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Farmington Hills, Michigan, U.S.A. 2003 Hardcover New 0028656032. FLAWLESS COPY, BRAND NEW, PRISTINE, NEVER OPENED-COMPLETE 2 VOLUME SET; Page count: About 1, 000 pp.; weight: 7 ... lbs--As the fastest growing religion in the United States and the dominant religion in a wide expanse of territory extending across Africa, Asia, the Balkans and Southern Russia, Islam is an increasingly important force in the modern world. Islam and the Muslim World looks at Islam's role in the modern world, doing so in the context of the religion's history and development over the last 13 centuries. Containing thematic articles, biographies of key figures, definitions, illustrations, maps and more, this new encyclopedia fills a need in this key area of religious studies. --"Macmillan Reference has produced a two-volume work that covers many facets of Islam and the Muslim world from antiquity to the present time. There has been a major attempt to keep the work easily accessible and understandable for the lay reader and the student Read more Show Less

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Written for advanced high school as well as undergraduate college students, this reference the editors' selection of just over 500 topics that focus on key political and religious figures worldwide; geographic areas and cities; and general issues such as gender, globalization, reform (with separate entries for five geographic areas), and terrorism. Though topics that are specifically of interest to non-Muslim westerners are included, the strength of this work derives from its coverage of topics that are perennially pertinent to the Islamic world per se, particularly those that involve traditional aspects of religion (both Sunni and Shiite) and traditions of behavior. This focus is a reflection of the editorship: Martin (Islamic studies and history of religions, Emory U., Atlanta) is joined by three other Islamists representing different fields (sociology, theology, Islamic studies), and from different countries (the US, Canada, Iran, and South Africa). Annotation ©2004 Book News, Inc., Portland, OR

"This two-volume set on Islam is a timely resource aimed at the general reader. More than 500 articles, 200-5,000 words in length, describe the Islamic world from its known beginnings to the present day. A 'Synoptic Outline of Entries' at the beginning of volume one presents a thematic overview of the encyclopedia that facilitates browsing. A glossary of terms and a pronunciation key appear at the end of volume two, followed by genealogies, timelines, and a detailed index."--"Reference that rocks," American Libraries, May 2005.

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Hailed as the fastest-growing religion of the 21st century, Islam contends with Christianity for the highest number of adherents. The terrorist attacks of 9/11 on U.S. soil instigated mass interest in the Islamic worldview (e.g., interpretations of the Qur'an, doctrines such as Jihad, and the role of women in Arab societies). This encyclopedia, edited by Martin (Islamic studies & history of religion, Emory Univ.) provides an interdisciplinary examination of the 1400-year-old tradition, which began with prophet Mohammed's revelation. It not only addresses core tenets of Islamic beliefs but also broaches how the Muslim vision interacts with or relates to other major world religions. For example, specific entries focus on "Christianity and Islam," "Judaism and Islam," "Hinduism and Islam," etc.; articles also concentrate on Islam's interface with other cultures (e.g., "American Culture and Islam"). Broadly speaking, this work has a global and interconnected tone. There's even an entry about the Internet and how Islam's "digital presence" will impact both microcosms and the macrocosm. Overall, the work succeeds in demonstrating that the Islamic faith has permeated and left an indelible mark on history as well as the future. Each of the more than 500 signed A-to-Z entries features a bibliography as well as cross references, and the work as a whole is enriched with genealogies, time lines, maps, and even a few color photographs (an eight-page insert in each volume). One caveat: the publisher rather ostentatiously states that this is a one-of-a-kind resource, though other publishers have staked their claims in the area. (Just do a subject search on "Islam-Encyclopedias" in the Library of Congress catalog.) Although this set will benefit primarily high school and college students, it can also serve the broader audience of lay readers. Strongly recommended for both public and academic libraries, as well as specialized collections that focus on religion and theology.-C. Brian Smith, Arlington Heights Memorial Lib., IL Copyright 2004 Reed Business Information.
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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780028656038
  • Publisher: Gale Group
  • Publication date: 12/1/2003
  • Pages: 1000
  • Product dimensions: 8.60 (w) x 11.30 (h) x 2.60 (d)

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