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

Putting on the Mind of Christ - Contemplative Prayer and Holistic Unity (Paperback): James E. Woods Putting on the Mind of Christ - Contemplative Prayer and Holistic Unity (Paperback)
James E. Woods
R444 R374 Discovery Miles 3 740 Save R70 (16%) Ships in 7 - 11 working days
Introducing Contemplative Studies (Paperback): Louis Komjathy Introducing Contemplative Studies (Paperback)
Louis Komjathy
R686 Discovery Miles 6 860 Ships in 12 - 17 working days

The first book-length introduction to an exciting new interdisciplinary field written by an internationally recognized leader of the Contemplative Studies movement This is the first book-length introduction to a growing and influential interdisciplinary field focused on contemplative practice, contemplative experience, and contemplative pedagogy. Written by an internationally recognized leader in the area, Introducing Contemplative Studies seeks to provide readers with a deep and practical understanding of the nature and purpose of the field while encouraging them to find a place of their own in an increasingly widespread movement. At once comprehensive overview, critical reflection, and visionary proposal, the book explores the central approaches and issues in Contemplative Studies, tackles questions and problems that sometimes go unaddressed, and identifies promising new developments. The author also discusses contemplative pedagogy, an experiential approach to teaching and learning informed by and expressed as contemplative practice. This is a major introduction to a fast emerging interdisciplinary field that will be invaluable to those interested in the area. * The only comprehensive introduction to the emerging, interdisciplinary field of Contemplative Studies * Written by a distinguished leader in the Contemplative Studies movement who is founding Co-Chair of the Contemplative Studies Group of the American Academy of Religion * Informed by ten years of research and practice, the book explores the field s varied approaches and expressions * Offers critical reviews of trends which will create discussions both within and outside the Contemplative Studies * Liberally illustrated with both images and charts Introducing Contemplative Studies is a must-read for advanced undergraduates, graduate students, teachers and scholars in Contemplative Studies, as well as anyone who is curious about contemplative practice, meditation, contemplative experience, contemplative pedagogy, contemplative science, and, of course, the exciting field of Contemplative Studies generally.

A Frog Under the Tongue - Jewish Folk Medicine in Eastern Europe (Hardcover): Marek Tuszewicki A Frog Under the Tongue - Jewish Folk Medicine in Eastern Europe (Hardcover)
Marek Tuszewicki
R1,211 Discovery Miles 12 110 Ships in 12 - 17 working days

Jews have been active participants in shaping the healing practices of the communities of eastern Europe. Their approach largely combined the ideas of traditional Ashkenazi culture with the heritage of medieval and early modern medicine. Holy rabbis and faith healers, as well as Jewish barbers, innkeepers, and pedlars, all dispensed cures, purveyed folk remedies for different ailments, and gave hope to the sick and their families based on kabbalah, numerology, prayer, and magical Hebrew formulas. Nevertheless, as new sources of knowledge penetrated the traditional world, modern medical ideas gained widespread support. Jews became court physicians to the nobility, and when the universities were opened up to them many also qualified as doctors. At every stage, medicine proved an important field for cross-cultural contacts. Jewish historians and scholars of folk medicine alike will discover here fascinating sources never previously explored-manuscripts, printed publications, and memoirs in Yiddish and Hebrew but also in Polish, English, German, Russian, and Ukrainian. Marek Tuszewicki's careful study of these documents has teased out therapeutic advice, recipes, magical incantations, kabbalistic methods, and practical techniques, together with the ethical considerations that such approaches entailed. His research fills a gap in the study of folk medicine in eastern Europe, shedding light on little-known aspects of Ashkenazi culture, and on how the need to treat sickness brought Jews and their neighbours together.

It's Not About The Burqa (Paperback): Mariam Khan It's Not About The Burqa (Paperback)
Mariam Khan 1
R230 R198 Discovery Miles 1 980 Save R32 (14%) Ships in 5 - 10 working days

When was the last time you heard a Muslim woman speak for herself without a filter?

