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DK Eyewitness Books: Islam Hardcover – April 11, 2005
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About the Author
Caroline Stone is Curator of Collections at The Rooms Provincial Art Gallery, St. John's, joining the gallery when it was established in 2003. For twenty years, she worked in art exhibition and education roles for its predecessor, Memorial University of Newfoundland Art Gallery/Art Gallery of Newfoundland and Labrador.
Top Customer Reviews
Another reviewer, probably Muslim, suggested an Arabic store would have better books. If you live in a large city and have access to an Arabic store, he is probably right. However, if you want to have a speaking knowledge of Islam and and the Islamic world, then look no further.
"DK Eyewitness Islam" takes the reader logically through Early Arabia, the Prophet Muhammad, the Qur'an, and other Islam-related topics. Closely aligned with Islam is its spread--through teaching, writing, and conquests. Culture, cities, trade, the Crusades--all are important in the spread of Islam.
The second half of the book is devoted to specific countries or regions where Islam took root: Spain, Africa, Mongolia, the Ottoman Empire, India, Iran, China, Southeast Asia and their food, festivals, dress, and the Islamic society that developed there.
All in all, this is one of the better Eyewitness books with a broad overview of the subject: Islam.
Islamic rituals and basics of faith are listed and described is a nice simplistic fashion even those that may sound a bit strange to non-Moslems are elegantly put in words and pictures that bring their significance and beauty and gives a path for understanding and appreciation rather than criticism or ridicule.
How Good Is this Book? Well, there are a few things that pop here and there which may not be acceptable to Moslems even though they are mentioned in the book, such as having pictures of the Archangel Gabriel or the Caliphs. As depiction of some of the founders of Islam by images is not a practice that is adopted by Moslems.Read more ›
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I respect all the comments here and appreciate the effort of the author to shed light on the history of Islam for children. Read morePublished on November 16, 2009 by Agha I. Mehdi
Not much content in the book. Just a child's picture book. I was looking for something with great photography and content to use in a class. This is not the book to use.Published on October 1, 2009 by Mars