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

The Story of Rufino - Slavery, Freedom, and Islam in the Black Atlantic (Hardcover): Joao Jose Reis, Flavio DOS Santos Gomes,... The Story of Rufino - Slavery, Freedom, and Islam in the Black Atlantic (Hardcover)
Joao Jose Reis, Flavio DOS Santos Gomes, Marcus J M De Carvalho; Translated by Sabrina Gledhill
R723 Discovery Miles 7 230 Ships in 12 - 17 working days

Winner of the Casa de las America Prize for Brazilian Literature, The Story of Rufino reconstructs the lively biography of Rufino Jose Maria, set against the historical context of Brazil and Africa in the nineteenth century. The book tells the story of Rufino or Abuncare, a Yoruba Muslim from the kingdom of Oyo, in present-day Nigeria. Enslaved as an adolescent by a rival ethnic group, he was captured by Brazilian slave traders and taken to Brazil as a slave sometime in the early 1820s. In 1835, after being enslaved in Salvador and Rio Grande do Sul, Rufino bought his freedom with money he made as a hired-out slave and perhaps from making Islamic amulets. He found work in Rio de Janeiro as a cook on a slave ship bound for Luanda in Angola, despite the trans-Atlantic slave trade having been illegal in Brazil since 1831. Rufino himself became a petty slave trader. He made a few voyages before his ship was captured by the British and taken to Sierra Leone in 1841 for trial by the Anglo-Brazilian Mixed Commission to determine if it was equipped for the slave trade, since there were no slaves on board. During the three months awaiting the court's decision, Rufino lived among Yoruba Muslims, his people, and attended Quranic and Arabic classes. He later returned to Sierra Leone as a witness in a court case and attended classes with Muslim masters for almost two years. Once back in Brazil, he established himself as a diviner - serving whites and blacks, free and slaves, Brazilians and Africans, Muslim and non-Muslims - as well as a spiritual leader, an Alufa, in the local Afro-Muslim community. In 1853 Rufino was arrested due to rumors of an imminent African slave revolt. The police used as evidence for his arrest the large number of Arabic manuscripts in his possession, the same kind of material the police had found with Muslim rebels in Bahia thirty years earlier. During his interrogation, Rufino told his life story, which is used to reconstruct the world in which he lived under slavery and in freedom on African shores, aboard slave ships, and in Brazil. An extraordinary Atlantic history carefully pieced together from the archives, The Story of Rufino illuminates the complexities of slavery and freedom in Africa and Brazil and the resilience of ethnic and religious identities.

The Fall of the American Empire (Paperback): Edward Kahn The Fall of the American Empire (Paperback)
Edward Kahn
R613 Discovery Miles 6 130 Ships in 7 - 11 working days
The Wisdom of God - God Calls on His Children (Paperback): Johanne Howard The Wisdom of God - God Calls on His Children (Paperback)
Johanne Howard
R611 R513 Discovery Miles 5 130 Save R98 (16%) Ships in 7 - 11 working days
Female Sexuality in the Early Medieval Islamic World - Gender and Sex in Arabic Literature (Paperback): Pernilla Myrne Female Sexuality in the Early Medieval Islamic World - Gender and Sex in Arabic Literature (Paperback)
Pernilla Myrne
R882 Discovery Miles 8 820 Ships in 10 - 20 working days

In the early Islamic world, Arabic erotic compendia and sex manuals were a popular literary genre. Although primarily written by male authors, the erotic publications from this era often emphasised the sexual needs of women and the importance of female romantic fulfilment. Pernilla Myrne here explores this phenomenon, examining a range of Arabic literature to shed fresh light onto the complexities of female sexuality under the Abbasids and the Buyids. Based on an impressive array of neglected medical, religious-legal, literary and entertainment sources, Myrne elucidates the tension between depictions of women's strong sexual agency and their subordinated social role in various contexts. In the process she uncovers a great diversity of approaches from the 9th to the 11th century, including the sexual handbook the Encyclopedia of Pleasure (Jawami' al-ladhdha), which portrayed the diversity of female desires, asserting the importance of mutual satisfaction through lively poems and stories. This is the first in-depth, comprehensive analysis of female sexuality in the early Islamic world and is essential reading for all scholars of Middle Eastern history and Arabic literature.

