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Armstrong, Karen 1944-

Overview
Works: 346 works in 1,434 publications in 30 languages and 61,595 library holdings
Genres: History  Biography  Comparative studies  Criticism, interpretation, etc  Commentaries 
Roles: Author, Interviewee, Narrator, Author of introduction, Production personnel, Creator, Editor, Actor
Classifications: BP50, B
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Islam : a short history by Karen Armstrong( Book )
65 editions published between 2000 and 2014 in 6 languages and held by 4,982 WorldCat member libraries worldwide
No religion in the modern world is as feared and misunderstood as Islam. It haunts the popular Western imagination as an extreme faith that promotes authoritarian government, female oppression, civil war, and terrorism. Karen Armstrong's short history offers a vital corrective to this narrow view. The distillation of years of thinking and writing about Islam, it demonstrates that the world's fastest-growing faith is a much richer and more complex phenomenon than its modern fundamentalist strain might suggest. Islam: A Short History begins with the flight of Muhammad and his family from Medina in the seventh century and the subsequent founding of the first mosques. It recounts the origins of the split between Shii and Sunni Muslims, and the emergence of Sufi mysticism; the spread of Islam throughout North Africa, the Levant, and Asia; the shattering effect on the Muslim world of the Crusades; the flowering of imperial Islam in the fourteenth and fifteenth centuries into the world's greatest and most sophisticated power; and the origins and impact of revolutionary Islam. It concludes with an assessment of Islam today and its challenges. With this brilliant book, Karen Armstrong issues a forceful challenge to those who hold the view that the West and Islam are civilizations set on a collision course. It is also a model of authority, elegance, and economy. From the Hardcover edition
A history of God : the 4000-year quest of Judaism, Christianity, and Islam by Karen Armstrong( Book )
37 editions published between 1993 and 2008 in 3 languages and held by 4,379 WorldCat member libraries worldwide
"Armstrong suggests that any particular idea of God must - if it is to survive - work for the people who develop it, and that ideas of God change when they cease to be effective. She argues that the concept of a personal God who behaves like a larger version of ourselves was suited to mankind at a certain stage but no longer works for an increasing number of people." "Understanding the ever-changing ideas of God in the past and their relevance and usefulness in their time, she says, is a way to begin the search for a new concept for the twenty-first century. Her book shows that such a development is virtually inevitable, in spite of the despair of our increasingly "Godless" world, because it is a natural aspect of our humanity to seek a symbol for the ineffable reality that is universally perceived."--BOOK JACKET
The battle for God by Karen Armstrong( Book )
87 editions published between 2000 and 2014 in 12 languages and held by 3,869 WorldCat member libraries worldwide
"In The Battle for God, Karen Armstrong shows us how and why fundamentalist groups came into existence and what they yearn to accomplish." "We see the West in the sixteenth century beginning to create an entirely new kind of civilization, which brought in its wake change in every aspect of life - often painful and violent, even if liberating. Armstrong argues that one of the things that changed most was religion. People could no longer think about or experience the divine in the same why; they had to develop new forms of faith to fit their new circumstances." "Armstrong characterizes fundamentalism as one of these new ways of being religious that have emerged in every major faith tradition. She examines the ways in which these movements, while not monolithic, have each sprung from a dread of modernityoften in response to assault (sometimes unwitting, sometimes intentional) by the mainstream society." "Armstrong sees fundamentalist groups as complex, innovative, and modern - rather than as throwbacks to the past - but contends that they have failed in religious terms. Maintaining that fundamentalism often exists in symbiotic relationship with an aggressive modernity, each impelling the other on to greater excess, she suggests compassion as a way to defuse what is now an intensifying conflict."--Jacket
Buddha by Karen Armstrong( Book )
48 editions published between 1459 and 2012 in 13 languages and held by 3,586 WorldCat member libraries worldwide
A world-renouned religious thinker contemplates one of the world's most sacred figures. In a profound blend of biography, religion, history, and philosophy, Armstrong's highly original portrait of the Buddha explores both the archetypal religious icon and Buddha the man
The great transformation : the beginning of our religious traditions by Karen Armstrong( Book )
46 editions published between 2006 and 2013 in 7 languages and held by 3,191 WorldCat member libraries worldwide
