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The Temporary Bride

By Jennifer Klinec
  • ISBN Code: : 1405511362
  • Publisher : Virago
  • Pages : 224
  • Category : Biography & Autobiography
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A relationship was a mathematical formula: the correct variables of age, beauty, morality and finances were entered and the output was a successful, peaceful marriage. It couldn't be, therefore, that their Iranian son could feel desire for someone six years his senior,someone who didn't come to him pure and untouched. I was an amusing visitor from another world and soon enough I should return to it, fading quietly into an anecdote ... In her thirties, Jennifer Klinec abandons a corporate job to launch a cooking school from her London flat. Raised in Canada to Hungarian-Croatian parents, she has already travelled to countries most people are fearful of, in search of ancient recipes. Her quest leads her to Iran where, hair discreetly covered and eyes modest, she is introduced to a local woman who will teach her the secrets of the Persian kitchen. Vahid, her son, is suspicious of the strange foreigner who turns up in his mother's kitchen; he is unused to seeing an independent woman. But a compelling attraction pulls them together and then pits them against harsh Iranian laws and customs. Getting under the skin of one of the most complex and fascinating nations on earth, The Temporary Bride is a soaring story of being loved, being fed, and the struggle to belong.

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Religion has left an undeniable mark in our world. Some see it as the answer to every problem, while others see it as the problem itself. Simply put, religion is the single greatest force in history. But in a much more intimate sense, what does religion mean to one life? In this honest, suspenseful, and moving memoir, author David Nasser tells of a life filled with heartbreak and healing. Forced to escape from a country gripped in a religious revolution, David and his family run for their lives in an attempt to find refuge. Through the lens of a terrified boy we see the destructive power of religion and the pull of peer pressure as he tries to fit into a new culture. Nasser's raw and transparent account of his transition from hating religion to having a living faith in Christ will impact readers from across the religious spectrum. His unflinchingly honest, yet humorous, assessment of the church from an outsider's point of view will both enlighten readers and spur them to renewed and refined outreach. For anyone who has seen the lie of religion, whether in Iran or Alabama or anywhere in between, Nasser offers the truth of Jesus.

History of the Mongols from the 9th to the 19th Century

By Henry Hoyle Howorth
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  • Publisher : Cosimo, Inc.
  • Book Code : 1605201340
  • Total of Pages : 664
  • Category : History
  • Members : 804
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Ivan counselled Mengli Girai to take no heed of these advances. The Lithuanians, he said, despite all honour, have thrown their ally, who has so long served them, into chains, and, like Seyid Ahmed in former days, this new victim of their treachery will perish in captivity. Do not fear, therefore, that they will give liberty to your enemy, for they have reason to dread his revenge. from Seyid Ahmed, Murtaza and Sheikh Ahmed Khans This 1876 work is a comprehensive history of the nomad tribes who dominated Central Asia during the early centuries of the last millennium, and of their great rulers: the khans. Drawing firsthand on numerous scholarly sources and full of illustrative detail and entertaining anecdotes, this remains a vital reference on a civilization now lost to time. Part 2 of this three-volume work covers in detail the history and campaigns of the Golden Horde, Russia during the Tartar domination, the empire of Jingis (Genghis) Khan and his revolutionary impact, and much more. British ethnologist and historian SIR HENRY HOYLE HOWORTH (1842 1923) served as president of the Royal Archaeological Institute, and is the author of Glacial Nightmare and the Flood (1893) and Methods of Archaeological Research (1896), among other works.


By Juliana Geran Pilon
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  • Publisher : Transaction Publishers
  • Book Code : 1412845637
  • Total of Pages : 293
  • Category : Social Science
  • Members : 490
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In Soulmates: Resurrecting Eve, Juliana Geran Pilon argues for a return to an egalitarian view of men and women, found in the original Genesis narrative, as reflected through Judaism, Christianity, and Islam. In each of these Abrahamic traditions, it was understood that man and woman were created to be soulmates in God’s image—equal despite their different functions within society. Pilon writes that this original message has gradually been distorted, with disastrous effect. Any hope for an ennobling human community begins by resurrecting Eve as an equal partner to Adam. The work examines the Biblical creation narrative, comparing it to Greek and other ancient mythologies. Pilon explains how the disturbing association of woman with sin and death led to Eve’s demise as Adam’s equal. The final section of the work deals with the Goddess myth, love and marriage in early religious narratives, and modern man’s search for his soul no less than for a soulmate. The book, at its core, is a meditation on the relationship between men and women but also among human beings. The resurrection of Eve is indispensable to attaining a true appreciation of love and faith. Pilon uses religious texts, expert commentary, and various works of fiction, poetry, and psychology to make her argument come alive. The work is strengthened by the writing style, alternately poetic and humorous, and a clear and illuminating progression of ideas. Its emphasis on reconciliation and understanding, and its post-feminist outlook will find a receptive audience.

