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

Submitting to God - Women and Islam in Urban Malaysia (Paperback): Sylva Frisk Submitting to God - Women and Islam in Urban Malaysia (Paperback)
Sylva Frisk
R527 Discovery Miles 5 270 Ships in 12 - 17 working days

In recent decades, Malaysia has been profoundly changed both by forces of globalization, modernization and industrialization and by a strong Islamization process. Some would argue that the situation of Malay women has worsened but such a conclusion is challenged by this study of the everyday religious practice of pious women within Kuala Lumpur's affluent, Malay middle class. Here, women play an active part in the Islamization process not only by heightened personal religiosity but also by organizing and participating in public programmes of religious education. By organizing new forms of collective ritual and assuming new public roles as religious teachers, these religiously educated women are transforming the traditionally male-dominated gendered space of the mosque and breaking men's monopoly over positions of religious authority. Exploring this situation, the book challenges preconceptions of the nature of Islamization as well as current theories of female agency and power.This title challenges preconceptions of the nature of Islamization. It counters common representations of Muslim women as victims. It is a refreshing contribution to discussions on women's religious agency that challenges current theories of female agency and power.

Pilgrimage of a Soul - Contemplative Spirituality for the Active Life (Paperback, Revised): Phileena Heuertz Pilgrimage of a Soul - Contemplative Spirituality for the Active Life (Paperback, Revised)
Phileena Heuertz; Foreword by Shauna Niequist
R384 R320 Discovery Miles 3 200 Save R64 (17%) Ships in 12 - 17 working days

You can only go so far for so long before you find the limits of yourself. For Phileena Heuertz that moment arrived, mercifully, around the same time as a sabbatical to mark her twelfth year of service with an international organization working with some of the most vulnerable people in the world. Activists often see contemplation as a luxury, the sort of thing necessarily set aside in the quest to see the world set aright. But in Pilgrimage of a Soul we see that contemplation is essential-not only to a life of sustained commitment to the justice and righteousness of God, but to the fully human life that the Holy Spirit beckons each of us to. Tracing seven movements from a kind of sleepfulness to a kind of wakefulness, Phileena shows us that life is a journey that repeats itself as Christ leads us deeper and deeper into our true selves and a truer knowledge of God. This revised edition includes practices with each chapter, as well as questions for group discussion and individual reflection.

Heaven: My Father's House (Paperback, Revised edition): Anne Graham Lotz Heaven: My Father's House (Paperback, Revised edition)
Anne Graham Lotz; Foreword by Billy Graham
R342 R288 Discovery Miles 2 880 Save R54 (16%) Ships in 7 - 11 working days

Now with 250K copies in print! Revised and Updated Edition. Anne affirms that Heaven truly is the home of your dreams: a home of lasting value that's fully paid for and filled with family, where you will be wanted and welcomed. Best of all, Heaven is a home you are invited to claim as your own. With over 40 percent new and revised content, Anne Graham Lotz has updated her classic book on Heaven for a whole new generation of readers, and also for herself. With her father, mother, and husband now gone, Lotz beautifully adds her own vulnerability and stories to the journey contained in Heaven: My Father's House. Jesus promised us, "In My Father's house are many rooms...I am going there to prepare a place for you." Amid the turbulence of today's world, we cling to the hope of a heavenly home where we will be welcomed into eternal peace and safety. Anne affirms that Heaven truly is the home of your dreams: a home of lasting value that's fully paid for and filled with family, where you will be wanted and welcomed. Best of all, Heaven is a home you are invited to claim as your own.

The Rebel and the Imam in Early Islam - Explorations in Muslim Historiography (Paperback): Najam Haider The Rebel and the Imam in Early Islam - Explorations in Muslim Historiography (Paperback)
Najam Haider
R696 Discovery Miles 6 960 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.

Ritual and Belief in Morocco: Vol. II (Hardcover): Edward Westermarck Ritual and Belief in Morocco: Vol. II (Hardcover)
Edward Westermarck
R4,368 Discovery Miles 43 680 Ships in 12 - 17 working days

Between the years of 1898 and 1926, Edward Westermarck spent a total of seven years in Morocco, visiting towns and tribes in different parts of the country, meeting local people and learning about their language and culture; his findings are noted in this two-volume set, first published in 1926. The first volume contains extensive reference material, including Westermarck's system of transliteration and a comprehensive list of the tribes and districts mentioned in the text. The chapters in this, the second volume, explore such areas as the rites and beliefs connected with the Islamic calendar, agriculture, and childbirth. This title will fascinate any student or researcher of anthropology with an interest in the history of ritual, culture and religion in Morocco.

