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  • Paperback: 256 pages
  • Publisher: National Geographic (December 21, 2001)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0792268946
  • ISBN-13: 978-0792268949
  • Product Dimensions: 10 x 6.9 x 0.6 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 1.7 pounds
  • Average Customer Review: 5.0 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (4 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #2,324,633 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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Amazon.com Review

One of the most compelling books on Islam is partly very old. The World of Islam collects articles and photographs first published by the National Geographic Society, beginning with a 1910 essay by Ella C. Sykes entitled "Persia and Its Women" and continuing through nearly a century of reportage on the strife-torn Middle East, including the Soviet invasion of Afghanistan, the assassination of Anwar Sadat, and a visit to Iraq after the Gulf War. The final chapter was reported in early September 2001 and contains a chilling account of the reporter's chance meeting with two Moroccan journalists who subsequently killed Afghan leader Ahmad Massoud in a suicide attack two days before the bombings of the World Trade Center. Throughout the book, the reporter's first-hand accounts document the rise of Islam in the 20th century and the rise of anti-Western sentiments. To its credit, National Geographic also includes painful examples of the changing attitudes of the West toward Islam. The patronizing attitudes expressed in some of the earliest reports make us cringe today, but are invaluable nonetheless.

From Publishers Weekly

With reprinted articles that span nearly a century from Ella C. Sykes's 1910 consideration of women's powerlessness in Shiite Persia to Edward Girardet's 2001 reflection on Muslim warlords and a surprise conversation with Osama bin Laden the National Geographic Society's The World of Islam, edited by Don Belt, offers a panoramic portrait in words and photographs. Over 150 striking illustrations reveal cities, mosques, marketplaces and battlegrounds, and more than 25 articles cover the rich history of a religion that's practiced today by one person in every five in the world.

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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful By Sumit Saraswat on April 9, 2010
Format: Paperback
National geographic seldom fails to impress with the content , this book was not an exception. With lots of photographs and articles from early 20th century it brings the world of Islam to life.
I have only one complaint it focuses too much on Mid east and doesn't dwell much on Islamic influence on India/Pakistan (barring a chapter on Kashmir)
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3 of 5 people found the following review helpful By Junaid Manzoor on April 8, 2002
Format: Paperback
Excellent series of articles which clearly highlights the changing bias against Islam and muslims by the West, in the 20th century.
Articles written in in the early 1900s show the insulting attitude of Western writers against Muslims. This attitude changes to mutual respect and understanding in post 1980 articles.
These articles show the progress we have made as a nation against racism and discrimination.
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0 of 1 people found the following review helpful By kabuka on August 6, 2002
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This is a quality piece of work, as are all products by National Geographic. Great articles and fantastic photography.
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2 of 5 people found the following review helpful By A Customer on February 6, 2002
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Powerful photographs that are the trademark of National Geographic in collection of timeless articles over past 90 years in National Geographic Magazine fully shedding important light on this highly relevant subject
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