Book Announcement: Ibn ‘Ata’ Allah, Muslim Sufi Saint and Gift of Heaven

Ibn ‘Ata’ Allah, Muslim Sufi Saint and Gift of Heaven now available from Cambridge Scholars Publishing

9781443895682
Hardback, pp220, £61.99 / $104.95

Cambridge Scholars Publishing is pleased to announce the publication of Ibn ‘Ata’ Allah, Muslim Sufi Saint and Gift of Heaven by Abu Bakr Sirajuddin Cook.

The Shadhiliyya Sufi Order gave the Muslim world, and those that are interested in Sufism, the inside workings of the great masters Abu’l Hassan al-Shadhili and Abu l-’Abbas al-Mursi. Ibn ‘Ata’ Allah, also a master of the Shadhiliyya Order, is the author of many volumes. His works occupy a unique position within the history of Sufism and have been read consistently since their composition. Yet, despite their enduring popularity, to date there has been no systematic and through analysis of his worldview. This book is the first study to highlight the constant interconnections between Ibn ‘Ata’ Allah’s works. It uses a scaffold approach to develop an understanding of Ibn ‘Ata’ Allah’s Sufism and his commitment to Islam, building from his metaphysics of Oneness (tawhid) and covering domains such as ontology, epistemology, eschatology, and ethics. While the bulk of this work covers the worldview of Ibn ‘Ata’ Allah, it begins more generally with some comments on the need for reappraising approaches to Sufism and its relation to Islam. Accessible for anyone interested in Sufism, this work will appeal to scholars of religion in general and Islam in particular. Continue reading

Book Announcement: Education in a Multicultural Cyprus

Education in a Multicultural Cyprus now available from Cambridge Scholars Publishing

9781443891356
Hardback, pp280, £61.99 / $104.95

Cambridge Scholars Publishing is pleased to announce the publication of Education in a Multicultural Cyprus, edited by Iacovos Psaltis, Nicos Anastasiou, Hubert Faustmann, Maria Hadjipavlou, Hakan Karahasan and Marilena Zackheos.

Greek Cypriots, Turkish Cypriots, Maronites, Latins, and Armenians have been the primary historical communities that make up the multicultural landscape of Cyprus. However, the continuing conflict between the Greek and Turkish Cypriots has geographically, socially and psychologically segregated these communities, while the influx of economic migrants, especially after Cyprus’s accession to the EU in 2004, has, in turn, contributed to Cyprus’s challenges, arising from multiculturalism, in an altogether different perspective. How has education, over time, addressed and re-examined all these issues introduced by Cyprus’ complex evolving multiculturalism and ethnic diversity? How can education better attend to current problems of coexistence in Cyprus, and what kind of role can it play in a federal re-united country? Continue reading

Book Review: Eva Figes’ Writings: A Journey through Trauma

Since the 1990s, Trauma Studies have become an important tool of analysis for texts and other media produced after the atrocities of the Second World War. Starting with Adorno, who said that it was barbaric to have written poetry after Auschwitz ([1997] 2003), the question of representing the horror of the Shoah has been dealt with by many scholars and artists, such as Claude Lanzmann, Maurice Blanchot, Elie Wiesel and Arthur Cohen, among others (35). Most of these critics have arrived at the contentions that, first, the trauma caused by the Holocaust is irrepresentable in realist modes, and, second, that ethics and aesthetics must go together when representing such a traumatic event. The truth is, however, that many sufferers, including second and third-generation children of people affected by the Holocaust—what Marianne Hirsch coined “the generation of postmemory” (Hirsch 1992)—are still trying to come to terms with the horrors that they or their relatives suffered, and with how this has affected their present-day identities.

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Book Announcement: Understanding Interactions in Complex Systems: Toward a Science of Interaction

Understanding Interactions in Complex Systems: Toward a Science of Interaction now available from Cambridge Scholars Publishing

9781443894968
Hardback, pp405, £87.99 / $149.95

Cambridge Scholars Publishing is pleased to announce the publication of Understanding Interactions in Complex Systems: Toward a Science of Interaction, edited by Nicolas Debarsy, Stéphane Cordier, Cem Ertur, François Nemo, Déborah Nourrit-Lucas, Gérard Poisson and Christel Vrain.

Since human activities are embedded in interactions, they are at the very center of the modeling of any form of social life, shaping societies, groups and interpersonal relationships. All theories of social, cognitive and cultural life are thus associated with explicit or tacit models of the nature of interactions and relations. Continue reading

Book Announcement: Brief Forms in Medieval and Renaissance Hispanic Literature

Brief Forms in Medieval and Renaissance Hispanic Literature now available from Cambridge Scholars Publishing

9781443891394
Hardback, pp220, £61.99 / $104.95

Cambridge Scholars Publishing is pleased to announce the publication of Brief Forms in Medieval and Renaissance Hispanic Literature, edited by Barry Taylor and Alejandro Coroleu.

The studies gathered in this volume engage in different ways with the ideas of André Jolles (1874–1946), whose Einfache Formen (“Simple Forms”) was first published in 1930. Trained as an anthropologist, Jolles argued that these “simple” forms – Legende (legend), Sage (saga), Mythe (myth), Rätsel (riddle), Spruch (proverb), Kasus (case), Memorabile (memorable action), Märchen (folk or fairy tale) and Witz (joke or witticism) – which had circulated at a very early stage of human culture underlay the more sophisticated genres of literature. Unlike epic or tragedy, many of the simple forms are not theorised in classical rhetoric. The essays presented here focus on their reception in Hispanic culture from the Middle Ages to circa 1650. As such, the book will be of interest to scholars of medieval and early modern Spanish, Catalan and Latin literature. It will also appeal to historians of Humanismm as well as scholars working on classical and Renaissance literary theory. Continue reading

Book Announcement: Hamlet’s Age and the Earl of Southampton

Hamlet’s Age and the Earl of Southampton now available from Cambridge Scholars Publishing

9781443891431
Hardback, pp165, £58.99 / $99.95

Cambridge Scholars Publishing is pleased to announce the publication of Hamlet’s Age and the Earl of Southampton by Lars Kaaber.

Hamlet’s Age and the Earl of Southampton investigates the exact age of the eponymous prince in Shakespeare’s play, a topic which has been subject to frequent debates over the past 239 years. Whether Hamlet is sixteen, eighteen or, as the Gravedigger states in Act V, thirty years old may seem irrelevant to performances of the play (since actors tackling the part are very rarely in their teens), but it still tends to influence our general view of the Danish prince. Romantic criticism in the early 19th century insisted on a heroic and supremely intelligent teenage prince, and, to a large extent, this view of Hamlet still prevails. Whether Shakespeare meant his protagonist to be the irreproachable prince of Romantic fancy, however, remains a question. Continue reading