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342 pages ; 22 cm
  • The historical Muhammad
  • A true prophet
  • Eminent Muslims
  • The wife of Muhammad
  • Mother of the faithful
  • An enlightened man.
Recent outbursts sparked by a viral video and controversial cartoons powerfully illustrate the passions and sensitivities that continue to surround the depiction of the seventh-century founder of Islam. The Lives of Muhammad" delves into the many ways the Prophet s life story has been told from the earliest days of Islam to the present, by both Muslims and non-Muslims. Emphasizing the major transformations since the nineteenth century, Kecia Ali shows that far from being mutually opposed, these various perspectives have become increasingly interdependent. Since the nineteenth century, two separate streams of writing, one hagiographic and the other polemical, have merged into a single, contentious story about the life of Muhammad. Protestant missionaries, European Orientalists, Indian and Egyptian modernists, and American voices across the spectrum, including preachers, scholars, Islamophobes, journalists, academics, and new-age gurus, debated Muhammad s character and the facts of his life. In the process, texts written symbolically came to be read literally. Muhammad s accomplishments as a religious and political leader, his military encounters with Meccans and Medinan Jews, and a subject of perennial interest his relationships with women, including his young wife Aisha, are among the key subjects writers engaged, repurposing early materials for new circumstances. Many of the ideas about Muhammad that Muslims embrace today Muhammad the social reformer, Muhammad the consummate leader, Muhammad the ideal husband arose in tandem and in tension with Western depictions. These were in turn shaped by new ideas about religion, sexuality, and human accomplishments.".
(source: Nielsen Book Data)9780674050600 20160617
Green Library
POLISCI-149S-01
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xix, 315 pages : illustrations ; 24 cm
  • Preface Note on transliteration, dates and abbreviations 1. Introduction: Progress in the Study of Shi?i Islam Diversity in Early Islam Medieval Sunni Perceptions Medieval European Perceptions Orientalist Perspectives Modern Scholarship on Shi?i Islam 2. The Origins and Early History of Shi?i Islam Origins of Shi?ism The Early Shi?a The Kaysaniyya The Ghulat The Early Imamiyya The Imami Shi?i Doctrine of the Imamate 3. The Ithna?asharis or Twelvers The Later Twelver Imams and the Hidden Mahdi From the Occultation of the Twelfth Imam to the Mongol Invasions From Nasir al-Din al-Tusi to the Advent of the Safawids From the Safawids to Early Modern Times From around 1215/1800 to the Present 4. The Ismailis The Early Ismailis The Fatimid Phase in Ismaili History The Tayyibi Ismailis: The Yamani and Indian Phases The Nizari Ismailis: The Alamut Phase Later Developments in Nizari Ismaili History The Anjudan revival The modern period 5. The Zaydis The Early Zaydis The Zaydis of the Caspian Region in Persia The Zaydis of Yaman 6. The Nusayris or ?Alawis Nusayri Studies History of the Nusayris The Nusayri-?Alawi Doctrines Glossary Notes Bibliography Index.
  • (source: Nielsen Book Data)9781780768410 20160612
Shi'i Muslims have played a crucial role, proportionally greater than their relative size, in furthering the civilizational achievements of Islam. Indeed, the Shi'i scholars and literati of various branches and regions, including scientists, philosophers, theologians, jurists and poets, have made seminal contributions to Islamic thought and culture. There have also been numerous Shi'i dynasties, families or individual rulers who patronized scholars, poets and artists as well as various institutions of learning in Islam. In spite of its significance, however, Shi'i Islam has received little scholarly attention in the West, and when it has been discussed, whether in general or in terms of some of its subdivisions, it has normally been treated marginally as a 'sect' or a 'heterodoxy'. The present book draws on the scattered findings of modern scholarship in the field, attempting to explain the formative era of Shi'i Islam, when a multitude of Muslim groups and schools of thought were elaborating their doctrinal positions. Subsequent chapters are devoted to the history of the Ithna'asharis, or Twelvers, the Ismailis, the Zaydis and the Nusayris (now more commonly known in Syria as the Alawis), the four communities that account for almost the entirety of the Shi'i Muslim population of the world. The result is a comprehensive survey of Shi'i Islam that will serve as an accessible work of reference for academics in both Islamic and Middle Eastern studies, as well as the broader field of the History of Religions, and also more general, non-specialist readers.
(source: Nielsen Book Data)9781780768410 20160612
Green Library
POLISCI-149S-01
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xii, 320 p. ; 24 cm.
  • Introduction-- Part I. Politicizing Occult Islam: 1. Ahmadinejad: a touch of light-- 2. Mohammad Reza Shah Pahlavi's supernatural Shi'ism-- 3. Shah Esma'il Safavi: the quintessentially occult Shi'i king-- Part II. Popular Shi'ism: Majlesism: 4. Milieu, childhood, sanctity and fame-- 5. From conceptualization to officialization of a religio-political ideology-- 6. Deficiency and defectiveness of the human mind-- 7. Society needs the leadership of jurists and/or kings-- 8. Superstitious education: fogging minds, fostering resignation-- 9. Reconfigurating the necessities of belief: articulating a state religion-- 10. Majlesism as an ideology-- Conclusion.
