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The Islamic World: 3-Volume Set: Past and Present [Hardcover]

John L. Esposito

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Book Description

8 July 2004
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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  • Hardcover: 698 pages
  • Publisher: OUP USA (8 July 2004)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0397512163
  • ISBN-13: 978-0397512164
  • ASIN: 0195165209
  • Product Dimensions: 29.8 x 22.5 x 7.8 cm
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 2,423,768 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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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-appropriateresource." --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

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