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World To Win, A: The Life And Works Of Karl MarxWorld To Win, A: The Life And Works Of Karl Marx by Liedman, Sven-Eric

Epic new biography of Karl Marx for the 200th anniversary of his birth. In this essential new biography - the first to give equal weight to both the work and life of Karl Marx - Sven-Eric Liedman expertly navigates the imposing, complex personality of his subject through the turbulent passages of global history. A World to Win follows Marx through childhood and student days, a difficult and sometimes tragic family life, his far-sighted journalism, and his enduring friendship and intellectual partnership with Friedrich Engels.

Buddhism, Politics And Political Thought In MyanmarBuddhism, Politics And Political Thought In Myanmar by Walton, Matthew J.

This is the first book to provide a broad overview of the ways in which Buddhist ideas have influenced political thinking and politics in Myanmar. Matthew J. Walton draws extensively on Burmese language sources from the last 150 years to describe the 'moral universe' of contemporary Theravada Buddhism that has anchored most political thought in Myanmar. In explaining multiple Burmese understandings of notions such as 'democracy' and 'political participation', the book provides readers with a conceptual framework for understanding some of the key dynamics of Myanmar's ongoing political transition. Some of these ideas help to shed light on restrictive or exclusionary political impulses, such as anti-Muslim Buddhist nationalism or scepticism towards the ability of the masses to participate in politics. Walton provides an analytical framework for understanding Buddhist influences on politics that will be accessible to a wide range of readers and will generate future research and debate.

Buddhism In Asia: Revival And ReinventionBuddhism In Asia: Revival And Reinvention by Nayanjot Lahiri & Upinder Singh (Eds)

The birth of Buddhism goes back to the sixth century BCE and, over the centuries, there has been considerable variety as well as considerable change in its doctrines, practices and propagation across the different parts of Asia. This volume showcases the expansion in the religion's contours and popularity in Asia in modern times. Focusing on India, Sri Lanka and China, the essays in the book highlight the cross-fertilization between Buddhism and contemporary discourses which makes the phenomenon of Buddhist revival in Asia unambiguously modern. This is a historically rich and readable volume which will interest general readers as well as students and scholars of history and of Buddhism.

Q&A With An Islamophobe: Concise Responses To Counter Irrational IslamophobiaQ&A With An Islamophobe: Concise Responses To Counter Irrational Islamophobia by Siddiq Bazarwala

Concise responses to over 200 most vile, widely debunked and yet variedly repeated Islamophobic comments levelled against ordinary Muslims and Islam today by renowned Islamophobes, anti-Muslim groups, talk-show hosts, presidential candidates and right-wing politicians, either out of intolerance or ignorance. This book is a collection of such remarks and more importantly, long overdue counter-points responding to the oft-repeated Islamophobic statements increasingly commonplace today. Given the wide-ranging, divisive and worrying questions some of our children or teenage children are bound to be confronted with - or are asking - or sooner or later will start asking, this book will hopefully serve as a quick reference point.

Faith In An Age Of TerrorFaith In An Age Of Terror by Satterthwaite, Philip; Quek Tze-Ming (Eds.)

Recent events have resulted in attention being increasingly drawn to the link between terrorism and religious belief, as both those responsible for terrorist acts and those who launch counter-terrorist actions justify what they do by appealing to religious teachings. Questions addressed include: What are the roots of violent human behaviour? Why does religious fundamentalism have violent potentials? What do the Bible and the Quran each say about religious violence? How should inter-religious dialogue be pursued, and what are appropriate ways for religious believers to commend their faith to those who do not share it? The nine essays in this multi-disciplinary volume focus on these urgent and difficult issues, drawing on insights from the fields of the social sciences, biblical studies, pastoral theology, inter-religious dialogue and public theology.

Holy Men, Holy Women: A Journey Into The Faiths Of Malaysians And Other EssaysHoly Men, Holy Women: A Journey Into The Faiths Of Malaysians And Other Essays by Zaman, Dina

Needing a break from her first book, I Am Muslim, Dina Zaman embarked on a two-year journey around Malaysia - the length of the peninsula as well as Sabah and Sarawak. She met people of many faiths. And from these encounters she has woven together a tapestry of vital stories: of nuns and shamans, of silat practitioners who she inadvertently offended, of pilgrims and ustaz, of hijabis who pole dance, and she ended up in Memali to discover that tragic tale. This collection of essays - animated, engaging and provocative - opens a window on the sometimes troubled terrain of religious beliefs and practices. The accounts are personal and intimate, and at the same time throw light on some of the most pressing issues that confront society today: mindfulness and worldliness, interfaith relations and lifestyle choices, class and conviction, identity and religiosity.

