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Hassan Massoudy's elegant calligraphy depicts the four seasons of the garden. From the icy palettes of winter and the fading hues of autumn to delicate spring growth and the dazzling sunshine and blooms of summer, he captures in calligraphy what countless poets have wrought with words.
The first study to analyse the leadership of the hajj in the formative period between the 7th and 10th centuries, assessing the pilgrimage from a political perspective. Shedding new light on the understanding of dynastic politics; the succession process and the definition of the poiltical entity that was the early...
The first English translation of this seminal work and milestone in modern Arab intellectual history. Professor al-Azm analyses the reasons for the Arabs' defeat against Israel in the 1967 war, and criticises a culture of concealment, denial and evasion, proposing that Arabs take responsiblity for their own state of affairs.
Important analysis of the Iranian model of governance that will appeal to academics, students and anyone with a close interest in the nature of democracy under theocratic law.
Drawing on previously unseen sources in multiple languages, Achcar offers a unique ideological mapping of the Arab world, and in the process defusing an international propaganda war that has become a major stumbling block in the path of Arab-Western understanding.
In the chilling aftermath of Iceland's Lutheran Reformation in 1635, Jonas Palmason - a poet, naturalist and self-taught healer - has been condemned to exile for heretical conduct. Based on the historical figure Jon Gudmundsson, From the Mouth of the Whale is a magical evocation of an enlightened mind and...
This collection of columns written for openDemocracy between 2004 and 2009 is proof of a subtle worldview that continues to generate questions: what is the relation between religion, nationalism and progress? Is a new international order possible? When is intervention a force for progress?
Abdullahadi H. Taher describes how Saudi Arabia's oil, gas and mineral resources were discovered, and looks at key stages in the development of the oil and gas industries. Close attention is paid to the refining, manufacturing, marketing and export of natural resources and the setting up of refineries in Saudi...
Discusses contemporary debates within political Islam. This book argues that the evolution of political Islamic movements is essentially contextual rather than ideological and therefore, Islamic movements are best understood individually within their own historical, socio-political and cultural setting.