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2004-05-13 Hardcover New All 3 books are factory shrink wrapped together. Front cover of volume 1 has different art work than shown. Please note, this set is heavy. For ... International or Priority shipping, there will be an additional charge. Please email me for a quote before placing your order. Read more Show Less

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New York 2004 Pictorial Boards First Edition New. No Jacket as Issued 4to. First edition. 4to. 3 volumes, pictorial boards, no dustjackets as issued. Illustrated throughout. 744 ... pages, 95 halftones, 8 maps, 45 color line illus., 8-1/2 x 11 mm. A balanced, accessible reference for students and anyone curious about all aspects of Islam. Since the events of September 11, 2001, students and people everywhere are filled with questions about Islam. What do Muslims believe? Who is Osama bin Laden? What is a jihad? Even though Islam is a major religion with more than one billion followers worldwide and more than six million in the United States alone, there is still uncertainty and misunderstanding about the ideas, tenets, and practice of Islam. Understanding Islam and the people who believe in it has become crucially important in the greater world. The Islamic World: Past and Present is the ideal source for fostering understanding and answering questions. John Esposito's acclaimed four-volume The Encyclopedia of t Read more Show Less

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Since the events of September 11, 2001, students and people everywhere are filled with questions about Islam. What do Muslims believe? Who is Osama bin Laden? What is a jihad? Even though Islam is a major religion with more than one billion followers worldwide and more than six million in the United States alone, there is still uncertainty and misunderstanding about the ideas, tenets, and practice of Islam.

Understanding Islam and the people who believe in it has become crucially important in the greater world. The Islamic World: Past and Present is the ideal source for fostering understanding and answering questions. John Esposito's acclaimed four-volume The Encyclopedia of the Modern Islamic World (1995) set the standard in references on Islam. Adapted from this award-winning set, The Islamic World: Past and Present brings all the scholarship and information of the original to general readers and college and high school students.

In addition to the more approachable language and user-friendly page layout, this reference covers events and changes of the last eight years. It also includes entirely new entries to provide coverage of the pre-modern world of Islam. Containing more than 300 articles, it provides an excellent, comprehensive resource for gaining understanding into a belief system that seems mysterious and incomprehensible to many.

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"...based on the four-volume Oxford Encyclopedia of the Modern Islamic World (2001), all of the articles have been rewritten, updated, and expanded in order to provide an accessible, comprehensive overview of the fundamental principles, history, and influence of Islam.... Controversial subjects (Osama Bin Laden, September 11, suicide attacks, terrorism, and so on) are covered objectively.... There are no multi-volume student-oriented reference sources on Islam currently in print. Secondary school collections and public libraries will want to add this balanced, reasoned, and age-appropriate resource." —Kathleen McBroom, Booklist

"This comprehensive encyclopedia is the only one on the subject written specifically for teens....Accessible, browsable, and current....An appealing and valuable contribution to intercultural understanding and will be a useful addition." —School Library Journal

"Approaches Islamic culture with a great deal of respect.... The work could be of extraordinary value to a person who simply wants to learn about Islamic culture without sorting through the rhetoric of pro-Islamic and anti-Islamic voices.... Most appropriate in a secondary-school library or a public library serving secondary-school students. It might also be helpful to more advanced patrons who wish to gain a quick overview or definition." —Reference & User Services Quarterly

"Excellent.... Encourage your local libraries to get copies. This set might also serve the needs of parents who homeschool their children." — About.com

"A readable encyclopedia on Islam prepared for high school students.... Students finding The Islamic World useful include freshmen in world history classes, sophomore honors English students writing journals as various medieval people, sophomores using daily newspapers in moral decision making class, and seniors taking public policy and community service classes. Material on individual countries is useful for students writing country reports." —Kay Crane, Librarian, John F. Kennedy High School

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Adapted from the acclaimed four-volume Oxford Encyclopedia of the Modern Islamic World (OEMIW), released in 1995, this greatly abridged version aims to introduce young adults and general readers to Muslim culture, history, and faith. With 300 A-to-Z articles-less than half the number in the original-the set contains some new, revised, and updated material; many original entries have been shortened as well. Edited by Esposito, director of the Center for Muslim-Christian Understanding at Georgetown University, the work features an easy-to-read two-color font, 90 black-and-white photographs and maps enhancing the text, an eight-page color insert in each volume, a cumulative index for easy access, and more. Since 9/11, it has been understandably difficult to avoid the politicization of the writing and scholarship on the world's second largest religion. Although tastefully designed and usually informative, this work does not always offer the most useful information, as evidenced by the choice of entries in the short bibliography section (e.g., there are eight citations for Esposito yet none for Michael Cook). Furthermore, the work omits some topics that merit a separate entry rather than a passing reference (e.g., the term dhimmi, which refers to both Christians and Jews). Bottom Line Macmillan's two-volume Encyclopedia of Islam and the Muslim World (2003), which tackles topics at greater length and includes a unique entry on humor as well as informative essays on Islamic concepts like Dar Al-Islam and Dar Al-Harb, is a preferable purchase for large public libraries and academic institutions that don't already own the somewhat dated OEMIW; those that do won't need to purchase this expensive yet abridged update.-Donald Altschiller, Boston Univ. Libs. Copyright 2004 Reed Business Information.
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Gr 8 Up-This comprehensive encyclopedia is the only one on the subject written specifically for teens. It contains more than 300 entries, ranging in length from a few paragraphs to several pages; many black-and-white photos; color inserts; numerous sidebars, including definitions of unfamiliar terms; an extensive bibliography; and (in each volume) a chronology, glossary, and list of "People and Places." The material is accessible, browsable, and current; topics treated include religion and history ("Prayer," "Prophets," "Crusades"), culture and customs, and political and social issues ("Architecture," "Clothing," "Intifadah," "Taliban," "Sexuality"). Unfortunately, the set also has a few problems. There is inconsistency in personal entries; some individuals are listed under first names (Malcolm X, Muhammad Khatami, Maryam Jameelah) and others under last names (Louis Farrakhan, Mu'ammar al-Qaddafi, Osama bin Laden). There are few or no cross-references for alternate spellings (such as emir/amir, Mohammed/Muhammad). The entire set contains only eight maps. The table of contents appears in volume one, the index only in volume three. Despite these flaws, Islamic World remains an appealing and valuable contribution to intercultural understanding and will be a useful addition.-Ann W. Moore, Schenectady County Public Library, NY Copyright 2004 Reed Business Information.
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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780195165203
  • Publisher: Oxford University Press
  • Publication date: 5/13/2004
  • Pages: 744
  • Product dimensions: 11.70 (w) x 9.20 (h) x 3.10 (d)

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