Muslims: The Real History

Muslims: The Real History
From the seventh till the seventeenth century, Muslims dominated the world. Inspired by the Prophet and his emphasis on education, justice and social consciousness, they created a civilization that led the world in knowledge, science, culture, architecture and quality of life. For a thousand years, the Umayyads, Abbasids, Fatimids, Timurids, Ottomans, Safavids and Moguls ruled, establishing the golden age of Islam while Europe slumbered in the Dark Ages. Then, in the seventeenth century, the Europeans emerged as the new masters of the universe and Muslims were cast to the bottom of the heap. For three hundred years, the Muslims suffered the indignities and deprivations of a conquered people. After the two World Wars, Europe and Great Britain’s monopoly of power declined, the new Muslim States in the Middle East were born and great leaders began the long fight to re-establish their people. In the twentieth century, a new generation of freedom fighters and nation builders emerged including Abdul Aziz ibn Saud, Ataturk, Sukarno, Jinnah, Gaddafi, King Faisal and Khomeini. Muslims is the exciting story of these great men and their amazing achievements. The lucid writing and interesting facts make it an enjoyable read.
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Kingdoms of Faith: A New History of Islamic Spain

Kingdoms of Faith: A New History of Islamic Spain

A magisterial, myth-dispelling history of Islamic Spain spanning the millennium between the founding of Islam in the seventh century and the final expulsion of Spain’s Muslims in the seventeenth
In Kingdoms of Faith, award-winning historian Brian A. Catlos rewrites the history of Islamic Spain from the ground up, evoking the cultural splendor of al-Andalus, while offering an authoritative new interpretation of the forces that shaped it.
Prior accounts have portrayed Islamic Spain as a paradise of enlightened tolerance or the site where civilizations clashed. Catlos taps a wide array of primary sources to paint a more complex portrait, showing how Muslims, Christians, and Jews together built a sophisticated civilization that transformed the Western world, even as they waged relentless war against each other and their coreligionists. Religion was often the language of conflict, but seldom its cause–a lesson we would do well to learn in our own time.

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Philosophy in the Islamic World: A history of philosophy without any gaps, Volume 3

Philosophy in the Islamic World: A history of philosophy without any gaps, Volume 3
The latest in the series based on the popular History of Philosophy podcast, this volume presents the first full history of philosophy in the Islamic world for a broad readership. It takes an approach unprecedented among introductions to this subject, by providing full coverage of Jewish and Christian thinkers as well as Muslims, and by taking the story of philosophy from its beginnings in the world of early Islam all the way through to the twentieth century. Major figures like Avicenna, Averroes, and Maimonides are covered in great detail, but the book also looks at less familiar thinkers, including women philosophers. Attention is also given to the philosophical relevance of Islamic theology (kalam) and mysticism―the Sufi tradition within Islam, and Kabbalah among Jews―and to science, with chapters on disciplines like optics and astronomy. The book is divided into three sections, with the first looking at the first blossoming of Islamic theology and responses to the Greek philosophical tradition in the world of Arabic learning. This ‘formative period’ culminates with the work of Avicenna, the pivotal figure to whom most later thinkers feel they must respond. The second part of the book discusses philosophy in Muslim Spain (Andalusia), where Jewish philosophers come to the fore, though this is also the setting for such thinkers as Averroes and Ibn Arabi. Finally, a third section looks in unusual detail at later developments, touching on philosophy in the Ottoman, Mughal, and Safavid empires and showing how thinkers in the nineteenth to the twentieth century were still concerned to respond to the ideas that had animated philosophy in the Islamic world for centuries, while also responding to political and intellectual challenges from the European colonial powers.
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Philosophy in the Islamic World: A history of philosophy without any gaps, Volume 3

