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Maß und Zeit: Entdecken Sie die neue Kraft der klösterlichen Werte und Rituale

Wilhelm Schmid-Bode lädt dazu ein, klösterliche Ideale, die in Christentum, Hinduismus, Buddhismus und Islam entwickelt und gelebt wurden, zu entdecken: Demut, Stille und Schweigen, Kontemplation, Maßhalten, Wachsamkeit, Arbeit und Gemeinschaft. So ungewohnt und fremd sich diese Begriffe auch anhören, so brandaktuell und nützlich erweisen sie sich bei genauerer Betrachtung. Es ist nicht nur möglich, dieses uralte klösterliche Wissen ...

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Demokratie und Islam: Theoretische und empirische Studien

Der Islam zählt heute zu den größten Herausforderungen für den demokratischen Rechtsstaat. Außenpolitisch stehen die Transformationsprozesse in der arabischen Welt, innenpolitisch die Integration muslimischer Migranten im Fokus. Die Angst vor einer fundamentalistischen Unterwanderung der Demokratie sowie die oft schwer zu ziehende Grenze zwischen Islam und Islamismus sorgen in der Öffentlichkeit für Verunsicherung. Nur selten wird de...

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Religion and AIDS Treatment in Africa: Saving Souls, Prolonging Lives

This book critically interrogates emerging interconnections between religion and biomedicine in Africa in the era of antiretroviral treatment for AIDS. Highlighting the complex relationships between religious ideologies, practices and organizations on the one hand, and biomedical treatment programmes and the scientific languages and public health institutions that sustain them on the other, this anthology charts largely uncovered ter...

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Possession, Power and the New Age

This book provides a new sociological account of contemporary religious phenomena such as channelling, holistic healing, meditation and divination, which are usually classed as part of a New Age Movement. Drawing on his extensive ethnography carried out in the UK, alongside comparative studies in America and Europe, Matthew Wood criticises the view that such phenomena represent spirituality in which self-authority is paramount. Inste...

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Figs, Dates, Laurel, and Myrrh: Plants of the Bible and the Quran

This book celebrates the plants of the Old Testament and New Testament, including the Apocrypha, and of the Quran. From acacia, the wood of the tabernacle, to wormwood, whose bitter leaves cured intestinal worms, 81 fascinating chapters—covering every plant that has a true botanical counterpart—tell the stories of the fruits and grains, grasses and trees, flowers and fragrances of ancient lore. The descriptions include the plants' bo...

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Contemporary Religious Satanism: A Critical Anthology

The Church of Satan was founded by Anton LaVey on April 30, 1966. In his hands, Satan became a provocative symbol for indulgence, vital existence, natural wisdom and the human being's true animal nature. At present, religious Satanism exists primarily as a decentralized subculture with a strong internet presence within a larger Satanic milieu in Western culture. Though most are inspired by LaVey, the majority of contemporary Satanist...

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Theology and Public Philosophy: Four Conversations

This volume brings together eminent theologians, philosophers and political theorists to discuss the relevance of theology and theologically grounded moral reflection to contemporary America’s public life and argument. Avoiding the focus on hot-button issues, shrill polemics, and sloganeering that so often dominate discussions of religion and public life, the contributors address such subjects as how religious understandings have sha...

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Before and After Muhammad: The First Millennium Refocused

Islam emerged amid flourishing Christian and Jewish cultures, yet students of Antiquity and the Middle Ages mostly ignore it. Despite intensive study of late Antiquity over the last fifty years, even generous definitions of this period have reached only the eighth century, whereas Islam did not mature sufficiently to compare with Christianity or rabbinic Judaism until the tenth century. Before and After Muhammad suggests a new way of...