Ekpyrosis Press is a new academic press dedicated to publishing books and articles that advance the following three principles:
- Know Thyself (γνῶθι σεαυτόν): Ekpyrosis Press is engaged in a rediscovery and revivification of Western thought, rooted in the three seedbed societies: Jerusalem, Athens, and Rome. This is especially important in the face of growing nationalism, which seeks to use Western heritage as a weapon against other peoples. The West is strongest when it knows itself; it does not fear others when it does.
- Inter-civilizational Discourse: Ekpyrosis Press is dedicated to engaging in robust discourses with other civilizations, including the Muslim World, with the practical intent to lessen misunderstandings, hatred, and war.
- The Hopeless (Die Hoffnungslosen): Ekpyrosis Press is dedicated to the defense of the hopeless and the marginalized in Western and Resten societies. Strength does not flow from barbarity, rather it is a feature of solidarity with those who find themselves the victims of the slaughter bench of history.
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I am pleased to announce the release of my new book, Islam in a Post-Secular Society: Religion, Secularity and the Antagonism of Recalcitrant Faith, published by Brill (Leiden, The Netherlands). This book critically examines the unique challenges facing Muslims in Europe and North America. From the philosophical perspective of the Frankfurt School’s Critical Theory, this book attempts not only to diagnose the current problems stemming from a marginalization of Islam in the secular West, but also to offer a proposal for a Habermasian discourse between the religious and the secular. By highlighting historical examples of Islamic and western rapprochement, and rejecting the clash of civilization thesis, the author attempts to find a common language between the religious and the secular, which can serve as a vehicle for a future reconciliation.
It is available for purchase on Amazon.com, Barnes & Noble.com, and other intelligent bookstores. It can also be found on Brill’s website.
Brill Academic Publishing (2016) ISBN: 978-9004325357 356 pp. $178.00 (List price)
The paperback was released by Haymarket Books in Chicago, in late 2017 ($28)
The new book, Critical Theory of Religion: From the Frankfurt School to Emancipatory Islamic Thought, is the first book published by the new publishing house, Ekpyrosis Press. Founded in 2020, Ekpyrosis Press is dedicated to publishing new monographs, classics, and edited volumes that promote dialectical thought, rational critique, and furtherance of justice and equality in an unjust and unequal world.
For more information on Ekpyrosis Press, see: http://www.ekpyrosispress.com
If you wish to submit a book proposal, send it to firstname.lastname@example.org, with the word “EP Proposal” in the subject line.
To purchase Critical Theory of Religion: From the Frankfurt School to Emancipatory Islamic Thought, follow this Amazon link: https://www.amazon.com
Earlier this year, I had the great honor to engage in a discourse with various scholars on the topic of the Frankfurt School’s relationship to religion and theology. Included in the discourse were Amjad Hussain, Dalal Sarnou, Hille Haker, Rudolf J. Siebert, Will M. Sipling, and Jeremiah Morelock. Click the link below to watch our discussion:
I’m pleased to announce that the latest edition of Islamic Perspective Journal, Vol. 23, Spring 2020 is now available. It includes my essay “Ethno-apotheosis and Bilderverbot: The Theo-Philosophical Basis for the Current Western Daseinkampf,” a version of which was presented at the 2019 conference “Critical Theory and the Study of Religion: Conference in Honor of Rudolf J. Siebert,” which took place in November of 2019 at Western Michigan University.
To watch the conference, follow this link: Critical Theory and the Study of Religion Conference
For the London Academy of Iranian Studies, the publisher of IPJ, see: London Academy of Iranian Studies
On May 7th, Dr. Rudolf J. Siebert, Dr. Michael R. Ott, and I engaged in a discourse with Jeremiah Morelock on the subject of “Exclusive Identity Ideology” for the Critical Theory Research Network. This discourse began as a reflection of Dr. Siebert’s biographical story “The Friendly Jewish Lady of Frankfurt,” and ventured into numerous other issues regarding nationalism, fascism, identity politics, the Alt-Right and the ongoing crisis of capitalism which has exasperated identity politics throughout the West. Videos of the discourse have been uploaded to YouTube by The Critical Theory Research Network. Please enjoy the videos and support the Critical Theory Research Network as well as the work of Dr. Rudolf J. Siebert, Michael R. Ott, and myself, Dustin J. Byrd.
We are planning to publish a co-authored book rooted in this discourse with Ekpyrosis Press
I’m pleased to announce that the new edition of Islamic Perspective Journal, Vol. 22 Winter 2019, is now available for download. My article, Return of the Volksgemeinschaft: On Islam and European Identity, is included: IPJ22
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The Rudolf J. Siebert lecture series entitled “St. Thomas More & American Politics” has been added to the Rudolf J. Siebert Audio-Visual Archive. These lectures were delivered from January to March of 2009, and examine St. Thomas More’s most famous work “Utopia,” and how it relates to the political landscape of 2009, especially the global financial meltdown of neoliberal capitalism, as well as the election of Barack Obama, and the role of religion within these occurrences.