Syrian Christians in a Muslim Society:An Interpretation Robert M. Haddad
Syrian Christians in a Muslim Society:An Interpretation Robert M. Haddad
Culture Care of Syrian Muslims in the Midwestern USA:The Generic and Professional Health Care Beliefs Expressions and Practices of Syrian Muslims and Implications to Practice Hiba Wehbe-Alamah
This well-overdue examination of the history of the Syrian arm of the Muslim Brotherhood draws on extensive primary research including interviews with Brotherhood members to understand why the group failed to capitalise on the political advantage available to it in the 2011 Syrian uprising.
Throughout history, Syria has been dominated not by one great city but by two. Aside from Aleppo to the north, the religious and commercial metropolis of Damascus has been a place desired by the powerful. For thousands of years the Phoenicians, Hittites, Assyrians, Babylonians, Greeks, Romans, Christians, and Muslims all vied for control of the city. Damascus has many important architectural sites dating from almost all eras of its history, and vestiges of the past have existed and been valued in Damascus throughout its existence. The history of Damascus from the Byzantine period to the 12th century is particularly fascinating, in terms of its role as the capital of the Umayyad Caliphate and the changes that it experienced when the Abbasid Caliphate and Seljuk dynasty came to power. At Damascus, the vibrant capital of modern Syria, one can experience the passion and spirituality of the many faiths that have coexisted in Syria for centuries. The stories of Damascus are a living embodiment of the age of Islamic renaissance; the city has one of the oldest and most important mosques in the world, and it has a vibrant history linked to the rise of Islam in the region. The Umayyad Mosque is a wonderful example of the continuity of sacred sites in the city through the millennia. Although it has never been subjected to an archaeological investigation, this was probably the site of a temple of the Semitic thunder god Haddad, and it was certainly the site of the Roman cult of Jupiter following the amalgamation of Haddad with the Roman god, typical of the syncretic approach that the Romans took to foreign religions. It was also certainly the site of the Christian Cathedral of St. John the Baptist; in fact, it may be surprising to learn that the relics of St. John the Baptist are held within this mosque, and are revered by Muslims and Christians alike. Christians make up about 10 percent of the population, with the remainder being mostly Muslim. A number 1. Language: English. Narrator: Jim D. Johnston. Audio sample: http://samples.audible.de/bk/acx0/080614/bk_acx0_080614_sample.mp3. Digital audiobook in aax.
The US and Europe have unraveled since World War II and radicalism has metastasized into every community, tearing away the decency, optimism, and security that shaped those robust democracies for more than eight decades. No place is immune, including the small West Texas town of Dell City, where four generations of an iconic American family and a Syrian Muslim family carve a farming empire out of the unforgiving high desert. These families´ partnership is as unlikely as the idea of a United States, and their powerful friendship can be traced back to a bloody knife fight in a Juarez cantina just after World War II. The bond forged that night between Jack Laws, an Irish American who staked his claim in West Texas after the war, and Ali Zarkan, whose great-grandfather sailed from the Middle East to Texas in the mid-1800s as part of President Franklin Pierce´s attempt to create the US Army Camel Corps, shapes each generation of the families as they come of age and adapt to shifting paradigms of gender, commerce, patriotism, loyalty, religion, and sexuality. From the beaches of the Western Pacific to the battlefields of the Middle East and from the lawless streets of Juarez to the darkest corners of the Internet, the two families fight real and perceived enemies-journeying, as they do, through the football fields of Texas and West Point, the hippie playgrounds of Asia, the music halls of Austin, the terrorist cells of Europe and the political backrooms where fortunes are gained or lost over the rights to Western water. Underlying their experiences is the basic question of what constitutes identity and citizenship in America, or in Texas, a land over which six flags have flown. The seventh flag, ultimately, is not one of a state or a nation, but of a mosaic of cultures, religions, and people from every corner of the world-all struggling to define what it means to be unified under an ambiguous banner.
ISIS is desperate for a new source of cash to fund their brutal campaign. Rumors emerge of a cache of gold hidden in the desert outside the shattered ruins of Aleppo. Buried 70 years before, the bullion is plunder from the Second World War. Treasure that ISIS is searching for, and would fund a devastating new offensive. If they succeed, hundreds of thousands of lives are at stake, and Syria will once more become a blazing pyre. NATO issues orders for the elite Special Forces unit Echo Six to drop into Syria to counter this new threat. Before they can leave, a Syrian Muslim immigrant concocts a fake murder allegation to discredit Sergeant Heinrich Buchmann, and they must remain in Brussels to await his trial. When a terrorist attack destroys a building in the heart of NATO headquarters, the Secretary General has a change of heart. Evidence links the Brussels bombers to Syria. To the wreckage that was once Aleppo, Syria´s greatest city. Where ISIS is sending their toughest and most experienced fighters to secure the gold. Lieutenant-Commander Abe Talley, former US Navy SEAL, takes his unit back to Aleppo, into the maelstrom of war torn Syria. Against a background of treachery and disloyalty from friend and foe alike, Echo Six battles to prevent the bullion from reaching the ISIS coffers. They need every ounce of their strength and skills to avoid the jaws of the trap that awaits them in the burning sands of the Syrian Desert. This is a thrilling story of an elite NATO Special Forces unit, under pressure from enemies on all sides. Echo Six Black Ops - Battleground Syria is by the best-selling author of many other Spec Ops stories. These include the popular SEAL Team Bravo titles, the Raider series, as well as more Echo Six novels and the Devil´s Guard series. 1. Language: English. Narrator: Tim Welch. Audio sample: http://samples.audible.de/bk/acx0/094937/bk_acx0_094937_sample.mp3. Digital audiobook in aax.
1980s Syria, our young narrator is living a secluded life behind the veil in the vast and perfumed house of her grandparents in Aleppo. Her three aunts, Maryam the pious one; Safaa, the liberal; and the free-spirited Marwa, bring her up with the aid of their ever-devoted blind servant. Soon the high walls of the family home are unable to protect her from the social and political changes outside. Witnessing the crackdowns of the ruling dictatorship against Muslims, she is filled with hatred for her oppressors, and becomes increasingly fundamentalist. In the footsteps of her beloved uncle Bakr, she takes on the party, launching herself into a fight for her religion, her country, and ultimately, her own future. On a backdrop of real-life events that occurred during the Syrian regime´s ruthless suppression of the Muslim Brotherhood in the 1980s, IN PRAISE OF HATRED is a stirring, sensual story. Its elegant use of traditional, layered storytelling is a powerful echo of the modern-day tragedy that is now taking place in the Middle East.