Common Ground: Lessons and Legends from the World's Great by Todd Outcalt

By Todd Outcalt

Because the spice maker’s cupboard is filled with many herbs, so should still a student be filled with Scripture, Talmud, and Legend—an historical Jewish proverb

This connection with legend—or the instructing stories utilized by the sages—is a impressive testimony to the ability of tale and its position within the background, improvement, and tradition of a humans. Legends have helped humans comprehend each other, and provide a context for using historical ideals in new ways.

A universal Ground is an eclectic quantity of the best legends of the realm together with these from Buddhism, Christianity, Judaism, Islam, and extra, in addition to a dialogue on why those tales nonetheless subject this present day. The stories featured display how probably disparate ideals percentage universal rules and matters which are extra comparable than they're diversified, assisting readers to work out the realm round them with a clean perspective.

These tales and parables attributed to saints and sages will provide concept in the event you wish to reside a lifetime of generosity, figuring out, and desire. because the publication brings jointly the main remarkable teachings of the world’s nice faiths, readers will realize new issues of dialog and knowing. Likewise, this selection of tales from voices as assorted as Tolstoy and Lao Tzu, from Buddha to Jesus, create a stunning tapestry of educating that may be utilized to modern difficulties and private offerings

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For example, he did not go to the teahouses, hotbeds of religious activism. I frequently met and chatted with Numan at his home dur­ ing my first months in the district. As 1 did not want to disturb his family life, after a while I asked Numan to meet at teahouses. He was very reluctant, but at first he did not fully explain why. I finally convinced him. We met at the door of the central teahouse. As he entered, he wrinkled his face in revulsion and said: I hate these people. How can you stand them?

Except for the X group case, there tended to be a seemingly impassable distance between the radicals and the poor in 2000-2002. This distance be­ tween the educated sectors and the poor in the district impeded the formation of new popular oppositional political options or the transformation of Isla­ mist politics along more oppositional lines. A factor that fed into this problem 66 J r f L.... POLITICAL SOCIETY AND CIVIL SOCIETY UNCOUPLED was the reaction of ex-radicals against poor people. There were alternative urbanized and elite positionings in the district, especially among university graduates who had engaged in radical or conservative religious movements during their university lives and had moved away from these in the process of establishing themselves as teachers or shopkeepers.

The AKP partially de-Islamized the urban space that the RP (Welfare Party) had Islamized (see Chapter 6). As the business wing of the Islamist movement now dominated the party, the emphasis further shifted to creating the proper urban infrastructure and culture that would attract investment. The overall appearance of cities was secularized, but cities also became more Islamic through the integration of Islamic businesses, consumers, and life­ styles. S. conservative model. The passive revolution crystallized in space through mo­ lecular Islamization in an overall consumerist, secular, and capitalist urban world-under guidance from political society and with the active involve­ ment of civil society.

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