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Among The Ruins

Author : Christian Sahner
ISBN : 9780190257378
Genre : Political Science
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As a civil war shatters a country and consumes its people, historian Christian C. Sahner offers a poignant account of Syria, where the past profoundly shapes its dreadful present. Among the Ruins blends history, memoir and reportage, drawing on the author's extensive knowledge of Syria in ancient, medieval, and modern times, as well as his experiences living in the Levant on the eve of the war and in the midst of the "Arab Spring". These plotlines converge in a rich narrative of a country in constant flux - a place renewed by the very shifts that, in the near term, are proving so destructive. Sahner focuses on five themes of interest to anyone intrigued and dismayed by Syria's fragmentation since 2011: the role of Christianity in society; the arrival of Islam; the rise of sectarianism and competing minorities; the emergence of the Ba'ath Party; and the current pitiless civil war. Among the Ruins is a brisk and illuminating read, an accessible introduction to a country with an enormously rich past and a tragic present. For anyone seeking to understand Syria, this book should be their starting point.

The Battle For Syria

Author : Christopher Phillips
ISBN : 9780300217179
Genre : History
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An unprecedented analysis of the crucial but underexplored roles the United States and other nations have played in shaping Syria's ongoing civil war Most accounts of Syria's brutal, long-lasting civil war focus on a domestic contest that began in 2011 and only later drew foreign nations into the escalating violence. Christopher Phillips argues instead that the international dimension was never secondary but that Syria's war was, from the very start, profoundly influenced by regional factors, particularly the vacuum created by a perceived decline of U.S. power in the Middle East. This precipitated a new regional order in which six external protagonists--the United States, Russia, Iran, Saudi Arabia, Turkey, and Qatar--have violently competed for influence, with Syria a key battleground. Drawing on a plethora of original interviews, Phillips constructs a new narrative of Syria's war. Without absolving the brutal Bashar al-Assad regime, the author untangles the key external factors which explain the acceleration and endurance of the conflict, including the West's strategy against ISIS. He concludes with some insights on Syria and the region's future.

Global Happiness A Guide To The Most Contented And Discontented Places Around The Globe

Author : Roman Adrian Cybriwsky
ISBN : 9781440835575
Genre : Social Science
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An authoritative, comprehensive, and highly accessible assessment of the happiest and least happy countries and cities in the world, as well as of the happiest and least happy cities and states in the United States. • Supplies insightful and interesting information about all of the most contented and least contented countries and cities around the globe—and the factors that make the people who live in these places notably happy or discontented • Examines and explains the complexity of happiness and contentment as they apply to specific places and regions in the world • Synthesizes and evaluates the maze of existing rankings of cities and countries in the world with fresh and original information to produce a novel assessment of the geography of global happiness • Presents information about cities and countries in all parts of the world fairly and in both positive and negative lights

Christian Martyrs Under Islam

Author : Christian C. Sahner
ISBN : 9780691179100
Genre : Religion
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How did the medieval Middle East transform from a majority-Christian world to a majority-Muslim world, and what role did violence play in this process? Christian Martyrs under Islam explains how Christians across the early Islamic caliphate slowly converted to the faith of the Arab conquerors and how small groups of individuals rejected this faith through dramatic acts of resistance, including apostasy and blasphemy. Using previously untapped sources in a range of Middle Eastern languages, Christian Sahner introduces an unknown group of martyrs who were executed at the hands of Muslim officials between the seventh and ninth centuries CE. Found in places as diverse as Syria, Spain, Egypt, and Armenia, they include an alleged descendant of Muhammad who converted to Christianity, high-ranking Christian secretaries of the Muslim state who viciously insulted the Prophet, and the children of mixed marriages between Muslims and Christians. Sahner argues that Christians never experienced systematic persecution under the early caliphs, and indeed, they remained the largest portion of the population in the greater Middle East for centuries after the Arab conquest. Still, episodes of ferocious violence contributed to the spread of Islam within Christian societies, and memories of this bloodshed played a key role in shaping Christian identity in the new Islamic empire. Christian Martyrs under Islam examines how violence against Christians ended the age of porous religious boundaries and laid the foundations for more antagonistic Muslim-Christian relations in the centuries to come.

