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Armstrong, Karen 1944-

Works: 250 works in 1,042 publications in 7 languages and 57,305 library holdings
Genres: History  Biography  Comparative studies  Criticism, interpretation, etc  Commentaries 
Roles: Interviewee, Creator, Editor
Classifications: BP50, B
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Islam : a short history by Karen Armstrong( Book )
52 editions published between 2000 and 2013 in 4 languages and held by 4,910 libraries worldwide
No religion in the modern world is as feared and misunderstood as Islam. It haunts the popular Western imagination as an extreme faith that promotes authoritarian government, female oppression, civil war, and terrorism. Karen Armstrong's short history offers a vital corrective to this narrow view. The distillation of years of thinking and writing about Islam, it demonstrates that the world's fastest-growing faith is a much richer and more complex phenomenon than its modern fundamentalist strain might suggest. Islam: A Short History begins with the flight of Muhammad and his family from Medina in the seventh century and the subsequent founding of the first mosques. It recounts the origins of the split between Shii and Sunni Muslims, and the emergence of Sufi mysticism; the spread of Islam throughout North Africa, the Levant, and Asia; the shattering effect on the Muslim world of the Crusades; the flowering of imperial Islam in the fourteenth and fifteenth centuries into the world's greatest and most sophisticated power; and the origins and impact of revolutionary Islam. It concludes with an assessment of Islam today and its challenges. With this brilliant book, Karen Armstrong issues a forceful challenge to those who hold the view that the West and Islam are civilizations set on a collision course. It is also a model of authority, elegance, and economy. From the Hardcover edition
A history of God : the 4000-year quest of Judaism, Christianity, and Islam by Karen Armstrong( Book )
30 editions published between 1993 and 2004 in English and held by 4,344 libraries worldwide
"Armstrong suggests that any particular idea of God must - if it is to survive - work for the people who develop it, and that ideas of God change when they cease to be effective. She argues that the concept of a personal God who behaves like a larger version of ourselves was suited to mankind at a certain stage but no longer works for an increasing number of people." "Understanding the ever-changing ideas of God in the past and their relevance and usefulness in their time, she says, is a way to begin the search for a new concept for the twenty-first century. Her book shows that such a development is virtually inevitable, in spite of the despair of our increasingly "Godless" world, because it is a natural aspect of our humanity to seek a symbol for the ineffable reality that is universally perceived."--BOOK JACKET
The battle for God by Karen Armstrong( Book )
47 editions published between 2000 and 2004 in English and Amharic and held by 3,543 libraries worldwide
"In The Battle for God, Karen Armstrong shows us how and why fundamentalist groups came into existence and what they yearn to accomplish." "We see the West in the sixteenth century beginning to create an entirely new kind of civilization, which brought in its wake change in every aspect of life - often painful and violent, even if liberating. Armstrong argues that one of the things that changed most was religion. People could no longer think about or experience the divine in the same why; they had to develop new forms of faith to fit their new circumstances." "Armstrong characterizes fundamentalism as one of these new ways of being religious that have emerged in every major faith tradition. She examines the ways in which these movements, while not monolithic, have each sprung from a dread of modernityoften in response to assault (sometimes unwitting, sometimes intentional) by the mainstream society." "Armstrong sees fundamentalist groups as complex, innovative, and modern - rather than as throwbacks to the past - but contends that they have failed in religious terms. Maintaining that fundamentalism often exists in symbiotic relationship with an aggressive modernity, each impelling the other on to greater excess, she suggests compassion as a way to defuse what is now an intensifying conflict."--Jacket
Buddha by Karen Armstrong( Book )
23 editions published between 2000 and 2004 in English and held by 3,421 libraries worldwide
A world-renouned religious thinker contemplates one of the world's most sacred figures. In a profound blend of biography, religion, history, and philosophy, Armstrong's highly original portrait of the Buddha explores both the archetypal religious icon and Buddha the man
The case for God by Karen Armstrong( Book )
32 editions published between 2009 and 2013 in English and held by 3,269 libraries worldwide
Moving from the Paleolithic age to the present, Karen Armstrong details the great lengths to which humankind has gone in order to experience a sacred reality. While noting that the changing face of the world has necessarily changed the importance of religion at both the societal and the individual level, she makes a powerful, convincing argument for drawing on the insights of the past in order to build a faith that speaks to the needs of our dangerously polarized age
The great transformation : the beginning of our religious traditions by Karen Armstrong( Book )
28 editions published between 2006 and 2013 in English and held by 2,965 libraries worldwide
In the ninth century BCE, the peoples of four distinct regions of the civilized world created the religious and philosophical traditions that have continued to nourish humanity to the present day: Confucianism and Daoism in China, Hinduism and Buddhism in India, monotheism in Israel, and philosophical rationalism in Greece. Later generations further developed these initial insights, but we have never grown beyond them. Now, Karen Armstrong reveals how the sages of this pivotal "Axial Age" can speak clearly and helpfully to the violence and desperation that we experience in our own times. The Axial Age faiths began in recoil from the unprecedented violence of their time. There was a remarkable consensus in their call for an abandonment of selfishness and a spirituality of compassion. The traditions of the Axial Age were not about dogma--all insisted on the primacy of compassion even in the midst of suffering.--From publisher description
