Historical Dictionary of Islam, Second Edition

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5.8 X 8.6 X 1.4 inches | 1.85 pounds
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About the Author
Ludwig W. Adamec is professor of Middle Eastern studies at the University of Arizona and has been director of its Near Eastern Center for ten years. He is the author of Historical Dictionary of Afghanistan, The A to Z of Islam, and Historical Dictionary of Afghan Wars, Revolutions, and Insurgencies.
The dictionary entries are well cross-referenced and lean towards compactness. As a dictionary, this work covers the Muslim Heartlands and Fundamentalist Islam well.--American Reference Books Annual
From theological, political, and cultural corners, there is a growing demand from student and layperson alike for clear, well-informed, and up-to-date information on the topic of Islam. The latest addition to the Scarecrow Press Historical Dictionaries of Religions, Philosophies, and Movements series effectively fills this need. With the inclusion of copious entries from all over the Islamic historical spectrum, author Adamec presents Islam as the complex, diverse religion that it is and not as the monolithic, antiprogressive entity it is sometimes viewed as by many in the West....Included among the generally concise, well-written, and engaging entries are numerous biographies for cultural, religious, legal, and political leaders....Overall, this volume serves as an excellent pathfinder for both scholars and those with no prior knowledge of the subject. Academic and larger public libraries should consider adding this title even if they already have works such as The Oxford Dictionary of Islam (2004) and The Penguin Dictionary of Islam (2008).--Booklist, November 2009