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Originally published in French as Dictionnaire mondial de l'islamisme, this dictionary is a unique presentation of the tenets, movements, people, places, and history of modern Islamism (not to be confused with Islamic terrorism). Editor of the renowned Arabic and Islamic studies journal Cahiers de l'Orient, Sfeir and his team of Cahiers writers have produced a volume that explains the rise of Islamism and its effects on both Muslim and Western societies. Admirable in both its breadth and its depth, the dictionary is written clearly, and its 2000-plus entries, arranged A to Z, are even-handed and well researched. They cover critical players in the Islamism movement, including Osama bin Laden, the Muslim Brotherhood, and the various factions in many countries that contribute to the rise of Islamism throughout the world today. Also included are entries on the United States, France, Britain, and Russia, and the policies that have affected, and at times promoted, the cause of Islamism in the world. Unfortunately, the translation is rough in spots, and readers will notice typographical errors, some of which render the text nonsensical. For example, at one point it is said that Egypt seems to wish a resolution of its conflict with itself (they presumably meant Israel). Although there is an index, references and a bibliography are lacking; a glossary and cross-references would have been a useful addition.