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Children's LiteratureThis series uses festivals as an avenue to discuss the basic tenets of the faith. There is a short and easily understood discussion of Muslim beliefs and history, the importance of Friday prayers and a page or two on each festival or key event. The pages are broken up with colorful, modern photos of Muslims and mosques all over the world, from a dusty street in Nigeria to a mosque in Australia to Muslims praying on the grounds of the Washington Monument in Washington, D.C. There are blocks with quotations from the Quran or details about particular holidays, such as the time for fasting during Ramadan ("fasting must begin when there is enough light to tell the difference between a black thread and a white one"). The book uses the traditional transliteration from Arabic to identify prophets without providing the name that would be more familiar to American readers—Isa for Jesus, Jibril for Angel Gabriel, Musa for Moses. Otherwise, it is an excellent introduction to the ways Islam is celebrated and practiced. There is a glossary, index, resources and a calendar of Islamic holidays. 2003, Franklin Watts, Ages 8 to 12.
— Karen Leggett