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Karen Armstrong

KAREN ARMSTRONG is the author of numerous books on religious affairs, including The Case for God, A History of God, The Battle for God, Holy War, Islam, Buddha,and The Great Transformation, as well as a memoir, The Spiral Staircase. Her work has been translated into forty-five languages. In 2008 she was awarded the TED Prize and began working with TED on the Charter for Compassion, created online by the general public, and crafted by leading thinkers in Judaism, Christianity, Islam, Hinduism, Buddhism, and Confucianism. The charter was launched globally in the fall of 2009. She is currently an ambassador for the United Nations Alliance of... Read More

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The Battle for God
Written by Karen Armstrong
Ballantine Books | Trade Paperback | January 2001
$18.00/24.00(Canada) | 978-0-345-39169-8 (0-345-39169-1)

In our supposedly secular age governed by reason and technology, fundamentalism has emerged as an overwhelming force in every major world religion. Why? This is the fascinating, disturbing question that bestselling author Karen Armstrong addresses in her brilliant new book The Battle for God. Writing with the broad perspective and deep... Read more

Written by Karen Armstrong
Penguin Books | Trade Paperback | September 2004
$16.00/22.00(Canada) | 978-0-14-303436-0 (0-14-303436-7)

With such bestsellers as A History of God and Islam, Karen Armstrong has consistently delivered "penetrating, readable, and prescient" (The New York Times) works that have lucidly engaged a wide range of religions and religious issues. In Buddha she turns to a figure whose thought is still reverberating throughout the world... Read more

The Case for God
Written by Karen Armstrong
Anchor | Trade Paperback | September 2010
$18.95/0.00(Canada) | 978-0-307-38980-0 (0-307-38980-4)

A nuanced exploration of the part that religion plays in human life, drawing on the insights of the past in order to build a faith that speaks to the needs of our dangerously polarized age.
Moving from the Paleolithic age to the present, Karen Armstrong details the great lengths to which humankind... Read more

Fields of Blood
Written by Karen Armstrong
Anchor | Trade Paperback | September 2015
$16.95/0.00(Canada) | 978-0-307-94696-6 (0-307-94696-7)

With a new postscript

In these times of rising geopolitical chaos, the need for mutual understanding between cultures has never been more urgent. Religious differences are seen as fuel for violence and warfare. In these pages, one of our greatest writers on religion, Karen Armstrong, amasses a sweeping history of humankind to...

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The Great Transformation
Written by Karen Armstrong
Anchor | Trade Paperback | April 2007
$17.95/0.00(Canada) | 978-0-385-72124-0 (0-385-72124-2)

From Karen Armstrong, the bestselling author of A History of God and The Spiral Staircase, comes this extraordinary investigation of a critical moment in the evolution of religious thought.
     In the ninth century BCE, events in four regions of the civilized world led to the rise of religious traditions that have...

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A History of God
Written by Karen Armstrong
Ballantine Books | Trade Paperback | August 1994
$18.00/24.00(Canada) | 978-0-345-38456-0 (0-345-38456-3)

Why does God exist? How have the three dominant monotheistic religions—Judaism, Christianity, and Islam—shaped and altered the conception of God? How have these religions influenced each other? In this stunningly intelligent book, Karen Armstrong, one of Britain's foremost commentators on religious affairs, traces the history of how men and women have... Read more

Holy War
Written by Karen Armstrong
Anchor | Trade Paperback | November 2001
$18.95/24.95(Canada) | 978-0-385-72140-0 (0-385-72140-4)

Karen Armstrong, bestselling author of A History of God, skillfully narrates this history of the Crusades with a view toward their profound and continuing influence.

In 1095 Pope Urban II summoned Christian warriors to take up the cross and reconquer the Holy Land. Thus began the holy wars that would focus... Read more

In the Beginning
Written by Karen Armstrong
Ballantine Books | Trade Paperback | October 1997
$16.00/22.00(Canada) | 978-0-345-40604-0 (0-345-40604-4)

“Karen Armstrong is a genius.”—A. N. Wilson

As the foundation stone of the Jewish and Christian scriptures, The Book of Genesis unfolds some of the most arresting stories of world literature—the Creation; Adam and Eve; Cain and Abel; the sacrifice of Isaac. Yet the meaning of Genesis remains enigmatic. In this fascinating... Read more

Written by Karen Armstrong
Modern Library | Trade Paperback | August 2002
$17.00/23.00(Canada) | 978-0-8129-6618-3 (0-8129-6618-X)

No religion in the modern world is as feared and misunderstood as Islam. It haunts the popular imagination as an extreme faith that promotes terrorism, authoritarian government, female oppression, and civil war. In a vital revision of this narrow view of Islam and a distillation of years of thinking and writing... Read more

Written by Karen Armstrong
Ballantine Books | Trade Paperback | April 1997
$22.00/29.00(Canada) | 978-0-345-39168-1 (0-345-39168-3)

"SPLENDID . . . Eminently sane and patient . . . Essential reading for Jews, Christians, and Muslims alike."
--The Washington Post

Venerated for millennia by three faiths, torn by irreconcilable conflict, conquered, rebuilt, and mourned for again and again, Jerusalem is a sacred city whose very sacredness has engendered terrible tragedy. In... Read more

The Lost Art of Scripture
Written by Karen Armstrong
Knopf | Hardcover | November 5, 2019
$35.00/0.00(Canada) | 978-0-451-49486-3 (0-451-49486-5)

Today the Quran is used by some to justify war and acts of terrorism, the Torah to deny Palestinians the right to live in the Land of Israel, and the Bible to condemn homosexuality and contraception. The significance of Scripture may not be immediately obvious in our secular world, but its... Read more

The Spiral Staircase
Written by Karen Armstrong
Anchor | Trade Paperback | February 2005
$16.00/0.00(Canada) | 978-0-385-72127-1 (0-385-72127-7)

Gripping, revelatory, and inspirational, The Spiral Staircase is an extraordinary account of an astonishing spiritual journey. In 1962, at age seventeen, Karen Armstrong entered a convent, eager to meet God. After seven brutally unhappy years as a nun, she left her order to pursue English literature at Oxford. But convent life... Read more

Twelve Steps to a Compassionate Life
Written by Karen Armstrong
Anchor | Trade Paperback | December 2011
$15.95/0.00(Canada) | 978-0-307-74288-9 (0-307-74288-1)

One of the most original thinkers on the role of religion in the modern world—author of such acclaimed books as A History of God, Islam, and Buddha—now gives us an impassioned and practical book that can help us make the world a more compassionate place.

Karen Armstrong believes that while compassion is intrinsic in all...

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Visions Of God
Written by Karen Armstrong
Bantam | Trade Paperback | November 1994
$19.00/28.00(Canada) | 978-0-553-35199-6 (0-553-35199-0)

The mystics of the twelfth and thirteenth centuries were, writes Karen Armstrong, like "the astronauts of our own day.  They broke into a new religion, blazed a new trail to God and to the depths of the self, a trail far from the beaten pilgrimage paths of Chaucer and Langland."  Mysticism is a... Read more

Nuns and Soldiers
Written by Iris Murdoch, Introduction by Karen Armstrong
Penguin Classics | Trade Paperback | July 2002
$22.00/0.00(Canada) | 978-0-14-218009-9 (0-14-218009-2)

A dazzling meditation on love and honor, greed and generosity, passion and death, from the Booker Prize-winning author of The Sea, The Sea

Set in London and in the South of France, this brilliantly structured novel centers on two women: Gertrude Openshaw, bereft from the recent death of her husband, yet awakening... Read more