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British Jihadism The Detail and the Denial

British Jihadism The Detail and the Denial

Author: Paul Stott Format: Hardback Release Date: 15/07/2019

Analysing the involvement of a small but not insignificant number of British Muslims in a series of conflicts since the early 1990s this book interrogates and develops understandings of Jihad, Islamic revivalism, Terrorism and the British government's policies towards both the Muslim majority world and the UK's Muslim population. Utilising data compiled from a meticulous empirical study of jihadist websites, their support organisations, social media, ethnic media and local, national, international press it details and examines British Muslim involvement in Jihadist struggles in more than fifteen countries including Afghanistan, Bosnia, Iraq, Israel, Pakistan, Somalia, Syria and Yemen as well as exploring the development of domestic political violence within the United Kingdom Formulating a detailed conceptualisation of British Jihadists' aims, objectives and practices the book presents original conceptual and theoretical critiques and broadens the current research. The author locates British Jihadism within a politico-religious framework emerging over the last three decades and positions himself between orthodox and critical research paradigms to move beyond simplistic debates seeking to blame events on British foreign policy or Islam per se. Instead the focus is on the desire of some British Muslims to assert, achieve and maintain `status' and the refusal of others to recognise the development of international actors such as Al Qaeda and Islamic State or domestic trends involving young British Muslims willing to use violence.

Jaina Rituals of Death History, Doctrine and Practice

Jaina Rituals of Death History, Doctrine and Practice

Author: Peter Flugel Format: Hardback Release Date: 14/07/2019

In this book, the author presents recent, somewhat unexpected, findings on the thriving cult of bone relic stupas and the ritual role of the materiality of the dead amongst contemporary Jains. Based on extensive fieldwork in India, clear evidence is offered for the ubiquity of bone relic stupas and relic veneration across the Jain sectarian spectrum, although classical Jain doctrine rejects the worship of material objects. The unique analysis applied in this book juxtaposes field-based ethnographic materials with textual analysis. Additionally, the author adds a broad comparative scope by systematically comparing Jain textual sources with the relevant sources from the Brahmanical and Buddhist traditions. This groundbreaking work will significantly reshape the field of Jain studies and its relationship with other South Asian religious traditions. It also offers is a major contribution to the history of religions.

The Masque of Africa

The Masque of Africa

Author: V. S. Naipaul Format: Paperback / softback Release Date: 11/07/2019

'Compelling, insightful, often sombrely beautiful' Sunday Telegraph Moving beyond travelogue, V. S. Naipaul's The Masque of Africa considers the effects of belief (in indigenous animisms, the foreign religions of Christianity and Islam, the cults of leaders and mythical history) upon the progress of African civilization. Beginning in Uganda, at the centre of the continent, Naipaul's journey takes in Ghana and Nigeria, the Ivory Coast and Gabon, and ends, as the country does, in South Africa. Focusing upon the theme of belief - though sometimes the political or economical realities are so overwhelming that they have to be taken into account - Naipaul examines the fragile but enduring quality of the old world of magic. To witness the ubiquity of such ancient ritual, to be given some idea of its power, was to be taken far back to the beginning of things. To reach that beginning was the purpose of this book.

What Is Religion?

What Is Religion?

Author: Jeppe Sinding Jensen Format: Paperback / softback Release Date: 09/07/2019

Starting from the premise that religion is a human endeavour that can be analysed and compared across time and cultures, What Is Religion? brings the most up-to-date scholarship to bear on humankind's most enduring creation. Religious belief is one of the most pervasive and ubiquitous characteristics of human society. Religion has influenced human lives since prehistoric times, shaping the world views of cultures from isolated tribes to vast empires. The book opens with a brief history of the idea of religion, then divides the study of religion into four essential topics - types, representations, practices and institutions - and concludes with a final, eye-opening chapter on religion today. Packed with case studies from a wide range of religions, past and present, What Is Religion? offers a very current, comprehensive, yet intellectually challenging, overview of the history, theories, practices and study of religion. Thoroughly updated throughout, this second edition provides an accessible, wide-ranging, engaging and concise book for undergraduate students in the study of religion. It is also invaluable for students of anthropology, history, psychology, sociology and theology as well as anyone interested in how and why humans became and continue to be religious.

