Islamic Law and Human Rights: The Muslim Brotherhood in Egypt

Moataz El Fegiery’s book Islamic law and Human Rights: The Muslim Brotherhood in Egypt presents a comprehensive account of Muslim Brotherhood’s evolving thought on Islamic law and International Human Rights. Broadly, the book opposes the setting up of a shari’a state in a democratic regime with religious diversity.  It proposes the reform of traditional Islamic law as proposed by hardline Muslim jurists in favor of an “evolutionary interpretation of Islamic law” in a constitutional setup. The political transitions following the Arab Spring witnessed the influence of Islamists in politics. Focusing the impact of Muslim Brotherhood on the debates on Islamic law in the Muslim world, El Fegiery suggests that the protection of human rights requires the “transformation” of Islamists rather than their exclusion. He shuns the Islamists claim of equating sharia rule with democracy, based on the Muslim identity of people in the Muslim world, and vouches on the incompatibility of a shari’a state with democracy.

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Book Announcement: The Great War against Eastern European Jewry, 1914-1920

The Great War against Eastern European Jewry, 1914-1920 now available from Cambridge Scholars Publishing

9781527502895
Hardback, pp276, £61.99 / $99.95

Cambridge Scholars Publishing is pleased to announce the publication of The Great War against Eastern European Jewry, 1914-1920 by Giuseppe Motta.

This volume focuses on the consequences that the First World War had on the Jews living in the notorious Pale of Settlement within the frontiers of the Tsarist Empire. The research is entirely based on a solid documentary study, consisting of the documents of the Joint Distribution Committee and references to many historiographic works. Rather than dealing with the military aspects of war, the book focuses on the political consequences, and in particular on the economic and social changes that the conflict generated. Continue reading

Book Announcement: Jews in an Illusion of Paradise: Dust and Ashes Volume Two

Jews in an Illusion of Paradise: Dust and Ashes Volume Two—Falling out of Place and into History now available from Cambridge Scholars Publishing

9781527500211
Hardback, pp553, £70.99 / $119.95

Cambridge Scholars Publishing is pleased to announce the publication of Jews in an Illusion of Paradise: Dust and Ashes Volume Two—Falling out of Place and into History by Norman Simms.

The focus of this volume is on essential themes, images and generic patterns, beginning with a Talmudic legend about four scholars. They, by means of daring mystical interpretations of Scripture, entered a Paradise, representing different means of imaginative reading, perception, memory and application of the law. One of them died, one went mad, another became a heretic and the other came back as a traditional exegete and teacher. Continue reading

Meet our Authors: Ali Shehata Abdou Selim – November 2017

Dr Ali Shehata Abdou Selim is a senior member of staff at the Islamic Cultural Centre of Ireland. He is currently a guest lecturer at Smurfit College, University College Dublin, and Chairperson of the Irish Muslim Board.  Ali also lectures in Arabic at Trinity College, Dublin, having taught Arabic to a number of Irish politicians and members of the business community. He has an extensive background in Islamic and Faith Studies, with a Bachelor’s Degree from Al-Azhar University, Egypt, and an MA and a PhD in Ecumenics from Trinity College Dublin.

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Book Announcement: The Orient in Music – Music of the Orient

The Orient in Music – Music of the Orient now available from Cambridge Scholars Publishing

9781527502956
Hardback, pp239, £61.99 / $99.95

Cambridge Scholars Publishing is pleased to announce the publication of The Orient in Music – Music of the Orient, edited by Małgorzata Grajter.

“OM”, a fundamental meditation sound present in the cultures of Buddhism, is a syllable full of philosophical and transcendental meanings. The category of the Orient, as contrasted, antithetical and complementary to the Occident (West) and its culture, appears to be one of the most interesting and long-lasting issues discussed in the humanities. European fascination with Oriental cultures has found multifaceted manifestations in science, art, fashion and beliefs. Continue reading

Book Review: Animals in Greek and Roman Religion and Myth

Grumentum, the old Roman city known today as Grumento Nova in the Basilicata region of Southern Italy, was the place chosen to hold the symposium “The Role of Animals in Ancient Myth and Religion”. Between the 5 and 7 of June 2013, scholars from diverse backgrounds maintained a dialogue about the different roles that were given to animals during Ancient Greece and Rome.

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Book Announcement: Quakerism, Its Legacy, and Its Relevance for Gandhian Research

Quakerism, Its Legacy, and Its Relevance for Gandhian Research now available from Cambridge Scholars Publishing

9781527500105
Hardback, pp332, £64.99 / $109.95

Cambridge Scholars Publishing is pleased to announce the publication of Quakerism, Its Legacy, and Its Relevance for Gandhian Research by Satish Sharma.

This elaborate book explores Quakerism, its legacy, and its relevance for Gandhian research. The topics covered here include the historical circumstances, conditions, and thought that led to the birth of Quakerism; the seeds and history of the movement; the themes, principles, and practices of the sect; and the aid, change, reform, and conciliation efforts Quakers made to make people, communities, and nations more tolerant, problem-free, and united. As such, the book will appeal to scholars, planners, policy-makers, and practitioners concerned with the boundaries of liberties, freedoms, pacifism, peace, and justice across people, communities, and nations. Continue reading