How to Be a Muslim: An American Story

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Beacon Press #ad - All he wanted was a girlfriend. But as he discovered, it wasn’t so easy to leave religion behind. He sometimes drank. This is the story of the second-generation immigrant, of what it’s like to lose yourself between cultures and how to pick up the pieces. A young muslim leader’s memoir of his struggles to forge an american Muslim identityHaroon Moghul was thrust into the spotlight after 9/11, before interfaith audiences, becoming an undergraduate leader at New York University’s Islamic Center forced into appearances everywhere: on TV, in print.

How to be a muslim reveals a young man coping with the crushing pressure of a world that fears Muslims, struggling with his faith and searching for intellectual forebears, and suffering the onset of bipolar disorder. Moghul was becoming a prominent voice for American Muslims even as he struggled with his relationship to Islam.

How to Be a Muslim: An American Story #ad - To be true to himself, he needed to forge a unique American Muslim identity that reflected his beliefs and personality. He didn’t pray regularly. In high school he was barely a believer and entirely convinced he was going to hell.

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Acts of Faith: The Story of an American Muslim, in the Struggle for the Soul of a Generation

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Beacon Press #ad - With a new afterword   acts of faith is a remarkable account of growing up Muslim in America and coming to believe in religious pluralism, from one of the most prominent faith leaders in the United States. Eboo patel’s story is a hopeful and moving testament to the power and passion of young people—and of the world-changing potential of an interfaith youth movement.

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After Heaven: Spirituality in America Since the 1950s

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University of California Press #ad - Christians, muslims, hindus, new age religions, Buddhists, as are followers of occult practices, and Native Americans are included, Jews, and other eclectic groups. Wuthnow uses in-depth interviews and a broad range of resource materials to show how Americans, from teenagers to senior citizens, define their spiritual journeys.

The evolution of american spirituality over the past fifty years is the subject of Robert Wuthnow's engrossing new book. Moreover, it is a compelling and insightful guide to understanding American culture at century's end. His findings are a telling reflection of the changes in beliefs and lifestyles that have occurred throughout the United States in recent decades.

Wuthnow reconstructs the social and cultural reasons for an emphasis on a spirituality of dwelling houses of worship, denominations, neighborhoods during the 1950s. Wuthnow also notes how politicized spirituality, evangelical movements, and resources such as Twelve-Step programs and mental health therapy influence definitions of religious life today.

Wuthnow's landmark book, the restructuring of american Religion 1988, documented the changes in institutional religion in the United States; now After Heaven explains the changes in personal spirituality that have come to shape our religious life. Then in the 1960s a spirituality of seeking began to emerge, leading individuals to go beyond established religious institutions.

After Heaven: Spirituality in America Since the 1950s #ad - In subsequent chapters wuthnow examines attempts to reassert spiritual discipline, encounters with the sacred such as angels and near-death experiences, and the development of the "inner self. His final chapter discusses a spirituality of practice, an alternative for people who are uncomfortable within a single religious community and who want more than a spirituality of endless seeking.

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Leaving Church: A Memoir of Faith

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HarperOne #ad - This beautiful book is rich with wit and humanness and honesty and loving detail…. I cannot overstate how liberating and transforming I have found Leaving Church to be. Frederick buechner, author of Beyond Words“This is an astonishing book. In a word, she is the best there is. Living churchbarbara brown taylor, once hailed as one of America’s most effective and beloved preachers, eloquently tells the moving and delightful story of her search to find an authentic way of being Christian—even when it meant giving up her pulpit.

The ebook includes a special excerpt from Barbara Brown Taylor's Learning to Walk in the Dark. Taylor is a better writer than LaMott and a better theologian than Norris.

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The Abrahamic Religions: A Very Short Introduction Very Short Introductions

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Oxford University Press #ad - The abrahamic religions: a very short Introduction brings these traditions together into a common narrative, lending much needed context to the story of Abraham and his descendants. About the series:the very short Introductions series from Oxford University Press contains hundreds of titles in almost every subject area.

Our expert authors combine facts, analysis, perspective, new ideas, and enthusiasm to make interesting and challenging topics highly readable. Movements such as the reformation and that led by seventh-century Kharijites have emerged, intentioned to reform or restore traditional religious practice but quite different in their goals and effects.

