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.
The History of the Church through 100 Masterpieces
From Paul’s ‘transformation of the Gospel message into a worldwide church’, represented by Il Bassano’s Sermon of Saint Paul, to Repin’s Procession in the Province of Kursk, depicting the persecution of Christians during the communist revolutions, this book traces the story of the Christian church through art. For each of 100 paintings, the authors discuss the historical events shown, their religious meaning and cultural background, providing a thoughtful and visually engaging history of the Church.
Liturgical Treasuries of the Middle Ages
Medieval church treasuries have been the subject of much scholarly literature, but in this introduction to the subject Fliegel explains their form and function for the non-specialist reader, discussing nearly 70 illustrations which show the sumptuous artefacts typically found within treasuries. He also considers the liturgical significance of the sacral objects and provides a history of treasuries from their origins in late antiquity to their disappearance in the wake of the Reformation.