Faith Of Our Father - The Discipleship Walk Of Peter Yap Huat TuanFaith Of Our Father - The Discipleship Walk Of Peter Yap Huat Tuan by Yap Lt, David

This book provides a close-up view of Yap Huat Tuan Peter, a man who responded to the call of God and who walked as a disciple of Christ, as recounted by his five children. They fondly recall observing Pa's regular appointment with God and recount how the faith of their father was lived out, in his giving attention to the family, serving as a school teacher and ministering as led and enabled by the Lord. They know him as an ordinary man who walked each step fully reliant on the extraordinary God. His life and legacy continues today, evident in the lives of the people he mentioned and touched.

There Your Heart Will Be AlsoThere Your Heart Will Be Also by Szto, Melville

Written as a sequel to Where Your Treasure Is, this book features the work of the Sztos upon their return from Hokkaido after two decades of mission work. In Singapore, they spent eight years training new missionaries, when Melville served as Dean of the Asian Cross-cultural Training Institute. Then they took off to Hokkaido again for another eight years of evangelism and church-planting work until their retirement from field ministry in 2010. The author shares first-hand knowledge and experience about raising a family and educating children on the mission field. This book is a valuable resource for those looking to gain practical understanding of foreign mission, and of what Northern Japan is like, beyond what is portrayed by media and popular culture.

Where Your Treasure IsWhere Your Treasure Is by Szto, Melville

A little over two years after it welcomed the first Japanese to its Sunday worship service, Itoi Church, located in a small town in Hokkaido, baptised its first believer in 1982. During the baptism service, the visibly nervous young believer stood up to share his testimony. It was an act that took great courage, but it was the first visible fruit of three years ploughing, sowing and watering, and it marked the beginning of an amazing chain of events that would lead to more conversions and baptisms. In this autobiography, Melville Szto recounts his pioneering church-planting experiences in Japan - as well as his own spiritual journey - and gives readers inspiring glimpses of the grace of God at work in yielded lives and the power of God at work in hard places.

Muslim Cosmopolitanism: Southeast Asian Islam In Comparative PerspectiveMuslim Cosmopolitanism: Southeast Asian Islam In Comparative Perspective by Khairudin Aljunied

Cosmopolitan ideals and pluralist tendencies have been employed creatively and adapted carefully by Muslim individuals, societies and institutions in modern Southeast Asia to produce the necessary contexts for mutual tolerance and shared respect between and within different groups in society. Organised around six key themes that interweave the connected histories of three countries in Southeast Asia - Singapore, Malaysia and Indonesia - this book shows the ways in which historical actors have promoted better understanding between Muslims and non-Muslims in the region. Case studies from across these countries of the Malay world take in the rise of the network society in the region in the 1970s up until the early 21st century, providing a panoramic view of Muslim cosmopolitan practices, outlook and visions in the region.

On Being The Antioch Of Asia: Global Missions And Missions Partnership Through Asian LensesOn Being The Antioch Of Asia: Global Missions And Missions Partnership Through Asian Lenses by Syn, W M

Has Singapore been living up to its call as the Antioch of Asia? What happens when churches carry out their missions programs without partnering with missions organisations? Is it healthy for churches to apply popular trends or ideas in missions across different cultural fields? W M Syn speaks to 60 missions leaders and pastors about the health of mission practices in churches in Singapore. While churches seem to be embracing this call to be the Antioch of Asia by sending out more missionaries, their lack of partnership with missions organisations and short-term strategies has also led to a host of problems that are negatively affecting the Singapore mission system. This book examines the effectiveness of popular trends and ideas in missions, highlights areas that need strengthening, and proposes a new model of missions partnership between local churches and agencies in order to enable Singapore to fulfil its call as the Antioch of Asia effectively.

Singapore Chronicles: ReligionSingapore Chronicles: Religion by Lai Ah Eng

Singapore is one of the most religiously diverse countries in the world. This feature gives multiple layers and combinations of richness, hybridity, complexity and fluidity to its landscape of religious communities, orientations and interactions. This book provides an overview of Singapore's religious diversity and focuses on some of its contemporary complexities. While recognising the positive - vibrancy and richness in religious diversity - it highlights problems and challenges posed by some religious trends and developments. The book foregrounds three religious/faith traditions and orientations - Islam, Christianity and secularism - which have become significant in recent times. It highlights some challenges of growing religiosity and religious diversity, assesses how they can be expected to evolve in the near future, and discusses how they might be navigated.