These pocket-sized books are the perfect way to get ahead in a new subject quickly. Relationships with states, among them Israel and Saudi Arabia, have also figured importantly in their development. Connected by their mutual--if differentiated--veneration of the One God proclaimed by Abraham, these traditions share much beyond their origins in the ancient Israel of the Old Testament.

The Abrahamic Religions: A Very Short Introduction Very Short Introductions #ad - With this name and his covenant, christianity, Abraham would become the patriarch of three of the world's major religions: Judaism, and Islam. This very short introduction explores the intertwined histories of these monotheistic religions, from the emergence of Christianity and Islam to the violence of the Crusades and the cultural exchanges of al-Andalus.

Each religion continues to be shaped by this history but has also reacted to the forces of modernity and politics.

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The Sabbath FSG Classics

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Farrar, Straus and Giroux #ad - Elegant, passionate, and filled with the love of god's creation, Abraham Joshua Heschel's The Sabbath has been hailed as a classic of Jewish spirituality ever since its original publication--and has been read by thousands of people seeking meaning in modern life. Judaism, is a religion of time: it finds meaning not in space and the materials things that fill it but in time and the eternity that imbues it, he argues, so that 'the Sabbaths are our greatcatherdrals.

'. In this brief yet profound meditation on the meaning of the Seventh Day, one of the most widely respected religious leaders of the twentieth century, Heschel, introduced the influential idea of an 'architecture of holiness" that appears not in space but in time.

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Islamic Civilization in Thirty Lives: The First 1,000 Years

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University of California Press #ad - Robinson draws on the long tradition in muslim scholarship of commemorating in writing the biographies of notable figures, but he weaves these ambitious lives together to create a rich narrative of Islamic civilization, from the Prophet Muhammad in the seventh century to the era of the world conquerer Timur and the Ottoman Sultan Mehmed II in the fifteenth.

Religious thinkers, writers, lawmakers, and philosophers have shaped the 1, political leaders, 400-year-long development of the world's second-largest religion. An illuminating read for anyone interested in learning more about this often-misunderstood civilization, this book creates a vivid picture of life in all arenas of the pre-modern Muslim world.

Islamic Civilization in Thirty Lives: The First 1,000 Years #ad - . What emerges is a fascinating portrait of rich and diverse Islamic societies. But who were these people? what do we know of their lives and the ways in which they influenced their societies?   In Islamic Civilization in Thirty Lives, the distinguished historian of Islam Chase F. Alongside the famous characters who colored this landscape—including muhammad’s cousin ’ali; the crusader-era hero Saladin; and the poet Rumi—are less well-known figures, whose travels in Eurasia brought fascinating first-hand accounts of the Volga Vikings to the Abbasid Caliph; the eleventh-century Karima al-Marwaziyya, such as Ibn Fadlan, a woman scholar of Prophetic traditions; and Abu al-Qasim Ramisht, a twelfth-century merchant millionaire.

Beginning in islam’s heartland, robinson not only traces the rise and fall of islamic states through the biographies of political and military leaders who worked to secure peace or expand their power, Mecca, but also discusses those who developed Islamic law, scientific thought, and ranging from North Africa and Iberia in the west to Central and East Asia, and literature.

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Surprised by God: How I Learned to Stop Worrying and Love Religion

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Beacon Press #ad - But she found herself yearning for something she would eventually call God. It's a post-dotcom, third-wave, punk-rock Seven Storey Mountain-the story of integrating life on the edge of the twenty-first century into the discipline of traditional Judaism without sacrificing either. At thirteen, Danya Ruttenberg decided that she was an atheist.

Watching the sea of adults standing up and sitting down at Rosh Hashanah services, and apparently giving credence to the patently absurd truth-claims of the prayer book, she came to a conclusion: Marx was right. It's also a map through the hostile territory of the inner life, perhaps, an unflinchingly honest guide to the kind of work that goes into developing a spiritual practice in today's world-and why, doing this in today's world requires more work than it ever has.

It's the memoir of a young woman who found, and found again communities of like-minded seekers, lost, all the while taking a winding, semi-reluctant path through traditional Jewish practice that eventually took her to the rabbinate. As a young adult, drinking smuggled absinthe with wealthy geeks, Danya immersed herself in the rhinestone-bedazzled wonderland of late-1990s San Francisco-attending Halloweens on the Castro, and plotting the revolution with feminist zinemakers.

