From the Holy Mountain

A Journey Among the Christians of the Middle East

Author: William Dalrymple

Publisher: Vintage

ISBN: 0307948927

Category: Travel

Page: 512

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In the spring of A.D. 587, John Moschos and his pupil Sophronius the Sophist embarked on a remarkable expedition across the entire Byzantine world, traveling from the shores of Bosphorus to the sand dunes of Egypt. Using Moschos’s writings as his guide and inspiration, the acclaimed travel writer William Dalrymple retraces the footsteps of these two monks, providing along the way a moving elegy to the slowly dying civilization of Eastern Christianity and to the people who are struggling to keep its flame alive. The result is Dalrymple’s unsurpassed masterpiece: a beautifully written travelogue, at once rich and scholarly, moving and courageous, overflowing with vivid characters and hugely topical insights into the history, spirituality and the fractured politics of the Middle East.

Stars on the Earth

Domes and Stargates, and How to Interact with Them

Author: Richard Leviton

Publisher: iUniverse

ISBN: 0595851452

Category: Body, Mind & Spirit

Page: 458

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Discover the wonderful secret the Earth holds for us-that the stars of the galaxy live on our planet. Holograms of high-magnitude stars over holy mountains. Physical travel to other planets through stargates on the Earth's surface. Near instantaneous transportation across the planet through quick-way portals. Outrageous science fiction or sober geomantic fact? Earth Mysteries researcher Richard Leviton takes you on a wild tour of three geomantic features of our planet and reveals that what science fiction has dreamed the Earth in fact offers us. Stars on the Earth combines scholarship, clairvoyance, and field experience with the latest discoveries of geology and astrophysics and the timeless insights of the world's myths to open the planetary door to the stars. It's all part of the Earth's unsuspected but staggeringly rich endowment as a designer planet. Our planet was precisely designed and implemented for us, and it's equipped with a visionary geography that mirrors features of the galaxy and Heavens. Why are so many of the Earth's mountains said to be holy, producing visions and encounters with the "gods?" They all have canopies of light called domes, each transmitting the presence of a galactic star. What is the geomantic origin of the Bermuda Triangle? Two dysfunctional stargates. If working properly, they and the Earth's other two million stargates could transport us rapidly to other planets. Is there a way to travel quickly across the planet without using cars, airplanes, boats, or trains? Yes, and it's called a traversable wormhole, and the Earth has thousands of them awaiting our discovery and use. Come join the tour of a planet you've never seen before: our own star-infused Earth.

Eine kurze Geschichte der Menschheit

Author: Yuval Noah Harari

Publisher: DVA

ISBN: 364110498X

Category: History

Page: 528

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Krone der Schöpfung? Vor 100 000 Jahren war der Homo sapiens noch ein unbedeutendes Tier, das unauffällig in einem abgelegenen Winkel des afrikanischen Kontinents lebte. Unsere Vorfahren teilten sich den Planeten mit mindestens fünf weiteren menschlichen Spezies, und die Rolle, die sie im Ökosystem spielten, war nicht größer als die von Gorillas, Libellen oder Quallen. Vor 70 000 Jahren dann vollzog sich ein mysteriöser und rascher Wandel mit dem Homo sapiens, und es war vor allem die Beschaffenheit seines Gehirns, die ihn zum Herren des Planeten und zum Schrecken des Ökosystems werden ließ. Bis heute hat sich diese Vorherrschaft stetig zugespitzt: Der Mensch hat die Fähigkeit zu schöpferischem und zu zerstörerischem Handeln wie kein anderes Lebewesen. Anschaulich, unterhaltsam und stellenweise hochkomisch zeichnet Yuval Harari die Geschichte des Menschen nach und zeigt alle großen, aber auch alle ambivalenten Momente unserer Menschwerdung.

The Changing Nature of Religious Rights under International Law

Author: Malcolm Evans,Peter Petkoff,Julian Rivers

Publisher: OUP Oxford

ISBN: 0191509426

Category: Political Science

Page: 340

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The Declaration on the Elimination of All Forms of Intolerance and of Discrimination Based on Religion or Belief, as proclaimed by the United Nations General Assembly in 1981, is the only universal human rights instrument specifically focusing on religious intolerance and discrimination. However, recent years have seen increasing controversy surrounding this right, in both political and legal contexts. The European Court of Human Rights has experienced a vast expansion in the number of cases it has had brought before it concerning religious freedom, and politically the boundaries of the right have been much disputed. This book provides a systematic analysis of the different approaches to religious rights which exist in public international law. The book explores how particular institutional perspectives emerge in the context of these differing approaches. It examines, and challenges, these institutional perspectives. It identifies new directions for approaching religious rights through international law by examining existing legal tools, and assesses their achievements and shortcomings. It studies religious organisations' support for international human rights protection, as well as religious critique of international human rights and the development of an alternative religious 'Bills of Rights'. It investigates whether expressions of members belonging to religious minorities can be considered under the minority right to culture, rather than the right to religion, and discusses the benefits and shortcomings of such a route. It analyses the reach and limits of the provisions in the 1981 Declaration, identifies ways in which the right is being eroded as a concept, and suggests new ways in which the right can be reinforced and protected.

