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  • Misquoting Muhammad

  • The Challenge and Choices of Interpreting the Prophet’s Legacy
  • By: Jonathan A.C. Brown
  • Narrated by: Paul Boehmer
  • Length: 15 hrs and 36 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 9
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    4.5 out of 5 stars 7
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    4.5 out of 5 stars 7

Sometimes rumor, sometimes based on fact and often misunderstood, the tenets of Islamic law and dogma were not set in the religion's founding moments. They were developed, like in other world religions, over centuries by the clerical class of Muslim scholars. Misquoting Muhammad takes listeners back in time through Islamic civilization and traces how and why such controversies developed, offering an inside view into how key and controversial aspects of Islam took shape.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Balanced View of Scriptural History

  • By Abdirahim Aden on 26-03-18

The use of hadith - a no holds barred journey

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Reviewed: 17-02-19

A very extensive journey through the use and applicability of the hadith. The book has tried to take an anthropological stance which is its strength and weakness. Strength because the book does not come across as a polemic from a partisan direction, weak because it then attempts to give equal legitimate weight to all sides, at least in their introduction and contending views are either put in the mouths of their historical detractors or voiced by an invisible third party arbiter based on a principle that has arisen out of the debate. I would have liked to have heard the explicit view of the author whether I agreed with it or not. I also felt at times that the content could have been trimmed without losing essential content or impact.
The references to similar debates and events that had taken place in the Christian world was a good mechanism especially as the Ummah had been compared to its sister commuties, the Christian and Jewish worlds. Like another reviewer the strained attempt to pronounce some of the Arabic words or names was at times distracting but not significantly so.

  • Stoicism: The Stoic Way of Life in a Modern World

  • By: Alexios Demo
  • Narrated by: John Fiore
  • Length: 53 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    5 out of 5 stars 1
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    5 out of 5 stars 1
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    5 out of 5 stars 1

Ancient wisdom for modern problems! Stoicism: The Stoic Way of Life in a Modern World is your one-stop guide to everything that you need to learn about Stoicism. This handy manual will teach you the meaning of Stoicism, the history of Stoicism, the basics of Stoicism, the different Stoic teachings and how you can apply them in your everyday life, the best practices, and how to develop and grow as a true Stoic.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Practical stocism without ideological fear

  • By Amazon Customer on 26-01-19

Practical stocism without ideological fear

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Reviewed: 26-01-19

This was an excellent positioning of Stoicism which showed its quite-at-home contextualism for a Christian, and by similar consideration for a Muslim. Indeed in my already read, versed and formed admiration of Stoicism, I have often found myself saying, but that's an Islamic ideal, especially the daily review of one's actions and the remembrance of death and that this should temper our actions to be good human beings.
The books repeated emphasis that stoicism is something that should be lived not just read was key to the books practical message. It was a also helpful that prominent stoics like Epict, Marcus Aurewere mentioned

  • Towards Wholeness

  • By: David Bohm
  • Narrated by: Michael Toms
  • Length: 54 mins
  • Original Recording
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    4 out of 5 stars 12
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    4.5 out of 5 stars 8
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    5 out of 5 stars 7

One of the world's most renowned physicists presents a radical new vision of science. Here the late David Bohm describes scientific theory as the myth that drives our culture, and points out the fallacy of our belief system. He also presents his alternative for addressing the world's mega-problems through engaging in a new level of "dialogue" among small groups of people.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • A condensed summary of some of David Bohm's ideas

  • By Amazon Customer on 23-01-19

A condensed summary of some of David Bohm's ideas

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Reviewed: 23-01-19

I'd like to start of by saying that it's a real pity that David Bohm is not better known or more widely read. He is a breath of fresh air in a time when Physics, as Lee Smolin would agree, is in crisis. The first incisive observation is that reality is not compartmentalised and part of our myopia is just that, that we have compartmentalised knowledge, to the extent that we cannot see beyond out own walls. Even within a subject this can be true. It certainly struck me that some of the theoretical dilemmas of today may well be self-imposed because of this and possibly some time in the future we will see things afresh and wonder what we were thinking back then. It certainly made me think that some of the quantum 'paradoxes' may not be paradoxes at all but seem so due to our current way of looking at things.

  • Holistic Islam

  • Sufism, Transformation, and the Needs of Our Time
  • By: Kabir Helminski
  • Narrated by: Kabir Helminski
  • Length: 6 hrs and 22 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 4
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    4.5 out of 5 stars 3
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    4.5 out of 5 stars 3

Islam once gave birth to a great civilization that respected religious diversity, freedom of conscience, and scientific thought, and Islamic knowledge contributed to the birth of humanism in the Renaissance. Here, renowned spiritual teacher and Sufi sheikh Kabir Helminski gives us a compelling interpretation of spiritual or holistic Islam that will hearten contemporary Muslims looking for a faith suited for our times, and providing non-Muslims a brilliant introduction to this rich spiritual tradition.

  • 4 out of 5 stars
  • Slightly short of excellent

  • By Amazon Customer on 23-01-19

Slightly short of excellent

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Reviewed: 23-01-19

Certainly when the book started I found myself myself nodding in agreement.
The book would have been truly excellent had it not been for a couple of calls for discussion on a basis that in my opinion was either incomplete or poorly formed. The incomplete argument was for women imams that did not sufficiently consider relevant verses from The Holy Quran. The poorly formed argument was around homosexuality and the events surrounding the people of Lot. It becomes disingenuous when apparent calls for reconsideration, to arrive closer to what the Creator intended, are based on arguments of appeal are on incomplete or shakey ground. Otherwise the book attempts to make a reasoned appeal except at times it edges towards a bias against some Classical positions. Nevertheless, despite the flaws it is a worthwhile book to read remembering that the book itself does not aim to be prescriptive and so is open to be challenged on points that you don't agree with.

