The Great Theft

In The Great Theft, Khaled Abou El Fadl, one of the world's preeminent Islamic scholars, argues that Islam is currently passing through a transformative period no less dramatic than the movements that swept through Europe during the ...

Author: Khaled M. Abou El Fadl

Publisher: Harper Collins

ISBN: 9780061744754

Category: Religion

Page: 336

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Despite President George W. Bush's assurances that Islam is a peaceful religion and that all good Muslims hunger for democracy, confusion persists and far too many Westerners remain convinced that Muslims and terrorists are synonymous. In the aftermath of the attacks of 9/11, the subsequent wars in Afghanistan and Iraq, and the recent bombings in London, an unprecedented amount of attention has been directed toward Islam and the Muslim world. Yet, even with this increased scrutiny, most of the public discourse regarding Islam revolves around the actions of extremist factions such as the Wahhabis and al-Qa'ida. But what of the Islam we don't hear about? As the second-largest and fastest-growing religion in the world, Islam is deemed by more than a billion Muslims to be a source of serenity and spiritual peace, and a touchstone for moral and ethical guidance. While extremists have an impact upon the religion that is wildly disproportionate to their numbers, moderates constitute the majority of Muslims worldwide. It is this rift between the quiet voice of the moderates and the deafening statements of the extremists that threatens the future of the faith. In The Great Theft, Khaled Abou El Fadl, one of the world's preeminent Islamic scholars, argues that Islam is currently passing through a transformative period no less dramatic than the movements that swept through Europe during the Reformation. At this critical juncture there are two completely opposed worldviews within Islam competing to define this great world religion. The stakes have never been higher, and the future of the Muslim world hangs in the balance. Drawing on the rich tradition of Islamic history and law, The Great Theft is an impassioned defense of Islam against the encroaching power of the extremists. As an accomplished Islamic jurist, Abou El Fadl roots his arguments in long-standing historical legal debates and delineates point by point the beliefs and practices of moderate Muslims, distinguishing these tenets from the corrupting influences of the extremists. From the role of women in Islam to the nature of jihad, from democracy and human rights to terrorism and warfare, Abou El Fadl builds a vital vision for a moderate Islam. At long last, the great majority of Muslims who oppose extremism have a desperately needed voice to help reclaim Islam's great moral tradition.


A historical examination of tension and conflict on the Texas-Mexico border, told from the Mexican perspective, that's especially relevant today.

Author: Carmen Boullosa

Publisher: Deep Vellum Publishing

ISBN: 9781941920008

Category: Fiction

Page: 304

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A historical examination of tension and conflict on the Texas-Mexico border, told from the Mexican perspective, that's especially relevant today.

The Meaning and Culture of Grand Theft Auto

DAVID ANNANDALE One of the defining characteristics of the Grand Theft Auto (GTA) series is the sheer size of each game. Size, here, is understood to mean the scope of the narrative, the geographical area over which the player roams, ...

Author: Nate Garrelts

Publisher: McFarland

ISBN: 9780786483488

Category: Games & Activities

Page: 264

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The immensely popular Grand Theft Auto game series has inspired a range of reactions among players and commentators, and a hot debate in the popular media. These essays from diverse theoretical perspectives expand the discussion by focusing scholarly analysis on the games, particularly Grand Theft Auto III (GTA3), Grand Theft Auto: Vice City (GTA:VC), and Grand Theft Auto: San Andreas (GTA:SA). Part One of the book discusses the fears, lawsuits, legislative proposals, and other public reactions to Grand Theft Auto, detailing the conflict between the developers of adult oriented games and various new forms of censorship. Depictions of race and violence, the pleasure of the carnivalistic gameplay, and the significance of sociopolitical satire in the series are all important elements in this controversy. It is argued that the general perception of digital changed fundamentally following the release of Grand Theft Auto III. The second section of the book approaches the games as they might be studied absent of the controversy. These essays study why and how players meaningfully play Grand Theft Auto games, reflecting on the elements of daily life that are represented in the games. They discuss the connection between game space and real space and the many ways that players mediate the symbols in a game with their minds, computers, and controllers.

Grand Theft 2000

Media Spectacle and a Stolen Election Douglas Kellner. Thomas Patterson's words , as " a callow youth allowed to serve as front man — a dauphin in a restoration monarchy , " with the grown - ups running the show as the immature boy goes ...

