One of the fastest growing religions in the world, Islam is second only to Christianity in numbers of adherents. Muslims constitute a majority in 57 different countries and a significant minority in many others and are therefore playing a major role in world affairs. This series discusses the origins of the religion.
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JOHN CALVERT is national co-ordinator for the Anti-Privatization campaigns at the Canadian Union of Public Employees in Ottawa. He is co-author of the " Facts of Free Trade" (1988) and author of " Government Limited " (1983).From School Library Journal:
Grade 6–10—These titles do a good job of making clear the issues facing the Muslim world, and those facing Muslims throughout the world. They also show the diversity of thought and opinion within Islam, separating radical Islam and radical Islamists from the majority. The only title in which this separation becomes somewhat confusing is Islam, Law, and Human Rights, which deals more specifically with the countries governed by Muslim law and not with Islam as a whole. In it, Sharia law is juxtaposed against the provisions in the United Nations Universal Declaration of Human Rights and the Cairo Declaration. Each title includes numerous black-and-white and color photographs and reproductions. The series will be most effective as a set, since none of the titles paints a clear picture on its own. However, as a unit, the books illustrate the diversity of Islamic faith in a clear and unbiased manner—Kristin Anderson, Columbus Metropolitan Library System, OH
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