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DK Eyewitness Books: Islam Hardcover – April 11, 2005

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Philip Wilkinson was educated at Oxford University, after which he worked as an editor for various publishers in Britain. For the last 15 years or so, he has been a full-time writer specializing in history, the arts, and heritage. He has written books on these subjects for adults and for children, and his titles include "What the Romans Did For Us," which accompanied the BBC television series presented by Adam Hart-Davis, the award-winning "Amazing Buildings," and "The English Buildings Book," He lives in the Cotswolds with his wife and son.

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.
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Product Details

  • Age Range: 8 - 12 years
  • Grade Level: 3 - 7
  • Series: DK Eyewitness Books
  • Hardcover: 72 pages
  • Publisher: DK Children; Rev ed. edition (April 11, 2005)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 075661077X
  • ISBN-13: 978-0756610777
  • Product Dimensions: 9 x 0.4 x 11.2 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 1.6 pounds (View shipping rates and policies)
  • Average Customer Review: 3.9 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (10 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #782,303 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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By Judy K. Polhemus VINE VOICE on January 11, 2009
Format: Hardcover
If you want your child to read a first book about Islam, "DK Eyewitness Islam" is a perfect place to begin. The book is positive, educational, beautifully illustrated, packed with tidbits of information.

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.
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Format: Hardcover
One of my Core Knowledge units that I use with my fourth graders is a unit on Islam. This book is very comprehensive and has great images. The kids like reading this book and it teaches them more than the boring textbook. Definitely worth every penny!
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Effectively, this book through clear and concise text and some very colourful pictures manages to elegantly convey the history of Islam. It takes a simple approach in describing events and facts that shaped Islam as a religion and a way of life for over one and half billion people on this planet with a neutral "Eye Witness" tone all through. I quit enjoyed reading it and my kids would definitely find it a useful book on the history and traditions of their heritage as Moslems. The book manages to touch on some of the sensitive issues such as the division that exists among Moslem sects without taking sides. It shows the Islamic world's contributions to the Sciences and Literature and other aspects of life in a beautiful approach accompanied with pictures of manuscripts, building and people.

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.
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This book in my opinion is a very good book about Islam (The faith with over a billion followers worldwide), I have read this book several times and it explains the differences and similarities that Muslims share with each other, especially the two dominant groups in Islam: The Sunnites and the Shiites, and that nearly 85% of the worlds Muslims are Sunni, and only 15% are Shiite who make up the vast majority of the population in Iran 89%, Iraq 62-64%, Azerbaijan 75%, and Bahrain 70%. And also in Islam, Sunni and Shiite Muslims are divided into different groups such as the Druze, and the Alawite who are the largest religious minority in Syria.
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By JudyA on July 10, 2011
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Prepare to be amazed by the amount of concise information and beautiful pictures jammed into this small book. A definite keeper!
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