Governance and Social Leadership

Governance and Social Leadership

Cape Breton University Press, 2014 

ISBN: 9781897009703 (paper), 9781927942666 (ebook)


In this book, I examine the inadequacies of current theories of leadership in order to  help us better understand the process of leadership and to suggest mechanisms for change. 


The proliferation of examples of poor political, religious, corporate, and even grassroots leadership is troubling, to say the least. Perhaps, more troubling is the resulting cynicism and apathy on the part of populations who sorely desire, and deserve, better leadership and governance. 


There are many and varied sources of theories and practical advice on leadership but, I suggest, too many simply play into our need for quick fixes and novelty, and do not reflect what is actually going on in the world. I examine the dynamic nature of organizations and human systems, and our capacity, or incapacity, to act. 

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Women, War & Hypocrites

Women, War & Hypocrites

Cape Breton University Press, 2010

ISBN: 9781897009536 (paper)


This book expands the journey begun in my earlier book, Reading the Qur'an in English, through an analysis of the thematic structures of the fourth surah  (The Women), a large and complex surah containing some of the most controversial verses and ideas in the Qur'an. The key issues addressed are women (on marriage, lewdness, wife beating, and hijab), war (on killing, battle, jihad, and terrorism), and hypocrites (on believers, the People of the Book, idolatry, intoxication, and the crucifixion of Jesus). 

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Reading the Qur'an in English

Reading the Qur'an in English

Cape Breton University Press, 2009

ISBN: 9781897009406


The unique beauty and richness of Islam's sacred book calls out for it to be read and enjoyed by all. To be open to following the structural logic of the Qur'an, Western expectations about the use of narrative , description, and dialogue should be set aside. 


This book provides an introductory guide to help readers experience the Qur'an on its own terms. Following this guidance, in conjunction with reading an English language version of the Qur'an, can reveal a great deal about the nature of Islam and about how the Qur'an compares with other Abrahamic scriptures.

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