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Prayer in Islamic Thought and Practice

  10/02/2012       RaidAS      0 Comments

The five daily prayers ( al t) that constitute the second pillar of Islam deeply pervade the everyday life of observant Muslims. Until now, however, no general study has analyzed the rules governing al t, the historical dimensions of its practice, and the rich variety of ways that it has been interpreted within the Islamic tradition. Marion Holmes Katzs richly textured book offers a broad historical survey of the rules, values, and interpretations relating to al t. This innovative study on the subject examines the different ways in which prayer has been understood in Islamic law, Sufi mysticism, and Islamic philosophy. Katzs book also goes beyond the spiritual realm to analyze the political dimensions of prayer, including scholars concerns about the righteousness and piety of rulers. The last chapter raises significant issues around gender roles, including the question of womens participating in and leading public worship. Katz persuasively describes al t as both an egalitarian practice and one that can lead to extraordinary religious experience and spiritual distinction. This book will resonate with students of Islamic history and comparative religion.

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Managing Britains Marine and Coastal Environment: Towards a Sustainable Future

  10/02/2012       kazanova1      0 Comments

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Managing Britains Marine and Coastal Environment: Towards a Sustainable Future
 
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Jonathan Potts

Britains maritime tradition is well documented. The management of its marine and coastal environment is therefore of tantamount importance, and offers lessons for other nations across the world. The beginning of the new millennium marks a major, long-term turning point in the historical development of Britains maritime interest discernible by continued diversification and intensification in the uses of the sea; unprecedented and often adverse environmental impacts engendered by these uses; and the beginning of a major effort to establish a comprehensive management system which can deal with both multiple uses and environmental impacts. This collection, featuring an impressive list of contributors, covers themes including maritime history, environmental issues, public policy, tourism, technology and resources as well as open sea development and management. Itis auseful addition for those interested in geography, the environment, maritime studies and also engineering.

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Seven Views of Mind

  10/02/2012       vip90      0 Comments

This book examines seven different answers to the question, What are we talking about when we talk about the mind? It begins by considering the dualistic view, frequently taken for granted by students, that words like belief, anger, and jealousy refer to a realm quite distinct from the physical world, and notes the difficulties associated with this view as well as why many find it compelling. The book then describes six further major views of mind alternative to dualism that have been developed by psychologists, philosophers, and neuroscientists: Some claim that such words are just about behavior. Some claim that such words are theoretical constructs, like quarks in physics. Some identify the mind with the brain or with a kind of program in the brain like the software in a computer. Some think there is nothing to which such words refer. Some think mental talk reflects nothing but convention.Students in psychology learn about different views of mind in various courses, but they tend to be left on their own to deal with the conflicts among them. How to conceive of mind is usually addressed in the context not of psychology but of philosophy, where it tends to be treated in ways that may seem esoteric to psychology students. Seldom discussed in one place, this book presents all seven views and the reasons for and against each in a relatively nontechnical, informal manner designed to appeal to psychology students and their instructors, permitting comparisons and possible resolutions.

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Ride on Morning Star

  10/02/2012       navygator      0 Comments

How do you live in Heaven when the people who you call family are the ones you should be running away from? 18 year old Katherine lives in Heaven, but she feels no love in this Paradise. One night when her stepfather’s drunken attempt to molest her fails, Katherine runs away—only to wind up in the arms of Austin, the current leader of the country’s most feared motorcycle gang of thieves known as Morning Star. He has been Katherine’s target of burning admiration and lust for some time now—And if the most important people in her life won’t give her what she needs, maybe he will.Austin has been cleaning up Morning Stars reputation for a few years, but he may need to take a nice hot shower once hes met Katherine, who is unlike the women in the slums. Her sarcastic innocence fascinates him to no end--and he is determined to hold on to her...But to do that, hes got to open much more than her body--he must awaken her heart.Ages 18 and upSome mild sexual content and languageShort Story Word Count: 9,359 words***Other Stories:Soldier Evolution Revolutionary GirlCrushed FlowersLovely DeliriumDivine JesterDaylight Dreams: A Poetry Collection

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Republicanism in Theory and Practice

  10/02/2012       bmwsim      0 Comments

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Republicanism in Theory and Practice
 
by
Iseult Honohan

Recent claims that civic republicanism can better address contemporary political problems than either liberalism or communitarianism are generating an intense debate.This is a sharp insight into this debate, confronting normative theory with historical and comparative analysis. It examines whether republican theory can address contemporary political problems in ways that are both valuable and significantly different in practice from liberalism. These expert authors offer contrasting perspectives on issues raised by the contemporary revival of republicanism and adopt a variety of methodological approaches to address the practical implications of republican thought within a coherent thematic framework. This book also*clarifies core themes and contested areas of republican thought, especially the notion of liberty, the specific political institutions needed to realize it, and the nature of solidarity among citizens.* shows how republicanism continued to influence the development of liberal thought in nineteenth century Britain* examines the development of alternative republican discourses, including the established political practice and ideology of the French republican tradition* applies republican perspectives to contemporary political concerns such as the creation of social trust and the expansion of public accountability* explores the implications of republican theory for policy areas including houses, education and marriage in diverse multicultural societiesThis book will be of great interest to researchers and students studying republicanism in political science history, social policy and education. In addition, it is a valuable resource for those concerned with citizenship, democratic theory, multiculturalism, nationalism and patriotism, and politics beyond the nation-state.

