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Nelson Mandela Day - Cambridge Scholars Publishing 30 June 2017

This July, Cambridge Scholars will be proudly celebrating Nelson Mandela International Day on 18th July, the day Mandela was born. The Mandela Day campaign was inaugurated eight years ago in order to create a dynamic legacy of Mandela’s life.

For 67 years, Nelson Mandela devoted his life to the service of humanity — as a human rights lawyer, a prisoner of conscience, an international peacemaker and the first democratically elected president of a free South Africa. On 18th July, the Nelson Mandela Foundation calls on people around the world to devote 67 minutes of their time to helping others, as a way to mark Nelson Mandela International Day.

Nelson Mandela International Day commemorates the lifetime of service Nelson Mandela gave to South Africa and the world. It was launched on his birthday, 18 July, in 2009 via a unanimous decision by the UN General Assembly. Mandela Day calls on us all, every day, to make the world a better place. Each year on 18 July we look back on what has been done, and forward to what will be done.

To mark Mandela Day, we are offering our readers a 50% discount on 4 of our titles related to the study of Nelson Mandela and his legacy. To find out more about each title, click on the image.

To redeem your discount, please enter the promotional code MANDELA17 during checkout. Please note that this is a time-limited offer that will expire on 31st July 2017.

In spite of the rich repertoire of artistic traditions in Southern Africa, particularly in the areas of drama, theatre and performance, there seems to be a lack of a corresponding robust academic engagement with these subjects. While it can be said that some of the racial groups in the region have received substantial attention in terms of scholarly discussions of their drama and theatre performances, the same cannot be said of the black African racial group. As such, Explorations in Southern African Drama, Theatre and Performance represents a compendium of critical and intellectual discourses on black African drama, theatre and performance in Botswana, Lesotho, South Africa, and Swaziland. The topics covered in the book include, amongst others, ritual practices, interventionist approaches to drama, textual analyses, and the funeral rites (viewed as performance) of the South African liberation icon Nelson Mandela.

Re-engaging the African Diasporas: Pan-Africanism in the Age of Globalization threads together papers that seek to give academic and intellectual impetus to tie the continent’s development to that of the African Diaspora. By harnessing the enormous resources available in our internet age and riding the cresting wave of globalization, the task of re-engagement will be vastly enhanced, and the debates and discussions in this volume will serve to facilitate this re-engagement. A main highlight of the conference was a special tribute to Nelson Mandela to honour his death in December 2013 and celebrate 20 years of South African independence. In these papers, scholars examine Mandela’s role in the transition of South Africa from a racist state to a democratic nation. They critically examine how the ANC’s policies have impacted post-Apartheid South Africa and question what alternatives remain for the future.

What is the greatest, most precious, opportunity that life provides? It is not winning millions in a lottery. Money, fame, intelligence, beauty, a prestigious career, or mere existence will not simply provide us with a good life. We all have the potential to live well, to have a good life, but how can we do so? We can master complex subjects, attain advanced qualifications and demonstrate sound skills; we can become wealthy, and still make a mess of our lives. People can meet the accepted measures of success, yet still not live well. The Opportunity to Live Well: The Wisdom of Nelson Mandela, Gough Whitlam, Pete Seeger and Others demonstrates the challenges and joyous rewards of living well. They inform, and teach us, that we can also live well when we cultivate awareness; altruism; wholeness of body, mind and spirit; resilience and persistence; passion; empathy; a sense of belonging; personal character; self-knowledge; and life-enhancing habits.

History is a powerful tool in the hands of politicians, and can be a destructive weapon since power over the past is the power to decide who is a hero and who is a traitor. However, can history be a proper political weapon during democratisation processes when the past is clearly separated from the present? Are the new order and society founded on the basis of some interpretation of the past, or, rather, are they founded only with reference to the imagined future of the nation? The Politics of Memory in Post-Authoritarian Transitions, Volume One explores such questions through a detailed description of the use of remembrance policies during political transformations. It discusses how interpretations of the past served the accomplishment of transitional objectives in countries as varied as Chile, Estonia, Georgia, Poland, South Africa and Spain. The book is a unique journey through different parts of the world, different cultures and different political systems, investigating how history was remembered and forgotten by certain democratic leaders.

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Book of the Month - July 2017 30 June 2017

Our July Book of the Month is Restoring the Balance: Using the Qur’an and the Sunnah to Guide a Return to the Prophet’s Islam by John Andrew Morrow.

Restoring the Balance is a penetrating reflection upon the reality of Islam in the modern world. Addressing a myriad of pressing issues that impact Muslims in the East, West, North, and South, it tackles topics that are both difficult and troubling, threading its way through a mine-field of religious, cultural, and ideological issues with courage, balance, caution, and concern.

