Abraham and Sarah: History's Most Fascinating Story of Faith and Love

By J. SerVaas Williams

ABRAHAM AND SARAH is an intricately woven novel taken from actual biblical and old assets, revealing the fullness and richness of religion and love opposed to a tapestry of old civilizations. Take all that may be gleaned from the vintage narrative of Abraham and Sarah; upload the knowledge of historic and smooth historians; intersplice the wealth of the main up-to-date archaeological facts; and a guy and a lady of extraordinary skills, truth, and humanness look.

If Abraham lived in a pagan atmosphere, how did he turn into a guy of significant religion? Who was once Sarah? Is there any logical reason for her magnificent good looks that charmed and enticed kings whilst she used to be on the age of seventy-five and back while she was once 90?

Archaelogist Sir C. Leonard Woolley, saw that "amongst the shadowy characters of historical historical past, Abraham stands proud as a residing character whom we will recognize and with whom we will be able to sympathize....and now, along this residing character, we discover Sarah, maybe the main extraordinary, but mysterious lady of all time!" ABRAHAM AND SARAH is an epic love tale, an engrossing page-turner for the a while, a needs to learn for everyone of faith.

AWARDS:

Gold Medal Winner - 2013 Reader's favourite booklet Awards for Christian old Fiction

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Freud and the Non-European

By Edward W. Said

Utilizing a magnificent array of fabric from literature, archaeology and social concept, Edward acknowledged explores the profound implications of Freud’s Moses and Monotheism for Middle-East politics this present day. The ensuing publication unearths Said’s abiding curiosity in Freud’s paintings and its very important effect on his own.

He proposes that Freud’s assumption that Moses used to be an Egyptian undermines any basic ascription of a natural identification, and extra that identification itself can't be notion or labored via with no the popularity of the boundaries inherent in it. acknowledged means that such an unresolved, nuanced feel of identification may possibly, if embodied in political fact, have shaped, or may possibly nonetheless shape, the root for a brand new realizing among Jews and Palestinians. as a substitute, Israel’s relentless march in the direction of an solely Jewish nation denies any experience of a extra advanced, inclusive earlier.

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The Old Social Classes and the Revolutionary Movements of Iraq: A Study of Iraq's Old Landed and Commercial Classes and of its Communists, Ba'thists and Free Officers

By Hanna Batatu

This comparative examine analyses the conventional elite of Iraq and their sucessors - the Communists, the Bathists and unfastened officials - by way of social and financial relationships in every one quarter of the rustic. the writer attracts on mystery govt records and interviews with key figures, either in energy and in criminal, to supply an engrossing tale of political fight and alter.

'A landmark in heart japanese historic study' Roger Owen, overseas magazine of heart jap experiences 'By a long way the easiest e-book written at the social and political historical past of contemporary Iraq' Ahmad Dallal, Professor of heart japanese historical past, Stanford University

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Mountain to Mountain: A Journey of Adventure and Activism for the Women of Afghanistan

By Shannon Galpin

Being encouraged to behave can take many varieties. For a few it truly is taking a weekend to volunteer, yet for Shannon Galpin, it intended leaving her occupation, promoting her condominium, launching a nonprofit and committing her existence to advancing schooling and chance for ladies and women. targeting the war-torn nation of Afghanistan, Galpin and her association, Mountain2Mountain, have touched the lives of countless numbers of fellows, girls and kids. as though launching a nonprofit wasn't adequate, in 2009 Galpin grew to become the 1st lady to journey a mountain motorbike in Afghanistan. Now she's utilizing that preliminary motorcycle trip to realize wisdom round the state, encouraging humans to exploit their motorcycles "as a motor vehicle for social swap and justice to help a rustic the place ladies do not have the suitable to experience a bike."
In Mountain to Mountain, her lyric and sincere memoir, Galpin describes her first forays into fundraising, her deep wish to support girls and women midway internationally, her love for event and activities, and her personal proposal to be much more than simply one other rape sufferer. in the course of her various journeys to Afghanistan, Shannon reaches out to politicians and reporters in addition to daily Afghans ― lecturers, criminal inmates, moms, daughters ― to move a cultural divide and locate universal floor. She narrates harrowing encounters, exhilarating motorcycle rides, funny episodes, and the heartbreak inherent in a rustic that remains convalescing from many years of conflict and occupation.

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The People Want: A Radical Exploration of the Arab Uprising

“The humans wish . . .”: this primary 1/2 slogans chanted via thousands of Arab protesters in view that 2011 published a long-repressed yearning for democracy. yet large social and fiscal difficulties have been additionally laid naked via the protestors’ demands.

Simplistic interpretations of the rebellion that has been shaking the Arab global seeing that a tender highway seller set himself on hearth in important Tunisia, on 17 December 2010, search to painting it as basically political, or clarify it by means of tradition, age, faith, if no longer conspiracy theories. in its place, Gilbert Achcar locates the deep roots of the upheaval within the particular fiscal gains that bog down the region’s improvement and bring about dramatic social outcomes, together with immense formative years unemployment. Intertwined with despotism, nepotism, and corruption, those beneficial properties, produced an explosive scenario that was once annoyed through post-9/11 U.S. rules. The sponsoring of the Muslim Brotherhood via the Emirate of Qatar and its influential satellite tv for pc channel, Al Jazeera, helped shape the prelude to the rebellion. however the explosion’s deep roots, asserts Achcar, suggest that what occurred beforehand is however the starting of a innovative technique more likely to expand for lots of extra years to come.

