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Reza Aslan – Zealot: The Life and Times of Jesus of Nazareth

07/24/2013 7:00 pm

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From the internationally bestselling author of No god but God comes Zealot: The Life and Times of Jesus of Nazareth ($27.00), a fascinating and meticulously researched biography of Jesus of Nazareth.

Who was the Jewish peasant who, two thousand years ago, walked across what is now Palestine to gather followers with the goal of establishing the Kingdom of God? Weighing both gospel and historical truth, Reza Aslan crafts a startling biography about one of history’s littlest known but most influential figures: Jesus of Nazareth. By placing this charismatic preacher within the turbulent contexts of his time and closely examining the testimonies of those who knew him best-his disciples-Aslan sifts through myths and probabilities to reveal “the Jesus of history.” Elegantly written, rigorously researched and scrupulously detailed, Zealot provides a brilliant portrait of a time, a man, and the birth of a religion.

Reza Aslan is an internationally acclaimed writer and scholar of religions. His first book, No god but God: The Origins, Evolution, and Future of Islam, has been translated into thirteen languages and named by Blackwell as one of the hundred most important books of the last decade. He is also the author of How to Win a Cosmic War: God, Globalization, and the End of the War on Terror (published in paperback as Beyond Fundamentalism), as well as the editor of Tablet & Pen: Literary Landscapes from the Modern Middle East. Born in Iran, he lives in New York and Los Angeles with his wife and two sons.

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Reza Aslan – Zealot: Kehidupan dan Jaman Yesus dari Nazaret

Dari internasional penulis buku laris No Tuhan selain Allah datang Zealot: Kehidupan dan Jaman Yesus dari Nazaret ($ 27,00), sebuah biografi yang menarik dan cermat diteliti Yesus dari Nazaret.

Siapa petani Yahudi yang, dua ribu tahun yang lalu, berjalan melintasi apa yang sekarang Palestina untuk mengumpulkan pengikut dengan tujuan membangun Kerajaan Allah?Beratnya baik Injil dan kebenaran sejarah, Reza Aslan kerajinan biografi mengejutkan tentang salah satu tokoh sejarah terkecil dikenal tetapi paling berpengaruh: Yesus dari Nazaret. Dengan menempatkan pengkhotbah karismatik ini dalam konteks bergolak waktu dan erat memeriksa kesaksian dari orang-orang yang mengenalnya terbaik nya murid-Aslan menyaring melalui mitos dan probabilitas untuk mengungkapkan “Yesus sejarah.” Elegan ditulis, diteliti secara seksama dan teliti rinci , Zelot menyediakan potret brilian waktu, seorang pria, dan kelahiran agama.

Reza Aslan adalah seorang penulis yang diakui dunia internasional dan sarjana agama. Buku pertamanya, ada Tuhan selain Allah: The Origins, Evolution, dan Masa Depan Islam, telah diterjemahkan ke dalam tiga belas bahasa dan dinamai oleh Blackwell sebagai salah satu dari seratus buku yang paling penting dari dekade terakhir. Ia juga penulis Bagaimana Memenangkan Perang Kosmis: Tuhan, Globalisasi, dan Akhir Perang Melawan Teror (diterbitkan dalam paperback sebagailuar Fundamentalisme), serta editor Tablet & Pen: Landscapes Sastra dari Tengah modern Timur.Lahir di Iran, ia tinggal di New York dan Los Angeles bersama istri dan dua anak.

Zealot: The Life and Times of Jesus of Nazareth





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From the internationally bestselling author of No god but God comes a fascinating, provocative, and meticulously researched biography that calls into question everything we thought we knew about Jesus of Nazareth.

Two thousand years ago, an itinerant Jewish preacher and miracle worker walked across the Galilee, gathering followers to establish what he called the “Kingdom of God.” The revolutionary movement he launched was so threatening to the established order that he was captured, tortured, and executed as a state criminal.

Two decades after his shameful death, his followers would call him God.

Sifting through centuries of mythmaking, Reza Aslan sheds new light on one of history’s most influential and enigmatic characters by examining Jesus through the lens of the tumultuous era in which he lived: first century Palestine, an age awash in apocalyptic fervor. Scores of Jewish prophets, preachers, and would-be messiahs traipse through the Holy Land, bearing messages from God. This is the age of zealotry—a fervent nationalism that made resistance to the Roman occupation a sacred duty incumbent on all Jews. And few figures better exemplified this principle than the charismatic Galilean who defied both the imperial authorities and their allies in the Jewish religious hierarchy.

