The goal of creating a compact resource for the general reader may account for the lack of features such as supplemental bibliographies and an index. Cross-referencing isi nsufficient. The entry for Pillars of Islam has no see reference from "Five Pillars," a name by which they are also commonly known. Further, this entry fails to point the reader to the entries for each of the individual pillars, something an index and see also references could easily accomplish.
The standard reference tool for Islam is the ongoing Encyclopaedia of Islam (Brill, 1954-). Densely academic, it is beyond the scope of many libraries and contains little in the way of contemporary issues. Another option is the single-volume The New Encyclopedia of Islam (AltaMira, 2001), which includes suggestions for further reading, illustrations, and better cross-references, though it, too, lacks an index and bibliographies for entries.
World events have sparked a keen interest in Islam. Despite its drawbacks, The Oxford Dictionary of Islam would be a useful addition to public and academic libraries. RBB
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Despite the proliferation of reference books on Islam, the Oxford Dictionary of Islam stands out as a concise and comprehensive work. Read morePublished 1 month ago by JPK
It is very one sided work that idealizes Islam and present all historical issues according Muslim narratives. Read morePublished 2 months ago by Michael
Islam is getting close to growing almost as fast as Christianity. Terms and doctrines of Islam are important to know an understand. Read morePublished on November 9, 2011 by CAM Book Reviews