Childhood, Emotion, and Visual Culture in Islamic Societies
Author: Jamal J. Elias
Publisher: Univ of California Press
Alef Is for Allah is the first groundbreaking study of the emotional space occupied by children in modern Islamic societies. Focusing primarily on visual representations of children from modern Turkey, Iran, and Pakistan, the book examines these materials to investigate concepts such as innocence, cuteness, gender, virtue, and devotion, as well as community, nationhood, violence, and sacrifice. In addition to exploring a subject that has never been studied comparatively before, Alef Is for Allah extends the boundaries of scholarship on emotion, religion, and visual culture and provides unique insight into Islam as it is lived and experienced in the modern world.
This Book has been accomplished to Unite Humanity on the basis of Commonality in Belief and Reality that there is only One True God - ALLAH , the Message of Whom was conveyed by Moses in Old Testament, Jesus in New Testament and Prophet Muhammad (peace be upon them) in Quran. The history provides us the evidence that the Messengers of ALLAH have been sent to every Nation. Although, their languages were different in which Messages were conveyed but the Name of One True God - ALLAH, found to be the same and intact, inspite of various linguistic mutations. In our Blessed Research we found, “99 Beautiful Names of ALLAH” Co-existing in Quran, Hadith and Bible. We earnestly, hope that our readers would be all over the globe who would love to gain this Blessed Insight and Embrace the Truth.
Problems, Practice, and Education. Proceedings of the Regional Conference of the International Association for the History of Religions. Yogyakarta and Semarang, Indonesia. September 27th - October 3rd, 2004.
Author: Michael Pye
Publisher: Walter de Gruyter
It is crucial today to understand how religions can exist harmoniously in a shared environment, whether local or global. A reasoned approach to this question was sought by participants at a stimulating conference of the International Association for the History of Religions (IAHR) in a predominantly Muslim country, Indonesia. Themes treated include the relation between theoretical approaches and religious viewpoints, practical problems and conflict resolution at the local level, and religious education with special reference to the role of Muslim schools (pesantren) in Indonesia.
The author, using somewhat different methods, approaches the story of Joseph in the Qur'an with a new vision. His aim is not to tread in the steps of established interpretation of the Qur'anic story but rather to attempt to enhance our understanding of it in order to reach deeper meanings and implicit overtones of the text. The Joseph narrative is distinctive and rich in its psychological and spiritual appeal. In spite of the fact that the story is of moderate size, a restricted geographical location, and few characters, its spiritual value is universal and infinite. It vividly portrays the seeming contradictions in life, the enduring nature of virtue in a world full of flux and change, and the marvelous working of Allah's plan as unfolded to us in the wide annals of human history. The story deserves reading and contemplation.
Rhythm is produced in "natural" as well as "cultural" ways. Natural rhythm is not controlled by man, no more than we can control the ebb and tide of the ocean, the rising and setting of the sun, the seasons of the year, or our own life cycle, heartbeat or breathing. But what man does with his body may become a cultural fact: the way we walk, work, dance, sing, make music and decorate objects. In music, rhythm is the organization of time in units. In visual arts rhythm refers to the arrangement of regularly recurring motifs. Rhythmic cycles in the music of the Islamic world are illustrated in the correspondences between the art of sound and the other arts: poetry and musical rhythms are related to geometrical patterns and calligraphy. In South Indian music, the analogies between rhythm, woven patterns and symbolic figures are striking. Weaving patterns reveal themselves as they emerge from the loom or unfold before the discerning eye, just as a listener delights in the patterns gradually perceived by the mind, and not merely received by the ear. The symbolic meanings of motifs and colors are an expression of the relation between man and the cosmos." Rhythm, A Dance in Time" explores all these aspects of rhythm: rhythm to be heard and rhythm to be seen.