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Monks and Muslims II : Creating Communities of Friendship

Monks and Muslims II : Creating Communities of Friendship

If Christians and Muslims are to live in peace, encouraging one another to grow in holiness and working together for the good of all God's creation, they must move beyond politicized and often negative images of one another. Monastic/Muslim dialogue issuing from friendship and focused on revelation, prayer, and witness is an important component in this effort. Indeed, it is essential.

A conference jointly sponsored by the International Institute for Islamic Studies and Monastic Interreligious Dialogue brought together Iranian Shi‘a Muslims and Christian monastics to Qum, Iran. Their first gathering was held a year previous in Rome, Italy and focused on spiritual topics like meditation and prayer. The second meeting in Qum was an occasion to deepen the bonds of friendship that had already been established. The conference theme centered on friendship and the dialogue explored the scriptural, theological, spiritual, philosophical, and practical bases for friendship between monks and Muslims. This follow up book invites readers to listen in and learn from their conversation and witness.


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The Crusades : The War Against Islam 1096-1798

The Crusades : The War Against Islam 1096-1798
In 1095 Pope Urban II granted absolution to anyone who would fight to reclaim the Holy Land. The first Christian crusaders embarked on an unprecedented religious war. While addressing the contribution of flamboyant characters like Saladin and Richard the Lionheart, this book also looks at the experiences of the peasants, knights and fighting monks who, after battle on battle emerged victorious. He analyzes the ebb and flow of crusade and counter-crusade and details the shifting structures of government in the Levant, which became the perennial battleground of the East and West.

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The Saint and the Sultan : The Crusades, Islam, and Francis of Assisi's Mission of Peace

The Saint and the Sultan : The Crusades, Islam, and Francis of Assisi's Mission of Peace
An intriguing examination of the extraordinary–and little known meeting between St. Francis of Assisi and Islamic leader Sultan Malik Al-Kamil that has strong resonance in today's divided world.

For many of us, St. Francis of Assisi is known as a poor monk and a lover of animals. However, these images are sadly incomplete, because they ignore an equally important and more challenging aspect of his life -- his unwavering commitment to seeking peace. In The Saint and the Sultan, Paul Moses recovers Francis' s message of peace through the largely forgotten story of his daring mission to end the crusades.

In 1219, as the Fifth Crusade was being fought, Francis crossed enemy lines to gain an audience with Malik al-Kamil, the Sultan of Egypt. The two talked of war and peace and faith and when Francis returned home, he proposed that his Order of the Friars Minor live peaceably among the followers of Islam–a revolutionary call at a moment when Christendom pinned its hopes for converting Muslims on the battlefield.

The Saint and the Sultan captures the lives of St. Francis and Sultan al-Kamil and illuminates the political intrigue and religious fervor of their time. In the process, it reveals a startlingly timely story of interfaith conflict, war, and the search for peace. More than simply a dramatic adventure, though it does not lack for colorful saints and sinners, loyalty and betrayal, and thrilling Crusade narrative, The Saint and the Sultan brings to life an episode of deep relevance for all who seek to find peace between the West and the Islamic world.

Winner of the 2010 Catholic Press Association Book Award for History
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Ultimate Journey : Retracing the Path of an Ancient Buddhist Monk Who Crossed Asia in Search of Enlightenment

Ultimate Journey : Retracing the Path of an Ancient Buddhist Monk Who Crossed Asia in Search of Enlightenment
In 629, the revered Buddhist monk Hsuan Tsang set out across Asia in search of the Ultimate Truth, and to settle what he called “the perplexities of my mind.” From the Tang dynasty capital at Xian through ancient Silk Road oases, over forbidding mountain passes to Tashkent, Samarkand, and the Amu-Darya River, across Pakistan to the holiest cities of India–and back again–his sixteen-year journey was beset with every hardship imaginable. Pilgrimage complete, Hsuan Tsang wrote an account of his trek that is still considered one of the classics of Chinese literature.

In 1998, Richard Bernstein, venerated journalist and Time magazine’s first Beijing bureau chief, retraced the steps of Hsuan Tsang’s long and sinuous route, comparing present and past. Aided by modern technology but hampered by language barriers, harried border crossings, hostile Islamic regimes, and the accidental U.S. bombing of the Chinese embassy in Belgrade, Bernstein follows the monk’s path not only in physical but in contemplative ways. Juxtaposing his own experiences with those of Hsuan Tsang, Bernstein has crafted a vivid account of two stirring adventures in pursuit of illumination. Inspiring and profoundly felt, Ultimate Journey is a marvelous amalgamation of travelogue and history, cultural critique and spiritual meditation.
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The Monks of Tibhirine : Faith, Love, and Terror in Algeria

The Monks of Tibhirine : Faith, Love, and Terror in Algeria

The inspiration for the major motion picture "Of Gods and Men"

In the spring of l996 armed men broke into a Trappist monastery in war-torn Algeria and took seven monks hostage, pawns in a murky negotiation to free imprisoned terrorists. Two months later their severed heads were found in a tree; their bodies were never recovered.