Encounters with Islam

On Religion, Politics and Modernity

Author: Malise Ruthven

Publisher: I.B.Tauris

ISBN: 0857722360

Category: Religion

Page: 288

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For many years Malise Ruthven has been at the forefront of discerning commentary on the Islamic world and its relations with the predominantly secularised and Christian societies of the West. Well known for his bold interventions on such issues as the Rushdie affair and publication of The Satanic Verses; the many unresolved questions relating to the Lockerbie bombing; and the globe-changing terrorist attack of 9/11, Ruthven’s perceptive writings, particularly those that have appeared in the New York Review of Books, reliably re-frame difficult issues and problems so that his readers are prompted to look at the challenges afresh. Ruthven is here at his most compelling: he offers astute and topical insights across the whole spectrum of Middle East and Islamic studies. Whether questioning the involvement of Libyan agents in the downing of Pan Am Flight 103; exploring the contested place of women in Islam; or discussing the disputed term ‘Islamofascism’ (his own), the author’s probing, searchlight intelligence aims always to get at the truth of things, regardless of attendant controversy. Representing the ‘best of Ruthven’, these lucid essays will be widely appreciated by students, specialists and general readers. They transform our understandings of contemporary society.

The Millennium Myth

Author: Nicholas Thomas Wright

Publisher: Westminster John Knox Press

ISBN: 9780664258412

Category: Religion

Page: 111

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Wright argues that getting ready for the millennium does not mean getting ready for the end of the world as we know it, and shows that the millennium hype is masking a deeper problem in our culture. By following some ancient words on hope, Wright outlines a practical way for creating a better world as we move into the coming age.

Die Bücherschmuggler von Timbuktu

Von der Suche nach der sagenumwobenen Stadt und der Rettung ihres Schatzes

Author: Charlie English

Publisher: Hoffmann und Campe

ISBN: 3455000290

Category: Social Science

Page: 416

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»Ein Meisterwerk des investigativen Journalismus. Ein kluges, fesselndes Buch!« The Guardian Timbuktu ist ein Mythos – einst so reich, dass angeblich sogar die Sklaven Goldschmuck trugen, verfügt die abgelegene Stadt am Niger über einen ganz besonderen Schatz: eine der größten Bibliotheken mittelalterlicher Schriften. Als im Jahr 2012 die Stadt in die Hände von Islamisten fällt, droht die Vernichtung der Bücher. Doch eine Gruppe von Bibliothekaren und Archivaren schmuggelt die Bücher unter Lebensgefahr aus der Stadt. Eine große, meisterhafte Reportage über Menschen, die sich mutig der Vernichtung eines Wissensschatzes und Erbes der Menschheit entgegenstellen – und eine Zeitreise zu einer sagenumwobenen Stadt.

Wenn Eulen schrein

Roman

Author: Janet Frame

Publisher: C.H.Beck

ISBN: 3406630022

Category: Fiction

Page: 287

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Die Familie des Eisenbahners Bob Withers in der neuseeländischen Kleinstadt Waimaru wird von Unglück und Krankheit geplagt: Eine Tochter, Francie, stirbt durch einen tragischen Unfall, eine andere, Daphne, erkrankt psychisch so schwer, dass sie in eine Heilanstalt eingewiesen werden muss, ihr Bruder Toby hat epileptische Anfälle. Hinter dem Drama der Familie werden aber auch gesellschaftliche Konflikte sichtbar: Kann man im ganz anders gearteten Kosmos Neuseelands einfach die Werte und Bildungsstandards des weißen Europa vermitteln, ohne Rücksicht auf die angestammte Kultur? Vor allem die grandiose poetische Sprache dieses Romans, seine Fähigkeit, besonders in die Gedanken- und Wahnwelt Daphnes einzudringen, seine menschliche Feinfühligkeit und erzählerische Objektivität machen ihn zu einem Meisterwerk der Literatur des 20. Jahrhunderts. Janet Frames erster Roman aus dem Jahr 1957, der ihren literarischen Ruhm begründete, liegt hier – nach dem großen Erfolg ihres nachgelassenen Romans «Dem neuen Sommer entgegen» – in einer überarbeiteten Übersetzung vor.