In the ninth century BCE, the peoples of four distinct regions of the civilized world created the religious and philosophical traditions that have continued to nourish humanity to the present day: Confucianism and Daoism in China, Hinduism and Buddhism in India, monotheism in Israel, and philosophical rationalism in Greece. Later generations further developed these initial insights, but we have never grown beyond them. Now, Karen Armstrong reveals how the sages of this pivotal "Axial Age" can speak clearly and helpfully to the violence and desperation that we experience in our own times. The Axial Age faiths began in recoil from the unprecedented violence of their time. There was a remarkable consensus in their call for an abandonment of selfishness and a spirituality of compassion. The traditions of the Axial Age were not about dogma--all insisted on the primacy of compassion even in the midst of suffering.--From publisher description
The case for God by Karen Armstrong( Book )
26 editions published between 2009 and 2014 in 6 languages and held by 2,950 WorldCat member libraries worldwide
Moving from the Paleolithic age to the present, Karen Armstrong details the great lengths to which humankind has gone in order to experience a sacred reality. While noting that the changing face of the world has necessarily changed the importance of religion at both the societal and the individual level, she makes a powerful, convincing argument for drawing on the insights of the past in order to build a faith that speaks to the needs of our dangerously polarized age
Muhammad : a biography of the prophet by Karen Armstrong( Book )
61 editions published between 1991 and 2009 in 14 languages and held by 2,853 WorldCat member libraries worldwide
This biography attempts to strip away centuries of distortion and myth and present a balanced view of the man whose religion continues to dramatically affect the course of history
The Bible : a biography by Karen Armstrong( Book )
27 editions published between 2007 and 2012 in English and held by 2,706 WorldCat member libraries worldwide
Religious historian Armstrong discusses the conception, gestation, life, and afterlife of history's most powerful book. Armstrong analyzes the social and political situation in which oral history turned into written scripture, how this all-pervasive scripture was collected into one work, and how it became accepted as Christianity's sacred text. She explores how "as the pragmatic scientific ethos of modernity took hold, scripture was read for the information that it imparted" and how, in the nineteenth century, historical criticism of the Bible caused greater fear than Darwinism.--From publisher description
Jerusalem : one city, three faiths by Karen Armstrong( Book )
44 editions published between 1996 and 2013 in 7 languages and held by 2,544 WorldCat member libraries worldwide
Makes clear that the emotions binding such of the faiths to Jerusalem have grown even more powerful when a community's link to the city has been reestablished
Twelve steps to a compassionate life by Karen Armstrong( Book )
29 editions published between 2010 and 2013 in 3 languages and held by 2,521 WorldCat member libraries worldwide
Taking as her starting point the teachings of the great world religions, Karen Armstrong demonstrates in twelve practical steps how we can bring compassion to the forefront of our lives. Armstrong argues that compassion is inseparable from humanity, and by transcending the limitations of selfishness on a daily basis we will not only make a difference in the world but also lead happier, more fulfilled, lives
Holy war : the Crusades and their impact on today's world by Karen Armstrong( Book )
38 editions published between 1988 and 2012 in 6 languages and held by 2,325 WorldCat member libraries worldwide
A penetrating narrative history of the Crusades that reveals the ominous links and parallels between those medieval clashes and the violent rivalries of the Middle East today
A short history of myth by Karen Armstrong( Book )
55 editions published between 2005 and 2011 in 16 languages and held by 2,250 WorldCat member libraries worldwide
Human beings have always been mythmakers. Theologian Armstrong here investigates myth: what it is, how it has evolved, and why we still so desperately need it. She takes us from the Paleolithic period and the myths of the hunters, up to the Great Western Transformation of the last five hundred years and the discrediting of myth by science. The history of myth is the history of humanity, our stories and beliefs, our curiosity and attempts to understand the world, which link us to our ancestors and each other.--From publisher description
Muhammad : a prophet for our time by Karen Armstrong( Book )
23 editions published between 2006 and 2014 in 3 languages and held by 2,029 WorldCat member libraries worldwide
Presents a biography of Muhammad, focusing on the prophet's role in the creation of Islam
In the beginning : a new interpretation of Genesis by Karen Armstrong( Book )
25 editions published between 1996 and 2013 in 4 languages and held by 1,654 WorldCat member libraries worldwide
"The power of Genesis lies in its stories, especially those of the creation, the Fall, Cain and Abel, Noah, Abraham, Jacob, and Joseph. Armstrong traces the grand design of Genesis and its great themes, examines its stories in fascinating detail, and shows why and how they work so well to illustrate the human quest for meaning." "We discover how these ancient tales illuminate our most profound and intractable problems: our struggle with evil, with obtuseness, with cowardice, and particularly with the difficulty of facing up to the consequences of our past actions. Most significantly, Armstrong makes clear how the stories in Genesis can help us to relate - morally - to our own personal histories in our strivings to make ourselves whole, and to grasp why the struggle itself is worthwhile even if its goal is never fully achieved."--Jacket
