This illustrated companion to the PBS and BBC series The Story of the Jews traces the Jewish experience, from their beginnings as an ancient tribal people to the opening of the New World in 1492.
Illuminating the unexpected connections between urban marginality, music, and political mobilization, investigates the Muslim youth movements that have emerged as means of protest against the policies of the war on terror.
This book recounts the author's experiences after her fundamentalist Jewish family cut her off at the age of 16 for exchanging letters with a male friend and traces her downward spiral into promiscuity and self-destruction in New York City.
The distinguished historian and author of The Medici Conspiracy examines atheism as a modern intellectual achievement that has motivated individuals to pursue invention and self-reliance, citing the accomplishments of secular philosophers, scientists and artists who have worked in the absence of religious belief.
Twenty-two writers, who are American Muslim men, speak openly about their romantic lives, offering a rare glimpse into their hearts, culture and religion, and sharing candid, humorous and revealing stories about loyalty, betrayal, intimacy and insecurity.
A lighthearted and inspiring dialogue between the Oscar-winning actor and his longtime spiritual guru explores the challenges of Jeff Bridges' Hollywood career, and the ways in which Zen teachings have informed his efforts to do good in the modern world.
Analyzes the relationship between Pius XI and the notorious Italian dictator, tracing how after coming into power in the same year they forged covert ties to one another to consolidate power and pursue political goals.
Phil Cousineau gathers an eclectic collection of poems and prose from great thinkers throughout the ages. These are pieces intended to relieve the insomniac's unease. From St. John of the Cross to Annie Dillard, Beethoven to The Song of Songs, this anthology ranges from saints, poets and shamans to astronomers and naturalists, and it tells of ancient tales and shining passages — all gathered beneath the dark umbrella of the night.
Roman Pilgrimage presents a stations pilgrimage tour of the Eternal City during the Lenten season, discussing the faith-based practices of today's pilgrims while offering commentaries on relevant liturgies, art and architecture.
Pulitzer Prize-winning writer Lawrence Wright draws from more than 200 interviews with current and former Scientologists to present a look inside the world of Scientology and the life of its founder, L. Ron Hubbard, who died in 1986. He examines the group's special cosmology, uncovers its outsized efforts to attract members from Hollywood and considers a difficult question: What makes a belief system a religion?
Denise Spellberg reveals the influence of Islam in the birth of American religious freedom, describing how Jefferson studied the Qur'an because he believed that Islam's Enlightenment ideals could inform the fledgling country's practical governance.