By Leon Trotsky
No matter if calling for an finish to the capitalist method, addressing the crowds after the Russian Revolution, or attacking Stalin in the course of his years of exile, Trotsky's speeches provide a unprecedented perception right into a guy whose phrases and activities made up our minds the fates of thousands. all through background, a few books have replaced the realm. they've got reworked the way in which we see ourselves – and every different. they've got encouraged debate, dissent, battle and revolution. they've got enlightened, outraged, provoked and comforted. they've got enriched lives – and destroyed them. Now Penguin brings you the works of the nice thinkers, pioneers, radicals and visionaries whose rules shook civilization and helped make us who we're.
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The Qur±àn does not give a penalty for apostasy and contains frequently quoted passages that call for freedom of religion. For example, “No compulsion is there in religion. Rectitude has become clear from error. So whosoever disbelieves in idols and believes in God, has laid hold of the most firm handle, unbreaking; God is All-hearing, All-knowing” (2:256); “Say: ‘The truth is from your Lord; so let whosever will believe, and let whosoever will disbelieve’” (18:30). On the other hand, many other passages indicate that apostates will meet a harsh fate.
Islamic law suggests foster-family and marriage institutions instead of legal adoption, although adoption as a term still exists. The term evlatlık (adopted child) referred to fostering in Turkey. It was also used to categorize the stepchildren of the husband. Wives did not have the right to accept a stepchild as evlatlık. Different words, such as ahiretlik, besleme, and yanaçma were strictly related to the Islamic tradition of fostering, and socially degraded the child’s status. However, ironically, as these children’s actual position declined in households, the term evlatlık gained more common use.
Bargach, Orphans of Islam. Family, abandonment, and secret adoption in Morocco, New York 2002. A. Gil≠adi, Children of Islam. Concepts of childhood in medieval Muslim society, London 1992. L. Lamber, Children in changing families. A study of adoption and illegitimacy, London 1980. A. Rugh, Within the circle. Parents and children in an Arab village, New York 1997. Jamila Bargach Turkey Ancient Turkic tribes had different motives and practices regarding adoption. Among Yakut Turks adoption was made for humane reasons, while wealthier Uygur Turks utilized it for servitude and slavery.
An Appeal to the Toiling, Oppressed and Exhausted Peoples of Europe by Leon Trotsky