  • The Culture of Narcissism

  • American Life in an Age of Diminishing Expectations
  • By: Christopher Lasch
  • Narrated by: Barry Press
  • Length: 10 hrs and 45 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4 out of 5 stars 4
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    4.5 out of 5 stars 4
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    3.5 out of 5 stars 4

When The Culture of Narcissism was first published, it was clear that Christopher Lasch had identified something important: what was happening to American society in the wake of the decline of the family over the last century. The book quickly became a best seller.

  • 4 out of 5 stars
  • Good Social Commentary

  • By Amazon Customer on 23-01-19

Good Social Commentary

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Reviewed: 23-01-19

I listened to this book on recomnendation and I throughly enjoyed the first two-thirds of the book. The last part for me was marred by heavy Freudian explanations. Nevertheless there is still enough in the book to reflect on and makes a good companion to Neil Postman's 'Amusing Ourselves to Death'

  • Amusing Ourselves to Death

  • Public Discourse in the Age of Show Business
  • By: Neil Postman
  • Narrated by: Jeff Riggenbach
  • Length: 4 hrs and 49 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 42
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    4 out of 5 stars 38
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    4.5 out of 5 stars 38

In this eloquent and persuasive book, Neil Postman examines the deep and broad effects of television culture on the manner in which we conduct our public affairs, and how "entertainment values" have corrupted the very way we think. As politics, news, religion, education, and commerce are given less and less expression in the form of the printed word, they are rapidly being reshaped to suit the requirements of television.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Brilliant book read far too fast

  • By discerning reader on 14-03-17

Utterly compelling in its proposition

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Reviewed: 17-01-19

A compelling argument with proofs on how entertainment media has generally dumbed us down. I had read 'The Plug In Drug' years ago but this was much more compelling.

  • Ailments of the Hearts and Their Cures

  • By: Ibn Taymiyyah
  • Narrated by: Kris Keppeler
  • Length: 1 hr and 58 mins
  • Unabridged
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    3 out of 5 stars 1
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    4 out of 5 stars 1

This book is a direct translation of Ibn Taymiyyah’s book, under the same title and without any additions. The book’s aim is to provide non-Arabic speakers with access to Taymiyyah’s thoughts and perspectives. To this day, Ibn Taymiyyah has a vast and essential influence on the Muslim world. The book begins by speaking of common ailments of the heart and how they affect us, similar to how an illness affects the body. It continues by explaining ways to cure these afflictions. Furthermore, it introduces the Quran and reviews the correct actions that will heal the heart.

  • 3 out of 5 stars
  • Best the narrator could do but .......

  • By Amazon Customer on 02-06-18

Best the narrator could do but .......

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Reviewed: 02-06-18

Ultimately the narrator did the best they could but were clearly unfamiliar with the Arabic pronunciations. As the text itself was the real goal if you knew what the pronounciations were supposed to be you would bear with it in order to benefit from the text.

  • 30 Ways to Attain Happiness

  • By: Muhammad bin Abdillah Ash-Shaayi'
  • Narrated by: Kris Keppeler
  • Length: 2 hrs and 16 mins
  • Unabridged
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    5 out of 5 stars 1
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    5 out of 5 stars 1

Gleaning wisdom from the Qur'an, this book, as the title aptly describes, gives tips on how to achieve happiness.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • really inspirational

  • By Amazon Customer on 05-11-17

really inspirational

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Reviewed: 05-11-17

I knew many of the ayat that were referred to but it still remained relevant, uplifting and definitely inspirational.

  • Stoner

  • A Novel
  • By: John Williams, John McGahern - introduction
  • Narrated by: Alfred Molina
  • Length: 8 hrs and 55 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 455
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    5 out of 5 stars 420
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    4.5 out of 5 stars 423

Waterstone's book of the year. Colum McCann once called Stoner one of the great forgotten novels of the past century, but it seems it is forgotten no longer - in 2013, translations of Stoner began appearing on best-seller lists across Europe. William Stoner enters the University of Missouri at 19 to study agriculture. A seminar on English literature changes his life, and he never returns to work on his father's farm. Stoner becomes a teacher. He marries the wrong woman.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Probably one of the finest books I have listened to - why isn't this book better known?!

  • By ADRIAN M WATTS on 21-03-17

captivating listen

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Reviewed: 07-10-17

With the book setting the scene from the beginning of someone who will disappear in the mists of time, the book proceeds to tell a captivating story of Stoner and his life. An excellent listen.

  • High-Rise

  • By: J. G. Ballard
  • Narrated by: Tom Hiddleston
  • Length: 6 hrs and 34 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4 out of 5 stars 931
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 872
  • Story
    3.5 out of 5 stars 874

From the author of the Sunday Times best seller Cocaine Nights comes an unnerving tale of life in a modern tower block running out of control. Within the concealing walls of an elegant forty-storey tower block, the affluent tenants are hell-bent on an orgy of destruction. Cocktail parties degenerate into marauding attacks on "enemy" floors and the once-luxurious amenities become an arena for riots and technological mayhem.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Disturbing Fable

  • By G. K. Lowell on 14-05-15

Lord of the Flies for adults

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Reviewed: 28-07-17

very well read. Although disturbing in places, a compelling listen. Lord of the Flies rebooted.