[AI] books related to islam

Bharat bharat.b at gmail.com
Thu May 29 13:03:24 EDT 2008

hi all,
    get the books related to islam from the following links.

The Politics of Knowledge in Premodern Islam: Negotiating Ideology and Religious Inquiry

The University of North Carolina Press (2006) | English | ISBN 0807856576 | 354 pages | PDF | 2.91 MB

The eleventh and twelfth centuries comprised a period of great significance in Islamic history. The Great Saljuqs, a Turkish-speaking tribe hailing from central Asia, ruled the eastern half of the Islamic world for a great portion of that time. In a far-reaching analysis that combines social, cultural, and political history, Omid Safi demonstrates how the Saljuqs tried to create a lasting political presence by joining forces with scholars and saints, among them a number of well-known Sufi Muslims, who functioned under state patronage.

In order to legitimize their political power, Saljuq rulers presented themselves as champions of what they alleged was an orthodox and normative view of Islam. Their notion of religious orthodoxy was constructed by administrators in state-sponsored arenas such as madrasas and khanaqahs. Thus orthodoxy was linked to political loyalty, and disloyalty to the state was articulated in terms of religious heresy. Drawing on a vast reservoir of primary sources and eschewing anachronistic terms of analysis such as nationalism, Safi revises conventional views both of the Saljuqs as benevolent Muslim rulers and of the Sufis as timeless, ethereal mystics. He makes a significant contribution to understanding premodern Islam as well as illuminating the complex relationship between power and religious knowledge.


Classical Islam: A Sourcebook of Religious Literature

Routledge (2005) | English | eISBN 0203634152 | 292 pages | PDF | 2 MB

This definitive sourcebook presents more than fifty authoritative new translations of key Islamic texts. Edited and translated by three leading specialists and clearly contextualised for introductory-level students, it illustrates the growth of Islamic thought from its seventh-century origins through to the end of the medieval period. Eight thematically-organized sections cover the Qur'an and its interpretation, the life of Muhammad, hadith, law, ritual, mysticism and Islamic history. Among the selections are Ibn Abbas's account of the heavenly journey; al-Taftazani on the uncreatedness of the Qur'an as God's speech; al-Farabi on the faculties of the soul; and extracts from Rumi's Mathnawi. Classical Islam includes a glossary, extensive bibliography and explanatory prefaces for each text. It pays special attention to the literary genres of medieval Muslim scholarship, within whose creative variations Islamic doctrine took form and matured. With many extracts translated here for the first time into English, fresh from Arabic and Persian sources, Classical Islam is an essential resource for the study of early and medieval Islam and its legacy.



Islam In The Digital Age: E-Jihad, Online Fatwas and Cyber Islamic Environments

Pluto Press ( 2003) | English | ISBN: 0745320988 | 247 pages | PDF | 1.65 MB

The Internet is an increasingly important source of information for many people in the Muslim world. Many Muslims in majority and minority contexts rely on the Internet -- including websites and e-mail -- as a primary source of news, information and communication about Islam. As a result, a new media culture is emerging which is having a significant impact on areas of global Muslim consciousness. Post-September 11th, this phenomena has grown more rapidly than ever.

Gary R. Bunt provides a fascinating account of the issues at stake, identifying two radical new concepts: firstly, the emergence of e-jihad ('Electronic Jihad') originating from diverse Muslim perspectives -- this is described in its many forms relating to the different definitions of 'jihad', including on-line activism (ranging from promoting militaristic activities to hacking to co-ordinating peaceful protests) and Muslim expression post 9/11; secondly, he discusses religious authority on the Internet -- including the concept of on-line fatwas and their influence in diverse settings, and the complexities of conflicting notions of religious authority. Highlighting contradictory and diverse concepts of 'Islamic' authority in this way, Islam in the Digital Age offers a unique insight into contemporary Muslim cultures in a post-9/11 context.



The Muslim World After 9/11

by Angel M. Rabasa (Author) "Events since September 11, 2001 have dramatically altered the political environment in the Muslim world, a vast and diverse region comprising the band of countries..."

Pages : 650 
Publisher: RAND Corporation (January 25, 2005) 
Language: English 



The Rights of Women in Islam: An Authentic Approach

Palgrave Macmillan (1998) | English | ISBN: 0333734580 | 165 pages | PDF | 3.72 MB

It has long been argued that Islam liberated Muslim women by granting them full rights as citizens. Yet in reality we see that in much of the Muslim world women have been subjected to both cultural and political oppression. Instances such as forced marriages, arbitrary divorces, female mutilations and other abuses are common in the Muslim world, as are restrictions on women's education and on their role in the labour force. This book explores these problems and highlights the contrast with what Islam - through the Quran and the Sunnah - in fact prescribes. The cause of such contradictions are shown to lie in other socio-cultural and political dynamics, quite outside the realm of the revealed religion.


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