New Books List

Publisher:

Oakland, California : University of California Press, 2017.

Call Number:

KIC 297.09581 A257 2017

Pages:

xvi, 335 pages : illustrations, maps ; 23 cm.

Subject:

Religion

Summary:
This book provides the first overview of the history and development of Islam in Afghanistan. Written by leading international experts, chapters cover every era from the conversion of Afghanistan through the medieval period to the present day. Based on primary sources in Arabic, Persian, Pashto, Uzbek, and Urdu, its depth of coverage is unrivalled in providing a developmental picture of Afghanistan¿s Islam, including such issues as the rise of Sufism, women¿s religiosity, state religious policies, and transnational Islamism. Looking beyond the unifying rhetoric of theology, the book reveals the disparate and contested forms of Afghanistan¿s Islam.
Publisher:

New Dehli, India : Bloomsbury Publishing India Pvt. Ltd., 2017.

Call Number:

KIC 294.6092 A931N 2017

Pages:

xii, 227 pages.

Subject:

Religion

Summary:
Guru Nanak, the founder of the Sikh religion, walked the earth to restore love and humanity lurking in the doldrums. His early communion with the Ultimate drew him to far-fetched places to inculcate the scent of unity and equality among people. He sang the divine praises along the way and persuaded people towards the spiritual essence of the Lord. He made an intriguing manifestation that the Lord is One and there exists no other besides Him. Most of what Nanak professed was apparently derived from the Ultimate. As mentioned in the Janamsakhis, he often directed his companion Mardana to play on his rabab as he vividly sang the Bani or Divine Word descending upon him from the skies. With an unrelenting desire to spread enlightenment among the masses, he became an itinerant preacher to eradicate the upsurge of erroneous beliefs and the moss of differences propelled by caste and creed. This exquisitely illustrated book explores the life of Guru Nanak at length and offers an insight into his timeless teachings which are marvelously ingrained in his divine hymns - the Japji, Asa di Var and Barah-maha
Publisher:

New Dehli : Bloomsbury Publishing India Pvt. Ltd., 2017.

Call Number:

KIC 297.4092 M984S 2017

Pages:

xviii, 222 pages.

Subject:

Religion

Summary:
Thirteenth century Hindustan: Sultans ruled Delhi. Seduced by gold, they eyed rich neighbouring kingdoms. They marched from one land to another, plundering and preying on the women of the vanquished. The sultan's court was a cauldron of intrigue, where brother killed brother for the throne. Amidst this orgy of violence, greed and lust, there emerged a Sufi dervish called Nizamuddin Auliya. He offered calm to a people ravaged by fear; he offered hope where there was none.The dervish spoke of tolerance and peace among religions. There are as many paths to The One as there are grains of sand. Nizamuddin realised his Maker by feeding the hungry. He knew what hunger was like. He had gone hungry too. The dervish, like all Chishti Sufis, would have nothing to do with sultans, who were wary of him. One wanted Nizamuddin's severed head brought to his court. Nizamuddin's closest disciple was Amir Khusro, the court poet of sultans, the dervish's soul. Music was prayer for Nizamuddin. Amir Khusro created qawwali, Sufi devotional music, for his master. Song of The Dervish tells the stories of people who feel Nizamuddin's presence today, 700 years later. He offers hope and heals. No one goes hungry, no soul leaves troubled from the dervish's doorstep.
Publisher:

Cambridge, massachusetts : Harvard University Press, 2015.

Call Number:

KIC 297.352409 S633B 2015

Pages:

440 pages.

Subject:

Religion

Summary:
The British Empire at its height governed more than half the world¿s Muslims. It was a political imperative for the Empire to present itself to Muslims as a friend and protector, to take seriously what one scholar called its role as ¿the greatest Mohamedan power in the world.¿ Few tasks were more important than engagement with the pilgrimage to Mecca. Every year, tens of thousands of Muslims set out for Mecca from imperial territories throughout Africa, the Middle East, and Asia, from the Atlantic Ocean to the South China Sea. Men and women representing all economic classes and scores of ethnic and linguistic groups made extraordinary journeys across waterways, deserts, and savannahs, creating huge challenges for officials charged with the administration of these pilgrims. They had to balance the religious obligation to travel against the desire to control the pilgrims¿ movements, and they became responsible for the care of those who ran out of money. John Slight traces the Empire¿s complex interactions with the Hajj from the 1860s, when an outbreak of cholera led Britain to engage reluctantly in medical regulation of pilgrims, to the Suez Crisis of 1956. The story draws on a varied cast of characters¿Richard Burton, Thomas Cook, the Begums of Bhopal, Lawrence of Arabia, and frontline imperial officials, many of them Muslim¿and gives voice throughout to the pilgrims themselves.
Publisher:

New York : St. Martins Press, 2017.

Call Number:

KIC 297.2465 A315I 2017

Pages:

275 pages ; 22 cm.

Subject:

Religion

Summary:
The Islamic Jesus reveals startling new truths about Islam in the context of the first Muslims and the early origins of Christianity. Muslims and the first Christians¿the Jewish followers of Jesus¿saw Jesus as not divine but rather as a prophet and human Messiah and that salvation comes from faith and good works, not merely as faith, as Christians would later emphasize. What Akyol seeks to reveal are how these core beliefs of Jewish Christianity, which got lost in history as a heresy, emerged in a new religion born in 7th Arabia: Islam.
Publisher:

Edinburgh : Edinburgh University Press , 2017.

Call Number:

KIC 297.1226 S615Q 2017

Pages:

viii, 242 pages.

Subject:

Religion

Summary:
The Qur¿an represents both Islam¿s historical point of origin and its scriptural foundation, inaugurating a new religion and, ultimately, a new civilisation. Yet the text itself can be difficult to understand, and the scholarship devoted to it is often highly technical. This comprehensive introduction to the basic methods and current state of historical-critical Qur¿anic scholarship covers all of the field¿s major questions, such as: Where and when did the Qur¿an emerge? How do Qur¿anic surahs function as literary compositions? How do the Qur¿an¿s main themes and ideas relate to and transform earlier Jewish and Christian traditions?
Publisher:

Swansea, Wales, UK : Awakening Publications, 2017.

Call Number:

KIC 297.57 F228P 2017

Pages:

232 pages : illustrations.

Subject:

Religion

Summary:
Ever wondered if there's a practical way to lead a productive lifestyle that combines the best of Islamic tradition and modern psychology and science? In "The ProductiveMuslim" Mohammed Faris, the founder of ProductiveMuslim.com, provides this practical framework that helps urban global Muslims lead a productive lifestyle ¬ Spiritually, Physically, and Socially. Combining his love for Islam with modern productivity techniques, in this book, Mohammed will teach you: How spirituality can boost your productivity How to manage your sleep, nutrition, and fitness (spiritually, physically, and socially) How to be socially productive outside your home and community How to manage your focus in an age of distractions How to build productive habits and routines How to manage your time and invest in your hereafter How to be productive during Ramadan