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200-299 Religion


203.82

Magida, Arthur J.

Opening the Doors of Wonder: Reflections on Religious Rites of Passage

304 pp., 6" x 9", $24.95 cloth, CIP included

October 2006

University of California Press

"What he gathered and presents here are insights into the affects of religious rites of passage from 20 high-profile persons, including Catholic comedian Julia Sweeney, Hindu self-help guru Deepak Chopra, Jewish Ms. magazine founder Letty Pogrebin, Buddhist monk Robert Thurman, and Muslim Yusuf Islam (singer-songwriter Cat Stevens). In the end, Magida's book amounts to a primer of world religions, including a brief history of each and its rites."--Booklist. "Opening the Doors of Wonder is refreshingly down to earth...[Magida] inspires a startling degree of frankness among his subjects."--Baltimore Style Magazine

LC 2006007729, ISBN 978-0-520-24545-7

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221.95

Knowles, Melody D.

Centrality Practiced: Jerusalem in the Religious Practice of Yehud and the Diaspora in the Persian Period

192 pp., 6" x 9", bibliog., indexes, $98.00 cloth, $24.95 paper, CIP included

November 2006

Society of Biblical Literature

At the end of the exile, YHWH could once again dwell in Jerusalem in a rebuilt temple, and temple centrality could be renewed. How were such abstract theological and geographical commitments enacted? To what extent was the influence of the city felt and practiced in Yehud or far-away Egypt and Babylon? This volume examines "centrality" through the practices of animal sacrifice, pilgrimage, tithing, and the use of incense and figurines, and is unique in its appraisal of centrality via religious practice and in its integration of the biblical text and archaeological record.

LC 2005012573, ISBN 978-9-00413-775-2 (c.), ISBN 978-1-58983-175-9 (p.)

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222.105

Stein, David E.S. (Editor)

Contemporary Torah: a Gender-Sensitive Adaptation of the JPS Translation

424 pp., 6" x 9", index, $28.00 cloth, CIP included

October 2006

The Jewish Publication Society

The book offers readers new perspectives on the role gender plays in Bible translation. This adaptation of the JPS translation of the Torah (1962) will appeal to readers who are interested in a historically based picture of social gender roles in the Bible as well as those who have become accustomed to gender-sensitive English in other aspects of their lives.

LC 2006040608, ISBN 978-0-8276-0796-5

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225.92

Cate, Robert L.

One Untimely Born: The Life and Ministry of the Apostle Paul

168 pp., 6" x 9", map, index, $25.00 paper, CIP included

June 2006

Mercer University Press

One of the greatest missionaries who ever lived, Paul was arguably the early church's most significant representative. Yet most people know surprisingly little about him. This book presents the story of Paul in clear, straightforward prose. It establishes a clear and compelling chronology for the major events of Paul's life and resolves some enduring controversies about this remarkable man.

LC 2006013452, ISBN 978-0-86554-995-1

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226.506

Lozada, Francisco Jr. and Tom Thatcher

New Currents through John: A Global Perspective

260 pp., 6" x 9", works cited, source index, subject index, $116.00 cloth, $29.95 paper, CIP included

October 2006

Society of Biblical Literature

New Currents brings into focus the dramatic changes in method that has taken place in Johannine studies in the past fifty years. Written in light of John A. T. Robinson's analysis of the "New Look" in the Johannine scholarship fifty years ago, each essay engages a current issue in contemporary research. Contributions from a diversity of voices and perspectives reflect the increasing globalization of theological dialogue. Highlighting the work of emerging scholars against the backdrop of traditional perspectives, this volume forecasts trends in Johannine scholarship for the next several decades.

LC 2006025530, ISBN 978-9-00414-672-3 (c.), ISBN 978-1-58983-201-5 (p.)