In a world of extremes, which pits religious fundamentalists against radical reformists, it calls upon Muslims to maintain the middle ground, using the Qur’an and the Sunnah to guide to a return of the Prophet’s Islam.

To find out more, please click here to read a sample extract and contents page. 

We are offering all of our readers a generous 60% discount on this best-selling title. To redeem your discount, please enter the promotional code BOMJUL17 during checkout. Please note that this is a time-limited offer that will expire on 31st July 2017.

Please see below for highlights of the praise this book has been receiving:

“An invaluable and much needed contribution to our national dialogue and our near term future under a Trump administration, "Restoring The Balance" is a critically important and unreservedly recommended addition to community and academic library collections in general, and Islamic Studies supplemental reading lists in particular.”

—Midwest Book Review, 15:12 (December 2016)

“‘Bold’ and ‘courageous.’ Those are the two words that best summarize Restoring the Balance. John Andrew Morrow once again challenges Muslims and non-Muslims to re-think Islam in universalistic terms. He not only tackles bigotry and radicalism head-on, but he also highlights the anti-racist and egalitarian underpinnings of core Islamic teachings. This highly accessible book of short essays will be of interest to academics, intellectuals, students, teachers, and lay-readers; basically, to people of all backgrounds who want to learn more about the real message of Islam. Restoring the Balance has the potential to restore your faith in humanity.”

—Dr Craig Considine, Lecturer of Sociology at Rice University and co-author of Islam and the People of the Book: Critical Studies on the Covenants of the Prophet

“In his latest book, Dr John Andrew Morrow holds a mirror to Muslims to see where they have erred. He touches on many sensitive issues that Muslims would do well to understand and, therefore, rectify. An excitingly informative book that will benefit both the scholar and the lay person.”

—Zafar Bangash, Director of the Institute of Contemporary Islamic Thought; President of the Islamic Society of York Region, Toronto

“Though Muslims invented the university, traditional Islamic scholarship was often informal and personal: You would hear about a teacher of the subject you wanted to learn, travel to meet him or her, and join the ‘classes’ that began after prayer time in the corner of the local mosque. In Restoring the Balance, a leading authority on Islam, Dr John Andrew Morrow, speaks informally, but with great erudition and – most importantly – wisdom. For those of us who can’t go sit in the mosque with him, this book is the next best thing.”

—Dr Kevin Barrett, Editor of 9/11 and American Empire v.2: Christians, Jews and Muslims Speak Out and We Are NOT Charlie Hebdo! Free Thinkers Question the French 9/11; author of Truth Jihad and Questioning the War on Terror

“This is a book of passionate pleas to reason, and it raises ideas that are at once unpopular and urgent.”

—Barbara Castleton, Co-author of Arabic, Islam, and the Allah Lexicon and Global English and Arabic: Issues of Language, Culture and Identity

“Dr Morrow stresses the middle way of Islam as he conveys the hypocrisy of Islamic fundamentalism. Each chapter stands on its own—a must-read for critical thinking.”

—Dr Bridget Blomfield, Author of The Language of Tears: My Journey into the World of Shi‘i Muslim Women

“Inspired, witty and refreshingly honest. As a Muslim convert and a Westerner, I found that Dr Morrow handed a mirror to those very issues which have gnawed at me—this dichotomy in between Islam and some Muslims’ interpretation of Islam. A book of reason and reasoning, Restoring the Balance echoes Dr Morrow’s profound love for Islam, people and knowledge.”

—Catherine Shakdam, Author of Arabia’s Rising: Under The Banner of The First Imam; Director of Programs at the Shafaqna Institute for Middle Eastern Studies

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Inside Selfhood and History - Cambridge Scholars Publishing 30 June 2017

As part of our commitment to showcasing the best collections of academic research and writing, Cambridge Scholars Publishing is delighted to be featuring another well-established and successful series this month. We recognise the growing demand for leading-edge, peer-reviewed research amongst our author community, and are eager to develop and promote both new and existing series.

Selfhood and History is a sequence of ten interrelated volumes by the American poet and philosopher Frederic Will. The titles contained therein, which are the culmination of work undertaken throughout the last ten years, are:

  • Time, Accounts, Surplus Meaning: Settings of the Theophanic (2011)
  • Platonism for the Iron Age: An Essay on the Literary Universal (2014)
  • Historia: Profiles of the Historical Impulse (2015)
  • Essays on the Condition of Inwardness: Pieces of Otherness (2016)
  • Seventy Moral (and Immoral) Polarities of the Everyday (2016)
  • Seventy Moral (and Immoral) Polarities of the Everyday Volume II (2017)
  • The Modernist Impulse and a Contemporary Opus: Replaced by Writing (2017)
  • Downloading The Poetic Self: An Anatomy Of Poetic Character (forthcoming, 2018)

Also forthcoming are:

  • Ryerson and The Almanach de Gotha of Time: Two Novels Turned in on Themselves: the creative process in writing, and the self as its own mirror; two long fictions by the author are read against each other—in running commentary—and the ore of usage each releases is examined.
  • The Everyday: Essays on Noticing the Unnoticeable. Vignettes, analyses, narrations of everyday events among everyday people; eating, sleeping, walking, playing, fighting. What started out as ‘exercises’ and ‘practices’ for my online students at the Humanities Institute has become a working whole, practical but virtue-oriented.

