Vanguard of the Imam

Religion, Politics, and Iran's Revolutionary Guards
Author: Afshon Ostovar
Publisher: Oxford University Press
ISBN: 0199387893
Page: 320
View: 9054
"Iran's Revolutionary Guards are one of the most important forces in the Middle East today, but remain poorly understood to outside observers. In Vanguard of the Imam, Afshon Ostovar has written the first comprehensive history of the organization. Situating the rise of the Guards in the contexts of Shiite Islam, Iranian history, and international affairs, Ostovar takes a multifaceted approach in demystifying the organization and detailing its evolution since 1979. The book documents the Guards transformation into a power-player and explores why the group matters now more than ever to regional and global affairs. It is simultaneously a history of modern Iran, and an engrossing entryway into the complex world of war, politics, and identity in the Middle East"--

Mein gelobtes Land

Triumph und Tragödie Israels
Author: Ari Shavit
Publisher: C. Bertelsmann Verlag
ISBN: 3641148219
Category: Political Science
Page: 592
View: 5758
Die große Geschichte Israels Der renommierte Journalist Ari Shavit sieht Israel in einer halt- und ausweglosen Lage: als jüdisch-westlicher Staat in einer arabisch-islamischen (Um-)Welt seit seiner Gründung in der Existenz bedroht, andererseits Okkupationsmacht über ein anderes, das palästinensische Volk. Der Innovationskraft und Lebensfreude seiner Menschen stehen ein bröckelndes Gemeinwesen, zermürbende Konflikte, militärische Scheinerfolge und der Verlust internationalen Ansehens gegenüber. Was als gemeinschaftlicher hoffnungsfroher Aufbruch begann, insbesondere nach den Schrecken des Holocausts, der gemeinsame Bau von Eretz Israel, ist heute allgemeiner Desillusion und Desintegration gewichen. Shavit erzählt, zunächst auf den Spuren seines zionistischen Urgroßvaters, eine sehr persönliche Geschichte Israels während der letzten anderthalb Jahrhunderte, von Erfolgen im steten Überlebenskampf, aber auch von schuldbehafteter Tragik und unübersehbarem Niedergang.

The Vanished Imam

Musa al Sadr and the Shia of Lebanon
Author: Fouad Ajami
Publisher: Cornell University Press
ISBN: 0801465079
Category: History
Page: 228
View: 4610
In the summer of 1978, Musa al Sadr, the spiritual leader of the Muslim Shia sect in Lebanon, disappeared mysteriously while on a visit to Libya. As in the Shia myth of the "Hidden Imam," this modern-day Imam left his followers upholding his legacy and awaiting his return. Considered an outsider when he had arrived in Lebanon in 1959 from his native Iran, he gradually assumed the role of charismatic mullah, and was instrumental in transforming the Shia, a quiescent and downtrodden Islamic minority, into committed political activists. What sort of person was Musa al Sadr? What beliefs in the Shia doctrine did his life embody? Where did he fit into the tangle of Lebanon's warring factions? What was behind his disappearance? In this fascinating and compelling narrative, Fouad Ajami resurrects the Shia's neglected history, both distant and recent, and interweaves the life and work of Musa al Sadr with the larger strands of the Shia past.

History of Islamic Political Thought

Author: Antony Black
Publisher: Edinburgh University Press
ISBN: 0748688781
Category: Philosophy
Page: 400
View: 326
Second edition of the history of Islamic political thought that traces its roots from early Islam to the current age of Fundamentalism (622 AD to 2010 AD).

