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Describes the physical features, habits, and habitat of the largest Arctic grazer.
Have you ever wondered where the muskrat got its name? What it eats? And how it protects itself from danger? Explore this fascinating creature in this book.
Between 1453 and 1526 Muslims founded three major states in the Mediterranean, Iran and South Asia: respectively the Ottoman, Safavid, and Mughal empires. By the early seventeenth century their descendants controlled territories that encompassed much of the Muslim world, stretching from the Balkans and North Africa to the Bay of Bengal and including a combined population of between 130 and 160 million people. This book is the first comparative study of the politics, religion, and culture of these three empires between 1300 and 1923. At the heart of the analysis is Islam, and how it impacted on the political and military structures, the economy, language, literature and religious traditions of these great empires. This original and sophisticated study provides an antidote to the modern view of Muslim societies by illustrating the complexity, humanity and vitality of these empires, empires that cannot be reduced simply to religious doctrine.
This well-rounded introduction takes an expansive view of Islamic ideology, culture, and tradition, sourcing a range of historical, sociological, and literary perspectives.
Turkey has leapt to international prominence as an economic and political powerhouse under its elected Muslim government, and is looked on by many as a model for other Muslim countries in the wake of the Arab Spring. This book reveals how Turkish national identity and the meanings of Islam and secularism have undergone radical changes in today's Turkey, and asks whether the Turkish model should be viewed as a success story or cautionary tale. Jenny White shows how Turkey's Muslim elites have mounted a powerful political and economic challenge to the country's secularists, developing an alternative definition of the nation based on a nostalgic revival of Turkey's Ottoman past. These Muslim nationalists have pushed aside the Republican ideal of a nation defined by purity of blood, language, and culture. They see no contradiction in pious Muslims running a secular state, and increasingly express their Muslim identity through participation in economic networks and a lifestyle of Islamic fashion and leisure. For many younger Turks, religious and national identities, like commodities, have become objects of choice and forms of personal expression. This provocative book traces how Muslim nationalists blur the line between the secular and the Islamic, supporting globalization and political liberalism, yet remaining mired in authoritarianism, intolerance, and cultural norms hostile to minorities and women.
- Bronze Medal Winner of the Independent Publishers Award 2009 -Since 9/11, stories about Muslims and the Islamic world have flooded headlines, politics, and water-cooler conversations all across the country. And, although Americans hear about Islam on a daily basis, there remains no clear explanation of Islam or its people. The Muslim Next Door offers easy-to-understand yet academically sound answers to these questions while also dispelling commonly held misconceptions. Written from the point of view of an American Muslim, the book addresses what readers in the Western world are most curious about, beginning with the basics of Islam and how Muslims practice their religion before easing into more complicated issues like jihad, Islamic fundamentalism, and the status of women in Islam. Author Sumbul Ali-Karamali's vivid anecdotes about growing up Muslim and female in the West, along with her sensitive, scholarly overview of Islam, combine for a uniquely insightful look at the world's fastest growing religion.
Since the breakup of the Soviet Union, the peoples of Central Asia (Tajikistan, Kazakhstan, Kyrgyzstan, Turkmenistan, and Uzbekistan) have been exposed to new, Western influences that stress individualism at the expense Central Asian traditions of family and communalism. Young men in particular are exposed to new ideas and lifestyles as they travel in large numbers outside their native republics for the first time, even as contemporary Islam exerts itself as a potent force for cultural conservatism, especially for women. As a result, young Central Asians today confront a complex mixture of the old and the new that strains personal relations, especially within the family, between generations, and between spouses.Relying on the author's extensive fieldwork, Muslim Youth devotes separate chapters to family life, education, dating, and marriage and the family in Dushanbe, the capital of Tajikistan. Throughout the book, emblematic life stories vividly portray the hopes and concerns of Tajiks, teasing out the complexity of modernity versus tradition and individualism versus collectivism.