Frederic Will, the author of the books within Inside Selfhood and History, explains how the titles interrelate and the principles at the heart of the series:

“It is hard to extract the core from these daring and intimate texts of philosophies as aspect. Writing clearly emerges throughout as the fundamental human act, which marks both the creation of history and a step into history. While writing is itself a thing, and deals with things in the world - what it finds in history - it requires illumination from the noosphere, the sphere of ideation and thought (Platonism is an effort to plot this geography) to illuminate trends in human time. The inside of this entire drama, by which writing opens history to us, is selfhood, the dynamic of consciousness from which writing springs. Selfhood is as everyday as the kitchen sink - it’s us, after all, it’s us as increments to history, mirrors of history - yet from within itself selfhood creates infinite time-space, the Hindu kalpa, or the Greek apeiron, in which the creation of history and the death of history nestle. What is and what will be thus inter-create across the opening powers of writing, which is just us starting out with our consciousness and our signs, to help with the job of giving reality a name.”

Praise for Inside Selfhood and History:

"These are wisdom texts, counterintuitive to today's craving for managed knowledge. A lifetime's thinking, learning from every conjunctural change, pondering the questions that need to be asked and answered, again and again—for all that underlies mere politics."

—Gayatri Spivak, University Professor, Columbia University; founding member of the Institute for Comparative Literature and Society

"As a traveller of geographies and philosophies, Will’s way has always been to tell his story as though he were really living it. Here is the penetration of philosophy by poetry and of poetry by philosophy—the fox’s way—as he leaps on Pegasus and escapes going to ground."

—David Hamilton, Professor Emeritus, University of Iowa; Editor, The Iowa Review

"Fred Will is one of our most restlessly innovative minds, writers of minds, and minders of rights."

—Douglas Robinson, Dean, Faculty of Arts; Chair Professor of English, Hong Kong Baptist University

"Fred Will's writings are a library unto themselves—poetry and prose, history and geography, anecdote and sustained reflection. He is an original even among originals and a writer for all readers."

—Berel Lang, Professor Emeritus of Philosophy, University at Albany-SUNY

"I have known Fred Will and his work for sixty-five years. He and I are among the last survivors of our generation of critics. I have just lost a lifelong friend, the magnificent Angus Fletcher, and before that the wise Geoffrey Hartman. Fred Will is of their company. He is a free spirit of great originality and continuous insight."

—Harold Bloom, Sterling Professor of the Humanities and English, Yale University

Cambridge Scholars Publishing is offering our readers a 50% discount on the titles in the Inside Selfhood and History series. To redeem your discount, please enter the promotional code SERIES17 during checkout.  Please note that this is a time-limited offer that will expire on 31st July 2017.

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Editorial Advisory Board’s ‘Recommended Read’ - July 2017 30 June 2017

This July, our Editorial Advisory Board chair Professor David Weir has chosen his ‘Recommended Read’: one of our best-selling titles, noteworthy for the contribution it makes to its field. David, who is currently Visiting Professor at York St John University, has had an extraordinarily successful academic career which has included leading four university Business Schools and initiating the very first part-time executive MBA in a University business school at Glasgow University in the United Kingdom.

Cambridge Scholars Publishing is offering all of our readers a 50% discount on David’s pick. To redeem your discount, please enter the promotional code EABJUL17 during checkout. Please note that this is a time-limited offer that will expire on 31st July 2017.

Professor David Weir’s ‘Recommended Read’:

Advanced Business Models in International Higher Education

Editors: Jessica Lichy and Chris Birch.

The future of higher education depends on how managers respond to the challenge of rising costs, changing labour markets and new technologies. As the pace of change accelerates, education providers need to redefine their strategy for sustainable success. This volume presents the thinking of leading researchers and academics regarding the new stakeholders in higher education systems.

Universities – and especially Business Schools – are often advised to think more like businesses, to seek unique brand identity and to explore new revenue streams via, for example, increased penetration into international markets. But until this collection there has actually been little serious engagement with the scholarly economic literature of these themes. Universities are aware informally that they need to move beyond simple additionality and mindless reproduction through rolling out offers that have proven their worth in established markets. They need at least to reframe even established successes like MBA programmes into new markets, bounded by unfamiliar cultural expectations. Network-brightness and informal as well as structural availability for forming long-term partnerships are vital for success in the diverse complexity of globalisation. Lichy and Birch’s collection offers insights into these new discourses.” 