The writer identifies the actors and dynamics of the innovative procedure: the position of assorted social and political activities, the emergence of younger actors making extensive use of latest info and verbal exchange applied sciences, and the character of strength elites and latest nation apparatuses that be certain diversified stipulations for regime overthrow in every one case. Drawing a balance-sheet of the rebellion within the nations which have been most influenced through it formerly, i.e. Tunisia, Egypt, Yemen, Bahrain, Libya and Syria, Achcar sheds particular gentle at the nature and function of the events that use Islam as a political banner. He scrutinizes makes an attempt at co-opting the rebellion via those activities and by way of the oil monarchies that sponsor them, in addition to by way of the protector of those related monarchies: the U.S. govt. Underlining the restrictions of the “Islamic Tsunami” that a few have used as a pretext to denigrate the total rebellion, Gilbert Achcar issues to the necessities for an enduring approach to the social obstacle and the contours of a revolutionary political alternative.

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Nation and History: Israeli Historiography between Zionism and Post-Zionism

By Yoav Gelber

Over the past twenty years, Israel has reached unheard of prosperity, but it's haunted via existential fears for its destiny, id, and survival. Israel's legitimacy is below attack from inside and with out via a coalition of left-wing radicals, Palestinians and their sympathizers, and Muslim fundamentalists. these types of teams deny the lifestyles of a Jewish state and argue that Jews do not have a kingdom nation. for this reason, Israel should still both disappear thoroughly or turn into 'a kingdom of all its electorate' with out any Jewish image or id. The origins of this crusade are twofold. One derives from the conventional competition that has followed Zionism from its inception. the second one is modern, articulating the post-ist fads that swamped the West because the Nineteen Eighties. The earlier occupies a renowned position during this campaign that goals at the moment and destiny. conventional historiography, clinical and pseudo-scientific, and the recent trend of reminiscence and narrative, that says to be the genuine heritage of human adventure, are both abused to delegitimize Israel. This ebook follows those paths, whereas averting disputes over present political concerns. First, it portrays the disciplinary history - the evolution of the fashionable historical past self-discipline. as a result, it makes a speciality of the conflicting techniques to the cardinal factor of Zionism's essence: Is it a countrywide liberation circulate of ecu starting place that provided an answer to the fashionable Jewish query in a global of nationalities? Or is it a colonial stream that oppressed both Arabs and oriental Jews?

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The Jihadis Return: Isis and the New Sunni Uprising

By Patrick Cockburn

Though in a position to staging fantastic assaults like September 11, jihadist companies weren't an important strength at the floor after they first grew to become infamous within the form of al-Qa‘ida on the flip of century. The West’s preliminary successes within the 2001 invasion of Afghanistan weakened their help nonetheless further.
Today, as popular center East commentator Patrick Cockburn units out during this explosive new ebook, that’s all replaced. Exploiting the missteps of the West’s wars in Afghanistan, Iraq and Libya, in addition to its misjudgments when it comes to Syria and the uprisings of the Arab Spring, jihadist agencies, of which ISIS is an important, are quickly increasing. They now regulate a geographical territory better in measurement than Britain or Michigan, stretching from the Sunni heartlands within the north and west of Iraq via a large swath of north-east Syria. at the again in their catch of Mosul and lots more and plenty of northern Iraq in June 2014, the chief of ISIS, Abu Bakr al-Baghdadi, has been declared the top of a brand new caliphate that calls for the allegiance of all Muslims.
The secular, democratic politics that have been supposedly on the fore of the Arab Spring were buried via the go back of the jihadis. because the Islamic country introduced by way of ISIS confronts its enemies, the West will once more turn into a objective. Cockburn cites an observer in southern Turkey interviewing Syrian jihadi rebels early in 2014 and discovering that “without exception all of them expressed enthusiasm for the Sep 11 assaults and was hoping an analogous factor could occur in Europe in addition to the US.”
How may possibly issues have long past so badly mistaken? Writing in those pages with commonplace calmness and readability, and drawing on unequalled adventure as a reporter within the area, Cockburn analyzes the unfolding of 1 of the West’s maximum international coverage debacles and the increase of the hot jihadis.

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The Muslim Brotherhood: The Organization and Policies of a Global Islamist Movement (Middle East in Focus)

The Muslim Brotherhood is the oldest and most crucial foreign Islamist team. apart from powerful organisations in Egypt, Jordan, Syria—where it presents the most opposition--and its Palestinian offshoot Hamas which principles the Gaza Strip, the Brotherhood has turn into energetic in Europe and North the US. Its versatile strategies which variety from terrorism via electoral participation to social welfare actions have made it a very powerful staff. This booklet is the 1st complete research of the Brotherhood’s firms, doctrine, and leaders in the entire major international locations the place it operates.

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Encyclopedia of the Modern Middle East and North Africa (2nd Edition)

By Neil Caplan, Philip Mattar, Charles E. Butterworth, Michael R. Fischbach, Eric Hooglund, Laurie King-Irani, John Ruedy

The second one version of this encyclopedia (four-volume set, 2004) covers the fashionable heritage of the center East and North Africa, with significant sections on Colonialism and Imperialism, the realm Wars, the Israeli-Palestinian clash, and the United international locations involvement within the sector.

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