Koran: Forbid Or Rewrite? a Guide for Peaceful De-Islamicization

By Dewanand
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  • Publisher : Strategic Book Publishing
  • Book Code : 1609760654
  • Total of Pages : 686
  • Category : Religion
  • Members : 416
  • Pdf File: koran.pdf

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Why is the Koran the deeper abstract cause of terrorism? What can Muslims and non-Muslims do about this? How can we help Muslims liberate themselves from medieval ways of thinking? Is there more in the world than Islam, Mohammed and terrorism? What is a real Muslim? How can an anti-Muslim be defined? Hindu writer Dewanand provides answers to all these questions in a striking and scientific way, trying to present the interests of both Muslims and non-Muslims in a tactical way. Dewanand says he wrote this book to make sacrifices to Altecrea and to show concern for all living creatures. Discover for yourself if he has reached his goal, when you read Koran: Forbid or Rewrite? In the first chapters, the PV Muslim scientific model scale is revealed. This is a psychological vectored model for classifying Muslims to understand them better. Dewanand says his book is intended to show respect for Muslims and to help them to grow spiritually. "I wanted to reform Islam and end the suffering and violence in many Islamic nations. I was raised as a Muslim by my mother and later on I converted to Hinduism." His book is the meeting point of three old civilizations: Islam, Western and Hinduism. That's why it is so important for the future of Islam and religion. Dewanand grew up in Surinam and at age twenty went to Holland to study. He now lives in Delft, Holland. He has published numerous books in Dutch and these can be found on his website, Publisher's website: http: //

The Root of Wild Madder

By Brian Murphy
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  • Publisher : Simon and Schuster
  • Book Code : 0743274571
  • Total of Pages : 320
  • Category : History
  • Members : 543
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Wisdom of a Turkmen proverb. The Root of Wild Madder opens with an invitation that flows from the same ancient inspiration. "A carpet is poetry itself," an Iranian carpet merchant declares to author Brian Murphy. "You just have to learn to read them." So begins a journey. It follows Persian carpets from the remote villages of Afghanistan and Iran where they are woven -- often by young girls -- and on to the bazaars where they are traded, to the Sufis and mystic poets who find grace and magic in their timeless designs, and, finally and unexpectedly, to a carpet showroom in New York. Told in exquisite prose befitting one of the world's loveliest art forms, The Root of Wild Madder eloquently chronicles how carpets embody humanity's endless striving for unattainable perfection. Here are stories of the weavers and their dreams, the "mules" who move the carpets from place to place, the tradesmen who sell them in the bazaars, and the refugee compelled to trade a carpet he believes contains the soul of his grandmother -- because his family must eat. The madder plant has fed the carpets' red brilliance since the earliest weavings. But the power of its palette, like the dyers' traditions, threatens to pass from memory. It would be a profound loss. It's part of a world as rich as any sublime carpet: steeped in spirituality, culture, allegory, and, above all, mystery. Nearly all the carpet masterworks are anonymous art for the ages, and Murphy seeks out their glorious hidden narratives. As he observes, "Every carpet carries its own distinctive voice. Suddenly I wanted to hear them."

Law and Religious Pluralism in Canada

By Richard J. Moon
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  • Publisher : UBC Press
  • Book Code : 0774858532
  • Total of Pages : 328
  • Category : Religion
  • Members : 429
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Law and Religious Pluralism in Canada seeks to elucidate the complex and often uneasy relationship between law and religion in democracies committed both to equal citizenship and religious pluralism. Leading socio-legal scholars consider the role of religious values in public decision making, government support for religious practices, and the restriction and accommodation by government of minority religious practices. They examine such current issues as the legal recognition of sharia arbitration, the re-definition of civil marriage, and the accommodation of religious practice in the public sphere.

