politics Confronting Injustice without Compromising Truth also brings in unique voices to talk about their experiences with these various social justice issues, including: Michelle-Lee Barnwall Suresh Budhaprithi Eddie Byun Freddie Cardoza Becket Cook Bella Danusiar Monique Duson Ojo Okeye Edwin Ramirez Samuel Sey Neil Shenvi Walt Sobchak In Confronting Injustice without Compromising Truth, Thaddeus Williams transcends our religious and political tribalism and challenges readers to discover what the Bible and the example of Jesus have to teach us about justice. He presents a compelling vision of justice for all God's image-bearers that offers hopeful answers to life's biggest questions.

Living on The Edge of Heaven (Sharing a moment each day with me) - A Daily Inspirational Devotional Prayer Book for All... Living on The Edge of Heaven (Sharing a moment each day with me) - A Daily Inspirational Devotional Prayer Book for All Believers in Christ Compiled from the private prayer life of Joseph Bartkow (Sub-Author) (Paperback)
I Am
R451 R422 Discovery Miles 4 220 Save R29 (6%) Ships in 10 - 20 working days
Science and Development in Thai and South Asian Buddhism (Hardcover): David L. Gosling Science and Development in Thai and South Asian Buddhism (Hardcover)
David L. Gosling
R3,124 Discovery Miles 31 240 Ships in 12 - 17 working days

Becoming a Buddhist monk in Thailand has for a long time provided the opportunity for access to a good education and to social advancement, both to bright, poor rural youths and to members of the urban elite whose youth often become monks for a few months as a rite of passage into adulthood. Moreover, although women are not allowed to become fully fledged monks, recent developments have encouraged a special status akin to nuns for many devout Thai Buddhist women. All this has resulted in large numbers of well-educated, well-motivated Buddhist religious people, keen both to engage in religious contemplation and also determined to contribute to this-worldly social, economic, educational and medical development goals. This book, by a leading authority on the subject, considers the role of Thai Buddhist religious people in development within Thailand. It discusses how Thai Buddhism has evolved philosophically and in its organisation to allow this, examines various examples of Buddhist people's engagement in development projects, and assesses how the situation is likely to unfold going forward. In addition, the book considers the relationship between science and religion in Thai Buddhism and also some aspects of the parallel situation in Sri Lanka.

The Purpose and Practice of Buddhist Meditation (Paperback): Sangharakshita Sangharakshita The Purpose and Practice of Buddhist Meditation (Paperback)
Sangharakshita Sangharakshita; Foreword by Kamalashila Kamalashila
R606 R508 Discovery Miles 5 080 Save R98 (16%) Ships in 7 - 11 working days

Can metta take me all the way to Enlightenment? How much meditation is good for you? Why visualize an Enlightened being? Can you tell if meditation is changing you? All of these questions and very many more are tackled in this substantial compilation of Sangharakshita's teachings on meditation. First published in 2012, this volume draws from previously published works and from the unpublished transcripts of seminars on a wide range of Buddhist texts, from the Pali canon to the songs of Milarepa. The dialogue form is a reminder that teaching is a communication, a creative meeting between the depth and breadth of Sangharakshita's knowledge and experience and the willingness of students to ask the kinds of questions any meditator would like to ask if they had the chance (or the nerve). Discussions reveal how Sangharakshita learned the practices on which his system of meditation - 'an organic, living system' - is based and how that system has evolved over the years. Amid much curiosity about dhyana and Insight, and explorations of how to deal with fear or distraction, doubt, drowsiness or desire, topics also include such matters as whether it's good to meditate in the open air and whether to include your least favourite politician in your metta bhavana. To this edition some extra material on 'just sitting' and the guru yoga has been added. Whether dipped into, consulted on a specific subject or read from cover to cover, the collection offers practical, inspiring and encouraging advice for new and experienced meditators alike. It is deeply imbued with the Buddhist vision of the role of meditation in the quest for Enlightenment.

Girl Up - Kick Ass, Claim Your Woman Card, and Crush Everyday Sexism (Paperback): Laura Bates Girl Up - Kick Ass, Claim Your Woman Card, and Crush Everyday Sexism (Paperback)
Laura Bates
R401 R352 Discovery Miles 3 520 Save R49 (12%) Ships in 7 - 11 working days
Religious and Sexual Identities - A Multi-faith Exploration of Young Adults (Hardcover, New Ed): Andrew Kam-Tuck Yip,... Religious and Sexual Identities - A Multi-faith Exploration of Young Adults (Hardcover, New Ed)
Andrew Kam-Tuck Yip, Sarah-Jane Page
R3,122 Discovery Miles 31 220 Ships in 12 - 17 working days

Presenting qualitative and quantitative findings on the lived experiences of around seven hundred young adults from Christian, Muslim, Jewish, Hindu, Buddhist, Sikh and mixed-faith backgrounds, Religious and Sexual Identities provides an illuminating and nuanced analysis of young adults' perceptions and negotiations of their religious, sexual, youth and gender identities. It demonstrates how these young adults creatively construct meanings and social connections as they navigate demanding but exciting spaces in which their multiple identities intersect. Accessible quantitative analyses are combined with rich interview and video diary narratives in this theoretically-informed exploration of religious and sexual identities in contemporary society. A timely investigation revealing the multiplicity of contemporary identities, this book will appeal not only to sociologists and scholars of religion, but also to those working in the fields of youth studies, sexuality, gender and identity.

