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    Reader's Choice for Reading #4

    So, for reading #4, I figured I'd give you all a choice between two of my favorite books. I'll tally the votes by December 10.

    Sayyid Qutb's Milestones
    - Four of its chapters were originally...
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    Book #2: Fazlur Rahman's "Islam & Modernity"

    Fazlur Rahmanís controversial work, Islam and Modernity: The Transformation of an Intellectual Tradition.
    ISBN: 0226702847.

    For this: Cite only sources from from Islamic thinkers and/or the...
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    Jmm if you want to continue reading Maududi, or...

    Jmm if you want to continue reading Maududi, or Qutb, or even Rida, Iqbal, Asad, al-Bana, or Safavi- donít let me stop you by any means. I was offering advice based on my experience teaching this...
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    I apologize for my extended absence. Work has...

    I apologize for my extended absence. Work has been rather treacherous and the purchasing of a new car was a stressful endeavor. I hope not to do that again for a very long time.

    I will do my best...
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    Sure. I'd focus more on questions now as others...

    Sure. I'd focus more on questions now as others may be encountering similar things. Delving into the nitty gritty may be a touch premature.
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    They are nothing if not consistent. Sing songs...

    They are nothing if not consistent. Sing songs about destroying Zionists, paint pictures with Statue of Liberty's crown made of bombs, yell about colonialism and globalization.

    Personally, I want...
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    My Persian is terribly rusty and I was only able...

    My Persian is terribly rusty and I was only able to pick out a few words of his speech. Going off the translated summary, I'd say Rafsanjani is right. Either way, Syria loses. Anyone who gets...
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    The saga continues: Saudi Arabia and Israel...

    The saga continues:

    Saudi Arabia and Israel are strange bedfellows.

    NATO is convinced it was Assad, but the chief doesn't feel the need to do anything about it.

    In sum, everyone agrees...
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    The Arab League has spoken!

    Reuters is reporting the Arab League is backing intervention in Syria.

    I read this headline and I got a bit giddy. I was expecting them to weigh in on their onetime member. So, I click on the...
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    AdamG- thanks for digging up those sources. ...

    AdamG- thanks for digging up those sources.

    As far as Dr. Daniel Pipes and anything that comes out of his factory is concerned, I'm very wary. Why? I'm going to keep this as professional as...
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    I think everyone should be able to finish Part I...

    I think everyone should be able to finish Part I (74 pages) by then. Part II may need to be split in half to be doable.
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    Book #1: Religion and State by L. Carl Brown

    Religion and State: The Muslim Approach to Politics by L. Carl Brown is our first book. All discussions about this book will go in this thread.

    If you are interested in ordering the book, it is...
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    So happy. Not about Syria, but that there is such...

    So happy. Not about Syria, but that there is such great discussion here.



    This. This a thousand times. The intelligence cycle is backwards. Politicians come up with a course of action, and then...
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    Dave- I definitely planned on it. I think my...

    Dave- I definitely planned on it. I think my sanity would suffer otherwise!

    I might get a list of vocabulary up as a reference at some point this weekend.

    Dayuhan,



    Already thought of it....
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    Dayuhan, I do realize some of these books will be...

    Dayuhan, I do realize some of these books will be difficult or even impossible to get ahold of for some of the members here. However, researching and vetting enough sources to replace what one book...
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    What a fine kettle of fish this is

    I was reading earlier today on the AP newswire a Syrian Kurd stated it wouldn't make sense for Assad to use a chem weapon that close to his stronghold. However, it would make perfect sense for rebels...
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    SWJED- I realized the mistake when I looked at...

    SWJED- I realized the mistake when I looked at the post the following morning. Mea culpa! The dangers of posting on the web late at night!

    Omarali, you may have a difficult time finding these...
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    SMJED, thank you for giving this its own forum....

    SMJED, thank you for giving this its own forum. I've started plugging SMJ on twitter, ADN, and linkedin. Hopefully, a couple of my friends will trickle over :)

    Sir, glad to hear you will be...
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    Soapbox (partially) averted.

    First, I'm very excited this book was translated into English. Solahudin has a reputation for doing solid work, and I can't wait to get my hands on this.

    Second:

    Indonesia isn't just a Muslim...
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    Soapbox (partially) averted.

    First, I'm very excited this book was translated into English. Solahudin has a reputation for doing solid work, and I can't wait to get my hands on this.

    Second:

    Indonesia isn't just a Muslim...
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    First SWC Book Club Marching Orders

    In the SWC Recruiting thread, I mentioned starting a book club. Well, I'm making good on that threat :D While I doubt it will do anything to swell our ranks, it may foster a small increase in...
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    First, welcome!

    As for your superb questions, it's something we, I'm speaking for theologians and Scholars of Religion, are beginning to ask in earnest.

    While there are plenty of different...
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    Ah, it's amazing what some sleep can do for a...

    Ah, it's amazing what some sleep can do for a person.

    With regard to the 'anti-intellectual' comment I made, it wasn't so much with regard to here, but more aimed at the larger military culture....
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    I swear I'm not normally this verbose- honest...

    For the first time in about 6 weeks I don't have an RFP to write. I have a grande caramel macchiato circulating in my system and I had some chocolate. To paraphrase OneRepublic, "I can think again…"...
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    I've been lurking far too much and not posting...

    I've been lurking far too much and not posting enough. I can't help but say 'mea culpa' at that. This is a bit of a long and rambling post. My apologies. I've written 3 RFPS in 4 weeks and I am...
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