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By Morris Berman

In Dark a while America, the pundit Morris Berman argues that the state has entered a perilous part in its old improvement from which there's no go back.

As the corporate-consumerist juggernaut that now defines the country rolls on, the very elements that after propelled the US to greatness—extreme individualism, territorial and monetary enlargement, and the pursuit of fabric wealth—are, mockingly, the nails in our collective coffin.

Within a number of many years, Berman argues, the USA could be marginalized at the international degree, its hegemony changed via China or the ecu Union. With the USA only one terrorist assault clear of a police kingdom, Berman's e-book is a arguable and illuminating examine our present society and its ills.

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In Arabia well before the time of Muhammad. More important than asking whether other monotheisms existed in the area, the more accurate and pressing questions are: What were the contours and contents of these monotheisms? And, given the fluid ethnic and religious contexts of sixth- and seventh-century Arabia, is it even possible to as- setting the stage 29 sume that these monotheisms represent distinct markers of identity and difference for their adherents? e. There is also clear evidence that by the end of the fourth century there existed a Jewish presence, which seems to have arrived there from Yemen.

See the comments in Jaroslav Stetkevych, Muhammad and the Golden Bough: Reconstructing Arabian Myth (Bloomington: Indiana University Press, 2000). : Princeton University Press, 1987), 24–26.  J. Serjeant, “Meccan Trade and the Rise of Islam: Misconceptions and Flawed Polemics,” Journal of the American Oriental Society 110, no. 2 (1990): 472–486.  John E. Wansbrough, The Sectarian Milieu: Content and Composition of Islamic Salvation History (Oxford: Oxford University Press, 1977), 1–15.  Hence, the title of their book: Hagarism.

McCutcheon, Manufacturing Religion: The Discourse on Sui Generis Religion and the Politics of Nostalgia (New York: Oxford University Press, 1997). For an attempt to make the line firmer, see Bruce Lincoln, “Theses on Method,” Method and Theory in the Study of Religion 8, no. 3 (1996): 225–227.  On the problems more broadly, see Russell T. McCutcheon, Critics Not Caretakers: Redescribing the Public Study of Religion (Albany: State University of New York Press, 2001), 3–20.  On the contours of the “debate,” see Herbert Berg, The Development of Exegesis in Early Islam: The Authenticity of Muslim Literature from the Formative Period (London: Curzon, 2000), 6–64.

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