The Conscience of Lebanon

A Political Biography of Etienne Sakr (Abu-Arz)

Author: Mordechai Nisan

Publisher: Routledge

ISBN: 1135759510

Category: History

Page: 208

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This work is a combination of an account of a most captivating Lebanese personality with a penetrating analysis of the historical and religious contours of Lebanon. Mordechai Nisan spent much time with Etienne Sakr between 2000 and 2001. Set within the context of the national political narrative of Lebanon, this volume offers a portrait of Sakr and the times in which he lived before his exile to Israel in May 2000. Personal testimonies from Lebanese residents and conversations with others outside of Lebanon who knew Abu-Arz, in addition to interviews with Israelis aquainted with him, provide the authenticity to the portrait of this remarkable man.

The Other Global City

Author: Shail Mayaram

Publisher: Routledge

ISBN: 1135851492

Category: Social Science

Page: 258

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What is a Global City? Who authorizes the World Class City? This edited volume interrogates the "global cities" literature, which views the city as a shimmering, financial "global network." Through a historical-ethnographic exploration of inter-ethnic relations in the "other global" cities of Cairo, Beirut, Istanbul, Bukhara, Lhasa, Delhi, Singapore, Kuala Lumpur and Tokyo, the well-known contributors highlight cartographies of the Other Global City. The volume contends that thinking about the city in the longue duree and as part of a topography of interconnected regions contests both imperial and nationalist ways of reading cities that have occasioned the many and particularly violent territorial partitions in Asia and the world.

Bibles and Baedekers

Tourism, Travel, Exile and God

Author: Michael Grimshaw

Publisher: Routledge

ISBN: 1317491475

Category: Religion

Page: 288

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Contemporary tourism and travel have become a form of religion, a new opiate of the masses. However, could Church and theology be religious forms of tourism and travel? 'Bibles and Baedekers' offers a theology of tourism and exile for a modern and postmodern world. It examines the ways in which location, identity and movement have made use of religious texts and metaphor and questions the relative absence of secular texts and ideas in theology. The theology of the tourist and traveller is one of new experiences, the acquisition of identity through movement. 'Bibles and Baedekers' uniquely applies this to the postmodern Christian, embodying the fulfilment of Bonhoeffer's 'religionless Christianity', dislocated from both a secular and 'religious' world.

Brechreizend

Die fiesesten Reiseziele der Welt

Author: Catherine Price

Publisher: BASTEI LÜBBE

ISBN: 3838711394

Category: Humor

Page: 270

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Sie ertragen die Touristen-Highlights nicht mehr? Dann lassen Sie sich vom Reiz des Hässlichen verzaubern. Besuchen Sie die eklige Kaugummi-Wand in Seattle oder eine düstere Kohlemine in China. Und vergessen Sie nicht, dem Leitungswasser-Museum in Peking einen Besuch abzustatten... Diese und 98 weitere schrille Orte sorgen für bleibende Eindrücke und aufregende Geschichten, mit denen man zum Mittelpunkt jeder Party wird.

Theology on the Menu

Asceticism, Meat and Christian Diet

Author: David Grumett,Rachel Muers

Publisher: Routledge

ISBN: 1135188319

Category: Cooking

Page: 224

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Food - what we eat, how much we eat, how it is produced and prepared, and its cultural and ecological significance- is an increasingly significant topic not only for scholars but for all of us. Theology on the Menu is the first systematic and historical assessment of Christian attitudes to food and its role in shaping Christian identity. David Grumett and Rachel Muers unfold a fascinating history of feasting and fasting, food regulations and resistance to regulation, the symbolism attached to particular foods, the relationship between diet and doctrine, and how food has shaped inter-religious encounters. Everyone interested in Christian approaches to food and diet or seeking to understand how theology can engage fruitfully with everyday life will find this book a stimulus and an inspiration.

Zur Geschichte des Urchristentums

Author: Friedrich Engels

Publisher: BookRix

ISBN: 373097422X

Category: History

Page: 38

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In einer Reihe von Schriften zur Geschichte von Friedrich Engels steht auch diese Schrift. Dabei zieht er Parallelen zu seinen sozialreformerischen Ideen. - Interessant zu lesen für sozial oder christlich interessierte Menschen.