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  1. OCR Religious Ethics for AS and A2 - 3rd Edition Out Now

    Structured directly around the specification of the OCR, this is the definitive textbook for students of Advanced Subsidiary or Advanced Level courses. The updated third edition covers all the necessary topics for Religious Ethics in an enjoyable student-friendly fashion. Read more...

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  2. Now Available - Media, Religion and Culture

    'This thought-provoking book provides an invaluable introduction to the evolving field of media, religion and culture. Mahan’s lucid prose combines with a series of fascinating case studies from leading scholars, teachers and researchers. The result is an accessible and nuanced text that sheds light upon creative audiences, dynamic histories and unexpected futures.' - Jolyon Mitchell, University of Edinburgh, UK

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  3. Now Available: What is Islamic Philosophy?

    What is Islamic Philosophy? offers a broad introduction to Islamic thought, from its origins to the many challenging issues facing Muslims in the contemporary world. The chapters explore early Islamic philosophy and trace its development through key themes and figures up to the twenty-first century.

    Topics covered include:

    • ethical issues such as just war, abortion, women’s rights, homosexuality and cloning
    • questions in political philosophy regarding what kind of Islamic state could exist and how democratic can (or should) Islam really be
    • the contribution of Islam to ‘big questions’ such as the existence of God, the concept of the soul, and what constitutes truth.
       
  4. Now Available: Introducing Islam, 2nd Edition

    "Shepard provides a comprehensive and intelligible study of Islam, from its origins in the seventh century to its dynamic developments in the medieval periods, providing insight into the manifestations of Islamic civilization beyond theology, such as on art, culture and rituals. Tracing Islam into the modern era, he sketches the complexity of how Islamic societies from the Middle East to Indonesia have confronted the tensions between traditional beliefs and contemporary expressions of Islam. Masterfully, this catholic and lucid discussion of Islam is accomplished without losing any of the sophistication of the topic." -Awad Halabi, Wright State University, USA
     

  5. Studying Islam in Practice

    This book presents Islam as a lived religion through observation and discussion of how Muslims from a variety of countries, traditions and views practice their religion. It conveys the experiences of researchers from different disciplinary backgrounds and demonstrates the dynamic and heterogeneous world of Islam. The fascinating case studies range from Turkey, Egypt, Morocco and Lebanon to the UK, USA, Australia and Indonesia, and cover topics such as music, art, education, law, gender and sexuality. Together they will help students understand how research into religious practice is carried out, and what issues and challenges arise.
     

  6. Reading the Qur’an in the Twenty-First Century: A Contextualist Approach

    Reading the Qur’an in the Twenty-First Century considers the development of Qur’anic interpretation and highlights modern debates around new approaches to interpretation. It explores how Muslims from various theological, legal, socio-political and philosophical backgrounds think about the meaning and relevance of the Qur’an, and how their ideas apply in the contemporary world.

  7. The Coptic Christian Heritage: History Faith and Culture

    In The Coptic Christian Heritage, an expert team of contributors combine academic expertise with intimate and practical knowledge of the Coptic Orthodox Church and Coptic heritage to produce a highly readable and invaluable introduction to the field. Read more.

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  8. Bible and Cinema: An Introduction

    In Bible and Cinema: An Introduction author Adele Reinhartz considers the pervasive use of the Bible in feature films, and the medium of film as part of the Bible’s reception history. The book offers insightful analysis of numerous films including The Ten Commandments and The Shawshank Redemption, paying attention to visual and aural elements as well as plot, character, and dialog. Read more.

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  9. Controversies in Contemporary Islam

    In this new book, author Oliver Leaman helps to deepen our understanding of the varieties of contemporary Islam and the issues that are of most concern to Muslims today.

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  10. NEW: The Study of Religion: A Reader

    "...a thoughtful and creative selection of works on religion and ritual from a variety of disciplinary, historical, and cultural perspectives."

    In this new collection the editors present a selection of key writings that reflect a broad range of voices on the nature and practice of the discipline, illustrating the spectrum of ideas that people throughout history have had when considering how to understand and study religion. Learn more | View TOC

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