What Is Religion?

What Is Religion?

Author: Jeppe Sinding Jensen Format: Hardback Release Date: 09/07/2019

Starting from the premise that religion is a human endeavour that can be analysed and compared across time and cultures, What Is Religion? brings the most up-to-date scholarship to bear on humankind's most enduring creation. Religious belief is one of the most pervasive and ubiquitous characteristics of human society. Religion has influenced human lives since prehistoric times, shaping the world views of cultures from isolated tribes to vast empires. The book opens with a brief history of the idea of religion, then divides the study of religion into four essential topics - types, representations, practices and institutions - and concludes with a final, eye-opening chapter on religion today. Packed with case studies from a wide range of religions, past and present, What Is Religion? offers a very current, comprehensive, yet intellectually challenging, overview of the history, theories, practices and study of religion. Thoroughly updated throughout, this second edition provides an accessible, wide-ranging, engaging and concise book for undergraduate students in the study of religion. It is also invaluable for students of anthropology, history, psychology, sociology and theology as well as anyone interested in how and why humans became and continue to be religious.

Regional Communities of Devotion in South Asia Insiders, Outsiders, and Interlopers

Regional Communities of Devotion in South Asia Insiders, Outsiders, and Interlopers

Author: Gil (University of South Florida, US) Ben-Herut Format: Hardback Release Date: 08/07/2019

This book explores the key motif of the religious Other in devotional (bhakti) literatures and practices from across the Indian subcontinent. The primary aim of this book is to reconsider and challenge inherited notions of the bhakta's or devotee's Other and unmask processes of representation that involve adoption, appropriation, and rejection of different social and religious agents. The book considers the ways in which bhakti might be conceived as having an inter-regional impact-as a force, discourse, network, mythology, ethic-while critically engaging with extant scholarly narratives about what bhakti is and tracing when and how those narratives have been used. The sheer diversity of South Asia's devotional traditions renders them an especially rich resource for examining social and religious fault lines, thereby furthering scholarly understanding of how communalism and sectarianism originate and develop on local or regional levels, with wider geographic implications. Bringing together studies from a subcontinent-wide variety of linguistic, geographical, and historical frames for the first time, this book will be an important contribution to the literature on bhakti, and it will be of interest to scholars of South Asian Religion and Asian Religion.

David Hume Common-Sense Moralist, Sceptical Metaphysician

David Hume Common-Sense Moralist, Sceptical Metaphysician

Author: David Fate Norton Format: Paperback / softback Release Date: 04/07/2019

The Description for this book, David Hume: Common-Sense Moralist, Sceptical Metaphysician, will be forthcoming.

Tokugawa Ideology

Tokugawa Ideology

Author: Herman Ooms Format: Hardback Release Date: 04/07/2019

The Description for this book, Tokugawa Ideology, will be forthcoming.

Hymns for the Drowning Poems for Visnu by Nammalvar

Hymns for the Drowning Poems for Visnu by Nammalvar

Author: A. K. Ramanujan Format: Hardback Release Date: 04/07/2019

The Description for this book, Hymns for the Drowning: Poems for Visnu by Nammalvar, will be forthcoming.

Hymns for the Drowning Poems for Visnu by Nammalvar

Hymns for the Drowning Poems for Visnu by Nammalvar

Author: A. K. Ramanujan Format: Paperback / softback Release Date: 04/07/2019

The Description for this book, Hymns for the Drowning: Poems for Visnu by Nammalvar, will be forthcoming.

Islam in Modern History

Islam in Modern History

Author: Wilfred Cantwell Smith Format: Paperback / softback Release Date: 04/07/2019

The Description for this book, Islam in Modern History, will be forthcoming.

Probability and Certainty in Seventeenth-Century England A Study of the Relationships Between National Science, Religion, History, Law, and Literature

Probability and Certainty in Seventeenth-Century England A Study of the Relationships Between National Science, Religion, History, Law, and Literature

Author: Barbara J. Shapiro Format: Paperback / softback Release Date: 04/07/2019

The Description for this book, Probability and Certainty in Seventeenth-Century England: A Study of the Relationships Between National Science, Religion, History, Law, and Literature, will be forthcoming.