In a Western world suddenly acutely interested in Islam, one question has been repeatedly heard above the din: Where are the Muslim reformers? With this ambitious volume, Tariq Ramadan firmly establishes himself as one of Europe´s leading thinkers and one of Islam´s most innovative and important voices. As the number of Muslims living in the West grows, the question of what it means to be a Western Muslim becomes increasingly important to the futures of both Islam and the West. While the media are focused on radical Islam, Ramadan claims, a silent revolution is sweeping Islamic communities in the West, as Muslims actively seek ways to live in harmony with their faith within a Western context. French, English, German, and American Muslims - women as well as men - are reshaping their religion into one that is faithful to the principles of Islam, dressed in European and American cultures, and definitively rooted in Western societies. Ramadan´s goal is to create an independent Western Islam, anchored not in the traditions of Islamic countries but in the cultural reality of the West. He begins by offering a fresh reading of Islamic sources, interpreting them for a Western context and demonstrating how a new understanding of universal Islamic principles can open the door to integration into Western societies. He then shows how these principles can be put to practical use. Ramadan contends that Muslims can-indeed must-be faithful to their principles while participating fully in the civic life of Western secular societies. Grounded in scholarship and bold in its aims, Western Muslims and the Future of Islam offers a striking vision of a new Muslim Identity, one which rejects once and for all the idea that Islam must be defined in opposition to the West. 1. Language: English. Narrator: Peter Ganim. Audio sample: http://samples.audible.de/bk/adbl/019801/bk_adbl_019801_sample.mp3. Digital audiobook in aax.
Are we on the verge of an all-out war between the West and 1.3 billion Muslims? When the media searches for an answer to that question, they usually overlook the actual views of the world´s Muslims. Who Speaks for Islam? is about this silenced majority. This book is the product of the Gallup World Poll´s massive multiyear research study. As part of this groundbreaking project, Gallup conducted tens of thousands of interviews with residents of more than 35 nations that are predominantly Muslim or have significant Muslim populations. Gallup posed questions that are on the minds of millions: Is Islam to blame for terrorism? Why is there so much anti-Americanism in the Muslim world? Who are the extremists? Where are the moderates? What do Muslim women really want? Grounded in Gallup World Poll data, not in contentious rhetoric, Who Speaks for Islam? brings data-driven evidence - the voices of a billion Muslims, not those of individual ´´experts´´ or ´´extremists´´ - to one of the most heated and consequential debates of our time. 1. Language: English. Narrator: Christopher Lane. Audio sample: http://samples.audible.de/bk/brll/008602/bk_brll_008602_sample.mp3. Digital audiobook in aax.
The women of Islam. The traditional Muslim woman stands firm as a pillar of religious devotion and obedience. This work is designed to offer the context of the history of the woman´s role in Islam from its inception, examining the conditioning of the sacred feminine over time. How deeply are the threads of religious identity sown? What´s inside: A look at female education, employment, attire, livelihood and inheritance in Islam Islamic women´s role as children, in marriage and as mothers The indigenous authentication of women in Islam Contrast of genders in Islam And more! 1. Language: English. Narrator: Colin Fluxman. Audio sample: http://samples.audible.de/bk/acx0/058536/bk_acx0_058536_sample.mp3. Digital audiobook in aax.
Winner of Oprah´s first ´´Chutzpah Award´´ for boldness, Irshad Manji is among the world´s most visible - and vocal - Muslim reformers. In this audiobook, narrated by her, Irshad explains the disturbing attitudes with which too many of her fellow Muslims practice Islam today: Arab cultural tribalism posing as pure faith. An uncritical approach to the Quran as the final and therefore superior word of God. And a rejection of universal human rights as if they are incompatible with the Divine. As a faithful Muslim, Irshad shows that Islam has the raw material to rectify these injustices. Irshad offers a practical vision of how reform-minded Muslim can empower women, promote respect for religious minorities and foster a competition of ideas. This vision builds on ´´ijtihad´´ (ij-tee-had), Islam´s lost tradition of independent thinking. Irshad Manji´s message for Muslims and non-Muslims? Dare to ask questions - out loud. In this audiobook, her voice rings clearly, compassionately, and passionately. You will love the musical surprises, too! 1. Language: English. Narrator: Irshad Manji. Audio sample: http://samples.audible.de/bk/mosc/000001/bk_mosc_000001_sample.mp3. Digital audiobook in aax.
Have you cringed at the grisly sight of a chopped off right or left hand? Or perhaps you are someone who was taught to believe such actions are sanctioned by God or Allah? If so, where did you get this belief? What you´ll learn inside the booklet: The truth about Sharia Law and its effects A comprehensive, in-depth look at the areas of Sharia Law The significance of the Catholic Pope kissing the Quran And much more! 1. Language: English. Narrator: Colin Fluxman. Audio sample: http://samples.audible.de/bk/acx0/059479/bk_acx0_059479_sample.mp3. Digital audiobook in aax.