Mirrors of the Unseen

Journeys in Iran
Author: Jason Elliot
Publisher: St. Martin's Press
ISBN: 1466837829
Category: Travel
Page: 432
View: 8988
In our current climate of war and suspicion, Iran is depicted as the "next" rogue nation that America and the world must "deal with." But the rhetoric about nuclear weapons and jihad obscures the real Iran: an ancient nation and culture, both sophisticated and isolated, which still exists clandestinely in major cities as well as the country's remote mountains and deserts. Jason Elliot has spent the last four years traveling in Iran, and in this remarkable book he reveals the many sides of the culture, art, architecture, and people that Westerners cannot see or conveniently ignore. Part close reading of symbols and images, part history, and part intimate interviews with Iranians of many different kinds—from wealthy aristocrats at forbidden parties to tribal horsemen in the most remote mountain villages, who have never seen a Westerner—Mirrors of the Unseen is a beautiful and thought-provoking book by one of the world's most acclaimed adventurers and authors.

The Last of the Khans

The Life of Morteza Quli Khan Samsam Bakhtiari
Author: Ali Morteza Samsam Bakhtiari
Publisher: iUniverse
ISBN: 0595382487
Category: Biography & Autobiography
Page: 228
View: 6513
Some times, I ask myself if I have not dreamt this entire incredible love story myself. I then have to open once again my familial photo album to see the jovial Khan smiling back at me with his confident, glittering eyes and the Princess, smiling too, seated in her comfortable armchair and dressed in full Qashqai tribal regalia to make sure that the whole story was not, after all, just one of those extraordinary dreams of mine Iran's backbone is the Zagros mountain chain-a real paradise on Earth that is dominated by lofty peaks and water cascading down all of its steep valleys. It is also populated by millions of oak trees and inhabited by the oldest tribe on Earth: the Bakhtiaris. The tribal name Bakhtiari literally means the "companions of good fortune." And the twentieth-century discovery of crude oil in this paradise seems to confirm the meaning. An elite family, founded by the great Haydar, has ruled the Bakhtiaris for the past four hundred years. Their leaders marched on Tehran in 1909 to save the young, fragile Constitution and reopen the Parliament. Among those in command was Morteza Quli Khan, a rather unique individual with an extraordinary life. The Last of the Khans recounts his, and the ancient tribe's, great heritage.

Reinventing Khomeini

The Struggle for Reform in Iran
Author: Daniel Brumberg
Publisher: University of Chicago Press
ISBN: 9780226077581
Category: History
Page: 306
View: 9210
Reinventing Khomeini offers a new interpretation of the political battles that paved the way for reform in Iran. Brumberg argues that these conflicts did not result from a sudden ideological shift; nor did the election of President Mohammad Khatami in 1997 really defy the core principles of the Islamic Revolution. To the contrary, the struggle for a more democratic Iran can be traced to the revolution itself, and to the contradictory agendas of the revolution's founding father, Ayatollah Ruhollah Khomeini. A complex figure, Khomeini was a fervent champion of Islam, but while he sought a Shi'ite vision of clerical rule under one Supreme Leader, he also strove to mesh that vision with an implicitly Western view of mass participatory politics. The intense magnetism and charisma of the ayatollah obscured this paradox. But reformers in Iran today, while rejecting his autocratic vision, are reviving the constitutional notions of government that he considered, and even casting themselves as the bearers of his legacy. In Reinventing Khomeini, Brumberg proves that the ayatollah is as much the author of modern Iran as he is the symbol of its fundamentalist past.

The Spectrum of Islamist Movements

Author: Ḍiyāʼ Rashwān
Publisher: Verlag Hans Schiler
ISBN: 3899302036
Category: Islam
Page: 455
View: 8264