Whenever They Prayed - Dimensions of New Testament Prayer (Hardcover): Rodney A. Werline Whenever They Prayed - Dimensions of New Testament Prayer (Hardcover)
Rodney A. Werline
R1,700 Discovery Miles 17 000 Ships in 12 - 17 working days

Rodney A. Werline shifts the scholarly approach to New Testament prayer from source and genre analyses to seeing prayer as a cultural practice, bringing new dimensions of the prayers to light. Assisted by ritual theorists such as Catherine Bell, Pierre Bourdieu, Talal Assad, and Roy Rappaport, Werline illuminates the genius of the New Testament authors and the members of their communities who, through years of embodied practice, acquired an aptitude which humans uniquely possess-the ability through ritual practice to navigate and maintain their relationships with one another and, together, with their God. Werline especially focuses on how their actions brought cultural memory to life, assisted in receiving revelations, protected them from demonic powers, and established and fulfilled their obligations to one another and to that God. The full import of these observations, however, is not possible without placing the prayers within their Second Temple Jewish context. Jewish prayers outside the New Testament should not function as mere "background," but as evidence of a grand cultural enterprise taking place, in which members of the early church actively participated.

Power in Praise (Large print, Paperback, Large type / large print edition): Merlin R. Carothers Power in Praise (Large print, Paperback, Large type / large print edition)
Merlin R. Carothers
R236 R207 Discovery Miles 2 070 Save R29 (12%) Ships in 7 - 11 working days

Three Million National Best Seller. A simple clear explanation of how and why the principles introduced in Prison to Praise work in everyday life. Readers often say, "Now I understand how to make praise work in my own life "

Religion And The Meaning Of Life - An Existential Approach (Paperback): Clifford Williams Religion And The Meaning Of Life - An Existential Approach (Paperback)
Clifford Williams
R599 Discovery Miles 5 990 Ships in 12 - 17 working days

As humans, we want to live meaningfully, yet we are often driven by impulse. In Religion and the Meaning of Life, Clifford Williams investigates this paradox – one with profound implications.

Delving into felt realities pertinent to meaning, such as boredom, trauma, suicide, denial of death, and indifference, Williams describes ways to acquire meaning and potential obstacles to its acquisition. This book is unique in its willingness to transcend a more secular stance and explore how one's belief in God may be relevant to life's meaning.

Religion and the Meaning of Life's interdisciplinary approach makes it useful to philosophers, religious studies scholars, psychologists, students, and general readers alike. The insights from this book have profound real-world applications – they can transform how readers search for meaning and, consequently, how readers see and exist in the world.

God Will See You Through (Paperback): L Kupferle God Will See You Through (Paperback)
L Kupferle
R249 R212 Discovery Miles 2 120 Save R37 (15%) Ships in 7 - 11 working days
Buddhist Modernities - Re-inventing Tradition in the Globalizing Modern World (Paperback): Hanna Havnevik, Ute Husken, Mark... Buddhist Modernities - Re-inventing Tradition in the Globalizing Modern World (Paperback)
Hanna Havnevik, Ute Husken, Mark Teeuwen, Vladimir Tikhonov, Koen Wellens
R1,000 Discovery Miles 10 000 Ships in 12 - 17 working days

The transformations Buddhism has been undergoing in the modern age have inspired much research over the last decade. The main focus of attention has been the phenomenon known as Buddhist modernism, which is defined as a conscious attempt to adjust Buddhist teachings and practices in conformity with the modern norms of rationality, science, or gender equality. This book advances research on Buddhist modernism by attempting to clarify the highly diverse ways in which Buddhist faith, thought, and practice have developed in the modern age, both in Buddhist heartlands in Asia and in the West. It presents a collection of case studies that, taken together, demonstrate how Buddhist traditions interact with modern phenomena such as colonialism and militarism, the market economy, global interconnectedness, the institutionalization of gender equality, and recent historical events such as de-industrialization and the socio-cultural crisis in post-Soviet Buddhist areas. This volume shows how the (re)invention of traditions constitutes an important pathway in the development of Buddhist modernities and emphasizes the pluralistic diversity of these forms in different settings.

Saint Martin de Porres - Apostle of Charity (Paperback): Giuliana Cavallini Saint Martin de Porres - Apostle of Charity (Paperback)
Giuliana Cavallini; Translated by C. Holland
R364 Discovery Miles 3 640 Ships in 7 - 11 working days

St. Martin de Porres was a friend of St. Rose of Lima. He became a Dominican lay brother and spent his life helping those in need. Many anecdotes telling how he raised the dead, multiplied food, cured the sick, healed animals, visited the needy through bilocation and did extreme penance.

