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Sells, Michael Anthony

Overview
Works: 35 works in 158 publications in 10 languages and 9,144 library holdings
Genres: History  Documentary television programs  Nonfiction television programs  Musical settings  Criticism, interpretation, etc  Commentaries  Requiems  Chants  Live sound recordings  Poetry 
Roles: Author, Editor, Performer, Other, Translator
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Most widely held works about Michael Anthony Sells
 
Most widely held works by Michael Anthony Sells
The bridge betrayed : religion and genocide in Bosnia by Michael Anthony Sells( )

23 editions published between 1996 and 2007 in 3 languages and held by 2,878 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

Sells also reveals how Western policy makers rewarded the perpetrators of the genocide and punished the victims. He concludes by explaining how the multireligious society of Bosnia served as a bridge between Christendom and Islam, symbolized by the now-destroyed ancient bridge at Mostar. In addition, he makes clear what is at stake, in the effort to preserve Bosnia, for the entire post-cold war world and especially for multireligious societies such as our own
The new crusades : constructing the Muslim enemy( )

14 editions published between 2003 and 2005 in English and held by 2,138 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

In these essays, twelve of the most influential thinkers in Middle Eastern and religious studies examine the idea of an emergent "Cold War" between Islam and the West and fears of an ongoing "clash of civilizations"--Cover 4
Approaching the Qurʼan : the early revelations by Michael Anthony Sells( Recording )

32 editions published between 1999 and 2007 in English and Spanish and held by 1,545 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

"Approaching the Qur'an captures the complexity, power, and poetry of the early suras, or chapters, of the Qur'an, the sacred scripture of Islam. Michael Sells presents brilliant translations of the short, hymnic suras associated with the first revelations to the Prophet Muhammad. In the second edition, Sells offers a new translation and commentary on the Sura of the Compassionate (al-Rahmān), which holds a special place within Islamic devotion and literature. Additionally, a new preface addresses the ongoing controversy over teaching about Islam and the Qur'an in Americna universities."--Publisher
Early Islamic mysticism : Sufi, Qurʼan, Miraj, poetic and theological writings by Michael Anthony Sells( Book )

10 editions published between 1996 and 2004 in 3 languages and held by 733 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

"With this anthology, Michael Sells offers a different way of reading the Islamic mystical tradition. For this volume, he has chosen a handful of authors and texts from the earliest period of Islamic mysticism ... He has thoughtfully chosen some foundational points, which have served as a basis for much of the later elaboration of mystical thought in Islamic civilization ... Sells labored with the richly textured vocabulary of Arabic ... the pre-Islamic Arabic odes. ... He shows the deep continuities they share with early Arabic Sufi poetry."--Page 3
The literature of Al-Andalus( Book )

10 editions published between 2000 and 2006 in English and held by 525 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

This text explores the culture of Andalucia during the period when it was an Islamic, mostly Arabic-speaking territory, from the 8th to the 13th centuries, covering the philosophy, art architecture and music of the region
Mystical languages of unsaying by Michael Anthony Sells( Book )

10 editions published between 1994 and 2011 in English and held by 443 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

"The subject of Mystical Languages of Unsaying is an important but neglected mode of mystical discourse, apophasis. which literally means "speaking away." Sometimes translated as "negative theology," apophatic discourse embraces the impossibility of naming something that is ineffable by continually turning back upon its own propositions and names. In this close study of apophasis in Greek, Christian, and Islamic texts, Michael Sells offers a sustained, critical account of how apophatic language works, the conventions, logic, and paradoxes it employs, and the dilemmas encountered in any attempt to analyze it. This book includes readings of the most rigorously apophatic texts of Plotinus, John the Scot Eriugena, Ibn Arabi, Marguerite Porete, and Meister Eckhart, with comparative reference to important apophatic writers in the Jewish tradition, such as Abraham Abulafia and Moses de Leon. Sells reveals essential common features in the writings of these authors, despite their wide-ranging differences in era, tradition, and theology. By showing how apophasis works as a mode of discourse rather than as a negative theology, this work opens a rich heritage to reevaluation. Sells demonstrates that the more radical claims of apophatic writers--claims that critics have often dismissed as hyperbolic or condemned as pantheistic or nihilistic--are vital to an adequate account of the mystical languages of unsaying. This work also has important implications for the relationship of classical apophasis to contemporary languages of the unsayable. Sells challenges many widely circulated characterizations of apophasis among deconstructionists as well as a number of common notions about medieval thought and gender relations in medieval mysticism." -- Publisher's information
Desert tracings : six classic Arabian odes( Book )

