New Encyclopedia of Islam / Edition 582

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Overview

"The acclaimed New Encyclopedia of Islam comprehensively encompasses the beliefs, practices, history, and culture of the Islamic world in a single, scholarly volume. Now extensively updated, this work covers all aspects of the religion, from its rituals, sects, and prayers to its political movements, social institutions, and spiritual and political leaders; from the art and architecture of Islam, to its history and ethnography; from its nations and states to its languages, science, and major centres of learning." "This unique single-volume work, now consisting of more than 1,400 entries, has been fully revised and contains a wide range of new entries covering the contemporary Islamic scene, including a substantial entry on the Taliban, plus information on many other organizations and movements that are critical to understanding Islam's role in today's religious and political conflicts." Previous editions have won worldwide acclaim for their research, clarity, and graceful style. This new edition also contains an extensively revised chronology that spans the entire history of Islam from its origins through developments in the Muslim world today.

The first major reference on all aspects of Islamic culture, religion, and law.

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Editorial Reviews

The Middle Eastern Economic Digest
The first major reference work about Islam to be written by a Muslim for a Western audience...A successful explanation of what Islam means to its believers as well as an outline of historical data....The 1200 entries cover an extraordinary range of Islamic literature and history as well as the religion itself. The maps and chronologies are particularly valuable.
The Muslim Herald
We must give full credit to the author for his sincere efforts in accomplishing what is undoubtedly a painstaking feat of gigantic proportions....There are some very useful charts, maps, plans and geographical tables and the overall presentation is neatly packaged.
Theological Book Review
This will prove to be a useful reference tool for students, scholars, librarians on most aspects of classical Islam and its history. For the student of classical Islam....An excellent guide.
Review Of Higher Education
This grand, beautifully illustrated book is a feast of fact and insight about this ancient religion of 800 million believers. An enormous amount of information is contained here, all of it fascinating.
CHOICE, June 2002 - Mark T. Bay
This reference work is highly recommended for all types and sizes of libraries. There are simply no other sources of comparable quality, especially in one volume and at a reasonable price. Curiosity about the Islamic faith is at an all-time high in the Western world, and any library staff wanting a good source for answering questions in a balanced and fair manner should have the New Encyclopedia of Islam close at hand. It comes very highly recommended for all libraries.
The Washington Post
This grand, beautifully illustrated book is a feast of fact and insight about this ancient religion of 800 million believers. An enormous amount of information is contained here, all of it fascinating.
Booknews
People and places, historical events, and terms of both practice and philosophy of Islam are defined or discussed at length, recognizing exoteric and esoteric traditions. No sectarian bias is evident. Briefer entries often refer to longer articles where the term is placed in context. Art and literature are discussed only so far as they have contributed to religious thought. Several color plates adorn rather than illustrate the text. An appendix includes historical maps genealogical, dynastic, and sectarian charts, and a chronology. A popular rather than academic work. The binding is weak for a reference volume of this thickness. Annotation c. Book News, Inc., Portland, OR (booknews.com)
CHOICE
In this fourth edition, Glassé completely revises, updates, and redesigns an important work. Though this volume now appears in a larger format, with over 1,500 entries, the author keeps it within manageable parameters. Like previous editions, this single-volume work encompasses the beliefs, practices, history, and culture of the Islamic world. In this fourth edition, Glassé outdoes himself by providing an extensive and authoritative chronology of one of the world's great religions from its origins to present-day developments. Also included are four appendixes titled 'Maps,' 'Mecca and the Hajj,' 'Branches of Islam,' and 'Genealogical Tables.' This beautifully illustrated and clearly written book provides a myriad of facts and insights about Islam that many readers–novices and scholars alike–will find informative, interesting, and enlightening. Even those with no prior knowledge of Islam should find it easy to comprehend. Summing Up: Highly recommended. Lower-level undergraduates through professionals/practitioners; general readers.
The Economist
Cyril Glassé has achieved a miracle, 1200 readable entries. He deals with Islam not merely as a religion but also as a culture.
Sunday Times
A faithful guide: Islam unveiled. This invaluable Encyclopedia of Islam....serves as an indispensable guide.
Huston Smith
One can wonder whether in all the human sciences there is greater need for a reference work than for this one....It is more than just a new reference work on Islam that is up-to-date and has been kept within manageable compass; in the long run it can help its users to see the phenomenon of Islam in a new light.
Higher Education Review
This grand, beautifully illustrated book is a feast of fact and insight about this ancient religion of 800 million believers. An enormous amount of information is contained here, all of it fascinating.....
Interpretation:A Journal Of Bible & Theology
The acclaimed New Encyclopedia of Islam has been completely revised, updated, and redesigned in a fresh, larger format, with more than 1,500 entries. It is unique as a single-volume work that encompasses the beliefs, practices, history, and culture of the Islamic world. The book is suitable for novices and scholars alike.
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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780759101890
  • Publisher: AltaMira Press
  • Publication date: 9/15/2001
  • Edition description: REVISED
  • Edition number: 582
  • Pages: 582
  • Product dimensions: 6.72 (w) x 9.64 (h) x 1.70 (d)

Meet the Author

Cyril Glassé is a practicing Muslim and an international lecturer on Islam and comparative religion.
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Table of Contents

Introduction Professor Huston Smith Smith, Professor Huston

The Encyclopedia 1

App. A Reference Maps

Historical Synopsis of the Islamic World 576

Historical Synopsis of the Middle East 578

Arabia and its Neighbours at the Time of the Prophet's Birth 579

Islam in the Modern World 580

App. B Mecca and the Hajj

Chart of the Hajj 582

Map of Mecca 584

Plan of the Grand Mosque 585

App. C Branches of Islam 586

App. D Genealogical Tables

The Quraysh 588

The Umayyads 589

The 'Abbasids 590

The 'Alids 593

Chronology 593

Bibliography 711

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Introduction

"One can wonder whether in all the human sciences there is greater need for a reference work than for this one....It is more than just a new reference work on Islam that is up-to-date and has been kept within manageable compass; in the long run it can help its users to see the phenomenon of Islam in a new light."--Huston Smith, from the Introduction
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