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230.3

Geaves, Ron

Key Words in Christianity

143 pp., 5" x 7", $12.95 paper, CIP included

July 2006

Georgetown University Press

Daily political events and the steady inevitability of globalism require that informed students and citizens learn something about religious traditions foreign to their own. Designed for both classroom and general use, these handy Key Words guidebooks are essential resources for those who want clear and concise explanations of common terms and unfamiliar concepts of major world religions. Each pocket-sized volume contains definitions for over 400 terms from religious principles and significant periods to noteworthy figures.

LC 2006006890, ISBN 978-1-58901-126-7

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230.3

Geaves, Ron

Key Words in Religious Studies

111 pp., 5" x 7", $12.95 paper, CIP included

July 2006

Georgetown University Press

Daily political events and the steady inevitability of globalism require that informed students and citizens learn something about religious traditions foreign to their own. Designed for both classroom and general use, these handy Key Words guidebooks are essential resources for those who want clear and concise explanations of common terms and unfamiliar concepts of major world religions. Each pocket-sized volume contains definitions for over 400 terms from religious principles and significant periods to noteworthy figures.

LC 2006006886, ISBN 978-1-58901-125-0

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230.61

Godsey, R. Kirby

When We Talk about God...:Let's Be Honest

214 pp., 6" x 9", $16.00 paper

March 2006

Mercer University Press

Dr. Godsey's controversial book offers plain talk about faith. His writing is driven by the conviction that we need to talk about our faith in ways that are straightforward and open. "This book will challenge you, comfort you, chasten you, confirm you, change you. Read it slowly; be honest when you talk about God, and the truth will set you free."--Ferrol A. Sams Jr., M.D., author of Run with the Horseman

LC 96011331, ISBN 978-0-88146-019-3

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230.61

Watson, Joann Ford

Selected Spiritual Writings of Anne Dutton: Eighteenth-Century, British-Baptist, Woman Theologian: Volume 3: Autobiography

262 pp., 6" x 9", photo, appendix, index, $35.00 cloth

May 2006

Mercer University Press

Anne Dutton gives her own account of her life as an 18th century British Baptist woman and her ministry, publications, and contributions to Evangelicalism, in both England and America. It includes her famous letter on her right to publish influential theological and spiritual works. Her autobiography shows firsthand the vast contributions and prolific career and ministry of a woman in this era.

LC 2003010713, ISBN 978-0-86554-908-1

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231.765

Scott, Eugenie C. and Glenn Branch (Editors)

Not in Our Classrooms: Why Intelligent Design is Wrong for Our Schools

184 pp., 5 1/2" x 8 1/2", $14.00 paper

October 2006

Beacon Press

In clear and lively essays, a team of experts describe not only the history of the intelligent design movement and the lack of scientific support for its claims, but also the religious, legal, and pedagogical problems that proposals to teach this idea in the public schools bring in their wake. Not in Our Classrooms is essential reading for anyone concerned about the teaching of this religious theory as science in the classrooms of our public schools.

LC 2006016409, ISBN 978-0-8070-3278-7

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241.042

Curran, Charles E.

Loyal Dissent: Memoir of a Catholic Theologian

297 pp., 6" x 9", bibliog., index, $26.95 paper, CIP included

May 2006

Georgetown University Press

"For an intellectually gifted young man like Curran, there could be no going back to a time when theologians simply submitted to ecclesiastical censorship. Whether one ultimately agrees with Curran or not, his story is a reminder that when ideas lose their intrinsic power to command assent, authority can only do so much."--Commonweal. "Readers here encounter both an autobiographical work and a reflective memoir chronicling Curran's evolving moral reasoning. He adroitly confronts established moral tenets with the brilliance of a scholar and the sensitivity of a seasoned pastor."--Library Journal

LC 2005027232, ISBN 978-1-58901-087-1

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241.675

Torbett, David

Theology and Slavery: Charles Hodge and Horace Bushnell

230 pp., 6" x 9", bibliog., index, $49.95 cloth, CIP included

October 2006

Mercer University Press

This book compares two important American Protestant theologians: the archconservative Charles Hodge (1797-1878), and the archliberal Horace Bushnell (1802-1876), and their stances on racial slavery. Hodge, with his rigid doctrine of biblical inerrancy, and Bushnell, with his open-ended experiential theology, represent two poles of thought that continually assert themselves when American Protestants speak out on social issues. This book provides a case study in the moral implications of each of these enduring polarities and upsets conventional understandings of the relationship of conservative and liberal Protestantism to slavery and race.

