Reading Lolita in Tehran: A Memoir in Books

By Azar Nafisi

Each Thursday morning for 2 years within the Islamic Republic of Iran, Azar Nafisi, a daring and encouraged instructor, secretly collected seven of her such a lot dedicated woman scholars to learn forbidden Western classics. a few got here from conservative and spiritual households, others have been innovative and secular; a few had hung out in reformatory. They have been shy and uncomfortable first and foremost, unaccustomed to being requested to talk their minds, yet quickly they got rid of their veils and commenced to talk extra freely–their tales intertwining with the novels they have been analyzing by way of Jane Austen, F. Scott Fitzgerald, Henry James, and Vladimir Nabokov. As Islamic morality squads staged arbitrary raids in Tehran, as fundamentalists seized carry of the colleges and a blind censor stifled inventive expression, the ladies in Nafisi’s lounge spoke not just of the books they have been interpreting but additionally approximately themselves, their desires and disappointments.

Azar Nafisi’s luminous masterwork offers us an extraordinary glimpse, from the interior, of women’s lives in progressive Iran. Reading Lolita in Tehran is a piece of significant ardour and poetic good looks, a awesome exploration of resilience within the face of tyranny, and a party of the freeing strength of literature.

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By Talib Hussain Zaidi - XKP

A full-length textual content containing dozens of supplications from the Holy Qur'an that may be recited in the course of the Qunut in Salat, directions on find out how to practice a few distinctive prayers, and knowledge approximately greater than 100 names of Allah and their value in supplication.



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By Allama Baqir Sharif al-Qarashi - XKP

And definitely We wrote within the booklet after the reminder that as for the land, My righteous servants shall inherit it. (21/105) Allah has promised to these of you who think and do strong that he'll most likely lead them to rulers within the earth as He made rulers these sooner than them, and that he'll most definitely determine for them their faith which He has selected for them, and that he'll almost certainly, after their worry, provide them protection in alternate; they shall serve Me, now not associating aught with Me; and whoever is ungrateful after this, those it's who're the transgressors. (24/55)


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Seeing Islam as Others Saw It: A Survey and Evaluation of Christian, Jewish and Zoroastrian Writings on Early Islam (Studies in Late Antiquity and Early Islam)

By Robert G. Hoyland

This e-book bargains a brand new method of the vexing query of ways to put in writing the early heritage of Islam. the 1st half discusses the character of the Muslim and non-Muslim resource fabric for the 7th- and eighth-century center East and argues that through lessening the divide among those traditions, which has principally been erected via sleek scholarship, we will come to a greater appreciation of this significant interval. the second one half offers an in depth survey of assets and an research of a few a hundred and twenty non-Muslim texts, all of which offer information regarding the 1st century and a 1/2 Islam (roughly A.D. 620-780). The 3rd half furnishes examples, in response to the strategy urged within the first half and with the cloth awarded within the moment half, how one may well write the historical past of this time. The fourth half takes the shape of excurses on quite a few subject matters, akin to the method of Islamization, the phenomenon of conversion to Islam, the improvement of concepts for picking the course of prayer, and the conquest of Egypt. simply because this paintings perspectives Islamic heritage by way of non-Muslim texts and assesses the latter within the mild of Muslim writings, it will likely be crucial analyzing for historians of Islam, Christianity, Judaism, or Zoroastrianism--indeed, for all people with an curiosity in cultures of the japanese Mediterranean in its conventional part from past due Antiquity to medieval occasions.

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Islam: A Brief History

By Tamara Sonn

Reflecting fresh international advancements, the second one version of this illuminating creation to Islamic background expands its assurance of the Qur’an, Sufism, and Muslim perspectives on human rights, together with the rights of girls.

  • An increased new version of this concise, illuminating creation to Islam, written through one of many field’s top scholars
  • Spans Islamic background from the lifetime of Muhammad and the beginning of Islamic beliefs, via Islam’s extraordinary geographical growth and cultural improvement, to the production of contemporary states and its position in today’s worldwide society
  • Features improved insurance of the Qur’an, Sufism, and Muslim perspectives on human rights, together with the rights of women
  • Includes attention-grabbing vignettes of Islamic lifestyles, representing mainstream Muslim viewpoints on problems with international concern
  • Explores the complicated interrelationships of cultural, political, and ideological advancements woven all through Islamic heritage, drawing on particular examples together with present advancements in Pakistan

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Tafsir of Holy Quran - Surah 21 to 25

By Aqa Mahdi Puya (Agha Pooya) - XKP

Tafsir of

21 Al - Anbiyaa (The Prophets)

22 Al - Hajj(The Pilgramage)

23 Al-Muminoon (The Believers)

24 An- Noor (The Light)

25 Al - Furqaan(The Criterion)

translated through Mirza M. Pooya. one of many few and such a lot accomplished and designated commentaries at the Quran, as understood within the gentle of Prophet and His household.