Philosophy in the Islamic World: A history of philosophy without any gaps, Volume 3
The latest in the series based on the popular History of Philosophy podcast, this volume presents the first full history of philosophy in the Islamic world for a broad readership. It takes an approach unprecedented among introductions to this subject, by providing full coverage of Jewish and Christian thinkers as well as Muslims, and by taking the story of philosophy from its beginnings in the world of early Islam all the way through to the twentieth century. Major figures like Avicenna, Averroes, and Maimonides are covered in great detail, but the book also looks at less familiar thinkers, including women philosophers. Attention is also given to the philosophical relevance of Islamic theology (kalam) and mysticism―the Sufi tradition within Islam, and Kabbalah among Jews―and to science, with chapters on disciplines like optics and astronomy. The book is divided into three sections, with the first looking at the first blossoming of Islamic theology and responses to the Greek philosophical tradition in the world of Arabic learning. This ‘formative period’ culminates with the work of Avicenna, the pivotal figure to whom most later thinkers feel they must respond. The second part of the book discusses philosophy in Muslim Spain (Andalusia), where Jewish philosophers come to the fore, though this is also the setting for such thinkers as Averroes and Ibn Arabi. Finally, a third section looks in unusual detail at later developments, touching on philosophy in the Ottoman, Mughal, and Safavid empires and showing how thinkers in the nineteenth to the twentieth century were still concerned to respond to the ideas that had animated philosophy in the Islamic world for centuries, while also responding to political and intellectual challenges from the European colonial powers.
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The Divine Reality: God, Islam and the Mirage of Atheism

The Divine Reality: God, Islam and the Mirage of Atheism

In The Divine Reality, Hamza Andreas Tzortzis provides a compelling case for the rational and spiritual foundations of Islam, whilst intelligently and compassionately deconstructing atheism. Join him on an existential, spiritual and rational journey that articulates powerful arguments for the existence of God, the Qur’an, the Prophethood of Muhammad and why we must know, love and worship God. He addresses academic and popular objections while showing how contemporary atheism is based on false assumptions about reality, which leads to incoherent answers to life’s important questions.

  • Does hope, happiness and human value make sense without the Divine?
  • Do we have an ultimate purpose?
  • Can we have consciousness and rational minds without God?
  • Did the universe come from nothing?
  • Does evil and suffering negate Divine mercy?
  • Has scientific progress led to the denial of God?
  • Are revelation and prophethood myths?
  • Is God worthy of our worship?

If you want to know how the Islamic intellectual and spiritual tradition answers these questions then this is the book for you.

Hamza Andreas Tzortzis’s new book presents a much needed comprehensive account of Islamic theism that draws upon Western and Islamic thought.

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The Tragic Illusion Of An Islamic State (The Tragic Illusion Of An Islamic State)

The Tragic Illusion Of An Islamic State (The Tragic Illusion Of An Islamic State)
Tarek Fatah is an author and journalist based in Toronto, Canada. His 2008 book “Chasing a Mirage” was the runners up for the prestigious Donner Prize. Fatah’s second book, titled The Jew Is Not My Enemy was published by McClelland & Stewart in October 2010. The book won the 2010 Annual Helen and Stan Vine Canadian Book Award in Politics and History. A weekly columnist for The Toronto Sun. In 2007, the National Press Club of Canada awarded Fatah the “Press Freedom Award”. Earlier Maclean’s magazine named Fatah as one of “Canada’s [50] most well known and respected personalities.” Born in Pakistan, Fatah was a left wing student leader in the 1960s, during which time he was twice imprisoned by successive military dictatorships. He began his career in journalism with the now defunct Karachi SUN before moving to the Pakistan television network PTV, where he won a number of awards for his work as a pioneering investigative reporter. After yet another military coup in 1977, Fatah was charged with sedition and left the country, working in the advertising industry for a decade in the Middle East while observing up close the working of Wahhabi Islam and its global agenda, before migrating to Canada in 1987. In the aftermath of 9/11, Fatah founded the Muslim Canadian Congress, a secular and liberal Muslim organization dedicated to the separation of religion and politics, opposition to Islamism and jihadi extremism, and end to what it describes as “gender apartheid” that is practised in many parts of the Muslim community. Tarek Fatah lives in Cabbagetown, Toronto with Nargis Tapal, his wife for over 40 years. They have two daughters Natasha and Nazia.
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