lecture-postBooks by Canon Dr Anne Davison
Accredited Lecturer, National Association of Decorative and Fine Arts Societies (NADFAS)
The following books are the outcome of a series of lectures and were written with encouragement from those who heard these lectures, either on cruise ships, or at other UK venues.
They form part of the In Brief Series: Books for Busy People and are aimed at the general reader who is looking for a short, accessible overview rather than a heavy academic tome. They are available in both e-book and paper back form at Amazon, Barnes&Noble and Smashwords. Alternatively you can order through me by using the Contact button above.


New Publication: THE MUGHAL EMPIRE

 

image 1 jpgIn 1526, a Turkic-Mongol warlord named Babur invaded Hindustan and established the Mughal Empire.


Update to book ‘FROM THE MEDES TO THE MULLAHS’

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The first book in the In Brief” Books for Busy People series was From the Medes to the Mullahs: a history of Iran.  It was published in 2013.  Since that time there have been many changes not only in Iran, but also in the region generally. Furthermore, the election of Donald Trump as President Elect of the United States will undoubtedly affect relations between Iran and the West.

The book has therefore been updated and includes a revised Epilogue which follows:

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On the 15th June 2013 Hassan Rouhani was democratically elected President of Iran, so replacing Mahmoud Ahmadinejad. Rouhani, who is considered to be a ‘moderate’ compared to his predecessor, is a cleric who studied at the prestigious seminary at Qom in Iran and later at Glasgow Caledonian University. He was previously Deputy Speaker of the Iranian Parliament and also led the Iranian team in negotiations with the UK, France and Germany on Iran’s nuclear programme.


NEW PUBLICATION: The Ottoman Empire

EPILOGUE TO THE OTTOMAN EMPIRE:  

Today the hot spot of unrest is Syria, the repercussions of which are reverberating across the Western world. From the outbreak of the Syrian Civil War in early 2011, it has been estimated that by February 2016, the total number of deaths due to the war stood at some 470,000 (Syrian Observatory for Human Rights). Internally displaced persons are given as over 7,600,000 with over 4,000,000 people made refugees (United Nations Commissioner for Refugees).


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NEW PUBLICATION  The Ottoman Empire

This book begins with the arrival of the Turkic tribes into Anatolia in the 13th Century and covers the main events up to and including the dissolution of the Ottoman Empire in 1923.

The final part of the book explores the link between today’s conflicts in the Middle East and the peace process following the First World War. A better understanding of this last period could help people make more sense of the complex situation in the Middle East today.

The book is written in a clear and accessible style with useful maps to help the reader navigate through what is a complex history.

As with other books in the ‘In Brief’ series, this book is aimed at the general reader who wants to understand a particular historical topic but does not have the time or inclination to read a heavy academic tome.

Available at Amazon UK as ebook and paperback. Buy


Recent Reviews for ‘Paul of Tarsus: a First Century Radical’

Two recent reviews from verified purchasers on Amazon for Paul of Tarsus:  a First Century Radical

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“Like this book. very easy to read, down to earth, everyday language. Full of background information as well as facts related to Paul’s life. Useful”

Recommended”

” Very brief but comprehensive in its own way. Gives an overview of the political, and cultural, world of the first century Roman empire and how St Paul fits in to the bigger picture.”

Available at Amazon UK as ebook and paperback  BUY

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at Smashwords in all ebook formats    BUY

 


THE LURE OF THE CALIPHATE

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WHY ARE JIHADI BRIDES ATTRACTED TO IS?

Every time we hear that another young girl has left the security of her home to join the Islamic State we ask ‘Why?’ What is the attraction of this barbaric terrorist group that draws girls, and even young mothers with their children, from countries across Europe, North America, Russia, the Balkans and even Saudi Arabia and the Gulf?


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MAKING SENSE OF MILITANT ISLAM

This book is essential reading for anyone who wants to better understand the complex world of militant Islam.  It asks what is the justification, for example, for the barbaric executions of innocent people by the so-called ‘Islamic State’? On what grounds can this group claim authority to establish a ‘caliphate’ covering territory in Northern Iraq and Syria?


Post: The Importance of Hadith in Islam

The militant group that calls itself ‘Islamic State’, otherwise known as IS, is terrorising innocent people across Syria and Iraq and threatening the stability of the region.  The group professes to be following a ‘pure’ form of Islam that is founded upon the teaching of the Prophet Muhammad and the early generations of Muslims.

In a forthcoming book, Making Sense of Militant Islam, I explore the roots of this extremism starting from the early Islamic period through to today.

The following is a short excerpt from Chapter One that looks at the importance of Hadith (sayings of the Prophet).  My suggestion is that groups such as IS lift selective texts from the Qur’an to justify their brutal acts without reference to the historical context, the Hadith or a long tradition of Islamic scholarship.


New Publication:

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This book attempts to show how close Judaism, Christianity and Islam are in terms of their history and beliefs.


It has been written mainly for those who are less familiar with Islam and so there is an emphasis on the early Islamic history. However, it is hoped that readers of all Faiths or none, may find the content of interest, particularly in the present climate where an understanding of the history of Islam is important.


Latest book reviews

The books are now selling quite well and seem to be especially popular with people who attend the corresponding lecture. Here is a sample of some of the reviews received on Amazon.


Holy Roman Empire: power politics papacy

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Francois-Marie Arouet, better known as Voltaire, famously said that ‘the Holy Roman Empire was neither Holy, nor Roman nor an Empire’. Taken at face value this is probably right. If we dig a little deeper, however, we may discover how and why, this entity came to be so named.

The foundation of the Holy Roman Empire is traditionally dated from the coronation of Otto the Great in AD 962. However, the reign of Charles I, otherwise known as ‘the Great’ or Charlemagne, who was crowned Emperor of the Romans by Pope Leo III on Christmas Day AD 800, is usually considered to be the first Emperor of the Empire.


From the Medes to the Mullahs: a History of Iran

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This book offers an accessible, but comprehensive, introduction to the long and rich history of Iran. Starting around 600 BCE it traces the main historical events, finishing with the modern Islamic Republic of Iran. It covers the Islamic conquest of Persia and the Sunni-Shi’a schism.

It would be of particular interest to the non-academic person who wants to understand a country that is frequently misunderstood yet central to issues relating to the Middle East today.


Paul of Tarsus: a First Century Radical

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This book looks at the radical Jew of the First Century who challenged the status quo.

Including useful maps it should appeal to the general reader who wants to learn about the man from Tarsus from a historical perspective rather than the more usual avenue, through Scripture.