Sharia Law for Non-Muslims is an introduction to Islamic Sharia law and gives the reader a taste of Islam. This book makes an effective tool to educate politicians, legal authorities, and public officials. Islam is a religion, a culture, and a political system. The political system has its own body of laws, called the Sharia, which is derived from the Koran, the Sira (Mohammed’s biography) and the Hadith (Mohammed’s traditions). The Sharia is Allah’s law and is considered superior to all other man-made laws. Many Sharia laws concern non-Muslims and how they are to be treated. Every demand that Muslims make is based on the idea of implementing Sharia law in our countries.What does Sharia law mean for non-Muslims? What are the long-term effects of granting Muslims the right to practice Sharia laws that conflict with ours? How can any political or legal authority make decisions about Sharia law if they do not know what it is?The answers to all of these questions are found in Sharia Law for Non-Muslims. 1. Language: English. Narrator: Bill Warner, PhD. Audio sample: http://samples.audible.de/bk/acx0/123244/bk_acx0_123244_sample.mp3. Digital audiobook in aax.
Violent extremist Sunni and Shiite Muslims are at odds about most things. One of the few points that they can agree upon in the midst of their war of mutual annihilation is that the Apocalypse is coming and that they are the soldiers of its harbinger and redeemer: the Mahdi. Across the Islamic world, the figure of the Mahdi has appeared with increasing prevalence in the last few decades: the ´´Mahdi Army” patrols Shiite neighborhoods of Baghdad, thousands of Mahdi impersonators rot in Iranian prisons, the feared Boko Haram army aims to bring about the arrival of the Mahdi in Nigeria, and the leader of the Islamic State changed his name, allowing him to fulfill the prophecy that the Mahdi would be named ´´Abdullah” and ´´ibn Muhammad.´´ The Shi´a have always had a deep emotional connection to the belief in the coming of the Mahdi. In fact most Shi´a believe that he has already come to Earth in the form of their hidden (´´occulted”) Twelfth Imam, who has watched over humanity for centuries. As the minority group within Islam, they have often lived in lands dominated by Sunnis and typically view the Sunni rulers as corrupt and having turned their backs on true Islam. At the same time, the Mahdi has played a crucial role among Sunnis, and the contemporary obsession with the Mahdi, the ´´Mahdaviat,” led to the rise of apocalyptic Sunni groups like ISIS. Sunnis, who are often in power in Islamic lands, have been less comfortable with the fundamental assumption of the fallen states of the leadership. However, since the fall of the last caliphate (the Ottoman Empire in 1924) and the domination of most of the Islamic world by European colonial powers and then obviously corrupt and often secular strongmen has made many Sunnis turn away from their leadership and look to the Mahdi for inspiration. 1. Language: English. Narrator: Doron Alon. Audio sample: http://samples.audible.de/bk/acx0/040608/bk_acx0_040608_sample.mp3. Digital audiobook in aax.
Emerging from a period of long seclusion, in the year 909, the leader of the burgeoning community of Ismaili Shi‘i Muslims was declared the first Fatimid Imam-caliph. Abd Allah al-Mahdi founded the only sustained Shi‘i dynasty (909-1171) to rule over substantial parts of the medieval Muslim world, rivaling both the Umayyads of Spain and the Abbasids. At its peak, the Fatimid Empire extended from the Atlantic shores of North Africa, across the southern Mediterranean, and down both sides of the Red Sea, covering also Mecca and Medina. This accessible history, the first of two volumes, tells the story of the birth and expansion of the Fatimid Empire in the 10th century. Drawing upon recently available eyewitness accounts, Shainool Jiwa introduces the first four generations of Fatimid Imam-caliphs - al-Mahdi, al-Qa´im, al-Mansur, and al-Mu‘izz - as well as the people who served them and those they struggled against. Listeners are taken on a journey through the Fatimid capitals of Qayrawan, Mahdiyya, and Mansuriyya and on to the founding of Cairo. In this lively and comprehensive introduction, we discover various milestones in Fatimid history and the political and cultural achievements that continue to resonate today. Dr. Shainool Jiwa is a senior faculty member at the Institute of Ismaili Studies, London. As a specialist on the Fatimids, she has written and lectured extensively on medieval Islamic history and has edited and translated key medieval Arabic texts relating to Fatimid history, including The Founder of Cairo (2013) and Towards a Shi´i Mediterranean Empire (2009). Dr. Jiwa is also the co-editor of The Shi‘i World: Pathways in Tradition and Modernity (2015). 1. Language: English. Narrator: Sarah Kate. Audio sample: http://samples.audible.de/bk/acx0/106421/bk_acx0_106421_sample.mp3. Digital audiobook in aax.
On account of the superficial points of agreement between Islam and Christianity, many don´t see how tremendously deep the divides between them really are, and fewer still have considered the evidence for each faith. How is jihad different from the Crusades? Can we know the life of Jesus as well as the life of Muhammad? What reason is there to believe in one faith over the other, and what difference can the Gospel really make? In No God but One, New York Times best-selling author Nabeel Qureshi takes listeners on a global, historical, yet deeply personal journey to the heart of the world´s two largest religions. He explores the claims that each faith makes upon believers´ intellects and lives, critically examining the evidence in support of their distinctive beliefs. Fleshed out with stories from the annals of both religions, No God but One unveils the fundamental enduring conflict between Islam and Christianity - directly addressing controversial topics like jihad, the Crusades, Sharia, the Trinity, and more. Listeners of Qureshi´s first book, Seeking Allah, Finding Jesus, will appreciate his careful and respectful comparison of Islam and Christianity. Both religions teach that there is No God but One, but who deserves to be worshiped, Allah or Jesus? 1. Language: English. Narrator: Nabeel Qureshi. Audio sample: http://samples.audible.de/bk/zond/001675/bk_zond_001675_sample.mp3. Digital audiobook in aax.