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Encyclopedia of Islam and the Muslim world
Martin, Richard C.
Publication Information:
New York : Macmillan Reference USA, [2004]

Physical Description:
2 volumes (xxxv, 823 pages) : illustrations (some color), maps, genealogical tables ; 29 cm
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BP40 .E525 2004 V.1 Adult Non-Fiction Central Closed Stacks-Oversize Non-Circ
BP40 .E525 2004 V2 Adult Non-Fiction Central Closed Stacks-Oversize Non-Circ

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This title looks at Islam's role in the modern world, doing so in the context of the religion's history and development over the last 13 centuries. Containing thematic articles, biographies of key figures, definitions, illustrations, maps and more, this new encyclopedia fills a need in this key area of religious studies.

Reviews 3

Booklist Review

The first edition of this encyclopedia was published in 2006, and given the contemporary developments in the Muslim world, this updated edition is much-needed. Some of the more glaring issues with the first edition (such as entries not listed alphabetically and the omission of hijra data) have been fixed. In addition, some entries have been given more logical headings, making it easier for users to find relevant information. Each entry also now has a bibliography, which includes more contemporary references. Like the previous edition, the time line is geographically divided. The events are more descriptive in this edition, but, unfortunately, some of the events that were in the previous edition have not carried over into this edition. A recommendation would be to consolidate all the time lines into one time line and color-code events in the different geographic areas. This would help readers make connections among world events and appreciate the broader impact of individual events. An encyclopedia that updates entries, expands bibliographies, and adds more entries and color plates while leaving the number of entries and overall length roughly the same needs to cut in other areas. For this encyclopedia, the cuts happened in its coverage of philosophy and religious thought. Some of the lesser-known figures and philosophical concepts have been omitted from the list of entries, while Islamic political groups and figures now have greater coverage. This shift has also modified the work's tone, as its portrait of Islam is more rigid and political than the more nuanced interpretations of Islam showcased in the previous edition. Despite the shift in tone, entries are still relatively balanced within the scope of their coverage. Recommended for academic and public libraries, particularly as an update to the previous edition.--Hassanali, Muhammed Copyright 2016 Booklist

Library Journal Review

Twelve years after the first edition, a second updates and expands this authoritative overview of the Islamic world to include topics such as Arab Spring, youth, Malala Yousafzai, democracy, Boko Haram, and more. Readers will find here a thematic outline, glossary, chronologies, and a helpful English-focused index (supplementing "see-also"): the index redirects "hijab" to "veiling," for instance. Superb editing (e.g., standardizing the spelling of the word Muhammad) smooths the contributions of almost 350 scholars and guarantees clarity despite information density. Coverage of Muslim culture, history, economics, and politics is extensive, from topics such as capitalism, comics, reform, gender, Islamophobia, graffiti, clothing, and writers (Rumi, Salman Rushdie) to entries on Baha'i, Druze, Zoroastrianism, Alawites, Judaism and Islam (also Jews, Israel, etc.), and Buddhism and Islam. Articles by different experts on aspects of a single subject (e.g., translation, law, Iran, Salaf) assure depth and sometimes reflect disagreement (e.g., two brief discussions of homosexuality). There are twice as many images (including numerous maps) as in the first edition, nearly all in full color; with few exceptions (e.g., "oil"), the illustration list is less significant than the index. VERDICT Ambitious and accessible, this set will be essential in any academic library and is important for all institutions serving intellectually inquisitive populations.-Patricia D. Lothrop, St. George's Sch., Newport, RI © Copyright 2016. Library Journals LLC, a wholly owned subsidiary of Media Source, Inc. No redistribution permitted.

Choice Review

This new edition updating the 2004 edition (CH, Jun'04, 41-5627) features more than 540 entries covering both modern and historical aspects of Islam. The source is greatly expanded in coverage from a decade earlier, providing new or updated articles for about half of the content, including over 350 color images and maps. Entries cover a wide variety of perspectives on Islam, including history, religion, culture, and politics. Updates from the previous edition include current events such as the Arab Spring movements of 2011, the use of social media, and added topics such as reaching consensus or the Druze of Lebanon, Israel, Syria, and Jordan. Sidebars now provide a quick overview of the topic for longer entries. Each entry is cross-referenced and contains a bibliography. Some entries were completely rewritten (e. g., the one on coinage), and some smaller entries were subsumed under larger ones ("Imamate" dealing with leadership is now covered under entries for "Caliphate" and "Shi'a, Early"). A few minor entries were completely removed (one on Abdullah Haron, the South African activist). Libraries may wish to retain the older edition for access to the deleted articles. The encyclopedia also provides a list of entries, a list of contributors, and a thematic outline. These updates have improved an already stellar resource, and the second edition should be considered for any library collection serving beginning students. Summing Up: Recommended. High school students and lower-level undergraduates; general readers. --Claudene A. Sproles, University of Louisville