Balancing the Jesus of the Gospels against the historical sources, Aslan explores this diverse and turbulent age and, in doing so, challenges the conventional portraits of Jesus of Nazareth. Aslan describes a man full of conviction and passion, yet rife with contradiction: a man of peace who exhorted his followers to arm themselves with swords; an exorcist and faith healer who urged his disciples to keep his identity a secret; and ultimately, the seditious “King of the Jews” whose promise of liberation from Rome went unfulfilled in his brief lifetime. Aslan explores the reasons why the early Christian church preferred to promulgate an image of Jesus as a peaceful spiritual teacher rather than a politically conscious revolutionary. And he grapples with the riddle of how Jesus understood himself, the mystery that is at the heart of all subsequent claims about his divinity.

Zealot questions what we thought we knew about Jesus of Nazareth—even as it affirms the radical and transformative nature of his life and mission. The result is a thought-provoking, elegantly written biography with the pulse of a fast-paced novel: a singularly brilliant portrait of a man, a time, and the birth of a religion.






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In No god but God, internationally acclaimed scholar Reza Aslan explains Islam—the origins and evolution of the faith—in all its beauty and complexityThis updated edition addresses the events of the past decade, analyzing how they have influenced Islam’s position in modern culture. Aslan explores what the popular demonstrations pushing for democracy in the Middle East mean for the future of Islam in the region, how the Internet and social media have affected Islam’s evolution, and how the war on terror has altered the geopolitical balance of power in the Middle East. He also provides an update on the contemporary Muslim women’s movement, a discussion of the controversy over veiling in Europe, an in-depth history of Jihadism, and a look at how Muslims living in North America and Europe are changing the face of Islam. Timely and persuasive, No god but God is an elegantly written account that explains this magnificent yet misunderstood faith.





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The countries that stretch along the broad horizons of the Middle East—from Morocco to Iran, from Turkey to Pakistan—boast different cultures, different languages, and different religions. Yet the literary landscape of this dynamic part of the world has been bound together not by borders and nationalities, but by a common experience of Western imperialism. Keenly aware of the collected scars left by a legacy of colonial rule, the acclaimed writer Reza Aslan, with a team of four regional editors and seventy-seven translators, cogently demonstrates with Tablet and Pen how literature can, in fact, be used to form identity and serve as an extraordinary chronicle of the disrupted histories of the region.

Acting with Words Without Borders, which fosters international exchange through translation and publication of the world’s finest literature, Aslan has purposefully situated this volume in the twentieth century, beyond the familiar confines of the Ottoman past, believing that the writers who have emerged in the last hundred years have not received their full due. This monumental collection, therefore, of nearly two hundred pieces, including short stories, novels, memoirs, essays and works of drama—many of them presented in English for the first time—features translated works from Arabic, Persian, Urdu, and Turkish. Organized chronologically, the volume spans a century of literature—from the famed Arab poet Khalil Gibran to the Nobel laureates Naguib Mahfouz and Orhan Pamuk, from the great Syrian-Lebanese poet Adonis to the grand dame of Urdu fiction, Ismat Chughtai—connected by the extraordinarily rich tradition of resplendent cultures that have been all too often ignored by the Western canon.

By shifting America’s perception of the Middle Eastern world away from religion and politics, Tablet and Pen evokes the splendors of a region through the voices of its writers and poets, whose literature tells an urgent and liberating story. With a wealth of contextual information that places the writing within the historical, political, and cultural breadth of the region, Tablet & Pen is transcendent, a book to be devoured as a single sustained narrative, from the first page to the last. Creating a vital bridge between two estranged cultures, “this is that rare anthology: cohesive, affecting, and informing” (Publishers Weekly).

Includes the writings of Kahlil Gibran, Tawfiq al-Hakim, Nâzim Hikmet, Ismat Chughtai, Muhammad Iqbal, Faiz Ahmed Faiz, Forugh Farrokhzad, Ahmet Hamdi Tanpınar, Yaşar Kemal, Ghassan Kanafani, Mahmoud Darwish, Adonis, Ahmad Shamloo, Naguib Mahfouz, Orhan Pamuk, and more.





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The wars in the Middle East have become religious wars in which God is believed to be directly engaged on behalf of one side against the other. The hijackers who attacked America on September 11, 2001, thought they were fighting in the name of God. According to award-winning writer and scholar of religions Reza Aslan, the United States, by infusing the War on Terror with its own religiously polarizing rhetoric, is fighting a similar war—a war that can’t be won.

