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CAN I TRUST THE BIBLE (Crucial Questions)

There is a common assumption that the Bible is full of errors and contradictions, and that its oft....

Fear and Loathing in the North: Jews and Muslims in Medieval Scandinavia and the Baltic Region

Due to the scarcity of sources regarding actual Jewish and Muslim communities and settlements, there has until now been little work on either the perception of or encounters with Muslims and Jews in medieval Scandinavia and the Baltic Region. The volume provides the reader with the possibility to appreciate and understand the complexity of Jewish-Christian-Muslim relations in the North.

Dissecting the Criminal Corpse: Staging Post-Execution Punishment in Early Modern England (Palgrave Historical Studies in the Criminal Corpse and its Afterlife)

Those convicted of homicide were hanged on the public gallows before being dissected under the Murde....

A History of Male Psychological Disorders in Britain, 1945-1980 (Mental Health in Historical Perspective)

This book is open access under a CC BY license. Statistically, women appear to suffer more frequently from depressive and anxiety disorders, featuring more regularly in primary care figures for consultations, diagnoses and prescriptions for psychotropic medication. This has been consistently so throughout the post-war period with current figures suggesting that women are approximately twice more likely to suffer from affective disorders than men. However, this book suggests that the statistical landscape reveals only part of the story. Currently, 75 per cent of suicides are among men, and this trend can also be traced back historically to data that suggests this has been the case since the beginning of the twentieth-century. This book suggests that male psychological illness was in fact no less common, but that it emerged in complex ways and was understood differently in response to prevailing cultural and medical forces. The book explores a host of medical, cultural and social factors that raise important questions about historical and current perceptions of gender and mental illness.

A History of Self-Harm in Britain: A Genealogy of Cutting and Overdosing (Mental Health in Historical Perspective)

This book is open access under a CC BY license and is the first account of self-harming behaviour in its proper historical and political context. The rise of self-cutting and overdosing in the 20th century is linked to the sweeping changes in mental and physical health, and wider political context. The welfare state, social work, Second World War, closure of the asylums, even the legalization of suicide, are all implicated in the prominence of self harm in Britain. The rise of 'overdosing as a cry for help' is linked to the integration of mental and physical healthcare, the NHS, and the change in the law on suicide and attempted suicide. The shift from overdosing to self-cutting as the most prominent 'self-damaging' behaviour is also explained, linked to changes in hospital organization and the wider rise of neoliberal politics. Appreciation of history and politics is vital to understanding the psychological concerns over these self-harming behaviours.

Life In Christ: Essays on the Christian Life, Church History, and Theology

This book is different than other Christian books on the market. This book is composed of essays on different topics within Christianity. This book discusses how to be a better disciple, a better defender of the faith, biblical authorship, theology, and church history. Within its pages you will find an overview of topics to strengthen your faith.

Foundations of Buddhism

The World Jewish Congress During the Holocaust: Between Activism and Restraint (New Perspectives on Modern Jewish History)

Drawing onhitherto neglected materials, Zohar Segev sheds new light on the policy of the World Jewish Congress (WJC) during the Holocaust. Contrary to popular belief, he can show that there was an impressive system of previously unknown rescue efforts. Furthermore, in stark contrast to the Zionist movement, WJC leaders strove to establish a Jewish state and to rehabilitate Diaspora Jewish life, two goals they saw as mutually complementary

Fungal Disease in Britain and the United States 1850-2000: Mycoses and Modernity (Science, Technology and Medicine in Modern History)

This book is open access under a CC BY license. The grand narrative of twentieth-century medicine is....

Quran Made Easy: Complete English Translation with Inline Commentary

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Quran Made Easy is a modern, easy to understand english translation of the Holy Quran with inline commentary. This is the only english language translation that includes translation and inline commentary and the Arabic verses. The language is simple and easy to understand and unlike other translations leaves no room for ambiguity and misunderstanding. The work is a recent project and does not use "old" english or difficult to understand words.

This is the complete english version which includes all 30 sections of the Quran as well as the inline commentary and introduction to the Quran.

Translators foreword:

In preparing this translation of The Quraan, the dilemma was whether to use very ornate and elegant language which could compromise clear understanding for most people or to use a simple and clear style of language. Because the intention was to make The Quraan clear to every person, the second style was chosen, even though it may at times lack the dignity and lofty tone. It was also chosen because thousands of English-speaking people who are not very proficient in the language found the lofty language of other translations difficult to understand. This translation caters for their needs by providing where necessary synonyms between brackets. It is the language of only the Divine that can combine exceptional eloquence and ease of understanding.

Unlike in previous translations, footnotes are not used in this translation. Rather the explanations which have been given between brackets, serve multiple purposes. Firstly, they save the reader the need to look for the corresponding footnote which often hampers one's train of thought and understanding. Secondly, the explanations enhance the meaning of a verse by adding text which is often hidden. This is especially necessary in a translation of the Quraan because the Arabic text is extremely compact and rich in meaning, and to render the same meaning in another language requires the use of many more words. By using words between brackets, the essential text of The Quraan is not confused with the additional words that are required to promote understanding.

Mushroom Season

'Mushroom Season' is a ramble through magic mushrooms, mountains and metaphysics. After heavy sanctions relegated their use to a spell in the stoner wilderness, are psilocybin mushrooms about to help reframe important social and philosophical debates about our minds, and ourselves?

