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One particular quality of the Encyclopedia is the almost palpable stress on authenticity of material used in its many hundred entries.

For a tad too long, the reference literature for Islam has remained the overly academic, multi-volume encyclopedia or several, very specialized, single-volume works with short definitions. In An Educational Encyclopedia of Islam there is now a reference work that provides the optimum mean in content quantity and quality. A scholarly work on Islamic cultures, religion, history, politics, and the like, the entries of this encyclopedia are arranged alphabetically and range from brief essays to major analyses of topics such as Hadith studies, pilgrimage, law, marriage, and the nature of divinity.

Related entries cover areas of general interest such as social and political movements, women, Muslim minorities, human rights, and inter-religious affairs. Apart from the Prophet and the earliest Muslims, the encyclopedia also explores, in sufficient depth, the lives of prominent figures of modern Islamic history like Jamaluddin al-Afghani, Muhammad Iqbal, Syed Abul A’la Mawdudi, Maulana Muhammad Ilyas and Hassan al-Banna among many others. Several entries are well-supported with excellent illustrations and maps that supplement the data wonderfully as is especially seen in the interesting accounts of the life and achievements of the great Traditionists (Muhadditheen) of Islam like Imam Bukhari, Imam Muslim, Imam Abu Dawood, and Imam Tirmidhi as also the founders of the four schools of Islamic jurisprudence like Imam Abu Hanifah, Imam Shafi,’ Imam Malik bin Anas and Imam Ahmad bin Hanbal.

An encyclopedia dedicated to the institutions, religion, politics, and culture of Muslim societies throughout the world, An Educational Encyclopedia of Islam places particular emphasis on the nineteenth and twentieth centuries, containing over a thousand articles in two volumes on Islam, Muslims and Muslim culture in the Arab mainland and in South and Southeast Asia, and Europe. In many ways a multidisciplinary effort, this work reflects a breadth and depth of scholarship not too common in Islamic studies today. It fills an important void in the field inasmuch as it does not shy away from such controversial issues as terrorism, holy war, human rights and the status of women. Its unique focus makes An Educational Encyclopedia of Islam an invaluable reference for scholars and students of not one, but many, disciplines, and media analysts, and anyone interested in increasing their understanding of Islamic history, culture and civilization. Having something of interest for everyone from the expert to the layman, An Educational Encyclopedia of Islam is, doubtless, an invaluable addition to personal, public and academic libraries.

 

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Maps

50 full-scale and unique multi-colour maps have been painstakingly developed complete with 3D topographical features.

Epigrams

The whole work has been strategically interspersed within its pages with anecdotes, sayings, events, and epigrams.

Charts

A variety of charts like the one showing the battles commanded by the prophet, help in understanding various aspects of Islam.

Illustrations

Attractive and relevant illustrations and photographs have been placed intelligently within the text of their respective entries.