By Leonard Unger, Jay Parini
By Hassan Qazwini
During this inspiring narrative, considered one of this country’s most vital Muslim leaders unearths the tale of his existence and his religion, and why Islam is sweet for the United States. because the spiritual chief of the Islamic middle of the US in Dearborn, Michigan, Imam Hassan Qazwini serves the biggest Muslim congregation within the usa. His dramatic trip to those beaches all started in 1971, while his father’s anti-Baathist perspectives pressured his relatives to escape from Saddam’s Iraq to Kuwait after which to war-torn Iran. Then, in 1992, together with his father’s blessing, he left for the USA, a spot the place younger Muslims have been looking religious information and the place his childrens may perhaps develop up within the peace Qazwini have been denied. First in California after which in Michigan, Qazwini observed a stunning new international within which leaders have been brazenly mocked, women’s our bodies have been on reveal in public, and Christian symbols have been disparaged with out end result. He additionally observed a land within which the shortcoming of a standard religion necessitated a very good attempt to create a shared group. by way of counseling American Muslims–and sharing his faith with these of different beliefs–he got here to suppose at domestic within the state he already enjoyed, and he turned a depended on consultant to neighborhood and nationwide politicians.Then, after 11th of September, Osama bin encumbered gave him “a new full-time job.”American Crescent vividly describes Qazwini’s efforts to teach american citizens how those that destroyed the realm exchange middle had hijacked Islam besides, and that almost all Muslims have been appalled through their activities. but he additionally takes the Bush management to activity for championing the prejudicial Patriot Act (after Muslims supported George W. Bush within the 2000 election) and deplores its behavior within the Iraq War.Throughout American Crescent, Qazwini bargains a revelatory examine the tenets and historical past of Islam, protecting it as a religion of peace and variety, and difficult stereotypes and misconceptions promulgated by way of the media. Iran, he issues out, has the next percent of ladies in its parliament than the U.S. does in either homes of Congress. “If you must find out about Islam,” he writes, “turn off the TV.”At as soon as a desirable own tale and a heartfelt plea to combine Islamic teachings into the tolerant traditions of the USA, this e-book is a crucial contribution to our realizing of all those that stay between us, at a time while it concerns so much.
By Gary Hart
This day, whilst the USA asserts itself globally, it lacks a grand technique to exchange "containment of communism." during this brief, sharp publication, Gary Hart outlines a brand new grand approach, one directing America's powers to the success of its huge reasons. principal to this process is the facility of yankee beliefs, what Hart calls "the fourth power." Constitutional liberties, consultant govt, press freedom - those and different democratic ideas, appealing to peoples world wide, represent a source which could end up as vital to nationwide safety and the nationwide curiosity during this risky new century as conventional army, fiscal and political may well. Writes Hart: "The concept that govt exists to guard, now not oppress, the person has a massive energy no longer absolutely understood through such a lot americans who take this precept without any consideration from delivery. way more countries will keep on with us as a result of energy of this perfect than the may of all our weapons." opposed to those that view America's noblest values as an inconvenience or perhaps main issue to the exertion of impression overseas, Hart warns that we forget about precept basically at our peril. Such an method might serve momentary targets, yet there are expenses; between them is the compromising of an important strategic asset, America's fourth strength. definite pursuits require an army response--few severe humans could disagree. The query is "whether America's reasons are most sensible completed via empire and strength or via precept and persuasion." to indicate the previous, Hart argues, is to misinterpret either heritage and our present progressive age, one the place terrorism, the internationalization of markets, details know-how, eroding countryside authority and different realities call for now not doctrines of superstate unilateralism and preemption yet really appreciation for brand spanking new collective safety buildings, overseas regulatory our bodies, even different types of collaborative sovereignty. employing the easiest insights of technique to statecraft, Hart reveals fuzziness, overreaching, and "theological" simplicity in America's present international coverage. Nor does he think the struggle on terror, useful within the close to time period, will itself serve to chart America's greater strategic direction. A bracing imaginative and prescient of an the US conscious of a whole spectrum of worldwide demanding situations, The Fourth energy demands a deeper knowing either one of the threats we are facing and the profound strengths at our disposal to struggle them.
