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Concise Encyclopedia of Islam
     

Concise Encyclopedia of Islam

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by Cyril Glasse
 

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The third edition acclaimed New Encyclopedia of Islam comprehensively encompasses the beliefs, practices, history, and culture of the Islamic world in a single, accessible volume. Now extensively revised and updated with over 300 new entries, The New Encyclopedia of Islam describes all aspects of the religion, from its rituals, sects, and prayers to its

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The third edition acclaimed New Encyclopedia of Islam comprehensively encompasses the beliefs, practices, history, and culture of the Islamic world in a single, accessible volume. Now extensively revised and updated with over 300 new entries, The New Encyclopedia of Islam describes 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 centers of learning.

This unique single-volume work, now consisting of over 1400 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 spanning the entire history of Islam, from its origins through developments in the Muslim world today.

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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 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 indispensible guide.
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)

Product Details

ISBN-13:
9780060631260
Publisher:
HarperCollins Publishers
Publication date:
10/28/1991
Edition description:
1st HarperCollins pbk. ed
Pages:
472

Meet the Author

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

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The Concise Encyclopedia of Islam 4 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 1 reviews.
Guest More than 1 year ago
This encyclopaedia is by far one of the BETTER of its kind for under $100. (Most others are $150 - 500.) I would actually rate it at 4 1/2 stars! It's easy to read, in plain and clear english. (Almost) anything one wants to know about islam, muslims and Arabia (=as a culture, nation and people) is well explained. Several photographic pages throughout the book, as well as several maps, graphs and a chronology in the appendix help with visualization and quick overview. Definitely a book to recommend for scholars, students and anybody interested in islam.