Pakistan, founded less than a decade after a homeland for Indiaâe(tm)s Muslims was proposed, is both the embodiment of national ambitions fulfilled and, in the eyes of many observers, a failed state. Muslim Zion cuts to the core of the geopolitical paradoxes entangling Pakistan to argue that Indiaâe(tm)s rival has never been a nation-state in the conventional sense. Pakistan is instead a distinct type of political geography, ungrounded in the historic connections of lands and peoples, whose context is provided by the settler states of the New World but whose closest ideological parallel is the state of Israel. A year before the 1948 establishment of Israel, Pakistan was founded on a philosophy that accords with Zionism in surprising ways. Faisal Devji understands Zion as a political form rather than a holy land, one that rejects hereditary linkages between ethnicity and soil in favor of membership based on nothing but an idea of belonging. Like Israel, Pakistan came into being through the migration of a minority population, inhabiting a vast subcontinent, who abandoned old lands in which they feared persecution to settle in a new homeland. Just as Israel is the worldâe(tm)s sole Jewish state, Pakistan is the only country to be established in the name of Islam. Revealing how Pakistanâe(tm)s troubled present continues to be shaped by its past, Muslim Zion is a penetrating critique of what comes of founding a country on an unresolved desire both to join and reject the world of modern nation-states.
The third book in the "funny, sexy, and lively" (Publishers Weekly) romance series about a paranormal dating service called Midnight Liaisons.Marie Bellavance has known for years that she will die of the same incurable disease her mother did. That's why she never dated and doesn't allow anyone to get close to her. But now, as an employee of the paranormal dating agency Midnight Liaisons, she has a chance: if she can find someone to turn her into a supernatural creature, she'll be cured! Flirty were-cougar Joshua Russell has wanted standoffish Marie for his own, but she's been off limits as a human. When he catches her sneaking away from a vampire date gone wrong, he steps in and offers his own services. As a vampire bodyguard, he's able to tell her which vamps will be the perfect ones to date. But he's secretly got a better plan in mind: if she wants to date the supernatural, a handsome were-cougar would be the best choice of all.
Reissued with an additional preface to sit alongside the volume on Stanley Cavell in Contemporary Philosophy in Focus this famous collection of essays covers a remarkably wide range of philosophical issues (there are essays on Wittgenstein, Austin, Kierkegaard, and the philosophy of language) and extends beyond philosophy into discussions of music and drama.
A moving testament to modern literature's most celebrated marriage: that of the greatest playwright of our age, Harold Pinter, and the beautiful and famous prize-winning biographer, Antonia Fraser.In this exquisite memoir, Antonia Fraser recounts the life she shared with the internationally renowned dramatist. In essence, it is a love story and a marvelously insightful account of their years together. Must You Go? is based on Fraser's recollections and on the diaries she has kept since October 1968. She shares Pinter's own revelations about his past, as well as observations by his friends.From the Hardcover edition.
Mandy and James are excited to help with a team of mustangs and a rock video, but must nurse the lead horse, Cougar, back to health after he develops a strange, life-threatening illness.
In Mustang Man, Louis L'Amour takes Nolan Sackett on a dangerous journey into family betrayal, greed, and murder.When Nolan Sackett met Penelope Hume in a cantina at Borregos Plaza, the girl immediately captured his attention. That she was heir to a lost cache of gold didn't make her any less desirable. But Penelope isn't the only one after her grandfather's treasure; Sylvie, Ralph, and Andrew Karnes, distant relatives with no legal claim to the gold, are obsessed with claiming the Hume fortune for themselves. Their all-consuming sense of entitlement recklessly drives them to ambush and murder. Even if Sackett and Penelope are fortunate enough to escape this deadly trio and find the canyon where the gold is hidden, Indian legend has it that nothing will live there--no birds or insects. They say it is filled with the bones of men.From the Paperback edition.
No smooth-talking man is going to outwit her!With the deed to her land and a kid brother to protect, mustanger Skylar Daines shouldn't have tangled with the likes of Tucker Morgan. But his stolen kiss scatters her senses and, quicker than a whirling dust devil, they're wed!To her relief, Tucker's keen to fix the marital slipup-and then he tells her the deed she holds belongs to him, and him alone. Maybe she shouldn't rush to have their marriage annulled. No man, no matter how good-looking, is going to swindle Skylar out of the one thing she yearns for most-a home.
Katsu Kokichi was a low ranking samurai who lived during the last decades of the Tokugawa period of Japan.
Former ER doctor Peter Clement blends electrifying human drama with the suspense of top-notch medical thrillers. With Mutant he has written one of his most gripping, utterly chilling novels to date. On an isolated stretch of highway in Oahu, a woman cradles her dying son in her arms. In the days that follow, an autopsy draws a shocking conclusion: the boy, his lungs filled with blood, died of a disease previously found only in birds. On the other side of the globe, Dr. Richard Steele, a burned-out ER doctor is being recruited into a movement to examine the hazards of genetically modified foods, a job that takes him to an explosive conference in Hawaii. Spearheaded by a charismatic female doctor, the anti-bioengineering movement is gathering steam. While a powerful company is using genetic breakthroughs to create disease-resistant super crops, activists warn that new DNA strains will wreak havoc on the environment. But no one suspects that the controversy is masking a far more frightening human threat-one that could lead to the deadliest weapon of mass destruction ever unleashed upon the world. . . .