For further information on Professor Weir, please click here.

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Meet our Authors: Wendy Morrison – June 2017 08 June 2017

Wendy A. Morrison holds a DPhil from the University of Oxford, and is currently a Post-doctoral Researcher at the University of Oxford’s Institute of Archaeology. She has worked in both commercial and research archaeology since 2007, and has excavated all over Britain, as well as the Channel Islands and in India. She lectures at the Oxford University Department for Continuing Education, and is currently the Director of the Great Ouse Ancient Landscape (GOAL) project. Her research interests include zoomorphic art in prehistory, integrated GIS mapping of developer-funded excavation, and the archaeological expressions of ancient worldviews.

Under Cambridge Scholars Publishing, Wendy has authored Complex Assemblages, Complex Social Structures: Rural Settlements in the Upper and Middle Thames Valley 100BC to AD100, which examines the rural settlements of the period through the lens of cultural theory in order to tease out the more nuanced and diverse human landscape that the material suggests.

Wendy describes the experience of publishing with Cambridge Scholars:

I found working with Cambridge Scholars to be the most pain-free publication process I've ever engaged with. Their staff provided me with step by step guidance in the preparation of my submission, and they were helpful when suggesting alterations during their review phase. I particularly enjoyed the freedom to suggest the cover art, and the way the team sent me mock-ups to approve was stellar. The cradle-to-grave support and the truly professional look of the final product was first rate. And receiving a royalties payment after the first year (I'd forgotten it was coming!) was a real treat. Highly recommended!

As part of the Meet our Authors campaign, we are offering our readers a 50% discount on Complex Assemblages, Complex Social Structures: Rural Settlements in the Upper and Middle Thames Valley 100BC to AD100. To redeem your discount, please enter the promotional code MOAJUN17 during checkout. Please note that this is a time-limited offer that will expire on 17th July 2017.

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Meet our Authors: Alain Kerhervé – June 2017 08 June 2017

Alain Kerhervé is Professor in English Studies at the University of Western Brittany, France. He is the director of the HCTI research laboratory, based at the university, and a member of the Société d'Etudes anglo-américaines des XVIIe et XVIIIe siècles.

He wrote a book on Mary Delany (1700-1788), published by L'Harmattan in 2004, edited Mary Delany's court letters (Pickering-Chatto, 2015) and completed several book projects with Cambridge Scholars Publishing.

Under Cambridge Scholars, Alain has authored Polite Letters: The Correspondence of Mary Delany (1700-1788) and Francis North, Lord Guilford (1704-1790), The Ladies Complete Letter-Writer (1763), and William Gilpin and Letter Writing, a two-volume publication on a letter-writing manual devised by William Gilpin, commonly known as one of the theoreticians of the picturesque, and a first insight into Gilpin’s more personal writings.

Alain explains why he has returned to publish with Cambridge Scholars on several occasions:

This is how my experience with Cambridge Scholars Publishing started. After reading a paper at a conference, the paper was selected to be part of a book published by Cambridge Scholars in Les villes d'eaux en Grande-Bretagne et en France aux 18e et 19e siècles (CSP, 2005).  A few years later, I contacted Cambridge Scholars with a first personal editorial project, which was turned into a book: Polite Letters: The Correspondence of Mary Delany (1700-1788) and Francis North (1704-1790) in 2009. The experience proved to be extremely rewarding: not only was the Cambridge Scholars team extremely efficient and quick but everyone was also very professional; their responses at every stage of the process were astonishing. I decided that I was going to return to Cambridge Scholars with further projects.

Since the editorial advisory board were particularly interested in projects concerning eighteenth-century texts, I submitted a proposal concerning the publication of a letter-writing manual designed for women. The Ladies Complete Letter-writer was published in 2010. More recently, two extraordinary texts written by William Gilpin, often known as one of the theoreticians of the picturesque, were accepted with enthusiasm by the advisory board. These two volumes made a set composed of a moving and thought-provoking correspondence between a grandfather and his grandson, William Writes to William: The Correspondence of William Gilpin (1724-1804) and His Grandson William (1789-1811) and a totally unknown letter-writing manual, designed for young men, William Gilpin's Letter-Writer, published in 2014. I was very pleased I had the opportunity of working with Cambridge Scholars and I hope to work with them again in the future.

As part of the Meet our Authors campaign, we are offering our readers a 50% discount on the William Gilpin volumes. To purchase volume 1, click here, or to purchase volume 2, click here. To purchase the two-volume set, click here. To redeem your discount, please enter the promotional code MOAJUN17 during checkout. Please note that this is a time-limited offer that will expire on 17th July 2017.

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