The Law Code of Manu (Paperback): Patrick Olivelle The Law Code of Manu (Paperback)
Patrick Olivelle
R339 R282 Discovery Miles 2 820 Save R57 (17%) Ships in 10 - 20 working days

'Manu was seated, when the great seers came up to him: "Please, Lord, tell us the Laws of all the social classes, as well as of those born in between..."' The Law Code of Manu is the most authoritative and the best-known legal text of ancient India. Famous for two thousand years it still generates controversy, with Manu's verses being cited in support of the oppression of women and members of the lower castes. A seminal Hindu text, the Law Code is important for its classic description of so many social institutions that have come to be identified with Indian society. It deals with the relationships between social and ethnic groups, between men and women, the organization of the state and the judicial system, reincarnation, the workings of karma, and all aspects of the law. Patrick Olivelle's lucid translation is the first to be based on his critically edited text, and it incorporates the most recent scholarship on ancient Indian history, law, society, and religion. ABOUT THE SERIES: For over 100 years Oxford World's Classics has made available the widest range of literature from around the globe. Each affordable volume reflects Oxford's commitment to scholarship, providing the most accurate text plus a wealth of other valuable features, including expert introductions by leading authorities, helpful notes to clarify the text, up-to-date bibliographies for further study, and much more.

The Miracle Journey - Guideposts to Restoration After Heartbreak and Loss (Paperback): Paul Stutzman The Miracle Journey - Guideposts to Restoration After Heartbreak and Loss (Paperback)
Paul Stutzman
R349 Discovery Miles 3 490 Ships in 7 - 11 working days
Daily Inspiration for Women from Helen Steiner Rice (Paperback): Helen Steiner Rice Daily Inspiration for Women from Helen Steiner Rice (Paperback)
Helen Steiner Rice
R190 R157 Discovery Miles 1 570 Save R33 (17%) Ships in 5 - 10 working days
Sinai and the Saints - Reading Old Covenant Laws for the New Covenant Community (Paperback): James M Todd III Sinai and the Saints - Reading Old Covenant Laws for the New Covenant Community (Paperback)
James M Todd III
R541 R443 Discovery Miles 4 430 Save R98 (18%) Ships in 12 - 17 working days

What should Christians do with all the laws in the Old Testament? The Old Testament tells the story of the beginnings of God's salvation history, and it is part of the authoritative canon of Scripture affirmed by the church. But what role should the laws of the old covenant play in the lives of those living under the new covenant? Can Christians embrace the commandment to "love the Lord your God with all your heart and with all your soul and with all your strength" but ignore the laws regarding clean and unclean food? Some have suggested that Christians remain under the moral laws of the old covenant, while others have argued that some of the Old Testament laws-for example, the Ten Commandments-still apply to Christians. James Todd makes a bold claim by contending that as followers of Jesus Christ who stand under a new covenant, Christians are no longer subject to any of the Old Testament laws. Focusing on the laws of the Pentateuch, he then addresses the proper role and benefits of the Old Testament laws in the Christian life. With wit and insight, Todd helps Christians to understand how the laws given to the people of Israel at Mount Sinai should be read by those called to live as saints.

Letters from the Desert (Paperback, 30th): Carlo Carretto Letters from the Desert (Paperback, 30th)
Carlo Carretto
R364 R307 Discovery Miles 3 070 Save R57 (16%) Ships in 7 - 11 working days
Issues in Islamic Society and State (Paperback): Sayyid Abul A'la Mawdudi Issues in Islamic Society and State (Paperback)
Sayyid Abul A'la Mawdudi; Translated by Ahmad Imam Shafaq Hashemi
R712 R596 Discovery Miles 5 960 Save R116 (16%) Ships in 12 - 17 working days

This book provides information on some of the issues that have faced the Islamic society and the way forward for the world of Islam to a better future. The book is based on some selected essays of Sayyid Abul A'la Mawdudi. Carefully edited and annotated by Ahmad Imam Shafaq Hashemi, the book is divided into two Parts: Part One contains 12 articles on Islam and the Society and Part Two, with around two dozen articles, relating to Islam and the State.