Where do they grow? What do they do to our brains? And why are they eschewed by the bourgois? Nina Lyon introduces us to Liberty Caps and Fly Agarics, the characters she encountered as a student tripper and the differences between home-grown hallucinogens and Mexican export.

Among the anecdotes and observations are chemical facts, etymological revelations and philosophical speculation. Why are mushrooms subject to social stigma? What are the good effects they might have on us? And how does illegalisation damage a culture of free-thinking and experiment? Taking apart the teenage cliches and middle-class prejudice associated with the drug, Nina Lyon provides a wonderfully entertaining history of the magic mushroom.

Scientology from Islamic Perspective

Scientology has been called the world's most significant new religion, and Scientologists themselves claim to draw on 50,000 years of wisdom. However apostates from Scientology claim it is a vicious, dangerous cult masquerading as a religion. No matter which description we choose, the fact remains that Scientology is a controversial, mysterious religious movement, with more than 10 million members in around 160 countries across the globe. In this series of articles, we hope to delve into this puzzling movement, and find the answer to several intriguing questions. Is Scientology a religion or an evil cult? What exactly does a scientologist believe, and how do these beliefs compare to the religion of Islam?

The official scientology web site states that "Scientology is a religion that offers a precise path leading to a complete and certain understanding of one's true spiritual nature and one's relationship to self, family, groups, mankind, all life forms, the material universe, the spiritual universe and the Supreme Being". From this we can easily deduce that scientology does acknowledge God, or what they refer to as the Supreme Being.

"Scientology comprises a body of knowledge which extends from certain fundamental truths. Prime among these are, that man is an immortal spiritual being, his experience extends well beyond a single lifetime and his capabilities are unlimited, even if not presently realised." In this statement we can see that scientologists believe in some form of reincarnation perhaps not dissimilar to the Eastern religions such as Hinduism or Buddhism.

Astonishing Facts about The Quran

The Quran is an amazing divine book filled with striking mathematical peculiarities and correspondences that boggle the mind. This is a compilation of these astonishing facts about the Quran which really prove its divine existence.

Islam Folklore The Man Who Committed 99 Murders

There's a story related in Sahih Bukhari emphasising the vastness and generousness of Allah's mercy. The Prophet (saws) picked on certain events throughout history to show their importance. This emphasised a certain message that he was trying to convey to us. Since the events of the past are so numerous, the ones chosen to be related and preserved in his words till the end of time must be of great importance. Whenever we hear stories of the past we should always remember that Allah had chosen those stories to be related as a great occurrence.

There was a man who had heartlessly murdered 99 people, when all of a sudden he felt remorse over what he had done. He asked the people in his town if they knew anyone who was pious enough to get advice from. They recommended to him an ascetic who lived in the mountains. So the man went to this learned person and told him about the past and his wishing to repent for his actions.

The Essenes: Digest (Rosicrucian Order AMORC Kindle Editions)

This issue of the Rosicrucian Digest presents a compendium of materials that provide a solid introduction to the most important aspects of The Essenes.

Kisah Hikayat Tobatnya Sang Perampok Makam

Suatu hari Umar ra. datang menemui Nabi Muhammad SAW. dengan menangis. Rasulullah saw. pun bertanya kepadanya, "apa gerangan yang menyebabkan engkau menangis, wahai Umar?" Kata Umar, "sungguh hati saya merasa tersentuh oleh ratapan seorang pemuda yang ada di pintu rumah Tuan!" Rasulullah saw. pun memerintahkan Umar untuk membawa pemuda itu.

Ketika pemuda itu telah sampai di hadapan Rasulullah saw. Beliau pun bertanya kepadanya, "wahai pemuda, apa gerangan yang menyebabkan engkau menangis dan meratap?" Pemuda itu menjawab, "wahai Rasulullah saw., yang membuat saya menangis adalah banyaknya dosa yang terlanjur saya lakukan! Saya takut bila Allah murka kepada saya!" Beliau kembali bertanya, "apakah engkau mempersekutukan Allah dengan sesuatu?" "Tidak!" jawab pemuda itu. "Apakah engkau telah membunuh orang tanpa hak?" tanya Rasulullah saw., "Tidak!" jawab pemuda itu. Allah SWT akan mengampuni dosamu itu sepenuh tujuh langit dan bumi!" jelas Rasulullah saw. sambil menenangkan pemuda itu.

Mendengar penjelasan Rasulullah saw., pemuda itu pun berkata, "Wahai Rasulullah saw., dosa saya lebih besar dari tujuh langit dan gunung yang tegak berdiri!" Beliau pun menimpali, "Apakah dosamu lebih besar dari kursi (kekuasaan) Allah swt.?" "Dosa saya lebih besar lagi!" ratap pemuda itu. "Apa dosamu lebih besar dari Arsy?" Beliau kembali bertanya. "Dosa saya lebih besar dari itu!" jawab pemuda itu.

The Ramayan of Valmiki Book IV: 4

This collection of literature attempts to compile many classics that have stood the test of time and offer them at a reduced, affordable price in an attractive volume so that everyone can enjoy them.

Defending Christian Faith: The Fifth Part of the Christian Apology of Gerasimus

The book presents Medieval Christian writer Gerasimus who in a debate with Islam presents reasoned proofs that refute charges of deception and duplicity made against Christians by means of logically constructed arguments about the being of God and His relationship to creation. He sets out the basic points of controversy and outlines a response in a form that would make an excellent introduction to Christian theology for the Muslim environment.