Shortlisted for Foyles Non-Fiction Book of the Year. 'Engrossing . . . fascinating . . . courageous' – Observer

When writer Mariam Khan found herself increasingly frustrated with a national discourse that marginalized Muslim women’s voices, she decided it was time for something new. Why was she only hearing about Muslim women from other people? Why weren’t Muslim women given the chance to speak for themselves?

It’s Not About the Burqa is poised to change all that. Here are voices you won’t see represented in the headlines: seventeen Muslim women speaking frankly about the hijab and wavering faith, about love and divorce, about feminism, queer identity, sex, and the twin threats of a disapproving community and a racist country. These essays are funny, warm, sometimes sad, and often angry, and each is a passionate declaration calling time on oppression, lazy stereotyping, misogyny and Islamophobia.

What does it mean, exactly, to be a Muslim woman in the West today? According to the media, it’s all about the burqa.

Here’s what it’s really about.

365 Encouraging Verses of the Bible for Women (Paperback): Compiled by Barbour Staff 365 Encouraging Verses of the Bible for Women (Paperback)
Compiled by Barbour Staff
R171 Discovery Miles 1 710 Ships in 12 - 17 working days
Revealed Sciences - The Natural Sciences in Islam in Seventeenth-Century Morocco (Hardcover): Justin K. Stearns Revealed Sciences - The Natural Sciences in Islam in Seventeenth-Century Morocco (Hardcover)
Justin K. Stearns
R1,883 Discovery Miles 18 830 Ships in 12 - 17 working days

Demonstrating the vibrancy of an Early Modern Muslim society through a study of the natural sciences in seventeenth-century Morocco, Revealed Sciences examines how the natural sciences flourished during this period, without developing in a similar way to the natural sciences in Europe. Offering an innovative analysis of the relationship between religious thought and the natural sciences, Justin K. Stearns shows how nineteenth and twentieth-century European and Middle Eastern scholars jointly developed a narrative of the decline of post-formative Islamic thought, including the fate of the natural sciences in the Muslim world. Challenging these depictions of the natural sciences in the Muslim world, Stearns uses numerous close readings of works in the natural sciences to a detailed overview of the place of the natural sciences in scholarly and educational landscapes of the Early Modern Magreb, and considers non-teleological possibilities for understanding a persistent engagement with the natural sciences in Early Modern Morocco.

The Art of Meditation (Paperback, Main): Matthieu Ricard The Art of Meditation (Paperback, Main)
Matthieu Ricard; Translated by Sherab Choedzin Kohn 1
R210 R175 Discovery Miles 1 750 Save R35 (17%) Ships in 10 - 20 working days

A Sunday Times bestseller, this paperback is an elegant and inspiring short guide to the art of meditation: another instant classic from the bestselling author of The Art of Happiness. Wherever he goes, Buddhist monk Matthieu Ricard is asked to explain what meditation is, how it is done and what it can achieve. In this authoritative and inspiring book, he sets out to answer these questions. Matthieu Ricard shows that practising meditation can change our understanding of ourselves and the world around us. He talks us through its theory, spirituality and practical aspects of deep contemplation and illustrates each stage of his teaching with examples. Through his experience as a monk, his close reading of sacred texts and his deep knowledge of the Buddhist masters, Matthieu Ricard reveals the significant benefits that meditation - based on selfless love and compassion - can bring to each of us.

A Concise History of Sunnis and Shi`is (Paperback): John McHugo A Concise History of Sunnis and Shi`is (Paperback)
John McHugo
R292 R244 Discovery Miles 2 440 Save R48 (16%) Ships in 10 - 20 working days

The 1400-year-old schism between Sunnis and Shi'is is currently reflected in the destructive struggle for hegemony between Saudi Arabia and Iran - with no apparent end in sight. But how did this conflict begin, and why is it now the focus of so much attention? In this definitive account, John McHugo charts the history of Islam from the lifetime of the Prophet Muhammad to the present day. He describes the conflicts that raged over the succession to the Prophet, how Sunnism and Shi'ism evolved as different sects during the Abbasid caliphate, and how the rivalry between the empires of the Sunni Ottomans and Shi'i Safavids ensured that the split would continue into the modern age. In recent decades, this centuries-old divide has acquired a new toxicity resulting in violence across the Arab and Muslim world.