Theological Ethics - The Moral Life of the Gospel in Contemporary Context (Hardcover): W. Ross Hastings Theological Ethics - The Moral Life of the Gospel in Contemporary Context (Hardcover)
W. Ross Hastings
R398 Discovery Miles 3 980 Ships in 12 - 17 working days

Be Prepared to Think Theologically through Today's Most Pressing Ethical and Moral Issues In Theological Ethics theologian, pastor, and ethicist W. Ross Hastings gives pastors, ministry leaders, and students a guide designed to equip them to think deeply and theologically about the moral formation of persons in our communities, about ethical inquiry and action, and about the tone and content of our engagement in the public square. The book presents a biblical perspective and a gospel-centered framework for thinking about complex contemporary issues in ways are life-giving and that will lead readers into greater flourishing as human persons in community. This book is distinctive in presenting: A framework for theological ethics that is robustly theological and Trinitarian. Ethics isolated from the gospel and theology becomes bad news, but when it is informed by and empowered by participation in the triune God of grace, it is part of the good news of the gospel. An approach to theology and theological ethics that makes the Word of God the ultimate authority and it is therefore grounded in the biblical narrative and texts. An understanding that theological ethics are inherently missional. The church as the image of the triune God makes it the home of ethics, but in light of its missional identity, it will reverberate outwards to engage the world in ways that are humble and not power-mongering, that are gospel-based and shalom-evoking. Theological Ethics is for those who lead churches or ministries (or someday will) and who urgently need deep theological grounding as they daily encounter ethical and moral issues where they need to provide a gracious, truthful, and gospel-directed response.

Routledge Handbook on Sufism (Hardcover): Lloyd Ridgeon Routledge Handbook on Sufism (Hardcover)
Lloyd Ridgeon
R4,848 Discovery Miles 48 480 Ships in 12 - 17 working days

This is a chronological history of the Sufi tradition, divided in to three sections, early, middle and modern periods. The book comprises 35 independent chapters with easily identifiable themes and/or geographical threads, all written by recognised experts in the field. The volume outlines the origins and early developments of Sufism by assessing the formative thinkers and practitioners and investigating specific pietistic themes. The middle period contains an examination of the emergence of the Sufi Orders and illustrates the diversity of the tradition. This middle period also analyses the fate of Sufism during the time of the Gunpowder Empires. Finally, the end period includes representative surveys of Sufism in several countries, both in the West and in traditional "Islamic" regions. This comprehensive and up-to-date collection of studies provides a guide to the Sufi tradition. The Handbook is a valuable resource for students and researchers with an interest in religion, Islamic Studies and Middle Eastern Studies.

Laugh like a Kid Again - Live Without Regret and Leave Footsteps Worth Following (Paperback): Phil Callaway Laugh like a Kid Again - Live Without Regret and Leave Footsteps Worth Following (Paperback)
Phil Callaway
R303 R260 Discovery Miles 2 600 Save R43 (14%) Ships in 7 - 11 working days

"Phil Callaway seasons our lives with joy and laughter drawn from the deep well of living. Splash through this book and see if you're not refreshed. I double-dog dare you." -Chris Fabry,New York Times bestselling author and host of Chris Fabry Live Laughter is a windshield wiper. It won't stop the rain, but it will keep you going. Life was funnier when we were five. Grownups tripped on a rake and we laughed for hours. Then came headlines and deadlines. Downturns and disappointments. Laugh Like a Kid Again is for anyone who wonders amid pressing anxieties-who stole my joy? From the tender to the hilarious, these lighthearted stories will help you smile. You'll encounter a prodigal dog, an incoming tornado, an unexpected afternoon in prison, and where to go when you have nine minutes to live. You'll hear whispers of a God who... loves you more than you imagine holds your hand when you're handed more than you can handle does awesome work in the dark Whether you face dark times or just need a good laugh, this "masterpiece of joy" will show you how to leave a lasting legacy, look up, and laugh again.

Freedom of Speech in Universities - Islam, Charities and Counter-terrorism (Hardcover): Alison Scott Baumann, Simon Perfect Freedom of Speech in Universities - Islam, Charities and Counter-terrorism (Hardcover)
Alison Scott Baumann, Simon Perfect
R1,191 Discovery Miles 11 910 Ships in 12 - 17 working days

Freedom of speech and extremism in university campuses are major sources of debate and moral panic in the United Kingdom today. In 2018, the Joint Committee on Human Rights in Parliament undertook an inquiry into freedom of speech on campus. It found that much of the public concern is exaggerated, but identified a number of factors that require attention, including the impact of government counter-terrorism measures (the Prevent Duty) and regulatory bodies (including the Charity Commission for England and Wales) on freedom of speech. This book combines empirical research and philosophical analysis to explore these issues, with a particular focus on the impact upon Muslim students and staff. It offers a new conceptual paradigm for thinking about freedom of speech, based on deliberative democracy, and practical suggestions for universities in handling it. Topics covered include * The enduring legacy of key thinkers who have shaped the debate about freedom of speech * The role of right-wing populism in driving moral panic about universities * The impact of the Prevent Duty and the Charity Commission upon Muslim students, students' unions and university managers * Students' and staff views about freedom of speech * Alternative approaches to handling freedom of speech on campus, including the Community of Inquiry This highly engaging and topical text will be of interest to those working within public policy, religion and education or religion and politics and Islamic Studies.