To Day In Syria And Palestine

Author : William Eleroy Curtis
ISBN : 9783861959670
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This historic book may have numerous typos and missing text. Purchasers can download a free scanned copy of the original book (without typos) from the publisher. Not indexed. Not illustrated.1903 Excerpt: ... XXIV BETHANY, HEBRON, SHILOH AND JERICHO Bethany is only two miles from St. Stephen's Gate and an easy walk. Every foot of the distance is identified with events in the life of the Savior, and we know that He made the brief journey leisurely, wandering through the olive groves, teaching, preaching and speaking parables. Bethany is a wretched place. The name means "house of the poor," and is well applied. Sixty generations have appeared and vanished since the little cluster of unplastered stone habitations was so christened, but I presume the dwellings and the people were similar in the time of Christ to those that are called Bethany now. You can see through the cracks between the stones of the walls of the houses, and the inhabitants are Arab peasants, who, the son of their sheikh declared, are too lazy either to work or to steal. They call the town El Aziriyeh now, which is the Arabic for Lazarus, whom Jesus raised from the dead. According to traditions, he was the local sheikh, and owned the village and the land around it. This is confirmed by the Scripture story. Jesus made His home at the house of Lazarus, probably because it was the best in the village. Lazarus had a family sepulcher hewn out of the rock, which is evidence of his wealth, and the large number of people who attended his funeral is evidence of his influence and popularity. The only cave in the village is pointed out as his tomb, and is probably the place. It appears to be partly natural and partly artificial, the marks of the chisel being shown in the limestone walls. It is reached by a flight of about twenty worn and broken steps, which have been carved in the rock, and lead first to an antechamber, where Jesus no doubt stood when He said, "Lazarus, come forth," and the body of the dead ...

The Westminster Review

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ISBN : PRNC:32101064466772
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Sacred Geography

Author : Elijah Parish
ISBN : PRNC:32101066129998
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Travels Among The Arab Tribes Inhabiting The Countries East Of Syria And Palestine Including A Journey From Nazareth To The Mountains Beyond The Dead Sea And From Thence Through The Plains Of The Hauran To Bozra Damascus And Aleppo With An Appendix Containing A Refutation Of Certain Unfounded Calumnies Industriously Circulated Against The Author Etc

Author : James Silk BUCKINGHAM
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Jefferson S Demons

Author : Michael Knox Beran
ISBN : 143913815X
Genre : Biography & Autobiography
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"I have often wondered for what good end the sensations of Grief could be intended." -- Thomas Jefferson Thomas Jefferson suffered during his life from periodic bouts of dejection and despair, shadowed intervals during which he was full of "gloomy forebodings" about what lay ahead. Not long before he composed the Declaration of Independence, the young Jefferson lay for six weeks in idleness and ill health at Monticello, paralyzed by a mysterious "malady." Similar lapses were to recur during anxious periods in his life, often accompanied by violent headaches. In Jefferson's Demons, Michael Knox Beran illuminates an optimistic man's darker side -- Jefferson as we have rarely seen him before. The worst of these moments came after his wife died in 1782. But two years later, after being dispatched to Europe, Jefferson recovered nerve and spirit in the salons of Paris, where he fell in love with a beautiful young artist, Maria Cosway. When their affair ended, Jefferson's health again broke down. He set out for the palms and temples of southern Europe, and though he did not know where the therapeutic journey would take him or where it would end, his encounter with the old civilizations of the Mediterranean was transformative. The Greeks and Romans taught him that a man could make productive use of his demons. Jefferson's immersion in the mystic truths of the Old World gave him insights into mysteries of life and art that Enlightenment philosophy had failed to supply. Beran skillfully shows how Jefferson drew on the esoteric lore he encountered to transform anxiety into action. On his return to America, Jefferson entered the most productive period of his life: He created a new political party, was elected president, and doubled the size of the country. His private labors were no less momentous...among them, the artistry of Monticello and the University of Virginia. Jefferson's Demons is an elegantly composed account of the strangeness and originality of one Founder's genius. Michael Knox Beran uncovers the maps Jefferson used to find his way out of dejection and to forge a new democratic culture for America. Here is a Jefferson who, with all his failings, remains one of his country's greatest teachers and prophets.

An Introduction To The Critical Study And Knowledge Of The Holy Scriptures

Author : Thomas Hartwell Horne
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