The Rise and Triumph of the Modern Self - Cultural Amnesia, Expressive Individualism, and the Road to Sexual Revolution... The Rise and Triumph of the Modern Self - Cultural Amnesia, Expressive Individualism, and the Road to Sexual Revolution (Hardcover)
Carl R. Trueman; Foreword by Rod Dreher
R554 Discovery Miles 5 540 Ships in 12 - 17 working days
The Rebel and the Imam in Early Islam - Explorations in Muslim Historiography (Hardcover): Najam Haider The Rebel and the Imam in Early Islam - Explorations in Muslim Historiography (Hardcover)
Najam Haider
R1,885 Discovery Miles 18 850 Ships in 12 - 17 working days

Engaging with contemporary debates about the sources that shape our understanding of the early Muslim world, Najam Haider proposes a new model for Muslim historical writing that draws on Late Antique historiography to challenge the imposition of modern notions of history on a pre-modern society. Haider discusses three key case studies - the revolt of Mukhtar b. Abi 'Ubayd (d. 67/687), the life of the Twelver Shi'i Imam Musa al-Kazim (d. 183/799) and the rebellion and subsequent death of the Zaydi Shi'i Imam Yahya b. 'Abd Allah (d. 187/803) - in calling for a new line of inquiry which focuses on larger historiographical questions. What were the rules that governed historical writing in the early Muslim world? What were the intended audiences for these works? In the process, he rejects artificial divisions between Sunni and Shi'i historical writing.

Simply Being (Paperback): James Low Simply Being (Paperback)
James Low
R540 Discovery Miles 5 400 Ships in 10 - 20 working days
Rabbi Sacks And The Community We Built Together (Paperback): United Synagogue Rabbi Sacks And The Community We Built Together (Paperback)
United Synagogue
R443 Discovery Miles 4 430 Ships in 12 - 17 working days
Chicken Soup for the Woman's Soul - Stories to Open the Heart and Rekindle the Spirit of Women (Paperback, Original): Jack... Chicken Soup for the Woman's Soul - Stories to Open the Heart and Rekindle the Spirit of Women (Paperback, Original)
Jack Canfield, Mark Victor Hansen, Jennifer Read Hawthorne
R368 R316 Discovery Miles 3 160 Save R52 (14%) Ships in 7 - 11 working days

This shining collection brings you inspiration and comfort in special chapters on marriage, motherhood, aging, bridging the generations, attitude, self-esteem and higher wisdom. Stories honor the strength and reveal the beauty of the feminine spirit. Included are incredible stories from Oprah Winfrey, Leo Buscaglia, Linda Ellerbee, Robert Fulghum, Kathie Lee Gifford and many others.

Violated and Transcended Bodies - Gender, Martyrdom, and Asceticism in Early Christianity (Paperback): Gail P Streete Violated and Transcended Bodies - Gender, Martyrdom, and Asceticism in Early Christianity (Paperback)
Gail P Streete
R415 Discovery Miles 4 150 Ships in 12 - 17 working days

Given its eschatological orientation and its marginal position in the Roman Empire, emergent Christianity found embodiment, as an aspect of being in the world, problematic. Those identified and identifying as Christians developed two broad responses to that world as they embraced the idea of being in, yet not of it. The first response, martyrdom, was witness to the strength their faith gave to fragile bodies, particularly those of women, and the ability by suffering to overcome bodily limitation and attain the resurrection life. The second, asceticism, complemented and later continued martyrdom as a means of bodily transcendence and participation in the spiritual world.

Understanding the Person - Essays on the Personalism of Karol Wojtyla (Hardcover, New edition): Grzegorz Holub Understanding the Person - Essays on the Personalism of Karol Wojtyla (Hardcover, New edition)
Grzegorz Holub
R950 Discovery Miles 9 500 Ships in 12 - 17 working days

The book deals with the philosophy of the human person as worked out by Karol Wojtyla. It presents a number of fundamental issues necessary to understand Karol Wojtyla's personalism. Thus, first it undertakes Wojtyla's move from the philosophy of the human being to the philosophy of the human person; second, it presents Wojtyla's epistemological approach to the person against the background of other philosophies concerned with the human person; third, it describes the metaphysical structure of the person; four, it analyses the person's selected faculties (consciousness, emotions); five, it presents some aspects of the action of the person (a person's causation, or their role in dialogue); and finally, it tries to sketch the problem of personal dignity.

