Concise Encyclopedia of Islamby Cyril Glasse
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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Meet the Author
Cyril Glassé is a practicing Muslim and an international lecturer on Islam and comparative religion.
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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.