Mutant Message Down Under is the fictional account of an American woman's spiritual odyssey through outback Australia. An underground bestseller in its original self-published edition, Marlo Morgan's powerful tale of challenge and endurance has a message for us all. Summoned by a remote tribe of nomadic Aborigines to accompany them on walkabout, the woman makes a four-month-long journey and learns how they thrive in natural harmony with the plants and animals that exist in the rugged lands of Australia's bush. From the first day of her adventure, Morgan is challenged by the physical requirements of the journey--she faces daily tests of her endurance, challenges that ultimately contribute to her personal transformation. By traveling with this extraordinary community, Morgan becomes a witness to their essential way of being in a world based on the ancient wisdom and philosophy of a culture that is more than 50,000 years old.
Stepping effortlessly from myth to cutting-edge science, Mutants gives a brilliant narrative account of our genetic code and the captivating people whose bodies have revealed it--a French convent girl who found herself changing sex at puberty; children who, echoing Homer's Cyclops, are born with a single eye in the middle of their foreheads; a village of long-lived Croatian dwarves; one family, whose bodies were entirely covered with hair, was kept at the Burmese royal court for four generations and gave Darwin one of his keenest insights into heredity. This elegant, humane, and engaging book "captures what we know of the development of what makes us human" (Nature).
They Outnumber The Living. . . 25 to 1. Those are the odds of being struck down--and resurrected--by the savage plague that's sweeping the country, forcing survivors to band together against the dead. They're Growing Stronger. . . Even among the living, there is dissention. A new leader known as the Red Man has risen up and taken charge--and he's nearly as dangerous as the hungry dead. Some, like Bob Richardson and his friends, strike out on their own. Because if the men with guns don't get them, the zombies will. They're Getting Smarter. . . Fleeing the cities, Richardson and his crew find sanctuary in an abandoned farm. But their stronghold may not be strong enough. Something strange and terrifying is happening to the undead. They're banding together. Working as a group. Hungering for a common goal: human flesh. And lots of it. Praise for Joe McKinney and His Novels"A merciless, fast-paced and genuinely scary read that will leave you absolutely breathless. " --Bram Stoker Award-winning author Brian Keene on Dead City"A fantastic tale of survival horror that starts with a bang and never lets up. " --Zombiehub. com"A rising star on the horror scene. "--Fearnet. com
From the author of Outbreak: He sought to create the son of his dreams-and invented a nightmare. Robin Cook's new techno-medical thriller probes every father's greatest fear. Drawing on a horror theme as old as Frankenstein, as fresh as tomorrow's headlines, Mutation is a chilling cautionary tale of the perils of genetic engineering. When o.b.g.y.n. and biomolecular researcher Dr. Victor Frank learns of his wife's infertility, he initiates a bold-and dangerous-experiment. Unbeknownst to everyone, including her, Dr. Frank has adapted the methods of animal husbandry and molecular genetics to human reproduction. Fusing his wife's egg and his own sperm, he sets in motion the production of a superior being, his child. The result of this experiment, a son, VJ, is born to a surrogate mother and legally adopted by the Franks. To their delight, their son is physically perfect, and, by the age of three, displays the complex problem-solving abilities- of a prodigy. Victor Frank is a happy man. He has produced a flawless human being, and that success-plus the subsequently healthy child, bodes for a dazzling future. Then, without warning, VJ's intelligence level plunges to a point appropriate to his age, but stabilizes. For the moment, Frank can breathe a sigh of relief: Even if VJ is no longer the genius he was, at least he will be normal. But that relief is tragically short-lived, for all too soon VJ begins to change again. And this time, there is no cause for comfort-only terror. Mutation is both the spellbinding chronicle of a father pitted against his son in mythic battle and a timely warning to us all. Here is blue-chip Robin Cook, destined to be as controversial as it is compulsively readable.
The end of the world has come . . . and gone. There is a computer called Mother that runs the ship keeping the remaining members of the human race alive. And that computer has the ability to create imaginary worlds filled with things that don't-can't-exist. The problem is that this computer has evolved. It experiences emotion. And it is out of control. Jobs, Mo'Steel, 2Face, Billy, and the other Remnants are struggling to survive withing Mother's environments. But they are not all surviving. And they've discovered new Remnants-one of which has undergone a strange mutation. A mutation that has made him into a living, breathing monster. . . .
