By Paul Marshall, Nina Shea
The fatwa opposed to Salman Rushdie woke up many westerners to the risk of being accused of blasphemy within the Muslim global. As this eye-opening quantity unearths, accusations of "blasphemy," "apostasy," or "insulting Islam" are more and more utilized by authoritarian governments and extremist forces within the Muslim global to procure and consolidate strength. those fees, which often hold a punishment of loss of life, have proved potent in intimidating not just converts and heterodox teams, but additionally political and non secular reformers. In his foreword, the overdue Indonesian President Wahid observes that coercively utilized blasphemy legislation "narrow the boundaries of applicable discourse...not in simple terms approximately faith, yet approximately enormous spheres of lifestyles, literature, technological know-how and tradition in general."
Silenced offers the 1st survey of such accusations within the modern Muslim international, in overseas businesses, and within the West. The authors describe 1000's of sufferers, together with political dissidents, non secular reformers, newshounds, writers, artists, motion picture makers, and spiritual minorities during the Muslim global. in addition they record the political results in Muslim societies of blasphemy and apostasy legislation, in addition to non-governmental fatwas and vigilante violence. eventually, they handle the flow towards new blasphemy legislation within the West and the expanding danger of violence to stifle statement on Islam within the West even within the absence of legislations.
By Mata Amritanandamayi, Swami Jnanamritananda
L'enseignement non-dualiste d'Amma est des plus concret, motor vehicle il puise constamment dans des exemples de events de los angeles vie de tous les jours et utilise de nombreux aphorismes pour illustrer son message de paix et de connaissance de soi.
" Qui est animé d'un désir ardent n'a pas besoin de trois ans. Il atteint son yet en moins de temps qu'il ne faut pour percer une feuille de lotus avec une aiguille. Mais l'intensité de son désir doit être extrême... "
Au fil des chapitres du Tome 1, Amma répond à toutes sortes de questions, que ce soit au sujet de los angeles vie de famille et de l. a. vie spirituelle, ou le sens de l. a. sadhana [pratique spirituelle], l. a. méditation, l'Advaita [non-dualité] au quotidien, le rôle du vrai dévot, los angeles foi ou le karma. Amma n'hésite pas à parler d'elle-même, comme lorsqu'elle évoque ses souvenirs d'enfance.
Tome 2 est tout aussi riche d'instructions spirituelles des plus élevés, mais rendues entièrement accessibles par l'esprit d'universalité qui anime Amma. Elle y aborde, entre autres, les Écritures, le sannyas [renonçant], Om [la syllabe sacrée], los angeles sympathie pour les pauvres, los angeles colère ou l. a. patience...
By Torey Hayden
A gorgeous and poignant account of a unprecedented teacher's selection from the writer of the number one Sunday occasions bestsellers The Tiger's baby and One baby. Jadie by no means spoke, by no means laughed, by no means cried. She spent each waking hour locked in her personal inner most global of shadows. yet not anything in Torey Hayden's adventure had ready her for the nightmare Jadie published to her while eventually persuaded to wreck her self-imposed silence. It was once a narrative too painful, too bad for Hayden's specialist colleagues to recognize. yet Torey Hayden couldn't shut her ears… or her middle. a bit lady was once trapped in a dwelling hell of unspeakable stories. And it will take each ounce of braveness, compassion, and love that one outstanding instructor possessed to rid the "Ghost Girl" of the malevolent spirits that haunted her.
By Peter J. Ahrensdorf
This e-book seeks to revive Homer to his rightful position one of the central figures within the heritage of political and ethical philosophy. via this clean and provocative research of the Iliad and the Odyssey, Peter J. Ahrensdorf examines Homer's figuring out of the simplest existence, the character of the divine, and the character of human excellence. in accordance with Ahrensdorf, Homer teaches that human greatness eclipses that of the gods, that the contemplative and compassionate singer eventually surpasses the heroic warrior in grandeur, and that it's the courageously wondering Achilles, no longer the dependable Hector or perhaps the wily Odysseus, who comes closest to the humane knowledge of Homer himself. because of Homer, of the precise gains of Greek civilization are its remarkable get together of human excellence, as may be obvious in Greek athletics, sculpture, and nudity, and its singular wondering of the divine, as should be visible in Greek philosophy
By Reinhard Pummer
The first-century C.E. Jewish historian Flavius Josephus is our major resource of data for the early historical past of the Samaritans, a group heavily concerning Judaism whose improvement as an self reliant faith is often dated within the Hellenistic-Roman interval. Josephusâ€TM major works, Jewish warfare and Jewish Antiquities, comprise a few passages that purport to explain the foundation, personality and activities of the Samaritans. In composing his histories, Josephus drew on varied assets, a few identifiable others unknown to us. modern Josephus examine has proven that he did so no longer as a trifling compiler yet as an artistic author who chosen and quoted his assets rigorously and intentionally and hired them to precise his own perspectives. instead of attempting to isolate and determine Josephusâ€TM experts and to figure out the that means those texts had of their unique atmosphere, Reinhard Pummer examines what Josephus himself meant to express to his viewers whilst he depicted the Samaritans within the means he did. He makes an attempt to mix composition feedback and historic study and argues that the variations in Josephus' portrayal of the Samaritans in conflict at the one hand and in Antiquities at the different are as a result of the diversified goals the historian pursued within the works.
By Alice Ogden Bellis, Joel S. Kaminsky
By K. A. Kitchen
For greater than 200 years controversy has raged over the reliability of the previous testomony. questions on the factuality of its colourful tales of heroes, villains, and kings, for instance, have led many critics to determine the complete Hebrew Bible as little greater than pious fiction. during this attention-grabbing new e-book, famous historical historian ok. A. Kitchen takes powerful factor with today's "revisionist" critics and gives a company beginning for the historicity of the biblical texts.
By Manly P. Hall
If any team, which shared within the Christian secret, possessed the esoteric secrets and techniques of the early Church, it used to be the Gnostics. This order preserved to the tip the excessive moral and rational criteria which confer honor upon a educating. The Church for this reason attacked Gnosticism vigorously and relentlessly, spotting those mystical philosophers as being the main ambitious adversaries to the temporal energy of Christian theology.