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Men of a Single Book
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Men of a Single Book
Men of a Single Book
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Christianity
Islam
Modernism
Science

Price:  $19.95

ISBN:  978-1-935493-18-1
Book Size:  8.5"x5.5"
# of Pages:  148
Language:  English



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The term “fundamentalism” often conjures up images of militant radicals such as the Taliban or al-Qaeda, or the American “religious right”. This groundbreaking book examines Islamic and Christian radical ideologies and argues that the term “fundamentalism”, defined as the passional attachment to a single point of view combined with a vehement rejection of all others, can also be applied more broadly to include anti-religious perspectives such as Marxism, Darwinism, and Freudianism.

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  • Winner in the “Religion: Comparative Religion” category of The USA "Best Books 2011" Awards, sponsored by USA Book News
  • ForeWord Book of the Year Award Finalist for “Religion”
  • Midwest Book Award Silver Medal for “Current Events”

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Detailed Description of Men of a Single Book

The term “fundamentalism” often conjures up images of militant radicals such as the Taliban or al-Qaeda, or the American “religious right”. These extremists often distort, falsify, and deform religion in order to advance their political and ideological agendas. This groundbreaking book examines Islamic and Christian radical ideologies and argues that the term “fundamentalism”, defined as the passional attachment to a single point of view combined with a vehement rejection of all others, can also be applied more broadly to include anti-religious perspectives such as Marxism, Darwinism, and Freudianism. It also presents insightful answers to the challenges put forward by atheistic polemicists.

AWARDS

  • Winner in the “Religion: Comparative Religion” category of The USA "Best Books 2011" Awards, sponsored by USA Book News
  • ForeWord Book of the Year Award Finalist for “Religion”
  • Midwest Book Award Silver Medal for “Current Events”



About the Author(s)

Mateus Soares de Azevedo

Mateus Soares de Azevedo is an author, translator, editor, and journalist from Minas Gerais, central Brazil. He is the author of a number of books and dozens of articles and essays dealing with the importance of traditional religion and spirituality in the contemporary world, some of them translated into English and Spanish. He has also translated a number of books by Guénon, Schuon, Lings, and other Perennialist figures into Portugese. His contributions to World Wisdom's books include:
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Alberto Vasconcellos Queiroz

Alberto Vasconcellos Queiroz was born and raised in the Brazilian city of Santos, the largest seaport in Latin America. He studied psychology at the Pontifical Catholic University in São Paulo where he graduated as a professional psychologist. After graduating, he moved to the city of São José dos Campos, where he began his career working in industry. He soon turned to the public sector, initially as a psychologist in residential care units, and later as a municipal administrator. He is now an assistant to the Mayor’s Office, with special responsibility for educational projects.

Alberto Vasconcellos Queiroz is the co-editor of Remembering in a World of Forgetting: Thoughts on Tradition and Postmodernism, a collection of the writings by William Stoddart, and he contributed the "Foreword" to Men of a Single Book: Fundamentalism in Islam, Christianity, and Modern Thought, by Mateus Soares de Azevedo.


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William Stoddart

William Stoddart is a perennialist author, editor, and translator who has been active in advancing the understanding of the writings of Frithjof Schuon, Titus Burckhardt, and others, for many years. Dr. Stoddart's most recent publication with World Wisdom are An Illustrated Outline of Buddhism: The Essentials of Buddhist Spirituality, What Does Islam Mean in Today’s World?, and Outline of Sufism: The Essentials of Islamic Spirituality. A compilation of his writings, Remembering in a World of Forgetting, was edited by M. Soares de Azevedo and A. Vasconcellos Queiroz. Stoddart also edited The Essential Titus Burckhardt, and is perhaps the greatest authority on the work of this great Swiss traditionalist. Dr. Stoddart's other contributions in World Wisdom books include:
 

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Reviews of Men of a Single Book

“This book constitutes a useful corrective to the distorted picture of Islam created by the actions of the so-called ‘Islamic’ terrorists, and also to the resulting inaccuracies and prejudices propagated daily by the Western media. In addition, it offers us a convincing rebuttal of the widely-publicized writings of certain notorious atheists such as Richard Dawkins and Christopher Hitchens.”
William Stoddart, author of What Do the Religions Say about Each Other? Christian Attitudes towards Islam, Islamic Attitudes towards Christianity



“The problem identified by Men of a Single Book—that of situating militant fundamentalism in its proper context—is one of today’s most urgent issues. This book provides the answers every reader needs to know.” —Michael Fitzgerald, co-editor of The Universal Spirit of Islam: From the Koran and Hadith



“Islam practiced religious tolerance and has been responsible for the preservation of a significant parcel of human culture. This book gives a better understanding of the authentic spirit of Islam and other religions.” —Heródoto Barbeiro, Brazilian journalist and TV host



“The challenge that Men of a Single Book delivers is that while Truth is one, it has many expressions that cannot be reduced to a single credo, as Saint Thomas Aquinas warned the faithful seven centuries ago. To understand this work is to go beyond the literalism and collectivism of the diverse revelations in their present state and thereby to recognize the spiritual counterfeits in order to dispel the shadows of what has become a sort of universal trance.”
—from a review in Parabola


Table of Contents for Men of a Single Book

Foreword by Alberto Vasconellos Queiroz

Introduction by William Stoddart

Part I: Militant Fundamentalism vs Traditional Religion

1. Beware of the Men of a Single Book

2. Militant Islam, the Muslim World, and the Holy War

3. Asymmetries between Christianity and Islam

4. The Koran and the Bible

5. The Message of Islam

6. Sufism in the Face of Militant Fundamentalism

Part II: Secular Fundamentalism

7. Marxism as Fundamentalism

8. Freudian Psychoanalysis as Secular Fundamentalism

9. Jung and the Faithful without Religion

10. Vatican II and the Three Revolutions

11. Science Fundamentalism: A Short Answer to Three Militat Atheists

Map of the Islamic World

Selected Bibliography

Index

Biographical Notes




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