It seems that space travel causes genetic mutations, not only in humans, but in the rats and cockroaches stowing away. As the animals breeding cycles and generations are shorter than those of humans, they are mutating and developing their PSI powers more quickly. What do they want? What lengths will they go to to obtain it?
When famed gangster kingpin Johnny Rossi comes to New York to testify against his crime syndicate associates, it falls under the purview of Lieutenant Clancy to keep the government's star witness safe. But why is it that Rossi has come to New York from California, and what exactly is so crucial about his testimony? District Attorney Chalmers keeps the answers to these questions to himself. But guarding Rossi turns out to be a much more difficult and perplexing task and the plot much more sinister than Clancy had anticipated. What makes this novel so interesting is the character of Clancy, who was later immortalized in film by actor Steve McQueen in the film Bullitt. Clancy is a tough, jaded, and world-weary detective. In many ways, Clancy is a lone wolf, but not by his choice; the police officers under his command are almost unfailingly incompetent, and the District Attorney treats Clancy with a mix of skepticism and disdain. Add to this the sinister machinations of the underworld bosses and hitmen, and Clancy is a man beset on all sides by ineptitude, perfidy, and malice. The author is careful not to put his protagonist on a pedestal however. Clancy is neither incredibly wise nor remarkably principled; he possesses instead common sense, a vague idea of duty, and a gritty stoicism. These qualities are sufficient to see him through his tough assignments, and in the final account, also distinguish him from just about every other character in the novel. The relentlessness of Clancy's work and the endlessness of his days and nights are emphasized by the chapter breaks, which record the exact time and date of his round-the-clock schedule. Clancy is exhausted, and Fish periodically reminds us of the scant hours of sleep that his character gets. Although his orders are to guard the marked man Rossi, Clancy, compelled by something more than his fears of losing his job, begins to investigate the things he is not supposed to question, let alone suppose an answer for. He is over his head and working beyond the scope of his given duty but in this story, what exactly that duty is and to whom he owes it become increasingly hazy. ABOUT THE AUTHOR Robert Fish is the Edgar-award winning author of over 30 novels and countless short stories. Fish was born in Ohio and studied mechanical engineering at Case University. While working as an engineer in Brazil, Fish wrote his first short story, which was published in Ellery Queen Mystery Magazine. His experiences in Brazil also provided some of the key experiences that are featured in his first novel The Fugitive, which is about a concentration camp survivor who travels to Brazil incognito in the early 1960s to infiltrate a burgeoning Nazi-revivalist movement. The novel won Fish an Edgar for Best First Mystery. Fish consequently wrote many more novels that feature Interpol detective Jose daSilva, who makes his first appearance in The Fugitive. The other books include Isle of the Snakes (1963), Brazilian Sleigh Ride (1965) and The Xavier Affair (1969). Fish often wrote novels with recurrent characters. Lieutenant Clancy, who first appears in 1963's Mute Witness, reappears in The Quarry (1964) and Police Blotter (1965). Mute Witness was later re-published under the title Bullitt and turned into a movie that starred actor Steve McQueen as Lieutenant Clancy. SERIES DESCRIPTIONS From classic book to classic film, RosettaBooks has gathered some of most memorable books into film available. The selection is broad ranging and far reaching, with books from classic genre to cult classic to science fiction and horror and a blend of the two creating whole new genres like Richard Matheson's The Shrinking Man. Classic works from Vonnegut, one of the greatest writers of the twentieth century, meet with E.M. Forster's A Passage to India. Whether the work is centered in the here and now, in the past, or in some distant and almost unimaginable future, each work is lasting and memorable and award-winning.
Wardhaven marine Kris Longknife has a lot to prove in the struggle between Earth and hundreds of warring colonies. But after an ill-conceived attack, Kris must choose between certain death or mutiny. Original.
What did I do to end up in this nightmare?One minute Franklin Bryant is a normal teenager in school with his girlfriend, Krystal. The next, a reaper leaves him in Trance, the place between worlds where his destiny will be decided. Franklin has been summoned by the demon Charon to help destroy the Mystyx, a group of classmates including Krystal, with supernatural powers that can defeat Charon.Franklin loves Krystal, but he faces an impossible choice: join Charon and be rewarded with powers beyond his dreams, or refuse and die....A Mystyx series novella.
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