Books & Pamphlets

Halal Monk. A Christian on a Journey through Islam.

To acquaint himself with the soul of Islam J.Y. Atlas had openhearted conversations with influential Muslim scholars and artists. From Jakarta to New York and from London to Lahore, this Christian theologian met with imams and Sufis, academics and feminists, punkers and poets. The result is a book full of novel insights that will help us to transcend today's cultural and religious impasses.

Attempts of interfaith dialogue often stay away from the more difficult issues and remain somewhat superficial. With his 'Halal Monk' journey, Atlas wanted to go further. He wanted to get to the root of our current tensions. This book collects his most fascinating dialogues at the intersection of culture, society and religion. In between those conversations, some extra light is shed on key concepts of the Islamic tradition and their relevance for today's debates.

Breath: The inner essence of meditation and prayer

This little gem beautifully elucidates the flow of our mind, heart and soul during meditation and prayer. It explains how we can guide our inner being to moments of spiritual contemplation.

In a concise and poetic language, Jonas Yunus Atlas clarifies the core aspects of meditation and prayer. He does not discuss their outer forms or technical sides, but reveals their mental forms and deeper spirit. And, while doing so, also rephrases our relationship with the divine.

Many meditation books focus on bodily exercises and physical postures that are needed to open distinct energy channels. The verses in this book, however, describe the different 'spiritual postures' that open the 'channels of the soul' between ourselves and God.

Why does God allow evil?

The problem of the existence of evil makes many people doubt whether or not there is a God. If God is truly almighty and benevolent, as is so often told, why then does He not take that evil away? This pamphlet offers a spiritual answer to the question.

On religious truth

Can any religion claim the fullest truth? Can any religion claim the purest truth? Can any religion claim the one and only truth? In this essay Jonas tries to answer these questions. He analyses the character of religion and its relation to Truth in order to find a way out of philosophical impasses through spiritual inspiration.

Ego-removal. The path of prophets and sages

Ego removal is the path and the aim of prophets and sages. They all sought to get rid of that which inhibits the true flow of divinity in life. They searched for ways to reach the deepest depth of their existence and found spiritual freedom through ego removal. They emptied themselves and became open to God. Explaining the path of prophets and sages in the different religions, this book thus offers every sincere seeker some assistence in his own quest for the essence of spiritual life.