7 editions published in 1989 in English and Arabic and held by 371 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

Stations of desire : love elegies from Ibn ʻArabi and new poems by Ibn al-ʻArabī( Book )

6 editions published between 2000 and 2004 in English and held by 192 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

One of the great mystics of all time, Muhyiddin Ibn Al-'Arabi was a prolific author who wrote on every aspect of medieval Islamic thought. Among the most widely read of his works, and certainly his most famous collection of poems, was his volume of odes, The Translator of Desires (Turjuman al-Ashwaq), which is regarded as a masterpiece of Arabic and Sufi love poetry. --Ibis Editions
Qurʼanic studies today by Angelika Neuwirth( )

7 editions published in 2016 in English and held by 148 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

Qur'anic Studies Today brings together specialists in the field of Islamic studies to provide a range of essays that reflect the depth and breadth of scholarship on the Qur'an. Combining theoretical and methodological clarity with close readings of qur'anic texts, these contributions provide close analysis of specific passages, themes, and issues within the Qur'an, even as they attend to the disciplinary challenges within the field of qur'anic studies today. Chapters are arranged into three parts, treating specific figures appearing in the Qur'an, analysing particular suras, and finally reflecting on the Qur'an and its "others." They explore the internal dimensions and interior chronology of the Qur'an as text, its possible conversations with biblical and non-biblical traditions in Late Antiquity, and its role as scripture in modern exegesis and recitation. Together, they are indispensable for students and scholars who seek an understanding of the Qur'an founded on the most recent scholarly achievements
Prophecy in Islam : philosophy and orthodoxy by Fazlur Rahman( Book )

3 editions published in 2011 in English and held by 57 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

This longstanding and highly regarded volume is the first to explore the doctrine of prophetic revelation, a critical and definitive area of Islamic religious and political thought. In it, the esteemed Islamic scholar Fazlur Rahman traces the inception of this doctrine from ancient Greek texts, its interpretation and elaboration by Muslim philosophers in order to suit their vision of the Prophet, and, finally, the varying degrees of acceptance of these convergent ideas by the Muslim orthodoxy. The latest edition of this classic text includes a new foreword by Islamic studies expert Michael Sells, confirming Prophecy in Islam as the best source on its subject after more than half a century. This longstanding and highly regarded volume is the first to explore the doctrine of prophetic revelation, a critical and definitive area of Islamic religious and political thought. In it, the esteemed Islamic scholar Fazlur Rahman traces the inception of this doctrine from ancient Greek texts, its interpretation and elaboration by Muslim philosophers in order to suit their vision of the Prophet, and, finally, the varying degrees of acceptance of these convergent ideas by the Muslim orthodoxy. -- Publisher description
War requiem by Benjamin Britten( Recording )

3 editions published between 1975 and 1988 in English and Latin and held by 48 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