Meditating (Paperback, 2nd Revised edition): Jinananda Meditating (Paperback, 2nd Revised edition)
Jinananda
R204 Discovery Miles 2 040 Ships in 12 - 17 working days

Why meditate? To let go of stress? To become more focused? To fathom life's mysteries? Whatever your purpose, Jinananda is a clear, experienced and friendly guide who can help you start meditating - right now. Find everything you need to begin your exploration of meditation: how to sit, simple instructions to two traditional practices that develop clarity, peace of mind and positive emotions, troubleshooting tips and ideas on how to take your practice further. This new edition is realistic, witty, and very inspiring.

Directory of Islamic Financial Institutions (Hardcover): John R Presley Directory of Islamic Financial Institutions (Hardcover)
John R Presley
R3,331 Discovery Miles 33 310 Ships in 12 - 17 working days

When originally published this was the first reference book to address itself to Islamic banking and finance and it offers comprehensive information on all major institutions which have commercial or banking interests in this field. It includes analysis of the principles behind interest-free banking and indicates its relationship with financial institutions in both Islamic countries and Western ones. It also lists the laws governing interest-free banking in countries where it is extensively in operation and provides essential information for all international financial institutions. The Directory lists all banks and financial institutions by country, giving details of their specific role and areas of operation.

Religion, Politics and Gender in Indonesia - Disputing the Muslim Body (Paperback): Sonja Van Wichelen Religion, Politics and Gender in Indonesia - Disputing the Muslim Body (Paperback)
Sonja Van Wichelen
R1,039 Discovery Miles 10 390 Ships in 12 - 17 working days

The political downfall of the Suharto administration in 1998 marked the end of the "New Order" in Indonesia, a period characterized by 32 years of authoritarian rule. It opened the way for democracy, but also for the proliferation of political Islam, which the New Order had discouraged or banned. Many of the issues raised by Muslim groups concerned matters pertaining to gender and the body. They triggered heated debates about women's rights, female political participation, sexuality, pornography, veiling, and polygamy. The author argues that public debates on Islam and Gender in contemporary Indonesia only partially concern religion, and more often refer to shifting moral conceptions of the masculine and feminine body in its intersection with new class dynamics, national identity, and global consumerism. By approaching the contentious debates from a cultural sociological perspective, the book links the theoretical domains of body politics, the mediated public sphere, and citizenship. Placing the issue of gender and Islam in the context of Indonesia, the biggest Muslim-majority country in the world, this book is an important contribution to the existing literature on the topic. As such, it will be of great interest to scholars of anthropology, sociology, and gender studies.

Ibadi Muslims of North Africa - Manuscripts, Mobilization, and the Making of a Written Tradition (Hardcover): Paul M. Love, Jr Ibadi Muslims of North Africa - Manuscripts, Mobilization, and the Making of a Written Tradition (Hardcover)
Paul M. Love, Jr
R1,876 Discovery Miles 18 760 Ships in 12 - 17 working days

The Ibadi Muslims, a little-known minority community, have lived in North Africa for over a thousand years. Combining an analysis of Arabic manuscripts with digital tools used in network analysis, Paul M. Love, Jr takes readers on a journey across the Maghrib and beyond as he traces the paths of a group of manuscripts and the Ibadi scholars who used them. Ibadi scholars of the Middle Period (eleventh-sixteenth century) wrote a series of collective biographies (prosopographies), which together constructed a cumulative tradition that connected Ibadi Muslims from across time and space, bringing them together into a 'written network'. From the Mzab valley in Algeria to the island of Jerba in Tunisia, from the Jebel Nafusa in Libya to the bustling metropolis of early-modern Cairo, this book shows how people and books worked in tandem to construct and maintain an Ibadi Muslim tradition in the Maghrib.