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Trick Soldier

  10/02/2012       xassila      0 Comments

Meet Lieutenant Flint: hard-edged and muscle-bound, radiating machismo—a bull of a soldier. In the opposite corner stands Captain Turner: with his pencil mustache and tailored shirts, he’s a Trick Soldier—smart, crisply-dressed, and always at attention. They’re fire and ice, oil and water . . . Sean Penn and Michael J. Fox in Casualties of War.Ten years ago and a thousand miles away, they attended boot camp together. They didn’t get along then . . . and they don’t get along now. Reunited in the Haitian jungles, in the midst of a fierce rebel uprising, they confront the most dangerous enemy of all—each other.It’s time for heroes to rise and cowards to fall, and in the case of Lieutenant Flint and Captain Turner, bravery runs deep. When brute strength confronts military honor, the true measure of a man is not in his fists, but in his heart.A First Sergeant with the 20th United States Marine Corps Reserve, Hubbard knew exactly what it meant to be a Marine. As he wrote in 1935: “Most of the fiction written about [Marines] is of an intensely dramatic type, all do-or-die and Semper Fidelis.” But the reality, he said, was far different. “I’ve known the Corps from Quantico to Peiping, from the South Pacific to the West Indies, and I’ve never seen any flag-waving. The most refreshing part of the U.S.M.C. is that they get their orders . . . and do the job and that’s that.” It’s that kind of unique and pointed insight that he brings to stories like Trick Soldier.Also includes the military adventures He Walked to War, in which Marine Sergeant E.Z. Go appears to take it easy, but always gets the job done . . . even if it’s hard as nails or dangerous as hell—in the end E.Z. does it; and Machine Gun 21,000, the story of a soldier who loses a gun and faces a court martial, but finds a way to save the day.

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Building Learning Communities with Character: How to Integrate Academic, Social, and Emotional Learning

  10/02/2012       stathistrifonas      0 Comments

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Building Learning Communities with Character: How to Integrate Academic, Social, and Emotional Learning
 
by
Bernard Novick

Todays students need to learn more than just reading, writing, and arithmetic. They need to learn life skills to successfully manage tasks, form relationships, solve everyday problems, and adapt to the demands of simply growing up. To satisfy those needs, many educators seek effective and lasting programs for their students academic, emotional, and social growth. This book presents a nine-step, problem-solving approach to help educators not only create such a program, but also shape the school climate to sustain and nurture it. Combining three decades of work with individual schools and districts, authors Bernard Novick, Jeffrey S. Kress, and Maurice J. Elias provide experienced insight to overcoming obstacles to social-emotional learning and character education programs. Their organized approach deals with the implementation process stage by stage, including: * Assessing your schools readiness for change * Setting goals for your program * Anticipating details and roadblocks * Obtaining feedback to modify your implemented program * Creating high standards for accomplishment in academics and character Any educator who is confused by the avalanche of different terminologies and methodologies surrounding social-emotional learning will benefit from this book. This practical and concise guide will help educators create an effective and goal-oriented environment in every school, one where students, staff, and parents are continually sustained in a caring community of learners.

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Warrior of the Silence

  10/02/2012       FunnyFox      0 Comments

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Warrior of the Silence
 
by
John King

English author, who has written several novels on the nations lad culture at home and abroad. His debut work of fiction, The Football Factory, was made into a controversial film, directed by Nick Love and starring Danny Dyer. He now owns and operates London Books, an imprint company reissuing classic novels. He is listed as a supporter of No to EU – Yes to Democracy.Librarian Note: There is more than one author in the Goodreads database with this name.

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Key Papers from the Journal of Child Psychotherapy

  10/02/2012       tommy123      0 Comments

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Key Papers from the Journal of Child Psychotherapy
 
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Paul Barrows

The practice of child psychotherapy builds upon the writings and contributions of earlier writers, such that it is not only the latest research and theory that are valuable. Key Papers from the Journal of Child Psychotherapy provides access to classic and important papers from the early years of the Journal - papers that have previously been difficult to obtain. The papers are grouped thematically to cover the entire range of work represented in the journal: theoretical, clinical, applied. The papers, written by professionals at the forefront of their fields, cover areas including psychoanalytical metapsychology, work with deprived children, work with trauma, and how psychoanalytic thinking can be applied in the context of institutions for children. Chapters include: : Anne Alvarezs Problems in the Use of the Countertransference : Edna OShaughnessys The Absent Object : Gianna Henrys Doubly DeprivedKey Papers from the Journal of Child Psychotherapy presents in one accessible volume, essential papers for all those training and practising in child psychotherapy. It will be of great benefit to all professionals involved in direct work with children.

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