The Father of Lights - A Theology of Beauty (Paperback): Junius Johnson The Father of Lights - A Theology of Beauty (Paperback)
Junius Johnson
R477 Discovery Miles 4 770 Ships in 12 - 17 working days

"Every good giving and every perfect gift is from on high, coming down from the Father of lights, with whom there is no variation or shadow of turning" (James 1:17). This verse conveys a powerful image of God as the source and referent of all beauty. This book demonstrates how the experience of beauty is related to our inherent longing for the God who is reflected in such moments. Richly informed by Junius Johnson's expertise on Bonaventure and von Balthasar, the book offers a robust, full-orbed theology of beauty, showing how it has functioned as a theological concept from biblical times to the present day.

Claiming the Call to Preach - Four Female Pioneers of Preaching in Nineteenth-Century America (Hardcover): Donna Giver-Johnston Claiming the Call to Preach - Four Female Pioneers of Preaching in Nineteenth-Century America (Hardcover)
Donna Giver-Johnston
R1,625 Discovery Miles 16 250 Ships in 12 - 17 working days

Few debates divide the contemporary church more than the issue of call. The question of who can be called to preach segregates denominations, divides people within churches, and undermines its public witness. Yet, curiously little homiletic attention has been paid to the issue of call. Because the practice of call has not been subjected to critical inquiry, it has taken on power. Power lies hidden in the crevices of the question of who can be called to preach; power lies in the institutional narrative and approved stories of call; power lies in the discordant debates, equally in the stifling silence. Claiming the Call to Preach critically examines the dominant historical narrative that overtly or covertly has exercised its power to keep women from preaching. Donna Giver-Johnston here recovers the histories of four notable female preaching pioneers who affected change in the religious landscape of nineteenth-century America: Jarena Lee, Frances Willard, Louisa Woosley, and Florence Spearing Randolph. These women, diverse in religion, race, class, and culture each told their story of call in distinctive ways that articulated strong and effective rhetorical arguments for ecclesiastical sanction to give them a place in the pulpit. Recovering their rhetorical witness helps to fill in the gaps in the history of preaching in America, contribute to research and pedagogies in the field of homiletics, and provide today's women-and all candidates for ministry-with different theological models and narrative strategies by which to effectively interpret and claim their calls to preach. These women who spoke truth to power help us reimagine a church today that no longer questions the legitimacy of one's call to preach, but endorses previously silenced voices, and is therefore strengthened by women's voices from the pulpit.

Nevertheless, She Was Courageous - Inspiring Devotions and Prayers for a Woman's Heart (Hardcover): Marilee Parrish Nevertheless, She Was Courageous - Inspiring Devotions and Prayers for a Woman's Heart (Hardcover)
Marilee Parrish
R335 R290 Discovery Miles 2 900 Save R45 (13%) Ships in 7 - 11 working days
Stillness Speaks - Whispers of Now (Paperback): Eckhart Tolle Stillness Speaks - Whispers of Now (Paperback)
Eckhart Tolle 2
R265 R212 Discovery Miles 2 120 Save R53 (20%) Ships in 5 - 10 working days

Eckhart Tolle's writings on the power of living in the moment fast became the most sought-after modern classic on spiritual enlightenment. Now, in this new life-transforming book, we are shown how to become our true selves by embracing silence and stillness. When we are no longer limited by our thinking mind, suffering and pain disappears and we are able to move towards a new understanding of our relationships, of nature, and of the profound wisdom that is to be found in stillness.