The Essence of Islamist Extremism

Recognition Through Violence, Freedom Through Death
Author: Irm Haleem
Publisher: Routledge
ISBN: 1136674322
Category: Political Science
Page: 248
View: 1634
This book provides a critical and a conceptual analysis of radical Islamist rhetoric drawn from temporally and contextually varied Islamist extremist groups, challenging the popular understanding of Islamist extremism as a product of a ‘clash-of-civilizations’. Arguing that the essence of Islamist extremism can only be accurately understood by drawing a distinction between the radical Islamist explanations and justifications of violence, the author posits that despite the radical Islamist contextualization of violence within Islamic religious tenets, there is nothing conceptually or distinctly Islamic about Islamist extremism. She engages in a critical analysis of the nature of reason in radical Islamist rhetoric, asserting that the radical Islamist explanations of violence are conceptually reasoned in terms of existential Hegelian struggles for recognition (as fundamentally struggles against oppression), and the radical Islamist justifications of violence are conceptually reasoned in terms of moral consequentialism. With a detailed analysis of Islamist extremist discourse spanning a wide range of contexts, this book has a broad relevance for scholars and students working in the field of Islamic studies, religious violence, philosophy and political theory.


Background and Issues for Congress
Author: Casey L. Addis
Publisher: DIANE Publishing
ISBN: 143794177X
Page: 31
View: 9048
Lebanon's Hezbollah (HZ) is a Shiite Islamist militia, political party, social welfare org., and U.S. State Dept.-designated terrorist org. Its armed element receives support from Iran and Syria and possesses paramilitary and unconventional warfare capabilities. In the wake of the summer 2006 war between Israel and HZ, and an armed domestic confrontation between HZ and rival Lebanese groups in May 2008, Lebanon's political process is now focused on HZ's future role in the country. Contents of this report: (1) Overview and Key Issues; (2) HZ's Origins; (3) HZ Today; (4) Implications for Lebanon; (5) Syria; (6) Iran; (7) HZ's International Activities; (8) Efforts to Combat HZ; (9) Options for Weakening HZ. Charts and tables. A print on demand report.


Author: Sayyid Hussein Alamdar
Publisher: AuthorHouse
ISBN: 1496917324
Category: Religion
Page: 842
View: 8343
“During his retirement Imam Ali (AS) devoted himself to the study of the Master’s percepts by the light of reason. ‘But for his assassination,’ to quote the language of a French historian, ‘the Muslim world might have witnessed the realization of the Prophet’s teaching, in the actual amalgamation of Reason with Law, and the impersonation of the first principles of true philosophy in positive action.’ The same passionate devotion to knowledge and learning which distinguished the Holy Prophet Muhammad (SAW) breathed in every word of his Disciple. With a liberality of mind-for beyond the age in which he lived-was joined a sincere devoutness of spirit and earnestness of faith. His sermons, faithfully preserved by one of his descendents, and his litanies or psalms, portray a devout up looking toward the Source of All Good, and an unbounded faith in humanity. The accession of the Umayyad to the ruler ship of Islam was a blow to the progress of knowledge and liberalism in the Muslim World. Their stormy reigns left the nation little leisure to devote to the gentler pursuits of science; and to this, among the sovereigns, was joined a characteristic idolatry of the past. Their thoughts were engrossed by war and politics. During the comparatively long rule of a century, the House of Umayyad produced only one man devoted to the cultivation of letters; and this man was Abu Hashim Khalid ibn Yezid-‘the philosopher of the Merwanian family’-as he has been called, who was set aside from the succession on account of his learning. The jealous suspicion and the untiring animosity of the children of Abu Sufian and Hind had obliged the decedents of the Holy Prophet (SAW) to live a life of humble retirement. ‘In the night of misery and unhappiness,’ they followed truly and faithfully the percepts of their ancestor, and found consolation in intellectual pursuits.” -Radiance of Vicegerency, p-185.

