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The Crusades
by Thomas Asbridge ~ Paperback / softback
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The Crusades is an authoritative, accessible single-volume history of the brutal struggle for the Holy Land in the Middle Ages. Thomas Asbridge--a renowned historian who writes with "maximum vividness" (Joan Acocella, The New Yorker)--covers the years 1095 to 1291 in this big, ambitious, readable ac...

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Living with the Gods
by Neil MacGregor ~ Hardback

No society on Earth lacks beliefs about where it has come from, its place in the world, and the connection of individuals to the eternal. Until recently, it was widely assumed that religion was on the wane almost everywhere- now, far from becoming marginalised, the relationship between faith and soc...

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Finding God in the Waves
by Mike McHargue ~ Paperback / softback

A story about having faith, losing it, and finding it again through science--revealing how the latest in neuroscience, physics, and biology help us understand God, faith, and ourselves. Mike McHargue, host of The Liturgists and Ask Science Mike podcasts, understands the pain of unraveling belief. In...

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Slave Species of the Gods
by Michael Tellinger ~ Paperback / softback
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* Reveals compelling new archaeological and genetic evidence for the engineered origins of the human species, first proposed by Zecharia Sitchin in The 12th Planet * Shows how the Anunnaki created us using pieces of their own DNA, controlling our physical and mental capabilities by inactivating thei...

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Catholic Collectibles
by June K. Laval ~ Hardback

A guide to the history and value of Catholic collectibles, most from 1800 through the 1900s. Rosaries, medals, crosses and crucifixes, representations of saints and holy people, and more are presented through more than 400 pictures and text. Catholic religious art has been created and displayed in c...

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Introduction to Islam
by Tariq Ramadan ~ Paperback

Author BiographyTariq Ramadan is Professor of Contemporary Islamic Studies at Oxford University (Oriental Institute, St. Antony's College). He is the author of several books, including What I Believe and In the Footsteps of the Prophet.

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The Darkening Age
by Catherine Nixey ~ Hardback

The Darkening Age is the largely unknown story of how a militant religion comprehensively and deliberately extinguished the teachings of the Classical world, ushering in centuries of unquestioning adherence to 'one true faith'. Despite the long-held notion that the early Christians were meek and m...

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The Book of Enoch
by Enoch ~ Hardback

The Bible, as we hold it today, is esteemed by many religious institutions and especially Conservative Christians to be the inspired, inerrant Word of God. This doctrinal position affirms that the Bible is unlike all other books or collections of works in that it is free of error due to having been ...

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The Qur'an
by Bruce Lawrence ~ Paperback / softback
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"Meditative and unique, a lovely read for any spiritual person, Muslim or not."--Publisher's Weekly Few books in history have been as poorly understood as the Qur'an. Sent down in a series of revelations to the Prophet Muhammad, the Qur'an is the unmediated word of Allah, a ritual, political, and l...

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The Case for God: What Religion Really Means
by Karen Armstrong ~ Paperback / softback

There is widespread confusion about the nature of religious truth. For the first time in history, a significantly large number of people want nothing to do with God. Mlitant atheists preach a gospel of godlessness with the zeal of missionaries and find an eager audience. What has happened? Tracing t...

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by Reza Aslan ~ Paperback / softback

#1 New York Times Bestseller Two thousand years ago, an itinerant Jewish preacher and miracle worker walked across the Galilee, gathering followers to establish what he called the 'Kingdom of God'. The revolutionary movement he launched was so threatening to the established order that he was captur...

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The Pagan Book of Days
by Nigel Pennick ~ Paperback

- A daybook containing information about rituals and celebrations that have for centuries been associated with the changing seasons of the year. - Includes charts of equinoxes and solstices, movable holy days, and monthly lunar phases through 2033 - First edition sold more than 30,000 copies Pagan r...

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Empires of the Sea
by Roger Crowley ~ Paperback

In 1521, Suleiman the Magnificent, Muslim ruler of the Ottoman Empire, dispatched an invasion fleet to the Christian island of Rhodes. This would prove to be the opening shot in an epic clash between rival empires and faiths for control of the Mediterranean and the center of the world. In Empires of...

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Korean Thought and Culture
by Chai-Shin Yu ~ Paperback

During its five thousand years of history and culture, Korea has been attacked and invaded by other countries eight hundred times. Despite all its past tragedies, Korea has risen from the ashes and become one of the ten strongest economic countries in the world-all because its people have kept their...