Author: Douglas Kellner

Publisher: Rowman & Littlefield

ISBN: 0742521036

Category: Political Science

Page: 242

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The battle for the White House following the election of November 7, 2000, was one of the major media spectacles in American history. From the uncertainty of election night to Al Gore's concession to George W. Bush's acceptance of the mantle of president-elect, Douglas Kellner demonstrates why the media was culpable in the theft of the presidency, ultimately bringing to power one of the most right wing administrations in American history. By applying critical social theory, cultural studies, and media criticism to buttress his arguments, Kellner concludes that Election 2000 reveals a crisis in contemporary American democracy. A final chapter critically dissects the first 100 days of the Bush presidency, which is emerging as one of the most reactionary in history.

Grand Theft Childhood

... which fact will increase the popular interest in this great Headline Attraction.11 The Great Train Robbery was ... shooting a fleeing passenger in the back; several robberies; an attack on a telegraph operator and the subsequent ...

Author: Lawrence Kutner

Publisher: Simon and Schuster

ISBN: 9781416564690

Category: Family & Relationships

Page: 272

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Listening to pundits and politicians, you'd think that the relationship between violent video games and aggressive behavior in children is clear. Children who play violent video games are more likely to be socially isolated and have poor interpersonal skills. Violent games can trigger real-world violence. The best way to protect our kids is to keep them away from games such as Grand Theft Auto that are rated M for Mature. Right? Wrong. In fact, many parents are worried about the wrong things! In 2004, Lawrence Kutner, PhD, and Cheryl K. Olson, ScD, cofounders and directors of the Harvard Medical School Center for Mental Health and Media, began a $1.5 million federally funded study on the effects of video games. In contrast to previous research, their study focused on real children and families in real situations. What they found surprised, encouraged and sometimes disturbed them: their findings conform to the views of neither the alarmists nor the video game industry boosters. In Grand Theft Childhood: The Surprising Truth about Violent Video Games and What Parents Can Do, Kutner and Olson untangle the web of politics, marketing, advocacy and flawed or misconstrued studies that until now have shaped parents' concerns. Instead of offering a one-size-fits-all prescription, Grand Theft Childhood gives the information you need to decide how you want to handle this sensitive issue in your own family. You'll learn when -- and what kinds of -- video games can be harmful, when they can serve as important social or learning tools and how to create and enforce game-playing rules in your household. You'll find out what's really in the games your children play and when to worry about your children playing with strangers on the Internet. You'll understand how games are rated, how to make best use of ratings and the potentially important information that ratings don't provide. Grand Theft Childhood takes video games out of the political and media arenas, and puts parents back in control. It should be required reading for all families who use game consoles or computers. Almost all children today play video or computer games. Half of twelve-year-olds regularly play violent, Mature-rated games. And parents are worried... "I don't know if it's an addiction, but my son is just glued to it. It's the same with my daughter with her computer...and I can't be watching both of them all the time, to see if they're talking to strangers or if someone is getting killed in the other room on the PlayStation. It's just nerve-racking!" "I'm concerned that this game playing is just the kid and the TV is this going to affect his social skills?" "I'm not concerned about the violence; I'm concerned about the way they portray the violence. It's not accidental; it's intentional. They're just out to kill people in some of these games." What should we as parents, teachers and public policy makers be concerned about? The real risks are subtle and aren't just about gore or sex. Video games don't affect all children in the same way; some children are at significantly greater risk. (You may be surprised to learn which ones!) Grand Theft Childhood gives parents practical, research-based advice on ways to limit many of those risks. It also shows how video games -- even violent games -- can benefit children and families in unexpected ways. In this groundbreaking and timely book, Drs. Lawrence Kutner and Cheryl Olson cut through the myths and hysteria, and reveal the surprising truth about kids and violent games.

Grand Theft History

For many liberals, the war on the Southern brand of conservatism came to a fever pitch with the 2000 election of George W. Bush from the great state of Texas. The narrowly decided election put the liberal attack machine into overdrive ...

