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This collection reframes the debate around Islam and women's rights within a broader comparative literature that examines the complex and contingent historical relationships between religion, secularism, democracy, law, and gender equality.
Rumi is the greatest mystic poet to have written in Persian, and the Masnavi, written in six books, is his masterpiece. It conveys a message of divine love in entertaining stories and homilies. The focus of Book Four is with the mystical knowledge of the spiritual guide.
By Alison Vacca
This book explores the Christian provinces of Armenia and Caucasian Albania as caliphal provinces and part of the larger Iranian cultural sphere. It is aimed at historians of Islam, Iran and the Caucasus, and for those studying themes of memory, diversity and Muslim-Christian relations in the Near East.
By Aisha Ahmad
Why are Islamists able to build state-like polities out of enduring civil war stalemate? By tracking the financial origins of jihadists in Afghanistan, Somalia, Pakistan, Mali, and Iraq, The Mosque and the Market shows that behind the heated rhetoric, there are hard economic reasons behind Islamist success.
By Patrick Wing
This book examines the rise and collapse of Mongol rule in Iran and Iraq, and its revival by a family of sultans who claimed to be the rightful heirs to the Mongol khans. The Jalayirids offers a glimpse at a long overlooked but critical period in the history of the...
By Peter Webb
Investigating the core questions about Arab identity and history, this book tackles the time-honoured stereotypes that depict Arabs as ancient Arabian Bedouin, and reveals the stories to be a myth: tales told by Muslims to recreate the past to explain the meaning of Islam and its origins.
In three short weeks the author experienced a tradition dating back over one thousand years This is his account, personal yet enlightening, for the interested non-Muslims who remain barred from the holy sites of Islam