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Children's LiteratureFor over one billion people the Qur'an, or Koran, is the centerpiece of their faith. Inspired over 1,400 years ago by the thoughts, deeds, and words of the Prophet Mohammed, the Qur'an encompasses the Muslim version of the revealed words of god. In terms of its format, the Qur'an does not tell a chronological tale. Instead, the Qur'an contains a series of verses that touch upon a wide variety of spiritual and everyday subjects. Following the Prophet Mohammed's death his followers transcribed his thoughts into the Qur'an. These thoughts have passed down to modern day Moslems and form the basis for not only religious faith but also daily life. In The Qur'an and Islam Anita Ganeri does an excellent job of introducing younger readers to the central values of Islam. The author of this entry in the six-volume "Sacred Texts" series begins by tracing the history of the Prophet Mohammed. Ganeri then describes the central tenets of Islamic faith. Finally, a brief introduction to key Islamic practices and holidays finishes off what is a well-developed and highly informative, illustrated work. All in all, as is the case with other books in this fine series, readers will come away from this work with a clearer understanding of a religion that has received increasing attention over the past few years. 2004, Smart Apple Media, Ages 10 to 14.
— Greg M. Romaneck