The Wisdom of No Escape - How to Love Yourself and Your World (Paperback, New edition): Pema Chodron The Wisdom of No Escape - How to Love Yourself and Your World (Paperback, New edition)
Pema Chodron
R260 R203 Discovery Miles 2 030 Save R57 (22%) Ships in 12 - 17 working days

Massmarket edition of this spiritual guide to making the most of life, through bad times as well as good, from bestselling author Pema Choedroen. This accessible book has been on the US bestseller lists consistently for four years now. In The Wisdom of No Escape, bestselling author Pema Choedroen shows us the profound value of our situation of 'no exit' from the ups and downs of life. This book is about saying yes to life in all its manifestations - about making friends with ourselves and our world and embracing the potent mixture of joy, suffering, brilliance, and confusion that characterizes the human experience. It urges us to wake up wholeheartedly to everything and to use the abundant, richly textured fabric of everyday life as our primary spiritual teacher and guide.

The Purpose and Practice of Buddhist Meditation (Hardcover): Sangharakshita Sangharakshita The Purpose and Practice of Buddhist Meditation (Hardcover)
Sangharakshita Sangharakshita
R807 Discovery Miles 8 070 Ships in 12 - 17 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.

Crossing the Stream - India Writings I (Hardcover): Sangharakshita Sangharakshita Crossing the Stream - India Writings I (Hardcover)
Sangharakshita Sangharakshita; Foreword by Nagabodhi Nagabodhi
R801 Discovery Miles 8 010 Ships in 12 - 17 working days

Sangharakshita's arrival in India in 1944 marked the beginning of a period of prodigious literary and intellectual output. This was the base from which he would begin his life's work for the future of Buddhism. The essays gathered here, first published in journals such as Stepping Stones, The Maha Bodhi and The Middle Way, were written between 1944 and 1964. Ranging from The Unity of Buddhism, written in London at the age of only 18, to the panoramic A Bird's Eye View of Indian Buddhism, published on his return from India, all that distinguishes Sangharakshita's thought as teacher, synthesizer and translator is already evident here. We see the unity underlying all Buddhist schools, the inspiring ideal of the Bodhisattva, and the certainty that the Dharma is urgently needed in the modern world. This volume contains the previously published collections Crossing the Stream and Early Writings, plus other articles long since out of print. In the groundbreaking Ordination and Initiation in the Three Yanas (1959), Sangharakshita first comes close to recognizing Going for Refuge as the unifying factor in all of Buddhism. In Krishna's Flute (1944), the mind of the philosopher combines with the poet, and in A Visit to a Tibetan Monastery (1946), Sangharakshita the insightful traveller appears, seen later in his memoirs and travel letters. All the essays are fully annotated, and those previously published in Early Writings come with a detailed commentary and extensive introduction by Kalyanaprabha. A foreword by Nagabodhi introduces the collection. The insights and ideas expressed in these brief passages are as illuminating, as stimulating and as indispensable as anything Sangharakshita was ever to produce.

Power and Emotion in Ancient Judaism - Community and Identity in Formation (Hardcover): Ari Mermelstein Power and Emotion in Ancient Judaism - Community and Identity in Formation (Hardcover)
Ari Mermelstein
R1,887 Discovery Miles 18 870 Ships in 12 - 17 working days

In this book, Ari Mermelstein examines the mutually-reinforcing relationship between power and emotion in ancient Judaism. Ancient Jewish writers in both Palestine and the diaspora contended that Jewish identity entails not simply allegiance to God and performance of the commandments but also the acquisition of specific emotional norms. These rules regarding feeling were both shaped by and responses to networks of power - God, the foreign empire, and other groups of Jews - which threatened Jews' sense of agency. According to these writers, emotional communities that felt Jewish would succeed in neutralizing the power wielded over them by others and, depending on the circumstances, restore their power to acculturate, maintain their Jewish identity, and achieve redemption. An important contribution to the history of emotions, this book argues that power relations are the basis for historical changes in emotion discourse.

Wisdom from Above - Daily Encouragement from the Proverbs (Hardcover): Charles F. Stanley Wisdom from Above - Daily Encouragement from the Proverbs (Hardcover)
Charles F. Stanley
R460 R400 Discovery Miles 4 000 Save R60 (13%) Ships in 7 - 11 working days
Essays on Ethics (Hardcover): Jonathan Sacks Essays on Ethics (Hardcover)
Jonathan Sacks
R567 R484 Discovery Miles 4 840 Save R83 (15%) Ships in 7 - 11 working days
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