Trends In Southeast Asia 2017 #07: The Traditionalist Response To Wahhabi-Salafism In BatamTrends In Southeast Asia 2017 #07: The Traditionalist Response To Wahhabi-Salafism In Batam by Norshahril Saat

The rise of Wahhabi-Salafi ideology in neighbouring Batam is causing concern in Singapore. There are worries that some Singapore Muslims are being radicalized by Batam's Islamic radio station Hang FM, which openly promotes Wahhabi-Salafi teachings. This article argues that Batam Muslims are non-violent traditionalists in their orientation, and key religious leaders from the state have come out against Wahhabi-Salafis anti-pluralist ideas.

Islam Explained: Essential Reading For Anyone Who Wants To Know More About IslamIslam Explained: Essential Reading For Anyone Who Wants To Know More About Islam by Shaik Kadir

Islam, a faith that embraces all races and cultures, has spread far and wide across the globe. Few people have not heard about Islam or interacted with Muslims. But many, including some Muslims, do not know much about Prophet Muhammad or what the Qur'an actually teaches. This fully updated and expanded second edition of Islam explains concisely Islam's principles and message of peace for mankind; clarifies misconceptions about Islam with regard to the Qur'an and the Hadith, the significance of the jihad, the requirements for halal food, and other issues; describes what Muslims need to practise to be righteous and helpful to the peace and progress of the one's country of residence and the wider world; and presents all the essential information in 25 succinct chapters.

Towards A Kind And Gracious Society: A Christian Perspective On Being Good NeighboursTowards A Kind And Gracious Society: A Christian Perspective On Being Good Neighbours by Wan, William

Every year, thousands of complaints were lodged by neighbours against one another indicating a diminishing of civility and neighbourly consideration. In light of the Christian ideal of loving God and our neighbours, the book seeks to answer the questions, "Who is our neighbour?" and "How do we love our neighbour?" It is possible to live without interaction with our neighbours, but it is not what Christians are called to do. We need to engage our society by contributing to good neighbourliness. This book offers some practical suggestions on how we can foster a kind and gracious society by the way we conduct ourselves as good neighbours.

Common Morality And Natural Law: A Christian PerspectiveCommon Morality And Natural Law: A Christian Perspective by Ng Kam Weng

The purpose of this book is to explore how Christians may find common moral grounds with fellow citizens so that they can work together for the betterment of the commonwealth. It explores certain social realities that must be accepted by all citizens, in particular, the condition of the public arena with its dominant political paradigm of secular democracy; and how one can use common values as the minimum moral framework for social interaction-consistent with the natural law theory.

Religious Pluralism: A Christian PerspectiveReligious Pluralism: A Christian Perspective by Tan Loe Joo

In a religiously pluralistic world, the Christian church is faced with challenges and responsibilities regarding its relationship with other faiths. Can Christians learn anything from other religions? What is the theological relationship between other faiths and Christianity? And, is Jesus really the only way to salvation? This book discusses the various Christian responses to religious plurality based on the tri-fold typology. It begins with a discussion of pluralism in generic terms before proceeding to describe some of the challenges that religious pluralism poses for the Christian faith. The theological merits and pitfalls of each standpoint are analysed, before concluding with some observations on the current trend in the theology of religions, one that is based on the doctrine of the Trinity and called the Trinitarian Theology of religions.

#Faith: Social Media And The Church#Faith: Social Media And The Church by Ang Peng Hwa & Pauline Hope Cheong

#Faith: Social Media and the Church provides a pathway for understanding our interaction with one of the latest media innovations today. This monograph is not intended as a "how to" manual. It is more a "why" and "what are the implications" booklet. The monograph concludes that social media is suited to the social church, but its uses are not without challenges and tensions. The adoption of the latest media including Internet-based social media can benefit the church, and help reach the young. However, as social beings, our need for perpetual connection need not solely be slaked by a compulsive social media diet.

Marriage And Family: A Christian PerspectiveMarriage And Family: A Christian Perspective by Solomon, Robert M.

Rapid changes in social structures, values, norms and behaviour patterns are affecting long-held perspectives and patterns of marriage and family. This booklet will seek to assist reflection by individuals, families, churches, and society at large on what the challenges are and how they can be addressed. It will explore what the Bible teaches about marriage and family and how this has been understood and applied by Christians in centuries past.

Science And The Christian FaithScience And The Christian Faith by Loke, Andrew

Many people think that science and the Christian faith are in conflict. This booklet shows that this is a misconception. Belief in God is not based on ignorance, but on reasons. The conclusion that the universe has a Creator does not hinder the scientists from discovering how the universe works and hence progressing in their understanding of the natural world. It is possible to reconcile areas in which science and Christianity are widely perceived to be in conflict, such as the age of the cosmos and evolution. Far from conflicting with the Christian faith, a correct understanding of science can help people perceive the reality and greatness of God.