Public awareness of Benjamin Britten's person and works advanced dramatically -- even explosively -- twice during his lifetime. The first time was in 1945, when his opera Peter Grimes was produced for the postwar reopening of Sadler's Wells Theatre in London. The second time followed the premier at Coventry and the subsequent series of performances all across Europe and North America of the War Requiem. Except to those provincials who thought that milky pastoral was the only idiom appropriate for an Englishman and who also found the young Britten too clever by half, the triumph of Peter Grimes marked not just the confirmation of a prodigious talent; it represented a moment of hope that, for the first time since the death of Henry Purcell in 1695, England had produced a composer of international stature. The impact the War Requiem made 17 years later was wider and deeper by far. Britten, approaching 50, had become an artist whose every new utterance was awaited with the most lively interest and the highest expectations. The War Requiem, moreover, was tied to a pair of events that were heavily freighted with history and emotion: the destruction of Coventry Cathedral in an air raid during the night of November 14-15, 1940, and its reconsecration more than 21 years later. Its first performance was planned as an international event with respect both to participants and audience. Most importantly, the War Requiem was a weighty and poignant statement on the subject of piercingly urgent concern to much of humankind. In the War Requiem, Britten drew on forces larger and more complex than in any previous work of his. The basic division of the performers is into two groups, reflecting the dual source of the words; the libretto stands in a relation of text (the Latin Missa pro defunctis) and commentary (the nine Owen poems). The Latin text is essentially the province of the large mixed chorus, but from this there is spillover in two opposite directions: the solo soprano represents a heightening of the choral singing at its most emotional, while the boys' choir represents liturgy at its most distanced. The mixed chorus and solo soprano are accompanied by the full orchestra; the boys' choir, whose sound should be distant, is supported by an organ. All this constitutes one group. The other group consists of the tenor and baritone soloists, whose province is the series of Owen songs; they are accompanied by the chamber orchestra. - Program notes / Michael Steinberg
L'union mystique dans le judaïsme, le christianisme et l'islam : recherches transversales ... by Louis Dupré( Book )

1 edition published in 2011 in French and held by 12 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

The Cambridge history of Arabic literature( )

2 editions published in 1992 in English and held by 11 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

Originally published in 1983, The Cambridge History of Arabic Literature was the first general survey of the field to have been published in English for over fifty years and the first attempted in such detail in a multi-volume form. The volumes of the History provide an invaluable source of reference and understanding of the intellectual, literary and religious heritage of the Arabic-speaking and Islamic world.--publisher's description
The metaphor and dialectic of emanation in Plotinus, John the Scot, Meister Eckhart, and Ibn Arabi by Michael Anthony Sells( )

6 editions published between 1982 and 1991 in English and held by 8 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

The generous Qurʼan : ten selected suras by Michael Anthony Sells( Book )

1 edition published in 2001 in English and held by 4 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

Al-Andalus( Book )

1 edition published in 2000 in English and held by 4 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

The God of War. ; America in a World of Religion by Michael Anthony Sells( Book )

1 edition published in 2012 in English and held by 3 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

Islam, empire of faith by Robert Gardner( Visual )

1 edition published in 2000 in English and held by 3 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

Documents the rise and growth of Islam throughout the world, from the birth of Prophet Muhammad in the 6th century through the peak of the Ottoman Empire 1000 years later. Discusses the impact of Islamic civilization on world history and culture
Ibn Arabijevo zleščeno zrcalo: istovetnostni premik in pomenonosni dogodek by Michael Anthony Sells( )

1 edition published in 1998 in Slovenian and held by 2 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

Is Islam a religion of peace? by Michael Anthony Sells( Recording )

1 edition published in 2003 in English and held by 1 WorldCat member library worldwide

Dr. Sells describes the Koran and what is unique about its history and content and how it is used in the Islamic faith. He discusses how the Koran is interpreted and misinterpreted to fit the needs of particular groups. Sells compares some key Islamic concepts to the same concepts in other religions and discusses how these interpretations relate to the current political situation. Dr. Sells makes that point that when people start labeling others by their religions, it is a small step to seeing individuals as objects to be hated. Dr. Sells believes that there are profoundly wise and humane concepts in the Koran. He hopes that the wisdom and beauty of the content of the Koran can one day be appreciated for its value without all the political distortion. Professor Ron Luckens-Bull, professor in the Department of Sociology, Anthropology and Criminal Justice at University of North Florida provides preliminary introductory comments
 
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The new crusades : constructing the Muslim enemyApproaching the Qurʼan : the early revelationsEarly Islamic mysticism : Sufi, Qurʼan, Miraj, poetic and theological writingsThe literature of Al-AndalusMystical languages of unsayingDesert tracings : six classic Arabian odesStations of desire : love elegies from Ibn ʻArabi and new poemsProphecy in Islam : philosophy and orthodoxy