LC 2006022094, ISBN 978-0-88146-032-2

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242.222

Loyola, St. Ignatius

Thoughts of St. Ignatius Loyola for Every Day of the Year

144 pp., 4 1/2" x 6 1/4", 12 b&w illus., $19.95 cloth, CIP included

October 2006

Fordham University Press

Drawn from the vast body of Ignatius's writings, these 365 maxims help everyone reflect on the presence of God in daily life. Organized into a daybook for contemplation, Ignatius's words serve as personal spiritual exercises. They touch on a range of topics, from affirmations of God's presence and Christ's love to practical advice for living a life of virtue in service to others. In this accessible gathering, anyone seeking a richer spiritual life will find words that inspire, challenge, enlighten, and transform.

LC 2006024674, ISBN 978-0-8232-2656-6

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252.014

Butcher, Carmen Acevedo

God of Mercy: AElfric's Sermons & Theology

164 pp., 6" x 9", bibliog., $30.00 paper

March 2006

Mercer University Press

God of Mercy introduces seventeen classic Old English sermons by tenth-century Benedictine monk, AElfric, translated for the first time into Modern English. AElfric was the chief educator, theologian, and writer of his times (approximately 449 A.D. until 1100 A.D.). This dedicated monk put stylus to vellum in an attempt to educate and save others (and his own soul) through the good news of the gospel.

LC 2006001489, ISBN 978-0-86554-994-4

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252.06

Platt, Wilfred C. Jr. and Douglas Thompson (Editors)

Jesse Mercer's Pulpit: Preaching in a Community of Faith and Learning

168 pp., 6" x 9", bibliog., $20.00 paper, CIP included

September 2006

Mercer University Press

A collection of sermons by Mercer University faculty and staff preached during University Worship between 2001 and 2005. The sermons engage the ways we encounter God in our daily lives. Using themes to arrange the sermons into one of four sections, each contributor attunes the reader to the presence of the Holy in our lives and the variety of vocations to which we are called. Includes an essay by Wilfred Platt on worship at Mercer from the founding of the institution to 2005.

LC 2006024362, ISBN 978-0-88146-043-8

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261.515

Cooper, Terry D.

Paul Tillich and Psychology: Historic and Contemporary Explorations in Theology, Psychotherapy, and Ethics

222 pp., 6" x 9", bibliog., index, $30.00 paper, CIP included

January 2006

Mercer University Press

Paul Tillich, more than any other theologian of the 20th century, maintained an energetic dialogue with psychology, and especially psychotherapy. This book explores what Tillich's theology has to offer psychologists and others working in the field of mental health, spiritual development, and pastoral counseling. This book is especially useful for anyone interested in the relationship between psychology and religion.

LC 2005028639, ISBN 978-0-86554-993-7

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261.808

Heyer , Kristin E.

Prophetic and Public: The Social Witness of U.S. Catholicism

218 pp., 6" x 9", bibliog., index, $26.95 paper, CIP included

June 2006

Georgetown University Press

"Heyer's careful work opens up fresh avenues of conversation about the possibilities and limits of public theology by developing a vision of social witness rooted in the hope of common ground."--Margaret Pfeil, Assistant Professor of Theology, University of Notre Dame. "With careful attention to particular and well-chosen scholarly voices and advocacy groups, the author succeeds in presenting a study that is, as claimed, critical, comparative and constructive."--David O'Brien, Professor of Roman Catholic Studies, College of Holy Cross

LC 2005027235, ISBN 978-1-58901-082-6

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262.009

Utzinger, Michael J.