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Scheherazade Goes West: Different Cultures, Different Harems

By Fatema Mernissi

Throughout my early life, my grandmother Yasmina, who was once illiterate and grew up in a harem, repeated that to commute is how you can research and to empower your self. "When a lady comes to a decision to take advantage of her wings, she takes vast risks," she may inform me, yet she was once confident that in the event you didn't use them, it hurt....

So remembers Fatema Mernissi on the outset of her captivating new booklet. Of the entire classes she realized from her grandmother — whose domestic was once, finally, one of those criminal — the main principal used to be that the chance to move obstacles used to be a sacred privilege. certainly, in trips either actual and psychological, Mernissi has spent almost all of her lifestyles touring — made up our minds to "use her wings" and to give up her gender's alleged legacy of powerlessness.

Bursting with the energy of Mernissi's character and of her wealthy historical past, Scheherazade is going West finds the author's specific reports as a liberated, self sufficient Moroccan lady confronted with the peculiarities and unforeseen encroachments of Western tradition. Her usually striking discoveries in regards to the stipulations of and attitudes towards girls around the globe — and the exquisitely embroidered amalgam of clear-eyed autobiography and superb meta-fiction during which she relates these different discoveries — upload as much as a deliciously wry, engagingly cosmopolitan, and deeply penetrating narrative.
In her prior bestselling works, Mernissi — well known because the world's maximum residing Koranic pupil and Islamic sociologist — has shed extraordinary mild at the lives of ladies within the center East. Now, as a author and scholarly veteran of the high-wire act of straddling disparate societies, she trains her eyes at the girl tradition of the West.

For her book's encouraged principal metaphor, Mernissi turns to the traditional Islamic culture of oral storytelling, illuminating her grandmother's feminized, subversive, and hugely erotic tackle Scheherazade's wife-preserving stories from The Arabian Nights — after which ingeniously utilising them to her personal lyrically decorated own narrative. Interwoven with vibrant ruminations on her youth, her schooling, and her a variety of foreign travels are the author's piquant musings on a variety of deeply embedded societal stipulations that upload up, Mernissi argues, to a veritable "Western harem."

A provocative and full of life problem to the typical assumption that girls have it loads larger within the West than wherever else on the earth, Mernissi's publication is an entrancing and well timed examine the best way we are living right here and now. via inspiring us to reassess even the main ordinary facets of our tradition with clean eyes and a hefty dose of suspicion, Scheherazade is going West bargains an invigorating, candid, and pleasing new point of view at the topics and concepts to which Betty Friedan first became us on approximately 40 years in the past.

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Science of the Cosmos, Science of the Soul: The Pertinence of Islamic Cosmology in the Modern World

By William C. Chittick

Islamic Intellectualism is lifeless: or so argues William Chittick during this radical new ebook difficult sleek traits in spiritual notion. when many may well say that Islamic reports flourishes as a topic, Chittick issues to the phrases of 1 of his former Professors whilst describing younger colleagues: "they be aware of every thing it is easy to probably find out about a textual content, other than what it says". certainly, Chittick states that it's very unlikely to appreciate old Islamic texts with out the years of contemplative research which are anathema to the fashionable schooling procedure. whereas the trendy highbrow with religion frequently treats their experiences and religion in seperate spheres, Chittick argues that it's necessary to go back to the methods of the traditional Sufis, who seen wisdom of the soul, the area, and God as an extension of an identical factor, and he bemoans the lack of the religious and highbrow highs of the Medieval Islamic period.

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Following Muhammad: Rethinking Islam in the Contemporary World (Islamic Civilization and Muslim Networks)

By Carl W. Ernst

Fending off the traps of sensational political exposes and really expert scholarly Orientalism, Carl Ernst introduces readers to the profound religious assets of Islam whereas clarifying range and debate in the culture. Framing his argument when it comes to spiritual stories, Ernst describes how Protestant definitions of faith and anti-Muslim prejudice have affected perspectives of Islam in Europe and the US. He additionally covers the modern value of Islam in either its conventional settings and its new destinations and gives a context for realizing extremist routine like fundamentalism. He concludes with an outline of serious debates on vital modern matters comparable to gender and veiling, kingdom politics, and technology and religion.

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The Legacy of Islamic Antisemitism: From Sacred Texts to Solemn History

This finished meticulously documented number of scholarly articles provides undeniable proof with no trouble discernible and uniquely Islamic antisemitism has been expressed constantly because the creation of Islam. The individuals express that the "Koran" itself is an important resource of hostility in the direction of Jews in addition to different foundational texts.

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