Nathan Blows Out the Hanukkah Candles (Paperback): Tami Lehman-Wilzig Nathan Blows Out the Hanukkah Candles (Paperback)
Tami Lehman-Wilzig
R206 R161 Discovery Miles 1 610 Save R45 (22%) Ships in 12 - 17 working days

Jacob loves his autistic brother, Nathan, but when Hanukkah comes, Jacob worries that Nathan might embarrass him in front of his new friend. What if Nathan blows out the Hanukkah candles?!

Animals in the Qur'an (Paperback): Sarra Tlili Animals in the Qur'an (Paperback)
Sarra Tlili
R602 Discovery Miles 6 020 Ships in 12 - 17 working days

The Islamic tradition has always held animals in high esteem, deserving the same level of consideration as humans. The Qur'an opines that 'there is not an animal in the earth nor a flying creature flying on two wings, but they are people like you'. This fascinating and highly original book examines the status and nature of animals as they are portrayed in the Qur'an and in adjacent exegetical works, in which animals are viewed as spiritual, moral, intelligent and accountable beings. In this way, the study presents a challenge to the prevalent view of man's superiority over animals and suggests new ways of interpreting the Qur'an. By placing the discussion within the context of other religions and their treatment of animals, the book also makes a persuasive case for animal rights from an Islamic perspective.

Nearing Home - Life, Faith, and Finishing Well (Paperback): Billy Graham Nearing Home - Life, Faith, and Finishing Well (Paperback)
Billy Graham 1
R333 R282 Discovery Miles 2 820 Save R51 (15%) Ships in 7 - 11 working days

But I do not account my life of any value nor as precious to myself, if only I may finish my course and the ministry that I received from the Lord Jesus, to testify to the gospel of the grace of God.

--Acts 20:24 (ESV)

Growing old has been the greatest surprise of my life," says Billy Graham, known by many as God's Ambassador. "I would have never guessed what God had in store for me, and I know that as I am nearing home, He will not forsake me the last mile of the way."

In "Nearing Home" this man of faith--now in his nineties--explores the challenges of aging while gleaning foundational truths from Scripture. Billy Graham invites us to journey with him as he considers the golden years while anticipating the hope of being reunited with his wife, Ruth, in his heavenly home that eclipses this world. "When granted many years of life, growing old in age is natural, but growing old with grace is a choice," says the author. "Growing older with grace is possible for all who will set their hearts and minds on the Giver of grace, the Lord Jesus Christ."

Join Billy Graham as he shares the challenges of fading strength but still standing strong in his commitment to finishing life well.

"Explore with me not only the realities of life as we grow older but also the hope and fulfillment and even joy that can be ours once we learn to look at these years from God's point of view and discover His strength to sustain us every day."

--BILLY GRAHAM

Fear - Essential Wisdom for Getting Through The Storm (Paperback): Thich Nhat Hanh Fear - Essential Wisdom for Getting Through The Storm (Paperback)
Thich Nhat Hanh 1
R350 R280 Discovery Miles 2 800 Save R70 (20%) Ships in 5 - 10 working days

'Thich Nhat Hanh does not merely teach peace; Thich Nhat Hanh is peace' Elizabeth Gilbert When we're not held in the grip of fear, we can truly embrace the gifts of life. Learn how to overcome the worries, insecurities and fears that hold you back in this perspective-shifting book. Drawing on his years of experience as a celebrated Zen master, Thich Nhat Hanh shows that by mastering the practices of mindfulness you can learn to identify the sources of pain that cause fear and move past them to live a mindful and happy life. 'The monk who taught the world mindfulness' Time

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
R670 R545 Discovery Miles 5 450 Save R125 (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.