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Understanding the Volatile and Dangerous Middle East
by Steven Carol ~ Paperback

The purpose of Understanding the Volatile and Dangerous Middle East is to assist the general public to obtain a deeper comprehension of this bewildering region. Middle East issues can become muddled and confusing, particularly since the mainstream news media, editorials, and popular literature on th...

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Civilisations: How Do We Look / The Eye of Faith
by Mary Beard ~ Hardback

Focusing on the arrival of the human figure as a subject of art, Mary Beard examines the history of beauty in civilisation. Beginning with the Jericho painted skulls from 10,000 years ago, and the extraordinary figures of Ain Ghazal. It examines in depth the creativity that gave identity to ancient...

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A History of the Protestant Reformation in England Ireland
by William Cobbett ~ Paperback

"A History of the Protestant Reformation in England and Ireland" was authored by William Cobbett. Cobbett was the son of a farmer, a champion of rural English life, and one of the most influential journalists of the day. This work sees Cobbett explore the reformation and its outcomes in great detail...

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The Rational Bible: Exodus
by Dennis Prager ~ Hardback

Why do so many people think the Bible, the most influential book in world history, is outdated? Why do our friends and neighbors - and sometimes we ourselves - dismiss the Bible as irrelevant, irrational, immoral, or all of these things? This explanation of the Book of Exodus, the second book of the...

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A Sword on the Land Revised
by Bill Randles ~ Paperback

A Sword On the Land Revised, is an updated version of Pastor Bill Randles' 2013 book, which was written to show the significance of the "Arab Spring" in view of Bible Prophecy. Pastor Randles has explained the scriptural context for understanding the religion of Islam and it's significance in the la...

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The Jew Is Not My Enemy
by Tarek Fatah ~ Paperback / softback

A liberal Muslim and critically acclaimed author explores the historical, political, and theological basis for centuries of Muslim animosity towards Jews, debunking long-held myths and tracing a history of hate and its impact today. More than nine years after 9/11 and 60 years after the creation of ...

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Christ in the Crossfire
by Ian Wishart ~ Paperback

For 2000 years, debate has raged - who is Jesus Christ? Is he a great teacher or is he God? Is there even a reason to believe in God in our modern scientific world? In the past decade, the war on Belief has become more vocal with the rise of 'New Atheism' advocates like Richard Dawkins, Sam Harris a...

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Last Clash of the Titans
by Derek P Gilbert ~ Paperback / softback

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What Are They Saying About Ancient Israelite Religion?
by John L. McLaughlin ~ Paperback / softback

This volume explores recent scholarship on ancient Israelite religion, focusing on the deities of ancient Israel. The scholarship begins in 1980, although some earlier works are cited. Latest title in the What Are They Saying About series which provides concise overviews of contemporary religious, m...

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Islamic Civilization in Thirty Lives
by Chase F Robinson ~ Paperback / softback

The religious thinkers, political leaders, law-makers, writers and philosophers of the early Muslim world helped to shape the 1,400-year-long development of today's secondlargest world religion. But who were these people? What do we know of their lives, and the ways in which they influenced their so...

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by Reza Aslan ~ Paperback / softback

THE NEW YORK TIMES BESTSELLER In God, Reza Aslan sheds new light on mankind's relationship with the divine and challenges our perspective on faith and the birth of religion. From the origins of spiritual thought to the concept of an active, engaged, divine presence that underlies all creation, A...

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Kebra Nagast (The Book of the Glory of Kings)
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The 'Kebra Nagast' (Glory of Kings) was written at least one thousand years ago, and takes its theme from much older sources, some going back to the first century AD. Written originally in the African classical language Ge'ez, the book tells the history of a Davidic line of African monarchs, descend...

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by Carole Hillenbrand ~ Paperback / softback

Carole Hillenbrand's book offers a profound understanding of the history of Muslims and their faith, from the life of Muhammad to the religion practised by 1.6 billion people around the world today. Each of the eleven chapters explains a core aspect of the faith in historical perspective, allowing r...

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Anchoritic Traditions of Medieval Europe
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The practice of anchoritism - religious enclosure which was frequently solitary and voluntarily embraced, very often in a permanent capacity - was widespread in many areas of Europe throughout the middle ages. Originating in the desert withdrawal of the earliest Christians and prefiguring even the m...