  • (source: Nielsen Book Data)9781107005181 20160605
A superstitious reading of the world based on religion may be harmless at a private level, yet employed as a political tool it can have more sinister implications. As this fascinating book by Ali Rahnema, a distinguished Iranian intellectual, relates, superstition and mystical beliefs have endured and influenced ideology and political strategy in Iran from the founding of the Safavid dynasty in the sixteenth century to the present day. As Rahnema demonstrates through a close reading of the Persian sources and with examples from contemporary Iranian politics, it is this supposed connectedness to the hidden world that has allowed leaders such as Muhammad Reza Shah Pahlavi and Mahmud Ahmadinejad to present themselves and their entourage as representatives of the divine, and their rivals as the embodiment of evil.
(source: Nielsen Book Data)9781107005181 20160605
Green Library
POLISCI-149S-01
Book
148 p.
This critical review of the history of America's relations with Iran shows how little of the two countries' long and complicated relationship is reflected in the foundational axioms of the "Great Satan" myth. The author explains why meaningful and equitable relations can begin only after the two nations have arrived at a common, critical, and accurate reading of the past.
(source: Nielsen Book Data)9780817911348 20160604
Green Library
POLISCI-149S-01
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2 v. (xxiii, 1211 p.) ; 27 cm.
As the 25th anniversary of the Islamic Revolution approached, Abbas Milani realized that very little, if any, attention had been given to the entire prerevolutionary generation. Political upheavals and a tradition of neglecting the history of past regimes have resulted in a cultural memory loss, erasing the contributions of a generation of individuals. "Eminent Persians" seeks to rectify that loss. Milani's groundbreaking portrait of modern Iran reveals the country's rich history through the lives of the men and women who forged it. Consisting of 150 profiles of the most important innovators in Iran between World War II and the Islamic Revolution, the book includes politicians, entrepreneurs, poets, artists, and thinkers who brought Iran into the modern era with brilliant success and sometimes terrible consequences. The biographies and essays weave a richly textured tapestry of lives, ideas, and events that reveals the true story of these decades in the life of a nation.The two volumes are divided into sections on politics, economics, and culture, each accompanied by an introductory essay that places the individual stories in their broader historical context. Drawn from interviews, extensive archival material, and private correspondence, "Eminent Persians" is a treasure trove of original documents, many appearing in print for the first time. Detailed sketches of personalities and personal foibles offer a compelling and highly readable account of this remarkable period of history on a human scale.
(source: Nielsen Book Data)9780815609070 20160528
Green Library
POLISCI-149S-01
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xiv, 231 p. ; 20 cm.
Few books in history have been as poorly, understood as the Qur'an. Sent down in a series of revelations to the Prophet Muhammad, the Qur'an is the unmediated word of Allah: a ritual, political, and legal authority; an ethical and spiritual guide; and a literary masterpiece that inspires devotion, passion, fear, and sometimes incomprehension. In The Qur'an, distinguished historian of religion Bruce Lawrence shows precisely how the Qur'an is the embodiment of Islam. He describes the origins of the faith in seventh-century Arabia and explains why the Qur'an is both memorized and recited by devour Muslims. Lawrence also discusses the Qur'an's commentators and doubters and assesses its tremendous influence on today's societies and politics. Above all, Lawrence emphasizes that the Qur'an is a sacred book of signs that cannot be reduced to a single, obvious message. It is a book that demands interpretation and one that can be properly understood only through its long and storied history.
(source: Nielsen Book Data)9780802143440 20160607
Green Library
POLISCI-149S-01
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xiv, 279 ; 24 cm.
The first comprehensive anthology of texts to do justice to modern Iranian political thought containing many crucially important texts appear here for the first time in English. This work is unique in its emphases on questions of gender and Sufism in Iran. Covering the last hundred years of Iranian history, "Religion and Politics in Modern Iran" introduces students to some of the most crucial political and religious texts of the period. Writers represented here include Seyyid Jamal al-Afghani, Shaykh Fazlallah Nuri, Ahmad Kasravi, Ali Shari'ati, Ayatollah Khomeini and Mehrangiz Kar. Many of these writings have become core texts for students of Middle East studies, religious studies and Islamic studies, while others - while just as important - are difficult to find or have never appeared before in English. It is noteworthy in that it offers fifteen chapters of substantial length, each of which is preceded by an introduction discussing the significance of the piece and placing each writer in their historical context. "Religion and Politics in Modern Iran" is an immensely timely publication for students who wish to know not only about the past hundred years in Iran but also about the continuing trends in the country that move far beyond simplistic ideas about Iran's role in an 'axis of evil'.
(source: Nielsen Book Data)9781845110727 20160528
Green Library
POLISCI-149S-01
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168 p. ; 24 cm.
  • Modernity in the land of the Sophy
  • Kafi is Kafi
  • Sa'di & the kings
  • Nasir al-Din Shah in Farang
  • Shadman's modernity
  • Tehran & modernity
  • Hedayat & the tragic vision
  • King of shadows
  • Houshang Golshiri
  • Modernity & Sharnush Parsipur's Blue logos
  • The purgatory of exile.
Green Library
POLISCI-149S-01
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460 p. ; 24 cm.
Green Library, SAL3 (off-campus storage)
POLISCI-149S-01
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160 p. ; 22 cm.
Green Library
POLISCI-149S-01