Imame predigen Interkulturalität

Zur Schlüsselrolle der Imame für die interkulturelle Kompetenz von Muslimen
Author: Abualwafa Mohammed
Publisher: tredition
ISBN: 3748212097
Category: Philosophy
Page: 56
View: 4329
Was ist die Tätigkeit von Imamen in Österreich? In welchem Fragenkomplex um "Islam in Europa" lässt sich diese Tätigkeit lokalisieren? Und welche Fragen und Herausforderungen stellen sich in diesem Praxisfeld? Diesen Fragen geht "Imame predigen Interkulturalität" nach, denn Imame können als Multiplikatoren für die Idee der Interkulturalität fungieren. Und zwar in beide Richtungen: Als Vermittler interkultureller Kompetenz innerhalb muslimischer Gemeinden sowie als Repräsentanten des Islam und Brückenbauer zur Mehrheitsbevölkerung. Der erste Band einer geplanten Reihe zu diesem umfassenden Forschungsfeld versucht, zu verbindlichen Antworten zu gelangen, die Empfehlungen für die Praxis beinhalten und Handlungsoptionen für das Anwendungsfeld bieten.

Militancy and Violence in West Africa

Religion, politics and radicalisation
Author: James Gow,Funmi Olonisakin,Ernst Dijxhoorn
Publisher: Routledge
ISBN: 1135968578
Category: History
Page: 288
View: 5221
This volume provides a systematic and cross-regional analysis of radicalisation, militancy and violence in West Africa. Concern about terrorism in, or from, West Africa, has been recognised in academic research, and the adoption of militarised approaches to addressing it questioned. However, the basis for that questioning – the need to investigate factors such as the historical and socio-economic roots of militancy – is not developed, nor is it substantiated in existing studies. The significant impact of religiously motivated radicalisation and violence in West Africa upon international security makes it essential to understand the issues of militancy and violence in the region. In this volume, the authors draw upon empirical research in West Africa to develop understanding in these areas. Over the course of several chapters written by leading experts in the field, the book successfully blends historical and conceptual analysis with new empirical research gathered from focus group discussions and research interviews. Each of these core studies is structured around five interrelated issues: tracing the antecedents of radicalisation; monitoring trends; identifying actors; anticipating possibilities; and analysing the strength of existing preventive mechanisms. This book will be of much interest to students of African security, African politics, radicalisation, political Islam, war and conflict studies and security studies in general.

Iran and the International System

Author: Anoushiravan Ehteshami,Reza Molavi
Publisher: Routledge
ISBN: 1136673407
Category: Political Science
Page: 226
View: 6851
Much attention in the West has focused on Iran as a problem country. This book challenges the representations of Iran as a hostile regional power led by ideologues, and goes further by discussing how international relations are viewed from inside Iran itself, outlining the factors which underpin Iranian thinking on international relations and considering what role Iran, as a large and significant country in the Middle East, ought to play in a fairly constructed international system. The book is written by leading scholars and policy makers from inside, as well as from outside, Iran and includes academics with unparalleled access and insights into the world-views of the Iranian leadership. Subjects covered include: the rationale of Iran's Islamic constitution, including its electoral system, and the impact this has on international relations; Iran's view of the ideal international system, including the place therein of ethics, justice, and security; Iran's international interests, including energy needs; and relations with the West, including the clash between Iranian and Western views of the world order.

Vanguard #3: Reap the Whirlwind

Author: David Mack
Publisher: Simon and Schuster
ISBN: 9781416560753
Category: Fiction
Page: 464
View: 9190
The mystery of the Taurus Reach is about to be revealed. Ancient secrets lie on the fourth planet of the Jinoteur system, and three great rivals are fighting to control it. The Federation and the Klingon Empire want to wield its power; the Tholian Assembly wants to bury it. But the threat stirring on that distant world is more dangerous than they realize. The Shedai, who ruled the Taurus Reach aeons ago, have risen from their ages of deathlike slumber -- to gather, marshal their strength, and take their revenge. To keep Jinoteur from falling into enemy hands, the crews of Starbase Vanguard and the U.S.S. Sagittarius must risk everything: friends...loved ones...their own lives. But the sacrifices they make may prove too terrible for them to bear.