Author: Ilario Pantano

Publisher: Simon and Schuster

ISBN: 9781618688729

Category: History

Page: 200

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The explosive truth about America’s Revolution–a bloody civil war that was won largely in the South–that modern liberals have kept buried until now. In 1780, the darkest hour of the American Revolution, the British went down to the South and overplayed their hand. By burning the bibles of backwoodsmen and threatening their honor, the British ignited a firestorm. Ordinary folk from throughout the Southern colonies spontaneously banded together and rode for hundreds of miles to King’s Mountain in South Carolina to attack and destroy the British forces in the most spectacular, unusual and decisive battle of the war. Never heard of the massacre that saved the American Revolution? No idea that liberty was actually won in the South? Red state values of God, guns and guts are being dismantled by leftists airbrushing our past in order to “transform” our future. Grand Theft History features

Royal Grand Theft a Nevada Novel

“No, Sir, she hasn't. By the way, there's an Albert in my own ancestry, one of my great-great grand aunts married an Albert.” “There could be a connection, then. One of my father's Royal Grand Theft, page 52.

Author: Charles L. McGranaghan


ISBN: 9781365259739



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The Grand Theft Auto 6 Pacifist Niko Challenge

Get in the car; it won't count as a steal. Go after the target and ram him until his car goes on fire and he will die. Two details to consider: Don't flip over the car or your Lenny will get out and run, which makes your job much harder ...

Author: Jonathan Suarez


ISBN: 9780557092154



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Grand Theft Auto

A great many of the dealers mentioned that they'd seen my testimony on C-SPAN when I spoke about the legislation and pleaded with Congress to consider it as soon as possible. So many dealers told Alison and her ... 102 Grand Theft Auto.

Author: Alan Spitzer

Publisher: New Year Publishing

ISBN: 9781935547310

Category: Business & Economics

Page: 244

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When General Motors and Chrysler declared bankruptcy in 2009 and immediately targeted thousands of dealerships for closure, tens of thousands of jobs and billions of dollars were on the line. Staring down two of the largest manufacturers in the world - as well as President Obama's Automotive Task Force - a determined triumvirate of car dealers banded together and went to Washington, D.C. to make their voices heard. Alan and Alison Spitzer's fast-paced memoir takes readers behind the scenes as "citizen's lobbyists" traverse throughout all of the major corridors of power in the nation's capital to make their case and bring justice to thousands of small business across the country.

The Grand Theft Games Revenge of the Lawman

A game of Grand Theft Dog. We just sit and watch, guessing which generation of programmed mastiff will trigger the war. No hope.” Ken and I stared at Dewey, begging for a reply. She frowned. “I can't even contemplate this game.

Author: Charles Gautschy

Publisher: Page Publishing Inc

ISBN: 9781644627150

Category: Fiction

Page: 236

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I am the Lawman. Below is my creed. Like a religious creed, it is chanted, so I remember, in exacting detail, everything I believed. All my actions. I once had two milliseconds of love. Then they were removed from me. I can most assuredly attest that it’s not better to have loved and lost than never to have loved at all. Love fueled my excruciating anger. And then anger’s loyal bedfellow. Revenge. Love turned me into a hate-fueled monster. To the perpetrators, it was merely a game. Even if the authorities knew who the were, there were no lawmen to punish them. I was without hope, without retribution. I was strapped in a straitjacket with only memories to taunt my immobilized carcass. So I did what any brave soul would do. I went about the slow business of killing myself. Then as foretold by Edgar Allen Poe: ONCE upon a midnight dreary, while I pondered, weak and weary, Over many a quaint and curious volume of forgotten lore, While I nodded, nearly napping, suddenly there came a tapping, As of some one gently rapping, rapping... It wasn’t a Raven. It was a hovering prophet from the past. It had a message for me: “Son. She’s buried alive. She’s running out of time. Find her. She can do anything.” I found her grave deep in the Atlantic Ocean where I would live during her revival. If she could do anything, I knew what I wanted her to do. Remove the straitjacket that bound me. I brought her back to life. We created marionette ghouls that were inspired by unnatural genetic instinct. They avenged my lost love. I labeled myself the Lawman and lived a villainous comic book hero’s quest for revenge. We killed every last one of them. Playing the puppet master, we tweaked the strings of my unnatural creatures. Our monsters escaped and mutated into viral, roaming death with a zombie’s lack of empathy. Revenge is not a cold meal. Revenge is a warm fillet cut with a butter knife; it’s seasoned with blood for just the right amount of saltiness. The blood has to be fresh; it needs to be deoxygenated through the screams of its donor. I am the Lawman. That is my creed. My confession.