By Lois Kerschen
Proverbs supposedly include the knowledge of the typical folk?€”eternal truths to be handed down throughout the a while. they're brief, frequently funny, expressions that train classes or provide useful recommendation, and they're probably the simplest signs of attitudes and ideology of any kind of folklore. not just reflecting tradition, proverbs additionally perpetuate the cultural dictates of the previous, together with the fears, prejudices, and misconceptions in their predominately male authors. simply because they're generalizations, proverbs occasionally bog down exact statement and research and stifle unique concept. Like many different traditions and cultural practices, proverbs frequently advertise deceptive stereotypes of ladies. This reference ebook collects greater than 800 American proverbs approximately girls and analyzes their significance.The quantity starts with introductory chapters that discover the connection among proverbs and tradition and just like ladies awarded in proverbs. The chapters that stick with are dedicated to specific different types, resembling better halves and 6~rriage, moms and daughters, ladies as estate, and previous girls and grandmothers. every one bankruptcy contains a short introductory evaluation and a list of proverbs in terms of the subject. The proverbs have been accrued via an in depth evaluation of magazine articles, proverb dictionaries, and different literature. as well as real proverbs, the quantity contains a few words, sayings, and proverbial comparisons. now not incorporated are expressions that include phrases like mom or daughter yet don't fairly describe ladies or remark approximately them. The publication then offers a concluding research of the way American proverbs painting ladies, an alphabetical index of proverbs, and an intensive bibliography.
By Michael Kammen
In American tradition, American Tastes, Michael Kammen leads us on an wonderful, thought-provoking travel of America's altering tastes, makes use of of rest, and the transferring perceptions that experience observed them all through our nation's historical past. beginning on the cut-off date that late-nineteenth-century pop culture started to evolve into post-WWII mass tradition, Kammen charts the effect of ads and opinion polling; the improvement of standardized items, buying facilities, and mass advertising; the separation of sweet sixteen and grownup tradition; the connection among "high" and "low" paintings; the commercialization of equipped leisure; and the ways that tv has formed mass tradition and consumerism has reconfigured it. In doing so, he attracts from resources as various and wealthy because the paintings of esteemed cultural theorists, "The Simpsons," jigsaw puzzles, Walter Winchell's gossip columns, Whitman's poetry, Warhol's artwork, "Sesame Street," and the Book-of-the-Month Club.With wit and ingenuity Kammen lines the emergence of yankee mass tradition and the contested meanings of relaxation, style, client tradition, and social divisions that it has spawned.
By B.K. Swartz Jr.
By Iliana Christodoulou-Varotsi
The foreign Maritime association (IMO), because the United countries really good organization liable for the rules of delivery engaged in overseas exchange from the issues of view of maritime security and the prevention and keep watch over of pol- tion through ships, acknowledges that those pursuits can in simple terms be successfully completed if each hyperlink within the corresponding chain of accountability meets absolutely its obli- tions. Flag, port and coastal States, in addition to the transport itself, all have roles to play in jointly enhancing defense and preserving the surroundings, either marine and atmospheric, in the course of the improvement, adoption, and uniform imp- mentation and enforcement of, international criteria. during this e-book, Dr. Christodoulou-Varotsi units out to discover the level to which the activities of the ecu Union and the U.S., because the major originators of excessive criteria in those fields, represent a paradigm to the remainder of the inter- tional maritime neighborhood. during this regard, whereas underscoring the necessity for a - listic, multilateral method of maritime law – as epitomized through the paintings of IMO – the writer explores how criteria can be better by utilizing unilateral action.
By Carlos H. Aguilar P
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