Path of Eloquence
Author: Yasin al-Jibouri
Publisher: AuthorHouse
ISBN: 1481739700
Category: Religion
Page: 408
View: 3735
Many intellectuals worldwide regard this book’s eloquence, language and contents with very high regards, and you will find out why when you read it. It is the compilation of some sermons, letters and axioms of Ali ibn Abu Talib, cousin and son-in-law of the Prophet of Islam, who played a major role in shaping the society and politics not only of his time but of all time to come. There are other editions of this great book in many languages, and Yasin T. al-Jibouri has been editing one of them. Here are some of its translations: French: La voie de l’éloquence. Ed. Sayyid ‘Attia Abul Naga. Trans. Samih ‘Atef el-Zein et al. 2nd ed. Qum: Ansariyan, n.d. Romanian: Nahjul-Balagha / Calea vorbirii alese. Trans. Geroge Grigore. Cluj-Napoca: Kriterion, 2008. Russian: ???? ??????????? (Put' krasnorechiya). Trans. Abdulkarim Taras Cherniyenko. Moscow: ????????? ?????????? (Vostochnaya literatura), 2008. Spanish: La cumbre de la elocuencia. Trans. Mohammed Alí Anzaldúa-Morales. Elmhurst: Tahrike-Tarsile-Qur’an, Inc., 1988. There is also an Urdu translation of this great book.

Reconstruction and Regional Diplomacy in the Persian Gulf

Author: Hooshang Amirahmadi,Nader Entessar
Publisher: Routledge
ISBN: 1134921659
Category: Political Science
Page: 320
View: 6195
First published in 2003. Routledge is an imprint of Taylor & Francis, an informa company.

Critical Muslim 5

Love and Death
Author: Ziauddin Sardar,Robin Yassin-Kassab
Publisher: Hurst
ISBN: 1849043825
Category: Social Science
Page: 256
View: 7476
Aamer Hussein takes love to its logical conclusion, Robert Irwin traces the origins of the ghazal (love lyric), Christopher Shackle recites epic Panjabi poems of sacred love and lyrical death, Imranali Panjwani mourns the massacre of Karbala, Martin Rose istaken hostage by Saddam Hussein, Jalees Rahman reflects on Nazi doctors who took delight in deathly experiments, Ramin Jahanbegloo is incarcerated in the notorious Evin prison, Hamza Elahi visits England's Muslim graveyards, Shanon Shah receives valuable guidance on love and sex from the "Obedient Wives Club", Samia Rahman sets out in search of love, Khola Hasan has mixed feelings about her hijab, Sabita Manian promotes love between India and Pakistan, Boyd Tonkin discovers that dead outrank the living in Jerusalem , Alev Adil takes "a night journey through a veiled self" and Irna Qureshi's mother finally makes a decision on her final resting place. Also in this issue: Parvez Manzoor throws scorn on a nihilistic, revisionist history of Islam, Naomi Foyle reads the first novel of a British Palestinian, Ahmad Khan explores the colonial history of The Aborigines' Protection Society, a short story by the famous Fahmida Riaz, Syrian scenarios by Manhal al-Sarraj, poems by Sabrina Mahfouz and Michael Wolf, Rachel Dwyer's list of Top Ten Muslim Characters in Bollywood and Merryl Wyn Davies's "last word" on love and death at the movies. About Critical Muslim: A quarterly publication of ideas and issues showcasing groundbreaking thinking on Islam and what it means to be a Muslim in a rapidly changing, interconnected world. Each edition centers on a discrete theme, and contributions include reportage, academic analysis, cultural commentary, photography, poetry, and book reviews.

Classical Islam and the Naqshbandi Sufi Tradition

Author: Muhammad Hisham Kabbani
Publisher: ISCA
ISBN: 9781930409101
Category: Religion
Page: 718
View: 7283
The life stories of this renowned Sufi order's Golden Chain of forty saints, connected through a distinguished spiritual lineage to Prophet Muhammad, are narrated here in rare accounts of their miracles and training, giving fresh inspiration and guidance for today's turbulent world.