Surprised by God: How I Learned to Stop Worrying and Love Religion #ad - As she began inhaling countless stories of spiritual awakenings of Catholic saints, Buddhist nuns, and Hasidic masters, medieval mystics, she learned that taking that yearning seriously would require much of her. Surprised by god is a religious coming-of-age story, from the mosh pit to the Mission District and beyond.

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Discourse on Colonialism

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Monthly Review Press #ad - It isequally necessary to decolonize our minds, our inner life, at the sametime that we decolonize society. An interview with Césaire by the poetRené Depestre is also included. Nearly twenty years later, when published for the first time in English, Black Power, Discourse on Colonialisminspired a new generation engaged in the Civil Rights, andanti-war movements and has sold more than 75, 000 copies to date.

. Césaire's essay stands as an important document in the development ofthird world consciousness--a process in which he played a prominentrole. Library journal this classic work, profoundly influenced the generation ofscholars and activists at the forefront of liberation struggles inAfrica, Latin America, firstpublished in France in 1955, and the Caribbean.

Discourse on Colonialism #ad - . Aimé césaire eloquently describes the brutal impact of capitalism andcolonialism on both the colonizer and colonized, exposing thecontradictions and hypocrisy implicit in western notions of "progress"and "civilization" upon encountering the "savage, " "uncultured, " or"primitive. Here, andculture, césaire reaffirms African values, identity, and their relevance, reminding us that "the relationshipbetween consciousness and reality are extremely complex.

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Leo Africanus

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New Amsterdam Books #ad - His family fled the inquisition and took him to the city of Fez, in North Africa. I, hasan the son of muhammad the weigh-master, but i am not from africa, I am now called the African, I, Jean-Leon de Medici, nor from Europe, circumcised at the hand of a barber and baptized at the hand of a pope, nor from Arabia.

I am the son of the road, my country is the caravan, my life the most unexpected of voyages. Thus wrote leo africanus, and scholar hasan al-Wazzan, in his fortieth year, adventurer, in this imaginary autobiography of the famous geographer, who was born in Granada in 1488. While in rome, arabic and hebrew, he wrote the first trilingual dictionary Latin, as well as his celebrated Description of Africa, for which he is still remembered as Leo Africanus.

Leo Africanus #ad - Hasan became an itinerant merchant, and made many journeys to the East, journeys rich in adventure and observation. He was captured by a sicilian pirate and taken back to Rome as a gift to Pope Leo X, who baptized him Johannes Leo. I am also called the granadan, from no city, the Fassi, but I come from no country, the Zayyati, no tribe.

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Becoming Nicole: The Transformation of an American Family

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Random House #ad - In telling nicole’s story and those of her brother and parents luminously, and with great compassion and intelligence, that is exactly what Amy Ellis Nutt has done here. The washington post“A profoundly moving true story about one remarkable family’s evolution. People“becoming Nicole is a miracle.

But by the time jonas and wyatt were toddlers, confusion over Wyatt’s insistence that he was female began to tear the family apart. Stories move the walls that need to be moved, ’ Nicole told her father last year. Pulitzer prize–winning journalist Amy Ellis Nutt spent almost four years reporting this story and tells it with unflinching honesty, intimacy, and empathy.

In the years that followed, the maineses came to question their long-held views on gender and identity, to accept Wyatt’s transition to Nicole, and to undergo a wrenching transformation of their own, the effects of which would reverberate through their entire community. New york times bestseller • the inspiring true story of transgender actor and activist Nicole Maines, and ordinary American family join her on an extraordinary journey to understand, nurture, whose identical twin brother, Jonas, and celebrate the uniqueness in us all.

Nicole appears as tv’s first transgender superhero on CW’s SupergirlWhen Wayne and Kelly Maines adopted identical twin boys, they thought their lives were complete. It’s a powerful portrait of a slowly but surely changing nation, and one that will inspire all of us to see the world with a little more humanity and understanding.

Becoming Nicole: The Transformation of an American Family #ad - Named one of the ten best books of the year by people • one of the best books of the year by the New York Times Book Review and Men’s Journal • A Stonewall Honor Book in Nonfiction • Finalist for the Lambda Literary Award for Transgender Nonfiction“Fascinating and enlightening. Cheryl strayed“if you aren’t moved by Becoming Nicole,  I’d suggest there’s a lump of dark matter where your heart should be.

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