The book is both an in-depth study of the ideology fueling al-Qa‘ida, the Taliban, and like-minded militants throughout the Muslim world and an exploration of religious violence in Judaism, Christianity, and Islam. At a time when religion and politics increasingly share the same vocabulary and function in the same sphere, Aslan writes that we must strip the conflicts of our world of their religious connotations and address the earthly grievances that always lie at its root.

How do you win a religious war? By refusing to fight in one.

Featuring new content and updated analysis. Originally published as How to Win a Cosmic War. Published in paperback as Beyond Fundamentalism.

Biography Karin Leitner


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Born in Vienna
Studies and diploma at the Academy of Music and Arts, Vienna (Prof. W. Schulz) and at the Academy of Music Freiburg, Germany (Prof. R. Aitken)
Master classes with Peter Lukas Graf and Robert Aitken
Winner of the competitions Jugend musiziert, Musica Juventutis, Forum junger Künstler, Talentinum and Live Music Now (Yehudi Menuhin Foundation)
Solo concerts with the Vienna Chamber Orchestra, Vienna Mozart Orchestra, Philharmonic Orchestra Hradec Kralove, Bohuslav Martinu Philharmonic Orchestra, Orchestre Filharmonique de Besancon, London Gala Orchestra, Cape Town Philharmonic Orchestra, Capella Istropolitana, Rousse Philharmonic Orchestra, Lublin Philharmonic Orchestra, Slovak Radio Orchestra, Bratislava Symphony Orchestra and Thames Chamber Orchestra.
Chamber music recitals in the main concert halls in Austria (Konzerthaus, Musikverein Golden Hall, Brucknerhaus Linz, Carinthian Summer Festival,…), Germany, Czech Republic, Poland, Hungary (Szeged Intern. Music Festival, …), England (London Chamber Music Festival, …), Ireland (Festival Music in Great Irish Houses,….), Iran (National Concert Hall, Int. Fajdr-Music Festival,…), USA, South Africa, Holland, Switzerland, France and Italy, Concerts on the Hapag Lloyd cruise yacht MS Europa, Nepal and India.
Tutor at the Sandor Vegh Symposium for woodwinds, and chamber music workshops in Ireland, Northern Ireland, China, Iran and South Africa.
Guest Tutor at the University Melbourne, Australia.

Contract for the Stage Orchestra in the Vienna State Opera
Principal Flute and Principal Piccolo in the

Royal Philharmonic Orchestra
BBC Symphony Orchestra
London Mozart Players
Irish Chamber Orchstra
London Gala Orchestra
Phantom of the Opera
Les Miserables

CD Recordings

“Impressions” (Flute & Guitar)
“Soul Alignment” (Improvisations flute & synthesizer)

“The Gardens of Birr Castle Demesne” (flute & harp)

“Music of Great Irish Houses” (flute & harp)
“Castle Music” (flute & harp)
“Earthmagic” (flute, harp, orchestra)

“Seamagic” (flute, harp, orchestra)

“Skymagic” (flute, harp, orchestra) out 2013!

TV-recordings and Radio broadcastings in Austria (Ö 1) , France, Hungary, Ireland (Lyric Fm, Midland Radio 3, Highland Radio,…), Northern Ireland (BBC 1), South Africa, Australia and Czech Republic
Karin is the Artistic Director of the Vienna Film Orchestra

Karin has composed 3 new inspirational albums for flute, harp and orchestra and performs on a wooden flute, piccolo, Irish tinwhistle and Native American flute. She also uses celtic instruments (e.g. uillean pipes) and tribal instruments (e.g. didgeridoo):
Earthmagic, Seamagic, Skymagic

Karin played “Titanic” (Flute & Irish Tinwhistle) at the Vienna Filmball 2010 for Kevin SpaceyMaximilian Schell andChristoph Waltz.
Karin was awarded a Composition Prize of the City of Vienna in 2010 and has been appointed Artist & Composer in Residence in Tehran, Iran in 2012.

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thomasThomas Alva Edison dilahirkan di Milan, Ohio pada tanggal 11 Februari 1847. Tahun 1854 orang tuanya pindah ke Port Huron, Michigan. Edison pun tumbuh besar di sana. Sewaktu kecil Edison hanya sempat mengikuti sekolah selama 3 bulan. Gurunya memperingatkan Edison kecil bahwa ia tidak bisa belajar di sekolah sehingga akhirnya Ibunya memutuskan untuk mengajar sendiri Edison di rumah. Kebetulan ibunya berprofesi sebagai guru. Hal ini dilakukan karena ketika di sekolah Edison termasuk murid yang sering tertinggal dan ia dianggap sebagai murid yang tidak berbakat.