The village of Tibhirine had sprung up around the monastery because it was a holy place protected by the Virgin Mary, revered by Christians and Muslims alike. But napalm, helicopters, and gunfire had become regular accompaniments to the monastic routine as the violence engulfing Algeria drew closer to the isolated cloister high in the Atlas Mountains.


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Hindu Christian Faqir: Modern Monks, Global Christianity, and Indian Sainthood

Hindu Christian Faqir: Modern Monks, Global Christianity, and Indian Sainthood
In the mid-nineteenth century, the American missionary James Butler predicted that Christian conversion and British law together would eradicate Indian ascetics. His disgust for Hindu holy men (sadhus), whom he called "saints," "yogis," and "filthy fakirs," was largely shared by orientalist scholars and British officials, who likewise imagined these religious elites to be a leading symptom of India's degeneration. Yet within some thirty years of Butler's writing, modern Indian ascetics such as the neo-Vedantin Hindu Swami Rama Tirtha (1873-1906) and, paradoxically, the Protestant Christian convert Sadhu Sundar Singh (1889-1929) achieved international fame as embodiments of the spiritual superiority of the East over the West.
Timothy S. Dobe's fine-grained account of the lives of Sundar Singh and Rama Tirtha offers a window on the surprising reversals and potentials of Indian ascetic "sainthood" in the colonial contact zone. His study develops a new model of Indian holy men that is historicized, religiously pluralistic, and located within the tensions and intersections of ascetic practice and modernity. The first in-depth account of two internationally-recognized modern holy men in the colonially-crucial region of Punjab, Hindu Christian Faqir offers new examples and contexts for thinking through these wider issues. Drawing on unexplored Urdu writings by and about both figures, Dobe argues not only that Hinduism and Protestant Christianity are here intimately linked, but that these links are forged from the stuff of regional Islamic traditions of Sufi holy men (faqir). He also re-conceives Indian sainthood through an in-depth examination of ascetic practice as embodied religion, public performance, and relationship, rather than as a theological, otherworldly, and isolated ideal.

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The Templars : The Rise and Spectacular Fall of God's Holy Warriors

The Templars : The Rise and Spectacular Fall of God's Holy Warriors
“Dan Jones is an entertainer, but also a bona fide historian. Seldom does one find serious scholarship so easy to read.” – The Times, Book of the Year

An instant New York Times bestseller, this major new history of the knights Templar is “a fresh, muscular and compelling history of the ultimate military-religious crusading order, combining sensible scholarship with narrative swagger" – Simon Sebag Montefiore, author of Jerusalem
 
A faltering war in the middle east. A band of elite warriors determined to fight to the death to protect Christianity’s holiest sites. A global financial network unaccountable to any government. A sinister plot founded on a web of lies.

Jerusalem 1119. A small group of knights seeking a purpose in the violent aftermath of the First Crusade decides to set up a new order. These are the first Knights Templar, a band of elite warriors prepared to give their lives to protect Christian pilgrims to the Holy Land. Over the next two hundred years, the Templars would become the most powerful religious order of the medieval world. Their legend has inspired fervent speculation ever since. 

In this groundbreaking narrative history, Dan Jones tells the true story of the Templars for the first time in a generation, drawing on extensive original sources to build a gripping account of these Christian holy warriors whose heroism and alleged depravity have been shrouded in myth. The Templars were protected by the pope and sworn to strict vows of celibacy. They fought the forces of Islam in hand-to-hand combat on the sun-baked hills where Jesus lived and died, finding their nemesis in Saladin, who vowed to drive all Christians from the lands of Islam. Experts at channeling money across borders, they established the medieval world’s largest and most innovative banking network and waged private wars against anyone who threatened their interests.

