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Ruthven, Malise

Works: 88 works in 482 publications in 13 languages and 17,975 library holdings
Genres: History  Maps  Church history  Textbooks  Atlases  Biography  Pictorial works  Interviews 
Roles: Author, Editor, Author of introduction, Contributor, win, Author of afterword, colophon, etc.
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Most widely held works about Malise Ruthven
Most widely held works by Malise Ruthven
Islam : a very short introduction by Malise Ruthven( )

85 editions published between 1990 and 2018 in 13 languages and held by 4,188 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

Offering fresh insights and new information, Islam: A Very Short Introduction provides a much needed discussion of Islam's past, present, and future, and its place in modern world religions
Fundamentalism : the search for meaning by Malise Ruthven( )

22 editions published between 2004 and 2009 in English and Dutch and held by 2,307 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

"Malise Ruthven offers the first book to expose the nature of religious fundamentalism worldwide, and to explore its many forms. Tracing the development of this phenomenon, he examines its historical, social, religious, political, and ideological backgrounds. While questioning its usefulness as a term, Malise Ruthven argues persuasively that there are significant 'family resemblances' between different fundamentalist movements on issues such as the literal interpretation of scripture, violence, gender, and group identities."--Jacket
Islam in the world by Malise Ruthven( Book )

55 editions published between 1984 and 2006 in 3 languages and held by 2,218 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

Recent events in the Muslim world have made an understanding of Islam more important than ever. Islam in the World provides a valuable introductory guide to Islam for the Western reader, providing an overview of the religion in its historic, political, and social setting
Fundamentalism : a very short introduction by Malise Ruthven( )

25 editions published between 2006 and 2010 in 3 languages and held by 2,165 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

From the Publisher: Fundamentalism is seen as the major threat to world peace today, a conclusion impossible to ignore since the events in New York on September 11, 2001. But what does "fundamentalism" really mean? Since it was coined by American Protestant evangelicals in the 1920s, the use of the term "fundamentalist" has expanded to include a diverse range of radical conservatives and ideological purists, not all religious. Fundamentalism could now mean both militant Israeli settlers as well as the Islamist radicals who oppose them; it can mean Christians, Hindus, animal liberationists, and even Buddhist nationalists. Here, Middle East expert Malise Ruthven investigates fundamentalism's historical, social, religious, political, and ideological roots, and tackles the polemic and stereotypes surrounding this complex phenomena-one that eludes simple definition, yet urgently needs to be understood
Historical atlas of Islam by Malise Ruthven( )

7 editions published in 2004 in English and held by 1,138 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

"Lucid and inviting full-color maps chronicle the changing internal and external boundaries of the Islamic world, showing the principal trade routes through which goods, ideas, and customs spread. Ruthven traces the impact of various Islamic dynasties in art and architecture and shows the distribution of sects and religious minorities, the structure of Islamic cities, and the distribution of resources. Among the book's valuable contributions is the incorporation of the often neglected geographical and environmental factors, from the Fertile Crescent to the North African desert, that have helped shape Islamic history."--Jacket
Cairo by Malise Ruthven( Book )

7 editions published in 1980 in English and Dutch and held by 786 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

Discusses the history of Cairo and describes the city and its people today
A fury for God : the Islamist attack on America by Malise Ruthven( Book )

24 editions published between 2002 and 2004 in English and Undetermined and held by 669 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

"In A Fury for God, Malise Ruthven, a scholar of Islamic history and Middle Eastern affairs, traces the religious and intellectual background behind the terrorist attacks on the United States. They were carried out, he argues, by men steeped in "Islamist" ideology: an amalgam of traditional Islamic concepts such as "jihad" and extremist ideas adapted from European leftism, fascism and anarchism." "Ruthven investigates the hijackers' motives, particularly those of their leader, Mohammed Atta - a figure troubled, like many of his contemporaries, by the clash between Islamic and Western values, including unresolved conflicts over gender and sexuality. It would be a mistake, Ruthven insists, to treat these men as medieval fanatics: their attitude to modernity is dangerous and ambivalent." "In an analysis, the author exposes the crucial importance of the Saudi Arabian connection: it is an authoritarian regime responsible for the massive sponsorship of "fundamentalism"; the birthplace of Osama bin Laden, head of al-Qa'ida; and the home of fifteen of the hijackers. At the same time, Saudi Arabia remains America's closest ally in the Arab world, armed and tolerated for its oil. Though Ruthven rejects the thesis that the Western and Islamic worlds are heading inevitably for a clash between "civilizations," he concludes by suggesting that if left unchecked, pressures from religious fundamentalists (both Christian and Jewish) in the United States and Israel, added to the religious forces at work in the Muslim world, might well conspire to produce just such an outcome."--Jacket
A satanic affair : Salman Rushdie and the rage of Islam by Malise Ruthven( Book )

14 editions published between 1989 and 1991 in English and held by 484 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

Crossroads of war : a historical atlas of the Middle East by Ian Barnes( )

7 editions published in 2014 in English and held by 452 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

"From the Bronze Age to the twenty-first century, vying armies have clashed over the territory stretching from the Upper Nile to modern-day Iraq and Iran. Crossroads of War captures five millennia of conflict and conquest in detailed full-color maps, accompanied by incisive, accessible commentary."--Jacket
Encounters with Islam : on religion, politics and modernity by Malise Ruthven( )

13 editions published in 2012 in English and held by 416 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