Sexuality, Religion and the Sacred - Bisexual, Pansexual and Polysexual Perspectives (Hardcover): Loraine Hutchins, H Sharif... Sexuality, Religion and the Sacred - Bisexual, Pansexual and Polysexual Perspectives (Hardcover)
Loraine Hutchins, H Sharif Williams
R3,087 Discovery Miles 30 870 Ships in 12 - 17 working days

Sexuality, Religion and the Sacred is a thoughtful collection of bisexual, polysexual and pansexual scholarship on religion and spirituality. It examines how religious and spiritual traditions address sexuality, whilst also exploring the ways in which bisexually-, polysexually-, and pansexually-active people embrace religious and spiritual practice. The volume offers a comprehensive analysis of these prevalent themes by focusing on five main areas of discussion: Christian and Unitarian Discourses; Indigenous and Decolonizing Spiritual Discourses; Feminist Spiritual Discourses; Buddhist Discourses; and Neo/Pagan Discourses. Sexuality, Religion and the Sacred offers an accessible yet scholarly treatment of these topics through a collection of critical essays by academics of theology, humanities, cultural studies and social sciences, as well as sexology professionals and clergy from various faith and spiritual traditions. It gives readers an insight into the intersection of sexualities and spiritualities, and attempts to disrupt this very dichotomy through its careful consideration of a wide variety of discourses. This book was originally published as a special issue of the Journal of Bisexuality.

God! How Could You Let This Happen? (Paperback): Linda Burge Wright God! How Could You Let This Happen? (Paperback)
Linda Burge Wright
R143 Discovery Miles 1 430 Ships in 7 - 11 working days

Responses to "Why, God" questions The author addresses the questions most of us ask when things go awry as she navigates the kidnapping and death of her seven year old daughter and its aftermath.

Studying Buddhism in Practice (Hardcover): John S Harding Studying Buddhism in Practice (Hardcover)
John S Harding
R3,064 Discovery Miles 30 640 Ships in 12 - 17 working days

Buddhism is rich in fascinating practices and rituals. From well known rituals such as chanting sutras or painting mandalas to lesser known rites associated with death or stupa consecration, or derived from contact with other religions, this book offers students a unique understanding of the living tradition. It draws on eye witness reports of Buddhism on the ground, but also provides a reflective context within which the practices can be understood and appreciated. It covers religious and lay practices, art and festivals, regional and temporal variations, socio-political practices, and much else. Written by an authority on the topic, each chapter introduces a ritual or practice, describes it as the author has observed it and then goes on to discuss its context and significance. All entries include a list of further reading as well as photographs to help students deepen their understanding.

Godwired - Religion, Ritual and Virtual Reality (Hardcover): Rachel Wagner Godwired - Religion, Ritual and Virtual Reality (Hardcover)
Rachel Wagner
R3,087 Discovery Miles 30 870 Ships in 12 - 17 working days

Godwired offers an engaging exploration of religious practice in the digital age. It considers how virtual experiences, like stories, games and rituals, are forms of world-building or "cosmos construction" that serve as a means of making sense of our own world. Such creative and interactive activity is, arguably, patently religious. This book examines: the nature of sacred space in virtual contexts technology as a vehicle for sacred texts who we are when we go online what rituals have in common with games and how they work online what happens to community when people worship online how religious "worlds" and virtual "worlds" nurture similar desires. Rachel Wagner suggests that whilst our engagement with virtual reality can be viewed as a form of religious activity, today's virtual religion marks a radical departure from traditional religious practice - it is ephemeral, transient, rapid, disposable, hyper-individualized, hybrid, and in an ongoing state of flux.

Mother Teresa - In the Shadow of Our Lady (Paperback): Joseph Langford Mother Teresa - In the Shadow of Our Lady (Paperback)
Joseph Langford
R286 Discovery Miles 2 860 Ships in 7 - 11 working days
Studying Hinduism in Practice (Hardcover): Hillary P Rodrigues Studying Hinduism in Practice (Hardcover)
Hillary P Rodrigues
R3,081 Discovery Miles 30 810 Ships in 12 - 17 working days

Drawing on personal experiences of Hinduism on the ground, this book provides a reflective context within which religious practices can be understood and appreciated. It conveys the rich realities of the Hindu tradition and the academic approaches through which they are studied. The chapters cover a wide range of topics, including dance, music, performance, festival traditions, temples, myth, philosophy, women 's practices, and divine possession. The engaging narratives are accompanied by contextual discussions and advice on such topics as conducting fieldwork, colonialism, Hindu seasonal celebrations, understanding deities, and aesthetics in Hinduism. All the entries are accompanied by photographs and suggestions for further reading.

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