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This dictionary focuses primarily on the 19th and 20th centuries, stressing topics of interest to Westerners in a highly infomative way. It looks at the religious, political, and social spheres of the Islamic world. Readers will find many enteries on topics of current interest, such as terrorism, the Taliban, Osama bin Laden, al-Qaeda, the PLO and Hamas. But the coverage goes well beyond recent headlines. There are biographical profiles, ranging from Naguib Mahfouz to Malcolm X, including political leaders, influential thinkers, poets, scientists, and writers.

Other topics cover major movements, militant groups and religious sects as well as terms from Islamic law, culture, and religion, key historical events, and important landmarks such as Mecca and Medina. Many enteries look at Islam in individual nations, such as Afghanistan, THe West Bank, and Gaza, Bosnia-Herzegovina, and the United States. There are discussions of Islamic views on issues such as abortion, birth control, the internet, and the theory of evolution.

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