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Abstract This unique photo album represents an illustrated history of the Muslim community of the Soviet Petrograd–Leningrad. The pictures taken in Leningrad’s suburbs and in the Leningrad region deserve special attention. The album includes photo materials from public and private archives, which naturally complement each other and allow us to see the history of the Muslim community not only through the eyes of the photographer but also through the eyes of believers. The majority of photos has been published for the first time. Imprint Renat Bekkin. Muslims in Soviet Petrograd — Leningrad (1917–1991). – М.: ООО Sadra, 2017. – 112…
Abstract The “Volshebnaya Gora” (issue 17) contains first published important source materials of Christian and Muslim traditions, devoted, in particular, to the Sufi origins of the traditionalism of René Guénon’s school, comparative analysis of Jewish and Slavic recensions of Old Testament’s epigraphs, and medieval perception of beauty in Western and Eastern Christianity. The edition is intended for patrologists, religious scholars, religious historians, and for other readers interested in medieval history, philosophy and the role of traditional spiritual teachings in the modern world. Imprint Volshebnaya Gora. Issue 17 / Executive editor — G.V. Bondarenko. – М.: Fund of “Fundamental linguistic research…
Abstract Not many states could counter the attacks of the Roman empire and win victories like Persia did. The unique blades made by Persian artisans can still be considered a model for noble weapon. Ancient towns, aqueducts and irrigation facilities of Persia boggle minds even in our days. The works of local poets and artists constitute a part of the world’s cultural heritage, e.g. classical Persian miniatures that are often called the most perfect things ever created in the world art. “Shahnameh”, an epic poem written by the great Ferdowsi, is not only an extensive and graphic epic, but also…
Abstract “Fatima, the Prophet’s daughter” (its original title is “Fatima is Fatima”) is a book written by an outstanding Iranian thinker Alli Shariati. It describes the difficult life and the hard battle of the only daughter of the Prophet (S), Fatima Zahra (A). The author recreates the personality of this woman, who serves as an example and a role model even nowadays. Fatima always sought justice and opposed oppression with all her heart and soul, without fearing the consequences of her words, as she knew she spoke the language of the Truth. Her spirit will always stay alive for those…
Abstract Who is the perfect man? How one can reach that level? Is the perfect man a philosopher who has reached the ultimate mental level, or is it someone who thinks that the meaning of life is only love? Or perhaps, it is a strong and mighty human model created by Nietzsche, or someone who doesn’t have anything at all… This book, one of the most popular works of the Muslim scholar Murtaza Mutahhari, contains an analysis of different schools’ views on the “perfect man” phenomenon. By means of studying Western and Eastern ideologies (including intra-Islamic ones) the author reveals…
Abstract The poetry of Imam Ruhollah Khomeini (1902–1989) is full of allegories, deep insights about the essence of existence, the human’s mission and the dramatic history of God-seeking. Imprint Ruhollah Khomeini. Water of life / translated from Farsi. – М.: ООО Sadra, 2016. – 212 p.
Abstract The book describes the events that took place in Antioch during the Prophet Jesus’ times. This story is mentioned in the surah “Ya Seen” of the Holy Qur’an and is explained in detail in different exegeses. Thus, the 13th and 14th verses of this surah say: And present to them an example: the people of the city, when the messengers came to it — When We sent to them two but they denied them, so We strengthened them with a third, and they said, "Indeed, we are messengers to you." Imprint The message that pierced the sky / translated…
Abstract A house owned by Abu Ayyub al-Ansari became well-known in the history of Islam. It was located in Yasrib — the town where the Prophet went from Makkah. All inhabitants of the town came out to meet the Prophet, and everyone wanted him to stay in his house. In order not to hurt anyone, the Prophet let his camel choose a place to stay. The camel stopped not far from the house of Abu Ayyub, one of the poorest Muslims of Yasrib… Imprint The owner of the house of light / translated from Farsi by J. Mirzoyev. – М.:…