Then, as they faced setbacks at the hands of the ruthless Mamluk sultan Baybars and were forced to retreat to their stronghold in Cyprus, a vindictive and cash-strapped King of France set his sights on their fortune. His administrators quietly mounted a damning case against the Templars, built on deliberate lies and false testimony. Then on Friday October 13, 1307, hundreds of brothers were arrested, imprisoned and tortured, and the order was disbanded amid lurid accusations of sexual misconduct and heresy. They were tried by the Pope in secret proceedings and their last master was brutally tortured and burned at the stake. But were they heretics or victims of a ruthlessly repressive state? Dan Jones goes back to the sources tobring their dramatic tale, so relevant to our own times, in a book that is at once authoritative and compulsively readable.
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Religious Signing : A Comprehensive Guide for All Faiths

Religious Signing : A Comprehensive Guide for All Faiths
Since the fourth century, when Spanish monks first started signing to communicate during their vows of silence, sign language has been used in religious communities of all faiths. Present-day American Sign Language (ASL) carries on that tradition. Like any living language, it continues to grow and change to meet the communication needs of an ever more diverse religious population. This comprehensive guide, newly revised, updated, and expanded, gives you all the vocabulary you need to communicate effectively in any religious setting.

From Alleluia to Zizith, more than 750 signs and their specific meanings

Large, clear, upper-torso illustrations that show the corresponding movements of hands, body, and face

Easy-to-follow instructions to help you master the art of expressing signs

A complete index for quick access to any sign

With an essential section of religious “name signs,” the addition of signs for the Muslim faith, and an expanded selection of favorite verses, prayers, and blessings, this book is an indispensable resource for signers of all denominations. Written with expertise by an educator and author associated with the field of deafness for more than thirty years, it makes communicating by ASL in a religious setting simple and easy, no matter your level of experience.
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The History of Heresies and Their Refutation: Or the Triumph of the Church

The History of Heresies and Their Refutation: Or the Triumph of the Church
This is a two volume set. This is volume 2 Volume 1 covers heresies from the first to the sixteenth century, even touching briefly on the heresy of Islam. Mohammed "composed the Koran, assisted, as some think, by Sergi us, a monk. It is a collection of pr
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Navigated Spaces, Connected Places: Proceedings of Red Sea Project V Held at the University of Exeter September 2010

Navigated Spaces, Connected Places: Proceedings of Red Sea Project V Held at the University of Exeter September 2010
Proceedings of Red Sea Project V held at the University of Exeter September 2010. Contents: 1) Travels with Machell in the Red Sea and Indian Ocean: the voyages of Thomas Machell and Jenny Balfour Paul, 1848 and 2010 (Jenny Balfour Paul); 2) The last of the Aden dhows (Antonin Besse); 3) Sailing the Red Sea: Pharaonic voyages to Punt and Min of the Desert (Cheryl Ward); 4) A new Pharaonic Harbour in Ayn Sokhna (Gulf of Suez) (Pierre Tallet); 5) The southern Red Sea in the 3rd and 2nd millennia BC: an archaeological overview (Rodolfo Fattovich); 6) Nubians and the others on the Red Sea. An update on the exotic ceramic materials from the Middle Kingdom harbour of Mersa/Wadi Gawasis, Red Sea, Egypt (Andrea Manzo); 7) Ancient Egyptian and allied African navigators use of space on the Red Sea (K.A. Kitchen); 8) The semiticisation of the Arabian peninsula and the problem of its reflection in the archaeological record (Roger Blench); 9) Sacred places and beings of the Red Sea littoral societies (Oscar Nalesini); 10) Crossing the Red Sea: the Nabataeans in the Egyptian eastern desert (Caroline Durand); 11) New light on the nature of Indo-Roman trade: Roman period shipwrecks in the northern Red Sea (Lucy Blue, J.D. Hill & Ross Thomas); 12) The port of Bablyon in Egypt (Peter Sheehan); 13) The Liber Pontificalis and Red Sea trade of the early to mid 4th century AD (Eivind Heldaas Seland); 14) The Fatimids and the Red Sea (969-1171) (David Bramoulle); 15) Trade cycles and settlement paterns in the Red Sea region (ca. AD 1050-1250) (Timothy Power); 16) Sailing with the Muallim: the technical practice of Red Sea sailing during the medieval period (Julian Whitewright); 17) Suakin: paradigm of a port (Michael Mallinson); 18) Archaeology and the archaeological and historical evidence for the trade of Suakin, Sudan (L.M.V. Smith et al.) 19) Beit Khorshid Effendi: a traders house at Suakin (Jacke Phillips); 20) (Dis)located spaces and mediated oppositions: monks and Bedouin in the deserts around the Red Sea (Janet C.M. Starkey); 21) The integration of the eastern desert into the Islamic world: Beja groups in medieval Islamic geography and archaeological records (Petra Weschenfelder); 22) The awareness level among students of King Abdulaziz University (Jeddah) of the institutions and issues related to the vitality, geography, and history of the Red Sea (Sadig A. Malki); 23) Arabic plant names and botany in Arabic civilisation. The contribution of Peter Forsskal (1732-1763) and others (Philippe Provencal).



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