The Oxford Dictionary of Islam

The Oxford Dictionary of Islam

by John L. Esposito
     
 

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Designed for general readers with little or no knowledge of Islam, this superb dictionary provides more than 2,000 vividly written, up-to-date, and authoritative entries on the religious, political, and social spheres of the modern Islamic world. Written under the editorship of the prominent scholar of Islam John L. Esposito, The Oxford Dictionary of Islam offers a… See more details below

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Designed for general readers with little or no knowledge of Islam, this superb dictionary provides more than 2,000 vividly written, up-to-date, and authoritative entries on the religious, political, and social spheres of the modern Islamic world. Written under the editorship of the prominent scholar of Islam John L. Esposito, The Oxford Dictionary of Islam offers a wealth of information for anyone curious about this burgeoning and increasingly important world religion.

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Library Journal
The public still needs accessible reference sources on Islam, and Esposito (Oxford Encyclopedia of the Modern Islamic World) has coordinated more than 100 contributors to present this readable dictionary. Its more than 2000 entries include such recent developments and actors as al-Qaeda, the Taliban, and Osama bin Laden, all in straightforward writing. The editor adopted a standard transliteration with few diacriticals, only adapting the entries for words that have achieved common currency in a different form. Those entries are in the language that lay readers would most likely search under (e.g., "fasting" rather than "sawm"). Dictionaries are inevitably uneven. Ottoman Sultan Abdulhamid II receives an entry, but his long-lived contemporary, Nasir al-Din Shah, does not. There are occasional interpretive inaccuracies as well, but on the whole this is an excellent resource for ready-reference collections in any library. It should be used along with other resources such as H.A.R. Gibb and J.H. Kramer's Concise Encyclopedia of Islam or, for academic libraries, Brill's full Encyclopaedia of Islam.-William P. Collins, Library of Congress Copyright 2003 Reed Business Information.
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"News coverage of the Arab world has expanded and improved in the last two years.... The Oxford Dictionary of Islam may be your best bet short of reading a pile of books, or living next door to a professor of Islamic studies. John L. Esposito, professor of religion and international affairs at Georgetown University, has assembled an impressive team of contributors who have produced a concise, accessible reference volume. With more than 2,000 entries, it covers almost anything you might want to look up, and some crucially important things you might not think to."--The New York Times, Education Life

Product Details

ISBN-13:
9780195125597
Publisher:
Oxford University Press
Publication date:
10/21/2004
Series:
Oxford Paperback Reference Series
Pages:
384
Sales rank:
742,804
Product dimensions:
7.70(w) x 4.90(h) x 1.20(d)

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