Sex & God (Paperback): Darrel Ed.D Ray Sex & God (Paperback)
Darrel Ed.D Ray
R360 Discovery Miles 3 600 Ships in 7 - 11 working days

Why are all the major religions consumed with sex? What makes sex so important, whether Buddhism or Islam, Christianity or Mormonism? What is the impact of religion on human sexuality? This book explores this and more. It ventures into territory that has never been examined. You will be surprised at how much religion has influenced your sexuality, who you marry, the pleasure you get or don't get from sex, and what you can do about it.

Mindfulness - Diverse Perspectives on its Meaning, Origins and Applications (Hardcover, New): J. Mark G. Williams, Jon... Mindfulness - Diverse Perspectives on its Meaning, Origins and Applications (Hardcover, New)
J. Mark G. Williams, Jon Kabat-Zinn
R3,133 Discovery Miles 31 330 Ships in 12 - 17 working days

Mindfulness-based approaches to medicine, psychology, neuroscience, healthcare, education, business leadership, and other major societal institutions have become increasingly common. New paradigms are emerging from a confluence of two powerful and potentially synergistic epistemologies: one arising from the wisdom traditions of Asia and the other arising from post-enlightenment empirical science. This book presents the work of internationally renowned experts in the fields of Buddhist scholarship and scientific research, as well as looking at the implementation of mindfulness in healthcare and education settings. Contributors consider the use of mindfulness throughout history and look at the actual meaning of mindfulness whilst identifying the most salient areas for potential synergy and for potential disjunction. Mindfulness: Diverse Perspectives on its Meanings, Origins and Applications provides a place where wisdom teachings, philosophy, history, science and personal meditation practice meet. It was originally published as a special issue of Contemporary Buddhism.

Meditations for Inner Peace (Paperback): Kathryn Hermes Meditations for Inner Peace (Paperback)
Kathryn Hermes
R120 Discovery Miles 1 200 Ships in 7 - 11 working days
Tibetan Rituals of Death - Buddhist Funerary Practices (Paperback): Margaret Gouin Tibetan Rituals of Death - Buddhist Funerary Practices (Paperback)
Margaret Gouin
R1,257 Discovery Miles 12 570 Ships in 12 - 17 working days

This book describes and analyses the structure and performance of Tibetan Buddhist death rituals, and situates that performance within the wider context of Buddhist death practices generally. Drawing on a detailed and systematic comparative survey of existing records of Tibetan funerary practices, including historical travel accounts, anthropological and ethnographic literature, Tibetan texts and academic studies, it demonstrates that there is no standard form of funeral in Tibetan Buddhism, although certain elements are common. The structure of the book follows the twin trajectories of benefiting the deceased and protecting survivors; in the process, it reveals a rich and complex panoply of activities, some handled by religious professionals and others by lay persons. This information is examined to identify similarities and differences in practices, and the degree to which Tibetan Buddhist funeral practices are consistent with the mortuary rituals of other forms of Buddhism. A number of elements in these death rites which at first appear to be unique to Tibetan Buddhism may only be 'Tibetan' in their surface characteristics, while having roots in practices which pre-date the transmission of Buddhism to Tibet. Filling a gap in the existing literature on Tibetan Buddhism, this book poses research challenges that will engage future scholars in the field of Buddhism, Tibetan Buddhism and Anthropology.

Hizb ut-Tahrir and the Caliphate - Why the Group is Still Appealing to Muslims in the West (Hardcover): Elisa Orofino Hizb ut-Tahrir and the Caliphate - Why the Group is Still Appealing to Muslims in the West (Hardcover)
Elisa Orofino
R3,114 Discovery Miles 31 140 Ships in 12 - 17 working days

Investigating the appeal of the group Hizb ut-Tahrir (HT), the study expands on why non-violent radical forms of Islam still attract segments of Muslim communities in the West. Being one of the few comprehensive studies on HT, this book discusses how this Islamist group advocate for the caliphate and for the implementation of shari'a but also reject violence as a tool to achieve these goals. Through interviews with current HT members, observation at HT-sponsored events and social media analysis, this book leads the reader into the world of vocal radical Islamist groups, exploring their goals and activities in Western states, with a special focus on the UK and Australia. In fact, as many other non-violent Islamist groups, HT represent the choice of all those individuals who might share Islamist arguments but who reject the use of violence. Given their non-violent nature, vocal radicals are mostly free to operate in the Western world, attracting new members, conducting a relentless campaign against the "West as a system" and representing a serious source of concern not only for national authorities but for the broader Muslim community. This book stands as an original publication and paves the way to a new area of study crossing sociology, Islamic studies and political sciences. This book is one of the few contributions on vocal and radical Islamism to date.

The Man Who Tapped The Secrets Of The Universe (Paperback): Glenn Clark The Man Who Tapped The Secrets Of The Universe (Paperback)
Glenn Clark
R295 Discovery Miles 2 950 Ships in 7 - 11 working days

The Incredible Story Of Walter Russell, Who Succeeded In Music, Literature, Architecture, Painting, Sculpture, Science, Philosophy, Human Relations And Yet Never Went Beyond Primary School Grades.

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