Islam, the world's fastest-growing religion with more than a billion adherents worldwide, has been both celebrated as a religion of peace and castigated as an inspiration to terrorism and holy war. Islamic and non-Islamic scholars and contributors to this volume debate Islam's relationship to violence and the West, the status of Muslim women, and other timely and important questions.
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"Long-standing series about controversial contemporary issues continue(s) to turn out exceptional titles. Greenhaven's Opposing Viewpoints presents multiple perspectives on hot topics such as abortion, the death penalty, and censorship through excerpts from primary materials ranging from speeches to cartoons."
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"The format and approach are identical to other titles in the series; both sides of a particular issue are explored in depth. Each essay is prefaced by questions that will help students focus their reading and each chapter concludes with suggestions for further reading and research. Students will find the articles helpful in examining these controversial and often emotional issues."
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"As usual for books in this series, there are plenty of follow-up sources for students to pursue."
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"The language is understandable but not simplistic, the pieces are clearly titles for easy identification, and a few cartoons and charts break up the dense text. This unbiased collection is a welcome resource for researchers and debaters."
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"Written by educators, scientists, journalists, doctors, veterinarians, members of the clergy and advocates. This excellent volume will elicit group discussion and help to develop critical thinking and analysis of sensitive issues."
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"This supplemental reader is perfect for getting students involved in discussion. The resulting debates are sure to reinforce any primary readings and will breathe life into any standard lecture oriented course. This supplement is a useful tool for instructors to get students involved."
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"As always in the Opposing Viewpoints series, there are voices from many sides of the debate."
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"Most present clear, fact-supported points that readers will find valuable for speeches and reports. Editorial cartoons, anectdotes, and statistics break up the essays, make reading easier. This is a well-balanced approach to the issues, argued with studied analysis rather than bind emotion."
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Grade 9 Up–This is the third title on Islam to be issued in this series, with earlier editions in 1995 and 2001. Although the articles, authors, and editors are entirely different in each volume, the overall themes remain the same: the status of women, terrorism and violence, and conflict between Western and Islamic values. Dudley also includes a section on Islam's future. The 23 excerpts, presented in a pro/con format, were all written post 9/11 and include an introduction and discussion questions. Each chapter has its own preface and bibliography. The book contains a glossary (incomplete), additional discussion questions, and an annotated list of organizations. Unfortunately, there is only one map, which doesn't appear until page 155 and omits the key Muslim nation of Indonesia. The excerpts vary considerably in interest and readability (those in chapter one, "Are the Values of Islam and the West in Conflict?," are particularly tedious), and there are a lot of unexplained words and references. Overall, however, this is a practical addition for libraries needing more up-to-date material on this topic.–Ann W. Moore, Schenectady County Public Library, NY
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Book Description Greenhaven Press, 2004. Paperback. Book Condition: New. Never used!. Bookseller Inventory # P110737722398