The Bible : a biography by Karen Armstrong( Book )
25 editions published between 2007 and 2012 in English and held by 2,653 libraries worldwide
Religious historian Armstrong discusses the conception, gestation, life, and afterlife of history's most powerful book. Armstrong analyzes the social and political situation in which oral history turned into written scripture, how this all-pervasive scripture was collected into one work, and how it became accepted as Christianity's sacred text. She explores how "as the pragmatic scientific ethos of modernity took hold, scripture was read for the information that it imparted" and how, in the nineteenth century, historical criticism of the Bible caused greater fear than Darwinism.--From publisher description
Jerusalem : one city, three faiths by Karen Armstrong( Book )
26 editions published between 1996 and 2013 in English and Undetermined and held by 2,490 libraries worldwide
Makes clear that the emotions binding such of the faiths to Jerusalem have grown even more powerful when a community's link to the city has been reestablished
Twelve steps to a compassionate life by Karen Armstrong( Book )
28 editions published between 2010 and 2013 in English and Undetermined and held by 2,359 libraries worldwide
Taking as her starting point the teachings of the great world religions, Karen Armstrong demonstrates in twelve practical steps how we can bring compassion to the forefront of our lives. Armstrong argues that compassion is inseparable from humanity, and by transcending the limitations of selfishness on a daily basis we will not only make a difference in the world but also lead happier, more fulfilled, lives
Muhammad : a biography of the prophet by Karen Armstrong( Book )
18 editions published between 1991 and 2009 in English and held by 2,313 libraries worldwide
This biography attempts to strip away centuries of distortion and myth and present a balanced view of Muhammad, the man whose religion, Islam, continues to dramatically affect the course of history
Holy war : the Crusades and their impact on today's world by Karen Armstrong( Book )
23 editions published between 1988 and 2001 in English and held by 2,024 libraries worldwide
A penetrating narrative history of the Crusades that reveals the ominous links and parallels between those medieval clashes and the violent rivalries of the Middle East today
A short history of myth by Karen Armstrong( Book )
23 editions published between 2005 and 2010 in English and held by 1,979 libraries worldwide
Human beings have always been mythmakers. Theologian Armstrong here investigates myth: what it is, how it has evolved, and why we still so desperately need it. She takes us from the Paleolithic period and the myths of the hunters, up to the Great Western Transformation of the last five hundred years and the discrediting of myth by science. The history of myth is the history of humanity, our stories and beliefs, our curiosity and attempts to understand the world, which link us to our ancestors and each other.--From publisher description
Muhammad : a prophet for our time by Karen Armstrong( Book )
12 editions published between 2006 and 2007 in English and held by 1,813 libraries worldwide
Presents a biography of Muhammad, focusing on the prophet's role in the creation of Islam
In the beginning : a new interpretation of Genesis by Karen Armstrong( Book )
13 editions published between 1996 and 2013 in English and held by 1,479 libraries worldwide
"The power of Genesis lies in its stories, especially those of the creation, the Fall, Cain and Abel, Noah, Abraham, Jacob, and Joseph. Armstrong traces the grand design of Genesis and its great themes, examines its stories in fascinating detail, and shows why and how they work so well to illustrate the human quest for meaning." "We discover how these ancient tales illuminate our most profound and intractable problems: our struggle with evil, with obtuseness, with cowardice, and particularly with the difficulty of facing up to the consequences of our past actions. Most significantly, Armstrong makes clear how the stories in Genesis can help us to relate - morally - to our own personal histories in our strivings to make ourselves whole, and to grasp why the struggle itself is worthwhile even if its goal is never fully achieved."--Jacket
The Gospel according to woman : Christianity's creation of the sex war in the West by Karen Armstrong( Book )
15 editions published between 1986 and 1996 in English and held by 954 libraries worldwide
Investigates how Christianity has affected the lives and identities of women through the centuries and how women are still affected today
Beyond our differences ( visu )
1 edition published in 2009 in English and held by 669 libraries worldwide
Features interviews with religious leaders and politicians as they are asked what inspires them in these challenging times, as more and more people are turning to religion and spirituality to gain a sense of meaning and understanding with what they are facing
The case for God by Karen Armstrong( Sound Recording )
11 editions published between 2009 and 2011 in 3 languages and held by 654 libraries worldwide
The author presents a history of religious faith with an emphasis on Christianity and discusses the decline of faith and rise of dogmatic atheism of the present day
Feminist theology : a reader by Ann Loades( Book )
6 editions published between 1990 and 1993 in English and held by 636 libraries worldwide
Twelve steps to a compassionate life by Karen Armstrong( Sound Recording )
9 editions published between 2010 and 2011 in English and held by 606 libraries worldwide
Believing the world could improve dramatically through kindness, Karen Armstrong urges listeners to develop a greater aptitude for compassion. Here, Armstrong offers a twelve-step guide that will show listeners how to merge their hearts with their minds
Visions of God : four medieval mystics and their writings by Karen Armstrong( Book )
2 editions published in 1994 in English and held by 538 libraries worldwide
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Alternative Names
Armstrong, Kerin
Ārmstronga, Karena, 1944-
Ārmstrunǧ, Kārīn, 1944-
Ārmstrūnj, Kārīn, 1944-
Армстронг, Керин
ארמסטרונג, קרן, 1944-
أرمسترونج، كارين
أرمسترونغ، كارين، 1944-
كارين أرمسترونج، 1944-
كارين أرمسترونغ، 1944-
アームストロング, カレン
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