Yet Saints Their Watch are Keeping: Fundamentalists, Modernists, and the Development of Evangelical Ecclesiology, 1887-1937

314 pp., 6" x 9", bibliog., index, $45.00 cloth, CIP included

October 2006

Mercer University Press

Examining the idea of the church, or ecclesiology, within the Northern Protestant "establishment" in the late-nineteenth and early twentieth centuries, J. Michael Utzinger argues that evangelical ecclesiology was characterized by denominational ambivalence. Faced with what they perceived to be the waning of their cultural influence, different parties of evangelicals worked to change the vision of the church within their home denominations. Utzinger examines the theological sources of ecclesiological change that evangelicals promoted, and how these influenced later fundamentalism and modernism. Further, he carefully charts the dynamics of conflict and compromise within the Northern Protestant establishment churches.

LC 2006022103, ISBN 978-0-86554-902-9

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267.182

Giussani, Luigi

The Journey to Truth Is an Experience

160 pp., 6" x 9", index, $60.00 cloth, $17.95 paper, CIP included

October 2006

McGill-Queen's University Press

The Journey to Truth Is an Experience is the first English translation of Il Cammino al vero é un'esperienza, Giussani's early works on the Christian experience, written from 1959-64. It begins with a guide on how to live the Christian life within the Student Youth community, followed by a call to base one's relationship with Christ on the example set by the apostles and other figures in the New Testament. Giussani concludes by outlining the movement's mission and the possibility for community, charity, and communion in the Christian life.

C20069037256, ISBN 978-0-7735-3147-5 (c.), ISBN 978-0-7735-3148-2 (p.)

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271.53

Ruland, Vernon

Living Out the Questions: A Jesuit Confession

326 pp., 6" x 9", $20.00 paper, CIP included

January 2006

Fordham University Press

This is the life-story of a noted Jesuit teacher-counselor-writer in passage from an American ghetto Catholicism to a Church more global and self-questioning. Probing his recurrent uncertainties, he revisits key faces first encountered in classes, kitchens, clinics, sickbeds, barracks, or lockups--many loyal to a faith tradition other than his own, many averse to all religious labels.

LC 2005044234, ISBN 978-0-9664059-4-1

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277.308

Moody, Dwight A.

On the Other Side of Oddville

254 pp., 6" x 9", illus., index, $20.00 paper, CIP included

May 2006

Mercer University Press

With a compelling mixture of humor and insight, Moody offers his reflection on religion and American life. Standing at the intersection of the public and the private, and speaking with authentic faith unfettered by fear, he offers words of clarity and compassion about some of the more troublesome issues of our time. Many readers will find this collection of newspaper columns most refreshing.

LC 2006006616, ISBN 978-0-86554-991-3

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280.408

Martínez, Juan Francisco

Sea la Luz: The Making of Mexican Protestantism in the American Southwest, 1829-1900

208 pp., 6" x 9", 10 photos, 7 maps, $24.95 cloth, CIP included

September 2006

The University of North Texas Press

In Sea la Luz, Juan Francisco Martínez tells the story of Protestant mission work between the Spanish speaking of the Southwest throughout the nineteenth century. By 1900, about 150 Spanish-speaking Protestant churches with more than five thousand adult members existed in the region. They were rejected by their own people because they were Protestants, but Anglo American Protestants did not readily accept them either because they were Mexican. "Martínez has rendered an invaluable service to the history of the Southwest."--Justo L. González, Professor of Church History, Emory University

LC 2006011180, ISBN 978-1-57441-222-2

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282.092

Braun, Léopold L.S. Edited by G.M. Hamburg

In Lubianka's Shadow: The Memoirs of an American Priest in Stalin's Moscow, 1934-1945

