Muslim Societies and the Challenge of Secularization An Interdisciplinary Approach

Author: Gabriele Marranci
Publisher: Springer Science & Business Media
ISBN: 9789048133628
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Scholars from various disciplines worked together to present the first interdisciplinary book to address the issue of Islam, secularism and globalization. The book has a clear structure which represents its interdisciplinary approach: the first section addresses the philosophical and historical discussion about Islam and secularism; the second section discusses the topic from an ethnographical and social anthropological viewpoint; and the final section addresses Islam, secularism and globalization from a political viewpoint. This unique collection not only offers innovative research and new material, it also provides empirical examples and theoretical debates, and could therefore also be used as a textbook for courses on Islam, globalization, anthropology, politics, sociology and law.

Michelle Stuart

Author: Michelle Stuart
Publisher: Hatje Cantz Pub
ISBN: 9783775735490
Format: PDF, Mobi
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Since the late sixties, American artist Michelle Stuart (born 1938) has become internationally known and respected for a rich and diverse body of work based on her lifelong interest in the natural world and the cosmos. Her multifaceted creativity and broad range of inspirations have led to her working in fields as diverse as drawing, sculpture, photography, video, installation and site-specific earthworks. Throughout her career, she has pursued a subtle and responsive dialogue with the natural world quite unlike the epic, at times seemingly grandiose, gestures of much contemporary Land Art. During the seventies she became associated with the feminist art movement, co-founding the journal "Heresies" with Lucy Lippard. Along with wide-ranging insights into Stuart's choice of media and subject matter, this book emphasizes Stuart's radical redefinition of the medium of drawing.

A Buyer s and User s Guide to Astronomical Telescopes and Binoculars

Author: James Mullaney
Publisher: Springer Science & Business Media
ISBN: 1461487331
Format: PDF, ePub
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Amateur astronomers of all skill levels are always contemplating their next telescope, and this book points the way to the most suitable instruments. Similarly, those who are buying their first telescopes – and these days not necessarily a low-cost one – will be able to compare and contrast different types and manufacturers. This exciting and revised new guide provides an extensive overview of binoculars and telescopes. It includes detailed up-to-date information on sources, selection and use of virtually every major type, brand, and model on today’s market, a truly invaluable treasure-trove of information and helpful advice for all amateur astronomers. Originally written in 2006, much of the first edition is inevitably now out of date, as equipment advances and manufacturers come and go. This second edition not only updates all the existing sections of “A Buyer’s and User’s Guide to Astronomical Telescopes and Binoculars” but adds two new ones: Astro-imaging and Professional-Amateur collaboration. Thanks to the rapid and amazing developments that have been made in digital cameras – not those specialist cool-chip astronomical cameras, not even DSLRs, but regular general-purpose vacation cameras – it is easily possible to image all sorts of astronomical objects and fields. Technical developments, including the Internet, have also made it possible for amateur astronomers to make a real contribution to science by working with professionals. Selecting the right device for a variety of purposes can be an overwhelming task in a market crowded with observing options, but this comprehensive guide clarifies the process. Anyone planning to purchase binoculars or telescopes for astronomy – whether as a first instrument or as an upgrade to the next level – will find this book a treasure-trove of information and advice. It also supplies the reader with many useful hints and tips on using astronomical telescopes or binoculars to get the best possible results from your purchase.

Single Windows and Trade Facilitation

Author: Dennis Ndonga
ISBN: 9789041158345
Format: PDF, Kindle
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Présentation de l'éditeur : " The Single Windows electronic environment, introduced as part of the World Trade Organization's Agreement on Trade Facilitation (ATF) in December 2013, promises to bring meaningful gains to all parties involved in cross-border commerce. The main value proposition for having a single window for a country or economy is to increase the efficiency through time and cost savings for traders in their dealings with government authorities for obtaining the relevant clearance and permit(s) for moving cargoes across national or economic borders. However, a common view in developing countries is that the system's implementation costs far outweigh its presumed (and questionable) benefits. The author analyses key challenges facing the adoption of Single Windows, and provides you with well-thought-out direction to help developing countries preparing to enforce the relevant provisions of the ATF. He sets out his views as to how trade facilitation, especially in its Single Windows guise, can enable the internal constraints of developing countries. You'll find clear advice as to how the adoption of Single Windows can improve the quality of business and administrative decision making, and promote economic development. The author looks at the importance of Single Windows as a trade facilitative tool, and discusses e-government initiatives. He explores Single Windows as a tool to combat corruption in customs, and how to attract foreign investment through Single Windows implementation. The work explores the technological challenges to Single Window implementation in developing countries, and looks at the legal effectiveness of electronic trade documents. This work will be of interest to policy makers and anyone involved in trade facilitation who needs to know more about how Single Windows can help them. "

RNA Technologies and Their Applications

Author: Volker A. Erdmann
Publisher: Springer Science & Business Media
ISBN: 9783642121685
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RNA technologies are the driving forces of modern medicine and biotechnology. They combine the fields of biochemistry, chemistry, molecular biology, cell biology, physics, nanotechnology and bioinformatics. The combination of these topics is set to revolutionize the medicine of tomorrow. After more than 15 years of extensive research in the field of RNA technologies, the first therapeutics are ready to reach the first patients. Thus we are witnessing the birth of a very exciting time in the development of molecular medicine, which will be based on the methods of RNA technologies. This volume is the first of a series. It covers various aspects of RNA interference and microRNAs, although antisense RNA applications, hammerhead ribozyme structure and function as well as non-coding RNAs are also discussed. The authors are internationally highly respected experts in the field of RNA technologies.

Transnational Commercial Law Text Cases and Materials

Author: Roy Goode
Publisher: Oxford University Press, USA
ISBN: 9780198735441
Format: PDF, Docs
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When the first edition of this student work was published some eight years ago transnational commercial law, introduced as a postgraduate course at the University of Oxford in 1995, was taught at a relatively small number of law schools. Since then the subject has blossomed and is now taught at law schools around the world. Focused on the products and processes of the harmonization of law relating to international commercial transactions, the book is an invaluable resource for students in this field. In this new edition the work has been completely revised and updated, covering a number of new or substantially revised international instruments. In addition four new chapters have been added by specialist contributors dealing with regional harmonization, carriage of goods by sea, transactions in securities and the relationship between international conventions and national law. The authority of the text is enhanced by the fact that all the authors have played leading roles in the drafting and development of many of the instruments examined in the work.