Imitation of Mary (Leather / fine binding): Thomas A Kempis Imitation of Mary (Leather / fine binding)
Thomas A Kempis
R289 R245 Discovery Miles 2 450 Save R44 (15%) Ships in 7 - 11 working days
Elements of Truth (An Aid to Spirituality) (Paperback): Grace Elements of Truth (An Aid to Spirituality) (Paperback)
Grace
R824 R665 Discovery Miles 6 650 Save R159 (19%) Ships in 7 - 11 working days
A Return to Eros - The Radical Experience of Being Fully Alive (Paperback): Marc Gafni, Kristina Kincaid A Return to Eros - The Radical Experience of Being Fully Alive (Paperback)
Marc Gafni, Kristina Kincaid; Foreword by Barbara Max Hubbard
R413 R349 Discovery Miles 3 490 Save R64 (15%) In stock

Discover the secret relationship between erotic, the sexual, and the sacred Sex is not negative or positive. Sex is not just neutral, nor is it merely sacred because it creates babies. None of these old sexual stories work for us anymore. We need a new sexual narrative. This book gives the new sexual narrative, what the authors call Sex Erotic. Erotic Mystics from the hidden tradition of Solomon's temple taught a secret doctrine: sex is the source of all wisdom. It's an expression of the erotic impulse of existence itself alive in us-the yearning for contact, pleasure, and aliveness. The sexual, however, is not the sum total of the erotic. Rather, the sexual teaches us how to live an erotic life in all dimensions of our existence. That is Sex Erotic. A Return to Eros: The Radical Experience of Being Fully Alive, from Drs. Marc Gafni and Kristina Kincaid, reveals the radical tenets of the relationships between the sexual, the erotic, and the holy. They share what Eros actually means and also the 12 core qualities of the erotic, which are modeled by the sexual. These include being on the inside, fullness of presence, yearning, allurement, fantasy, surrender, creativity, pleasure, and more. A Return to Eros shows why these qualities of the erotic modeled by the sexual are actually the same core qualities of the sacred. The relationship between the sexual and the erotic becomes clear, teaching you how to live an erotically suffused existence charged with purpose, potency, and power. To be an empowered lover-not just in sex but also in all facets of your life-you must listen to the whisperings of the sexual. Transform your understanding and experience of love, sex, and Eros inside these pages.

Islam, Modernity and a New Millennium - Themes from a Critical Rationalist Reading of Islam (Paperback): Ali Paya Islam, Modernity and a New Millennium - Themes from a Critical Rationalist Reading of Islam (Paperback)
Ali Paya
R991 Discovery Miles 9 910 Ships in 12 - 17 working days

As the world becomes increasingly globalised Islam faces some important choices. Does it seek to "modernise" in line with the cultures in which it is practised, or does it retain its traditions even if they are at odds with the surrounding society? This book utilizes a critical rationalist viewpoint to illuminate many of the hotly contended issues in modern Islam, and to offer a fresh analysis. A variety of issues within Islam are discussed in this book including, Muslims and modernity; Islam, Christianity and Judaism; approaches to the understanding of the Quran; Muslim identity and civil society; doctrinal certainty and violent radicalism. In each case, the author makes use of Karl Popper's theory of critical rationalism to uncover new aspects of these issues and to challenge post-modern, relativist, literalist and justificationist readings of Islam. This is a unique perspective on contemporary Islam and as such will be of significant interest to scholars of Religious Studies, Islamic Studies and the Philosophy of Religion.

Miracle Moments - Powerful Prayers of Healing and Hope (Paperback): Linda Schubert Miracle Moments - Powerful Prayers of Healing and Hope (Paperback)
Linda Schubert
R95 Discovery Miles 950 Ships in 7 - 11 working days
Hizb ut-Tahrir and the Caliphate - Why the Group is Still Appealing to Muslims in the West (Paperback): Elisa Orofino Hizb ut-Tahrir and the Caliphate - Why the Group is Still Appealing to Muslims in the West (Paperback)
Elisa Orofino
R995 Discovery Miles 9 950 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.

I Give Up - The Secret Joy of a Surrendered Life (Paperback): Laura Story I Give Up - The Secret Joy of a Surrendered Life (Paperback)
Laura Story; As told to Leigh McLeroy
R320 R264 Discovery Miles 2 640 Save R56 (18%) Ships in 5 - 10 working days

Walk alongside Grammy Award-winning artist, worship leader, and Bible study
teacher Laura Story in her continuing journey of accepting God's plan for her
life and living it out in total surrender.

Laura Story's husband, Martin, was diagnosed with a brain tumor early in their
marriage. In a moment their life plans changed drastically. After wondering about
their ability to be parents and a struggle with infertility, Laura gave birth to three
children, including twin boys, in three years' time. Then a sonogram at thirty-seven
weeks revealed an unexpected issue with their fourth child. No life is without trouble,
but when you face one challenging situation after another, your days can begin to feel
desperately hopeless. Yet God truly uses all things for our good. When offered up to
him, every circumstance can become a perfect opportunity to completely surrender
your will to his.