Meskipun tidak sekolah, Edison kecil menunjukkan sifat ingin tahu yang mendalam dan selalu ingin mencoba. Sebelum mencapai usia sekolah dia sudah membedah hewan-hewan, bukan untuk menyiksa hewan-hewan tersebut, tetapi murni didorong oleh rasa ingin tahunya yang besar. Pada usia sebelas tahun Edison membangun laboratorium kimia sederhana di ruang bawah tanah rumah ayahnya. Setahun kemudian dia berhasil membuat sebuah telegraf yang meskipun bentuknya primitif tetapi bisa berfungsi.

Tentu saja percobaan-percobaan yang dilakukannya membutuhkan biaya yang lumayan besar. Untuk memenuhi kebutuhannya itu, pada usia dua belas tahun Edison bekerja sebagai penjual koran dan permen di atas kereta api yang beroperasi antara kota Port Huron dan Detroit. Agar waktu senggangnya di kereta api tidak terbuang percuma Edison meminta ijin kepada pihak perusahaan kereta api, “Grand Trunk Railway”, untuk membuat laboratorium kecil di salah satu gerbong kereta api. Di sanalah ia melakukan percobaan dan membaca literatur ketika sedang tidak bertugas.

Tahun 1861 terjadi perang saudara antara negara-negara bagian utara dan selatan. Topik ini menjadi perhatian orang-orang. Thomas Alva Edison melihat peluang ini dan membeli sebuah alat cetak tua seharga 12 dolar, kemudian mencetak sendiri korannya yang diberi nama “Weekly Herald”. Koran ini adalah koran pertama yang dicetak di atas kereta api dan lumayan laku terjual. Oplahnya mencapai 400 sehari.

Pada masa ini Edison hampir kehilangan pendengarannya akibat kecelakaan. Tetapi dia tidak menganggapnya sebagai cacat malah menganggapnya sebagai keuntungan karena ia banyak memiliki waktu untuk berpikir daripada untuk mendengarkan pembicaraan kosong.

Tahun 1868 Edison mendapat pekerjaan sebagai operator telegraf di Boston. Seluruh waktu luangnya dihabiskan untuk melakukan percobaan-percobaan tehnik. Tahun ini pula ia menemukan sistem interkom elektrik.

Thomas Alva Edison mendapat hak paten pertamanya untuk alat electric vote recorder tetapi tidak ada yang tertarik membelinya sehingga ia beralih ke penemuan yang bersifat komersial. Penemuan pertamanya yang bersifat komersial adalah pengembangan stock ticker. Edison menjual penemuaannya ke sebuah perusahaan dan mendapat uang sebesar 40000 dollar. Uang ini digunakan oleh Edison untuk membuka perusahaan dan laboratorium di Menlo Park, New Jersey. Di laboratorium inilah ia menelurkan berbagai penemuan yang kemudian mengubah pola hidup sebagian besar orang-orang di dunia.

Tahun 1877 ia menemukan phonograph. Pada tahun ini pula ia menyibukkan diri dengan masalah yang pada waktu itu menjadi perhatian banyak peneliti: lampu pijar. Edison menyadari betapa pentingnya sumber cahaya semacam itu bagi kehidupan umat manusia. Oleh karena itu Edison mencurahkan seluruh tenaga dan waktunya, serta menghabiskan uang sebanyak 40.000 dollar dalam kurun waktu dua tahun untuk percobaan membuat lampu pijar. Persoalannya ialah bagaimana menemukan bahan yg bisa berpijar ketika dialiri arus listrik tetapi tidak terbakar. Total ada sekitar 6000 bahan yang dicobanya. Melalui usaha keras Edison, akhirnya pada tanggal 21 Oktober 1879 lahirlah lampu pijar listrik pertama yang mampu menyala selama 40 jam.

Masih banyak lagi hasil penemuan Edison yang bermanfaat. Secara keseluruhan Edison telah menghasilkan 1.039 hak paten. Penemuannya yang jarang disebutkan antara lain : telegraf cetak, pulpen elektrik, proses penambangan magnetik, torpedo listrik, karet sintetis, baterai alkaline, pengaduk semen, mikrofon, transmiter telepon karbon dan proyektor gambar bergerak.

Thomas Edison juga berjasa dalam bidang perfilman. Ia menggabungkan film fotografi yang telah dikembangkan George Eastman menjadi industri film yang menghasilkan jutaan dolar seperti saat ini. Dia pun membuat Black Maria, suatu studio film bergerak yang dibangun pada jalur berputar.

Melewati tahun 1920-an kesehatannya kian memburuk dan beliau meninggal dunia pada tanggal 18 Oktober 1931 pada usia 84 tahun. (An)