In Praise of Shadows
In this classic essay, Junichiro Tanizaki (1886–1965) celebrates the aesthetics of traditional Japanese culture and its use of natural light, shade and darkness. The 1933 Harper and Seidensticker translation is read, unabridged by David Rintoul. 2 CDs 1 hr 28 mins
The Visual World of French Theory
In the 1960s and 1970s, there were remarkable encounters between the most prominent French philosophers and contemporary artists, particularly members of the Narrative Figuration movement. Passages from critical texts arising from those encounters serve as the focus in each chapter of this illustrated study, which explores, among others, the meetings of Jean-Paul Sartre and Robert Lapoujade; Louis Althusser and Lucio Fanti; and Jacques Derrida and Valerio Adami.
Masters of Wisdom of Central Asia
Teachings from the Sufi Path of Liberation
Hasan Lutfi Shushud, renowned Sufi saint and master, introduces the teachers known as the Khwajagan (‘Masters of Wisdom’), who lived during the golden age of Islamic Sufism among the Turks and who advocated maintaining an active connection with the world. He examines their writings and teachings, revealing how they followed the path of Absolute Liberation, allotted to ‘one out of a thousand perfect men’. Revised second edition.
Islam and the West: Wars of the Gods
The Geopolitics of Faith
Ardavan Amir-Aslani was born in Tehran and now works as an international lawyer in Paris. Here he offers his perspective on contemporary geopolitics, arguing that simplistic thinking in terms of a ‘clash of civilizations’ between Muslim nations and the West obscures the complexity of Islam’s religious turmoil and the causes of the Arab Spring: ‘As long as Iran has not returned to secularism the Middle East will continue to burn with religious sectarianism.’
The Essence of Sufism
John Baldock begins this introduction with chapters on the life of the Prophet Mohammad, the Qur’an, the principal tenets of Islam and the emergence of Sufism, before discussing the Sufis themselves, their literature, and the path of transformation and fulfilment that frees the individual from the dictates of ego.
A Short History
Described by the Financial Times as ‘an excellent antidote to prejudice’, this concise account of Muslim history emphasizes the importance of rethinking the Western mistrust of Islam which dates back to the time of the Crusades. As well as challenging stereotypes and highlighting how the faith has inspired scholars, mystics and poets, it reveals how Islam’s ‘sacralization of history’ means that the religion, its past history and current events are woven together especially closely.
Painted Women and Cosmetic Art
Focusing on women’s faces, real and ideal, as depicted in art, Professor Ribeiro's study examines shifting perceptions of female beauty during the period from the Renaissance to 1940, and explores the concept and reality of applied beauty – the face enhanced by cosmetics. After an introduction surveying ideals of beauty throughout history, the in-depth discussion is accompanied by over 220 photographs and reproductions ranging from Bellini’s Young Woman at her Toilette (1525) to Sir James Gunn’s portrait of Pauline Waiting (1939).
In Eyes one of France's foremost thinkers pioneers a radical philosophy interrogating ways of seeing, thinking and knowing. By juxtaposing his own short, thoughtful texts with carefully selected paintings and photographs, he prompts the reader to consider how we see and are seen; to reorient our thinking and broaden our respect for the world by trying to imagine the sight of non-human eyes; and to re-envisage the networks and systems of a universe 'studded with eyes'. Thinking in the World series.
A Brief History Of
A crusade was a military expedition, blessed by the Pope, against the enemies of Christianity; those who set out on these dangerous campaigns had pledged allegiance to the Cross and pinned their hopes on spiritual rewards. From the First Crusade in 1095 to the Spanish Armada against the English in 1588, Hindley tells the story of crusades and crusaders and considers how their ‘just wars’ have shaped relations between Christian and Muslim countries to this day.
Race, Empire, and the New Muslim Youth Culture
Exploring the connection between music and political activism among Muslim youth internationally, this study looks at how hip-hop, jazz and reggae and Andalusian and Gnawa music have become a means of building community and protest against the West's War on Terror. Slightly off-mint.
Islamic Fundamentalism Since 1945
Islamic fundamentalism has grabbed the headlines as both a threat to the West and a potentially revolutionary trend in the Middle East. This authoritative study provides a much-needed overview of its origins and diverse strands, the effects of colonialism on Islam, secularism and the Islamic reaction, the effects of globalization, and political violence in the 9/11 era. This fully revised and updated edition also examines recent developments in the wake of the Arab Spring of 2011.
Islamism and Islam
Despite the intense media focus since 9/11, many Western policymakers have little understanding of the distinction between Islam as a religion and the political movement known as Islamism. Drawing on three decades of research in 20 Muslim countries, this courageous study subjects Islamism's political ideology to trenchant analysis and warns of its dangers, while demonstrating how Islam as a religion and culture is open to tolerance and coexistence with other faiths.