In I Give Up, Laura uses her story to show why surrender to God is important and
how we can go about doing it. She shares how surrendering expectations is not a
step-by-step process but a willful decision to wait on God, trusting that he and his
word are true. In this four-part study she explains

  • why surrender is a good thing
  • whom we surrender to
  • how we surrender
  • how our surrender affects the lives of others

Though surrender sometimes flies in the face of our instincts, hopes, and dreams, it's
never without benefit. A surrendered life includes the surprise of a true joy-filled
existence in which trust is reasonable, reconciliation is possible, and relationships can
heal.
Islamic Conversation - Sohbet and Ethics in Contemporary Turkey (Hardcover): Smita Tewari Jassal Islamic Conversation - Sohbet and Ethics in Contemporary Turkey (Hardcover)
Smita Tewari Jassal
R3,076 Discovery Miles 30 760 Ships in 12 - 17 working days

The book evaluates on-going ethical conversations to learn how emotional communication is received, teachings are internalized, and a religious world-view is brought to life. Exploring how religious values saturate people's consciousness to induce subtle shifts in moral and ethical sensibilities, this book is about people's practices that illuminate how Islam is lived. Based on fieldwork conducted in Ankara between 2010 and 2016, the study enquires into people's ethical, religious, and moral motivations through the use of the ethnographic method and "thick description". Conversations and interviews with officials, community leaders, students, entrepreneurs, professionals, and blue-collar workers were subjected to close scrutiny to foreground societal change and churning. To capture perspectives absent or deliberately overlooked in mainstream public discourse and scholarship, fieldwork was conducted in locations ranging from homes, offices, and university dorms to the shrines of saints. In listening closely to how people talk about their religious practices, the book addresses the question of how Islamic subjectivities are being forged in Turkey. The study unveils how people are pushed to re-think old practices and attitudes in the process of reinterpreting Islam in light of contemporary concerns. Filling a gap in the literature where micro-level, grounded analyses of culture and society are relatively rare, this book is a key resource for readers interested in the anthropology of religion and gender, ethnography, Turkey, and the Middle East.

Children and Childhood in World Religions - Primary Sources and Texts (Hardcover): Don S. Browning, Marcia J. Bunge Children and Childhood in World Religions - Primary Sources and Texts (Hardcover)
Don S. Browning, Marcia J. Bunge; Series edited by Myra Bluebond-Langner
R2,640 Discovery Miles 26 400 Ships in 7 - 11 working days

While children figure prominently in religious traditions, few books have directly explored the complex relationships between children and religion. This is the first book to examine the theme of children in major religions of the world. Each of six chapters, edited by world-class scholars, focuses on one religious tradition and includes an introduction and a selection of primary texts ranging from legal to liturgical and from the ancient to the contemporary. Through both the scholarly introductions and the primary sources, this comprehensive volume addresses a range of topics, from the sanctity of birth to a child's relationship to evil, showing that issues regarding children are central to understanding world religions and raising significant questions about our own conceptions of children today. The religions discussed in this book include: Judaism, Christianity, Islam, Hinduism, Buddhism, and, Confucianism.

The Dance - Moving to the Deep Rhythms of Your Life (Paperback): Oriah The Dance - Moving to the Deep Rhythms of Your Life (Paperback)
Oriah
R307 R260 Discovery Miles 2 600 Save R47 (15%) Ships in 7 - 11 working days

Welcome to "The Dance", the wise and practical book that expands on Oriah Mountain Dreamer's new moving prose poem. In this compelling book the acclaimed author of "The Invitation" challenges readers to live with passion, energy, and honesty. The key, says Oriah, is to savour the everyday world of family, friends, love, and work with clear minds and open hearts. When we are physically and emotionally stressed and our spirits are depleted, we must realise that happiness has not vanished but is buried beneath the clutter of our harried lives. With rare courage and honesty, Oriah unveils the challenge of her inspiring poem through compelling stories from her own experience, offering us tools to become fully the person we already are - not ways to change. 'To dance - to live in a way that is consistent with our longing' - is to discover a gift that we can give ourselves again and again over a lifetime. To dance, alone or with others, is to be who we truly are as we fulfill our soul's desires. To do this, we must learn how to let go and slow down, returning to the sacred emptiness where we encounter our true self. Practical, inspiring, and profoundly illuminating, "The Dance" is an invitation to discover a place of connection, serenity, and joy that is uniquely our own.

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