It certainly pays to have small independent book stores where you can develop a relationship with the proprietors. The Penn Book Center is one such gem, one of the few independent book stores still open in Philadelphia (since 1962). They have helped me find and located great books over the last seven years, bringing this or that title to my attention. David, one of the workers there, set aside this title for me in hopes I would find it of value and I do. It’s A Journey Through Islamic History, A Timeline of Key Events, by Yasminah Hashim and Muhammad Beg. Some of the details are in the video below. I highly recommend it for its conciseness, style and craftsmanship.
A quick look at how Ibn Taymiyyah, often dubbed as “Shaykh al-Islam,” looked at Sufism. As Dr. Jackson demonstrates, he was not opposed to Sufism, lock, stock and barrel, as many who would use his name to refute Sufism might imagine. Sufism for Non-Sufis is part of the Summer Reading List 2012.
“Most technology survivors lose all or part of their hero system*. Long-Standing, fundamental beliefs about themselves and the world can shatter into irretrievable fragments. One’s identity can be the first to go.” Chellis Glendinning, When Technology Wounds.
Are people losing their identities by using the Internet, Facebook, and other technologies that allow a so-called anonymous interface? And how do we deal with this in light of our descent from a culture of shame to a culture of humiliation? More thoughts on books from the Summer Reading List 2012.