456 pp.,6" x 9", illus., photos, index. $35.00 cloth, CIP included

October 2006

University of Notre Dame Press

"This is an astonishing memoir: astonishing for the story it tells of the ordeal of an American priest in sustaining the only Catholic church in Moscow during the terrible years of the Great Terror and World War II; astonishing for its account of 'Soviet reality' in those years, perhaps unparalleled in range and depth among foreigners' memoirs of this period; and astonishing for the author's unsuccessful attempts to get his Moscow memoir published during his lifetime, as recounted in Gary Hamburg's expert introduction."--Terence Emmons, Professor of Russian History, Stanford University (emeritus)

LC 2006017254, ISBN 978-0-268-02199-3

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286

Jonas, W. Glenn Jr.

The Baptist River: Essays on Many Tributaries of a Diverse Tradition

288 pp., 6" x 9", bibliog., $35.00 cloth

November 2006

Mercer University Press

This history textbook highlights the diversity of the Baptist movement in North America as it has developed over the past few centuries. Under the Baptist tent are such diverse groups as Primitive Baptists, Freewill Baptists, Seventh-Day Baptists, American Baptists, Southern Baptists, North American Baptists, and Independent Baptists. Each of these Baptists groups shares some basic Baptist principles. However, there are significant theological and social differences between them. This book is the ideal survey for undergraduate-level students.

LC 2006036380, ISBN 978-0-88146-030-8

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289.809

Wergland, Glendyne R.

One Shaker Life: Isaac Newton Youngs, 1793-1865

280 pp., 6" x 9", 24 illus., $80.00 cloth, $24.95 paper, CIP included

March 2006

University of Massachsuetts Press

Winner of the Communal Studies Association's 2006 Award for Outstanding Publication, and recognized as "an outstanding contribution both to Shaker studies and to the broader field of communal studies." "The documentary base of this study is outstanding. Glendyne Wergland has immersed herself in the rich body of manuscripts produced by Isaac Youngs and also by his contemporaries as well as in the scholarly and popular literature concerning the Shakers. She has written a book that is accessible, clear, and full of details and commentary."--Stephen J. Stein, author of The Shaker Experience in America: A History of the United Society of Believers

LC 2005019235, ISBN 978-1-55849-523-4 (c.), ISBN 978-1-55849-522-7 (p.)

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294.303

Geaves, Ron

Key Words in Buddhism

89 pp., 5" x 7", $12.95 paper, CIP included

July 2006

Georgetown University Press

Daily political events and the steady inevitability of globalism require that informed students and citizens learn something about religious traditions foreign to their own. Designed for both classroom and general use, these handy Key Words guidebooks are essential resources for those who want clear and concise explanations of common terms and unfamiliar concepts of major world religions. Each pocket-sized volume contains definitions for over 400 terms from religious principles and significant periods to noteworthy figures.

LC 2006006891, ISBN 978-1-58901-129-8

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294.5

Geaves, Ron

Key Words in Hinduism

133 pp., 5" x 7", $12.95 paper, CIP included

July 2006

Georgetown University Press

Daily political events and the steady inevitability of globalism require that informed students and citizens learn something about religious traditions foreign to their own. Designed for both classroom and general use, these handy Key Words guidebooks are essential resources for those who want clear and concise explanations of common terms and unfamiliar concepts of major world religions. Each pocket-sized volume contains definitions for over 400 terms from religious principles and significant periods to noteworthy figures.

LC 2006006889, ISBN 978-1-58901-127-4

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296.03

Geaves, Ron

Key Words in Judaism

98 pp., 5" x 7", $12.95 paper, CIP included

July 2006

Georgetown University Press

Daily political events and the steady inevitability of globalism require that informed students and citizens learn something about religious traditions foreign to their own. Designed for both classroom and general use, these handy Key Words guidebooks are essential resources for those who want clear and concise explanations of common terms and unfamiliar concepts of major world religions. Each pocket-sized volume contains definitions for over 400 terms from religious principles and significant periods to noteworthy figures.

