Dealing with the historical and thematic intersections of Christianity and critical theory, this collection brings together a diversity of specialist scholars in the area. Building on recent discourses in theology as well as their knowledge of hermeneutic and critical traditions, they examine major themes in contemporary critical theory. MARTHA DIEDE Associate Professor of English, Northwest University in Kirkland, Washington, USA MITCHELL M. HARRIS Assistant Professor of English, Augustana College, USA KEVIN HART Edwin B. Kyle Professor of Christian Studies, University of Virginia, USA NORMAN JONES Associate Professor of English, Ohio State University, USA THOMAS LEDERER Independent Scholar JESSICA LYNICE HOOTEN Assistant Professor, University of Mary Hardin-Baylor, USA MIKE MATTEK Assistant Professor of English, University of Wisconsin, USA ANDREW NG Senior Lecturer in Literary Studies, Monash University, Malaysia ISIL OZCAN Research Assistant, Dokuz Eylul University, Izmir, Turkey STEPHEN PRICKETT Fellow of the Australian Academy of the Humanities, Australia PHILIP SAMPSON Independent Scholar
This book takes a unique approach exploring Corporate Social Responsibility through a case study in Bintulu, Malaysia. Drawing upon major CSR and strategy theories, the author examines how CSR is embedded in the organizational strategic planning processes of two prevalent forms of governmental institutions, a development agency and a city council. Exploring the impact of triple bottom line in easing tensions between shareholders and stakeholders, this book provides a qualitative narrative on a holistic CSR process in order to assess the contribution and value of CSR to a firms sustained value created capability. Loi Teck Hui is a practitioner working in the area of CSR and strategy, having worked as a consultant in these areas and as a chartered accountant in public practice. Alongside these positions he has conducted research at Monash Business School and Malaysian universities where his main interests lie in strategic management, CSR, international management, and the interface between Christianity and Business Ethics. He has published a number of book chapters and articles for major refereed journals, and has acted as a reviewer for several journals and conferences including Journal of Business Ethics , International Journal of Social Economics, International Journal of Emerging Markets, and Academy of Management.
This book highlights the lived experiences of gay Muslims in Malaysia, where Islam is the majority and official religion, and in Britain, where Muslims form a religious minority. By exploring how they negotiate their religious and sexual identities, Shah challenges the notion that Islam is inherently homophobic and that there is an unbridgeable divide between Islam and the West. Shah also gained access to gay Muslim networks and individuals for his in-depth research in both countries, and the book investigates the different ways that they respond to everyday anti-homosexual or anti-Muslim sentiments. Amid the many challenges they confront, the gay Muslims whom Shah encountered find innovative and meaningful ways to integrate Islam and gay identity into their lives. The Making of a Gay Muslim will appeal to students and scholars with an interest in contemporary Islam, religion, gender and sexuality. Shanon Shah is an academic based in London, UK. He lectures in the sociology and anthropology of religion and researches into contemporary Islam and Christianity in Malaysia and Britain.
During the past half century, Christian-Muslim dialogue has turned from a riverlet into a roaring river, from an occasional conference to numerous meetings, oral and written exchanges and round table discussions taking place year round in almost every corner of the globe, from Australia and Malaysia to the Arab world, from Europe to America and Canada, from Africa to Asia. To achieve the same goals and consequently modern trends in Christianity, Catholic Bishops started dialogue in Pakistan in 1986. In this regard, many Christian institutes and organizations became active. There came into being some Muslim Organizations as well. Now Muslims and Christians are at work for dialogue, the latter being more active as they consider dialogue as an essential part of their mission. The Christians in Pakistan are financed and supported by the Western countries so that they may successfully struggle for achieving their objectives. They also aim at safeguarding their rights. As far as Muslims are concerned, they have no effective organization for such activities. That is the reason which urged the researcher to go for research on Muslim-Christian dialogue in the context of Pakistan.