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7 februari 2020

Islam – The Religion and the People

By Bernard Lewis (1916 – 2018) and Buntzie Ellis Churchill.

235 Pages | Second printing 2008 | Hardcover | Wharton School Publishing, by Pearson Education Inc. | ISBN: 9780132230858.

  • An objective, easy-to-read introduction to Islam by Bernard Lewis.
  • What Islam really teaches about God, Humanity, Jihad, Tolerance, Women, Democracy, Economics and Radicalism.
  • How Islam shapes the lives of its followers.
  • Islam’s challenge to the West.

For many people, Islam remains a Mystery. Here Bernard Lewis and Buntzie Ellis Churchill examine Islam: what its adherents believe and how their religion has shaped them, their rich and diverse cultures, and their politics over more than 14 countries. Considered one of the West’s leading experts on Islam, Lewis, with Churchill, has written an illuminating introduction for those, who want to understand the faith and global challenges it confronts and presents. Whatever your political, personal or religious views, this book will help you understand Islam’s reality.

From Chapter 3 – ‘Scripture, Tradition and Law’ (p. 27):


” Someone said to Ash’ab: ‘Instead of wasting your time telling jokes, why don’t you relate traditions (hadith) concerning the Prophet? That would be a worthier and nobler thing’. ‘

‘By God’, replied Ashab, ‘I have heard many traditions and related them’. 

‘Then, tell us one’, said the man.

‘ I heard from Nafi’, said Ash’ab, on the authority of Ibn Umar, ‘that the Prophet of God, may God bless and save him, said: There are two qualities, such that whoever has them both is among God’s chosen.’

‘That is such a fine tradition’, said the man. ‘What are these two qualities?’

‘Nafi forgot one and I have forgotten the other,’ said Ash’ab. “

auteur: Lewis, B./Churchill, B.E.
ISBN: 9780132230858

Prijs: € 18,95

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Heart of the Koran – Selected Passages from the Holy Book of Islam

By Lex Hixon (1941 – 1995).

267 Pages | A Quest Original 1988, third printing 1995 | Softcover | Quest Books, U.S.A. | ISBN: 0835606368.

Meditations and Illuminations from the Scripture of Islam.

In the tradition of meditation of the Holy Koran, Lex Hixon’s contemplative illumination of selected passages from the Holy Book of Islam is devotional and uplifting. It is a meditation of the Holy Koran, which has been generated from within the mystical embrace of Islam. Therefore, Heart of the Koran is an offering to the Muslim world as well to members of other cultures and traditions, who have an intellectual curiosity or a spiritual desire to learn about Islam from within.

The Arabic word Islam simply means surrender. Muslims are those, who consciously and constantly surrender their lives to the single Source of universe. This is the practice of living Prayer that enables humanity to realize balance, responsibility, freedom, ecstasy, and peace. May we all experience such surrender.

From Chapter ‘The Koranic Vision – World View of Islam (p. 33):

” The very shapes and sounds of the Arabic letters of the Koran are considered to be a mode of access to the spiritual realm of the living Koran, to its radiance and resonance to its union of heart-awakening sound with eternal meaning. ‘The Ever Present Source thus reveals Eternal Meaning through the medium of time as the resonant chanting of the Arabic Koran so that humanity can awaken and truly understand’ (12:1-6). “

auteur: Hixon, L.
ISBN: 0835606368
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By Annie Besant (1847 – 1933).

42 Pages | First edition 1966, second edition 2005 | Paperback | Theosophical Publishing House, Adyar | ISBN: 8170594669.

Annie Besant (1847 – 1933), second President of the Theosophical Society (1907 – 1933) was described as a ‘Diamond Soul’, for she had many brilliant facets to her character. She was an outstanding orator of her time, a champion of human freedom, educationist, philanthropist and author with more than three hundred books and pamphlets to her credit. She also guided thousands of men and women all over the world in their spiritual quest.

In 1896, Dr. Annie Besant gave four Convention Lectures on Hinduism, Zoroastrianism, Buddhism and Chrisitianity at Adyar, Madras, on the twenty-first anniversary of the Theosophical Society, the President-Founder, Colonel Henry Steel Olcott (1832 – 1907), being in the Chair. In 1901, she continued the series with another four lectures on Islam, Jainism, Sikhism and Theosophy or ‘Divine Wisdom’ as the common source of all religions at the twenty-sixth anniversary, Colonel Olcott again presiding. Each of the lectures on the seven religions has been published as a separate booklet with the exception of the lecture on Divine Wisdom, and the whole series as a single volume under the title Seven Great Religions.

From page 36/37:

” We have seen that religion must have its mystic side and this is true of Islam. Ali, again, was the beginner, and the followers of Ali the transmitters. In the year following the flight from Mecca, forty-five poor men bound themselves together to God and his Prophet, to live as a community, and to observe ascetic practices. This was the seed of Sufism, the mystic side of Islam. They teach that ´all is from God´. They teach that there is naught save God and that the universe is but a mirror of Him. They teach that there is one perfect beauty and that all that is beautiful is only a ray from Him. They teach there is only one love, the love of God, and all other loves are true if they come from that. They teach that He alone is true Being and that all else is non-being; and that man who is himself can by illumination rise from non-being to Being and return whence he came. “

auteur: Besant, A.
ISBN: 8170594669

Prijs: € 3,50

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