For many years Malise Ruthven has been at the forefront of discerning commentary on the Islamic world and its relations with the predominantly secularised and Christian societies of the West. Well known for his bold interventions on such issues as the Rushdie affair and publication of The Satanic Verses; the many unresolved questions relating to the Lockerbie bombing; and the globe-changing terrorist attack of 9/11, Ruthven's perceptive writings, particularly those that have appeared in the "New York Review of Books", reliably re-frame difficult issues and problems so that his readers are prompted to look at the challenges afresh. Ruthven is here at his most compelling: he offers astute and topical insights across the whole spectrum of Middle East and Islamic studies. Whether questioning the involvement of Libyan agents in the downing of Pan Am Flight 103; exploring the contested place of women in Islam; or discussing the disputed term Islamofascism (his own), the author's probing, searchlight intelligence aims always to get at the truth of things, regardless of attendant controversy.--provided by publisher
Traveller through time : a photographic journey with Freya Stark by Malise Ruthven( Book )

6 editions published in 1986 in English and held by 337 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

Leven en reizen van de Engelse oriëntaliste in woord en beeld
Torture : the grand conspiracy by Malise Ruthven( Book )

8 editions published in 1978 in English and held by 289 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

Malise Ruthven's book is the first full-length historical analysis of torture in English. It traces the evolution of torture from Greek and Roman times, through its revival in the campaign against medieval dissent, its abolition in the 18th century and its re-emergence under European colonial rule and in post-revolutionary Russia. More especially, it demonstrates how the practice of torture was, and still is, almost invariably initiated by a weak regime fearful of suspected organized opposition to its rule. The author defines this reaction as the Grand Conspiracy theory. Finally, he points out that the use of torture against rebels (real or imaginary) results in the transformation of fantasy into fact--discontent becomes active dissent
A history of the Arab peoples by Albert Hourani( Book )

19 editions published between 2002 and 2017 in English and German and held by 232 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

Hourani covers not only political history, but also culture, society, economy and thought. This edition includes events such as the crisis in Iraq, the civil war in Algeria and the aftermath of September 11th
Islam in Saudi Arabia by David Dean Commins( Book )

5 editions published in 2015 in English and held by 215 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

"Saudi Arabia is often portrayed as a country where religious rules dictate every detail of daily life: where women may not drive; where unrelated men and women may not interact; where women veil their faces; and where banks, restaurants, and cafés have dual facilities: one for families, another for men. Yet everyday life in the kingdom does not entirely conform to dogma. David Commins challenges the stereotype of Saudi Arabia as a country immune to change by highlighting the ways that urbanization, education, consumerism, global communications, and technological innovation have exerted pressure against rules issued by the religious establishment. Commins places the Wahhabi movement in the wider context of Islamic history, showing how state-appointed clerics built on dynastic backing to fashion a model society of Sharia observance and moral virtue. Beneath a surface appearance of obedience to Islamic authority, however, he detects reflections of Arabia's heritage of diversity (where Shi'ite and Sufi tendencies predating the Saudi era survive in the face of discrimination) and the effects of its exposure to Western mores"--Publisher information
Historical atlas of the Islamic world by Malise Ruthven( Book )

10 editions published in 2004 in English and held by 208 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

"This new historical Atlas combines a narrative account of the history and development of Islam with attractive and informative maps and illustrations. It provides an absorbing portrayal of one of the great religions of the world - the religion of one fifth of humanity - at a time when the degree of interest in Islam has never been so intense. Compiled by two authoritative writers on Islam, it is both an introduction and a reference book for general readers and students alike." "Spans the period from pre-Islamic late antiquity to the present day; regional coverage of the Middle East, Africa, Central Asia, India, Southeast Asia, Europe, and North America; almost 100 full-colour maps show the shifting nature of frontiers and population densities, principal trade routes, the rise and fall of Islamic dynasties and religious sects, the distribution of minerals and water, agricultural patterns, archaeological sites, and many other topics; and colour and black-and-white photographs, diagrams, and charts."--BOOK JACKET
Writers talk : Colin Thubron with Malise Ruthven( Visual )

3 editions published between 2012 and 2014 in English and held by 134 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

Topics discussed in the interview: --The impossibility of writing about one's own society. --The 'grand' tradition of English travel writing. --Motives for being a travel writer. --Use of notebooks and journals
Freya Stark in Southern Arabia by Freya Stark( Book )

8 editions published between 1994 and 1995 in English and held by 119 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

The divine supermarket : shopping for God in America by Malise Ruthven( Book )

9 editions published between 1989 and 1991 in English and German and held by 112 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

Part travel, part history, part cultural analysis, Ruthven's book is an unconventional survey of America's current religious revival. Addresses the question of how a nation formally committed to a secular government could be such a fertile breeding ground for religions, old and new
Freya Stark in Iraq and Kuwait by Freya Stark( Book )

6 editions published in 1994 in English and held by 103 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

Freya Stark in Persia by Freya Stark( Book )

7 editions published between 1994 and 1995 in English and held by 90 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

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Islam : a very short introduction
Fundamentalism : the search for meaningIslam in the worldFundamentalism : a very short introductionHistorical atlas of IslamA fury for God : the Islamist attack on AmericaA history of the Arab peoplesHistorical atlas of the Islamic worldFreya Stark in Southern Arabia
Alternative Names
Hore-Ruthven, Malise Walter Maitland Knox 1942-

Malise Ruthven Anglo-Irish writer, scholar, academic

Malise Ruthven auteur uit Ierland

Malise Ruthven autor irlandés

ماليز روثفن

ماليز روثفن، 1942-


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