Doorlight Academic was established in 2017 as an imprint of Doorlight Publications to disseminate scholarly works in the humanities and social sciences. Our initial focus is on commissioning works in religious studies, history, and linguistics, with a special interest in Islam, the Middle East and Muslim-Christian relations. Our goal is to publish quality academic books that will serve as essential resources within their fields.
TITLES AND SERIES FROM DOORLIGHT ACADEMIC
ISRME Studies in Religion and Theology series was established by the Institute for the Study of Religion in the Middle East to publish books about religious communities, religious texts, theologies and belief systems in the Middle East, North Africa, Turkey and Pakistan. The series solicits research studies from a range of disciplines and historical contexts, placing special emphasis on research about small, emergent or threatened religious communities and the interaction of these communities with majority traditions. The series will be of particular interest to students and scholars of religion, as well as to general readers concerned with the Middle East.
ISRME Studies in Religion and Theology book 1: Sharing Abraham?Narrative Worldview, Biblical and Qur’anic Interpretation & Comparative Theology in Turkey by George Bristow Abraham has long been viewed as a source of common ground for monotheistic faith communities, yet the relationship between the various Abraham narratives is complex. In this book George Bristow rigorously analyzes biblical and qur’anic Abraham narratives and builds on the tight connection between narrative and worldview to lay the foundation for a careful and illuminating theological comparison between varying portraits of Abraham and the faith traditions in which they are embedded. In the course of building his argument, Bristow introduces an original model for analyzing the relationship of narrative to worldview and sheds important light on the function of Abraham for contemporary Turkish Muslims. Sharing Abraham is an essential resource for anyone interested in narrative and worldview studies, comparative theology, biblical and qur’anic hermeneutics, Abrahamic dialogue, or Islam in Turkey.
Sindhi: An Introductory Course for English Speakers By Herbert Addleton and Pauline Brown Sindhi is a major world language and one of the great literary languages of Islamic civilization, with nearly 19 million Sindhi speakers in Pakistan, more than a million in India and growing numbers in communities throughout the world. Yet this language of poetic masterpieces like the Risalo of the great sufi poet, Shah Abdul Latif Bhitai, remains little known and neglected even among scholars of the Subcontinent and of Islam. Addleton and Brown’s work for the first time offers linguists, students of religion, anthropologists, and second generation Sindhis in the West a practical and systematic introduction to the vocabulary and grammar of spoken and written Sindhi.
First developed for English speakers living and working in southern Pakistan, Addleton and Brown’s work has recently been revised and updated, and is now the best available pedagogical introduction to Sindhi for English speakers. Sindhi: An Introductory Course will be of interest not only to linguists and scholars, but to anyone interested in the culture, language and heritage of the Sindhi people.
Mary Lyon: Documents and Writings Edited by James Hartley Before the 19th Amendment to the U.S. Constitution and the Seneca Falls Declaration; before Susan B. Anthony, Elizabeth Cady Stanton, Lucy Stone, Julia Ward Howe, Carrie Chapman and Alice Paul; before John Stuart Mill’s "The Subjection of Women" and Virginia Woolf’s "A Room of One’s Own"; before all these came Mary Lyon. In 1837, by virtue of dogged determination and never removing her sight from her goal, Mary Lyon founded Mount Holyoke Female Seminary, the world's oldest continuing college for women. Never seeking to draw attention to herself, she steadfastly fought to ensure that the school would outlive her and never become known as “Miss Lyon’s School.” Perhaps as a result, Mary Lyon has not drawn nearly the attention she deserves in histories of America, the women’s movement or higher education. This volume, for the first time, draws together the major documents and writings of Mary Lyon's remarkable career.