Pre-order - out 15 Mar 2019
The African American Church in Birmingham, Alabama, 1815-1963
by Wilson Fallin, Jr. ~ Paperback / softback

This study, first published in 1997, attempts to fill a gap in the historiography of the African American church by analysing the role and place of the African American church in one city, Birmingham, Alabama. It traces the roles and functions of the church from the arrival of African Americans as s...

Pre-order - out 7 Mar 2019
Romance Behind Judaica
by Faydra L Shapiro ~ Hardback

Passover, Shavout, Sukkot, Rosh Hashanah, Yom Kippur, Hanukkah, Purim, Tisha B'Av Romance Behind Judaica is a guide to the history and observation of Jewish festivals. Includes the background of each holy day, how it was observed in biblical times and how it is observed today. Outlines the special ...

Pre-order - out 13 Aug 2019
The Care of Nuns
by Katie Ann-Marie Bugyis ~ Hardback

In her ground-breaking new study, Katie Bugyis offers a new history of communities of Benedictine nuns in England from 900 to 1225. By applying innovative paleographical, codicological, and textual analyses to their surviving liturgical books, Bugyis recovers a treasure trove of unexamined evidence ...

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by John Paterson ~ Paperback / softback

In 1906, life in Wamphray - situated between Lockerbie and Moffat in Southern Scotland - revolved round farm life, the church and the school. While Paterson attends closely to the personalities whose influence was felt, he writes too of the routines and habits of less famous folk, providing a backcl...

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Pious Imperialism
by Cornelius Conover ~ Hardback

This book analyzes Spanish rule and Catholic practice from the consolidation of Spanish control in the Americas in the sixteenth century to the loss of these colonies in the nineteenth century by following the life and afterlife of an accidental martyr, San Felipe de Jesus. Using Mexico City-native ...

Pre-order - out 30 May 2019
The Deeds of the Abbots of St Albans

The Deeds of the abbots of St Albans is the longest continuous chronicle of a medieval monastery in England, following its fortunes from its first foundation in the wake of the first Viking raids to its status as a proud and prosperous pillar of the church establishment more than six centuries later...

Pre-order - out 21 Jun 2019
Churches and Churchyards of England and Wales
by Richard Hayman ~ Paperback / softback

The parish church is a symbol of continuity, a cornerstone of the urban and rural landscape, and a treasure trove often as rich in cultural history as any museum. This compact and accessible guide explores all of these aspects of the parish church. It begins by examining why churches are built where...

Pre-order - out 30 May 2019
England's Other Countrymen
by Onyeka Nubia ~ Hardback

The Tudor period remains a source of timeless fascination, with endless novels, TV programmes and films depicting the period in myriad ways. And yet our image of the Tudor era remains overwhelmingly white. This ground-breaking and provocative new book seeks to redress the balance: revealing not only...

Pre-order - out 15 Jun 2019
Race and New Religious Movements in the USA

Organized in chronological order of the founding of each movement, this documentary reader brings to life new religious movements from the 18th century to the present. Engaging with both religious studies theory and method, and critical race theory, students are provided with the tools needed in ord...

Pre-order - out 8 Aug 2019
Welsh Saints from Welsh Churches
by Martin Crampin ~ Paperback / softback

A study of the imagery of Welsh saints, in medieval and 19th/20th-century stained glass, sculpture and painting. Overview and analysis, followed by sections on c.40 individual saints. An authoritative introduction to the stories of the saints, highly illustrated and full-colour throughout, with c.50...

Pre-order - out 1 Jul 2019
An Atheist's History of Belief
by Matthew Kneale ~ Paperback / softback

What first prompted prehistoric man, sheltering in the shadows of deep caves, to call upon the realm of the spirits? And why has belief thrived ever since, leading us to invent heaven and hell, sin and redemption, and above all, gods? Religion reflects our deepest hopes and fears; whether you are...

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Pagan Britain
by Ronald Hutton ~ Paperback / softback

Britain's pagan past, with its mysterious monuments, atmospheric sites, enigmatic artifacts, bloodthirsty legends, and cryptic inscriptions, is both enthralling and perplexing to a resident of the twenty-first century. In this ambitious and thoroughly up-to-date book, Ronald Hutton reveals the long ...

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