LC 2006006887, ISBN 978-1-58901-128-1

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296.311

Silver, Mitchell

A Plausible God: Secular Reflections on Liberal Jewish Theology

200 pp., 6" x 9", index, $70.00 cloth, $22.00 paper, CIP included

November 2006

Fordham University Press

A Plausible God evaluates the new God by analyzing the theology of three recent Jewish thinkers-Mordechai Kaplan, Michael Lerner, and Arthur Green-and compares faith in the new God to disbelief in any gods. Mitchell Silver reveals what is at stake in the choice between naturalistic liberal theology and a nontheistic naturalism without gods. Silver poses the question: "If it is to be either the new God or no God, what does-what should-determine the choice?" "A wonderful piece of work...Many wonderful passages, with very clear and original thoughts, excellently put."--Daniel C. Dennett, author of Breaking the Spell: Religion as a Natural Phenomenon

LC 2006021331, ISBN 978-0-8232-2681-8 (c.), ISBN 978-0-8232-2682-5 (p.)

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296.81

DeConick, April D. (Editor)

Paradise Now: Essays on Early Jewish and Christian Mysticism

480 pp., 6" x 9", bibliog., source index, author index, $194.00 cloth, $49.95 paper, CIP included

November 2006

Society of Biblical Literature

A substantial introduction to the study of early Jewish and Christian mysticism, this volume examines major aspects of the mystical tradition within early Judaism and Christianity. This tradition centered on the belief that a person directly, immediately, and before death can experience the divine, either as a rapture experience or one solicited by a particular praxis. The essays analyze the nature and practices of mysticism as it emerged within a variety of communal environments in early Judaism and Christianity. The relationships between hermeneutics and experience, and between mysticism and apocalypticism, are also discussed. A bibliography of the field is provided.

LC 2006034373, ISBN 978-9-00415-121-5 (c.), ISBN 978-1-58983-257-2 (p.)

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297.03

Geaves, Ron

Key Words in Islam

122 pp., 5" x 7", $12.95 paper, CIP included

July 2006

Georgetown University Press

Daily political events and the steady inevitability of globalism require that informed students and citizens learn something about religious traditions foreign to their own. Designed for both classroom and general use, these handy Key Words guidebooks are essential re-sources for those who want clear and concise explanations of common terms and unfamiliar concepts of major world religions. Each pocket-sized volume contains definitions for over 400 terms from religious principles and significant periods to noteworthy figures.

LC 2006006888, ISBN 978-1-58901-124-3

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297.122

Cragg, Kenneth

The Qur'an and the West

235 pp., 6" x 9", bibliog., index, $34.95 cloth, CIP included

April 2006

Georgetown University Press

For six decades, Kenneth Cragg has been recognized and praised as one of the West's most gifted interpreters of Islam. In this latest, deeply insightful work, Cragg argues that the West must put aside a "spiritual imperialism" that draws on western prescripts alien to Muslims and "learn to come within" Islam. Only then can a conversation begin that can relieve the misunderstandings and suspicion that has grown between Islam and the West--especially since 9/11.

LC 2005027685, ISBN 978-1-58901-086-4

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297.22

Mahmutcehajic, Rusmir Foreword by William C. Chittick

The Mosque: The Heart of Submission

122 pp., 5 1/2" x 8 1/4", index, $24.95 cloth, CIP included

May 2006

Fordham University Press

An extended meditation on a dimension of Islam unfamiliar to most Western readers. The mosque, Rusmir Mahmutcehajic argues, is not an analogue of the Christian church, not least because in Islam there is no priesthood and no institutionalized hierarchy. Rather, every Muslim is his or her own priest, and most religious obligations are performed in the home. The function of the mosque is thus dispersed throughout society and, indeed, throughout the natural world as well. "Beautifully composed, elegantly written and constructed, this is a primary text of Islamic spirituality, by one of the most significant Muslim European voices of our age."--Adam B. Seligman, Boston University

LC 205032422, ISBN 978-0-8232-2584-2

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