CAIRO BOOKS's Description
Designed for general readers with little or no knowledge of Islam, this superb
Oxford Dictionary provides more than 2,000 vividly written, up-to-date, and
authoritative entries organized in an easy-to-use, A-to-Z format.
The Dictionary focuses primarily on the 19th and 20th centuries, stressing
topics of most interest to Westerners. What emerges is a highly informative
look at the religious, political, and social spheres of the modern Islamic
world. Naturally, readers will find many entries on topics of intense current
interest, such as terrorism and the Taliban, Osama bin Laden and al-Qaida, the
PLO and HAMAS. But the coverage goes well beyond recent headlines. There are
biographical profiles, ranging from Naguib Mahfouz (the Nobel Prize winner from
Egypt) to Malcolm X, including political leaders, influential thinkers, poets,
scientists, and writers. Other entries cover major political movements,
militant groups, and religious sects as well as terms from Islamic law,
culture, and religion, key historical events, and important landmarks (such as
Mecca and Medina). A series of entries looks at Islam in individual nations,
such as Afghanistan, the West Bank and Gaza, Bosnia-Herzegovina, and the United
States, and there are discussions of Islamic views on such issues as abortion,
birth control, the Internet, the Rushdie Affair, and the theory of evolution.
Whether we are listening to the evening news, browsing through the op-ed
pages, or reading a book on current events, references to Muslims and the
Islamic world appear at every turn. The Oxford Dictionary of Islam offers a
wealth of information for anyone curious about this burgeoning and increasingly
important world religion.