Fields of blood : religion and the history of violence by Karen Armstrong( Book )
15 editions published in 2014 in English and held by 1,356 WorldCat member libraries worldwide
"From the renowned and best-selling author of A History of God, a sweeping exploration of religion's connection to violence. For the first time in American history, religious self-identification is on the decline. Some have cited a perception that began to grow after Sept 11: That faith in general is a source of aggression, intolerance and divisiveness--something bad for society. But how accurate is that view? And does it apply equally to all faiths? In these troubled times, we risk basing decisions of real and dangerous consequence on mistaken understandings of the faiths subscribed around us, in our immediate community as well as globally. And so, with her deep learning and sympathetic understanding, Karen Armstrong examines the impulse toward violence in each of the world's great religions
The Gospel according to woman : Christianity's creation of the sex war in the West by Karen Armstrong( Book )
18 editions published between 1986 and 1997 in 3 languages and held by 990 WorldCat member libraries worldwide
Investigates how Christianity has affected the lives and identities of women through the centuries and how women are still affected today
A history of God : from Abraham to the present, the 4000 year quest for God by Karen Armstrong( Book )
99 editions published between 1993 and 2015 in 16 languages and held by 878 WorldCat member libraries worldwide
As soon as they became recognizably human, men and women - in their hunger to understand their own presence on earth and the mysteries within and around them - began to worship gods. Karen Armstrong's masterly and illuminating book explores the ways in which the idea and experience of God evolved among the monotheists - Jews, Christians and Muslims. Weaving a multicolored fabric of historical, philosophical, intellectual and social developments and insights, Armstrong shows how, at various times through the centuries, each of the monotheistic religions has held a subtly different concept of God. At the same time she draws our attention to the basic and profound similarities among them, making it clear that in all of them God has been and is experienced intensely, passionately and often - especially in the West - traumatically. Some monotheists have seen darkness, desolation and terror, where others have seen light and transfiguration; the reasons for these inherent differences are examined, and the people behind them are brought to life. We look first at the gradual move away from the pagan gods to the full-fledged monotheism of the Jews during the exile in Babylon. Next considered is the development of parallel, yet different, perceptions and beliefs among Christians and Muslims. The book then moves "generationally" through time to examine the God of the philosophers and mystics in all three traditions, the God of the Reformation, the God of the Enlightenment and finally the nineteenth- and twentieth-century challenges of skeptics and atheists, as well as the fiercely reductive faith of the fundamentalists of our own day. Armstrong suggests that any particular idea of God must - if it is to survive - work for the people who develop it, and that ideas of God change when they cease to be effective. She argues that the concept of a personal God who behaves like a larger version of ourselves was suited to mankind at a certain stage but no longer works for an increasing number of people. Understanding the ever-changing ideas of God in the past and their relevance and usefulness in their time, she says, is a way to begin the search for a new concept for the twenty-first century. Her book shows that such a development is virtually inevitable, in spite of the despair of our increasingly "Godless" world, because it is a natural aspect of our humanity to seek a symbol for the ineffable reality that is universally perceived
Beyond our differences ( Visual )
1 edition published in 2009 in English and held by 691 WorldCat member libraries worldwide
Features interviews with religious leaders and politicians as they are asked what inspires them in these challenging times, as more and more people are turning to religion and spirituality to gain a sense of meaning and understanding with what they are facing
The case for God by Karen Armstrong( Recording )
12 editions published between 2009 and 2011 in 3 languages and held by 660 WorldCat member libraries worldwide
The author presents a history of religious faith with an emphasis on Christianity and discusses the decline of faith and rise of dogmatic atheism of the present day
Feminist theology : a reader by Ann Loades( Book )
6 editions published between 1990 and 1993 in English and held by 641 WorldCat member libraries worldwide
 
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Alternative Names
Armstrong, Kerin
Ārmstronga, Karena 1944-
Ārmstrunǧ, Kārīn 1944-
Ārmstrūnj, Kārīn 1944-
Армстронг, Карен 1944-
Армстронг, Керин
ארמסטרונג, קרן 1944-
أرمسترونج، كارين
أرمسترونغ، كارين، 1944-
كارين أرمسترونج، 1944-
كارين أرمسترونغ، 1944-
アームストロング, カレン
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Czech (7)
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