A Woman Among Warlords

By Malalai Joya
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  • Publisher : Simon and Schuster
  • Book Code : 9781439132487
  • Total of Pages : 240
  • Category : Biography & Autobiography
  • Members : 592
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Malalai Joya has been called "the bravest woman in Afghanistan." At a constitutional assembly in Kabul in 2003, she stood up and denounced her country's powerful NATO-backed warlords. She was twenty-five years old. Two years later, she became the youngest person elected to Afghanistan's new Parliament. In 2007, she was suspended from Parliament for her persistent criticism of the warlords and drug barons and their cronies. She has survived four assassination attempts to date, is accompanied at all times by armed guards, and sleeps only in safe houses. Often compared to democratic leaders such as Burma's Aung San Suu Kyi, this extraordinary young woman was raised in the refugee camps of Iran and Pakistan. Inspired in part by her father's activism, Malalai became a teacher in secret girls' schools, holding classes in a series of basements. She hid her books under her burqa so the Taliban couldn't find them. She also helped establish a free medical clinic and orphanage in her impoverished home province of Farah. The endless wars of Afghanistan have created a generation of children without parents. Like so many others who have lost people they care about, Malalai lost one of her orphans when the girl's family members sold her into marriage. While many have talked about the serious plight of women in Afghanistan, Malalai Joya takes us inside the country and shows us the desperate dayto-day situations these remarkable people face at every turn. She recounts some of the many acts of rebellion that are helping to change the country -- the women who bravely take to the streets in peaceful protest against their oppression; the men who step forward and claim "I am her mahram," so the fundamentalists won't punish a woman for walking alone; and the families that give their basements as classrooms for female students. A controversial political figure in one of the most dangerous places on earth, Malalai Joya is a hero for our times, a young woman who refused to be silent, a young woman committed to making a difference in the world, no matter the cost.

Revealing Reveiling

By Sherifa Zuhur
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  • Publisher : State University of New York Press
  • Book Code : 1438424892
  • Total of Pages : 226
  • Category : Social Science
  • Members : 561
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In modern Egypt, the pace of Islamic resurgence has increased as in other Muslim societies. Throughout the twentieth century, Egyptian women have fought fiercely for political participation and for legal and educational reform to improve their status. To many of them, the adoption of a new form of the veil seemed retrogressive and ominous. This book explores the history of Muslim women and the debates over gender which have developed since the golden age of Islam. It considers the opinions, goals, and ideals of fifty Egyptian women, veiled and unveiled and compares their views to the gender ideology of the contemporary Islamists. Women’s social backgrounds are examined in the context of the Egyptian state and its social policies.

Representing Islam

By Kamaludeen Mohamed Nasir
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  • Publisher : Indiana University Press
  • Book Code : 0253053072
  • Total of Pages : 222
  • Category : Social Science
  • Members : 520
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How do Muslims who grew up after September 11 balance their love for hip-hop with their devotion to Islam? How do they live the piety and modesty called for by their faith while celebrating an art form defined, in part, by overt sexuality, violence, and profanity? In Representing Islam, Kamaludeen Mohamed Nasir explores the tension between Islam and the global popularity of hip-hop, including attempts by the hip-hop ummah, or community, to draw from the struggles of African Americans in order to articulate the human rights abuses Muslims face. Nasir explores state management of hip-hop culture and how Muslim hip-hoppers are attempting to "Islamize" the genre's performance and jargon to bring the music more in line with religious requirements, which are perhaps even more fraught for female artists who struggle with who has the right to speak for Muslim women. Nasir also investigates the vibrant underground hip-hop culture that exists online. For fans living in conservative countries, social media offers an opportunity to explore and discuss hip-hop when more traditional avenues have been closed. Representing Islam considers the complex and multifaceted rise of hip-hop on a global stage and, in doing so, asks broader questions about how Islam is represented in this global community.

South Asian Folklore

By Peter Claus,Sarah Diamond,Margaret Mills
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  • Publisher : Routledge
  • Book Code : 1000101223
  • Total of Pages : 740
  • Category : Literary Criticism
  • Members : 948
  • Pdf File: south-asian-folklore.pdf

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With 600 signed, alphabetically organized articles covering the entirety of folklore in South Asia, this new resource includes countries and regions, ethnic groups, religious concepts and practices, artistic genres, holidays and traditions, and many other concepts. A preface introduces the material, while a comprehensive index, cross-references, and black and white illustrations round out the work. The focus on south Asia includes Afghanistan, Bangladesh, India, Pakistan, and Sri Lanka, with short survey articles on Tibet, Bhutan, Sikkim, and various diaspora communities. This unique reference will be invaluable for collections serving students, scholars, and the general public.