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The World of Islam (National Geographic)

Don Belt

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ISBN 10: 0792268946 / ISBN 13: 9780792268949
Published by National Geographic Society, Washington, DC, 2001
Used Condition: Near Fine Soft cover
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Very Near Fine, with no salient flaws. See scans. Washington, DC: National Geographic Society, 2001. The World of Islam, edited by Don Belt. Quarto, photo-illustrated perfect-bound wraps, 285 pp.+3. Very Near Fine; traces of micro-edgewear, original price sticker on rear cover has been partially removed. See scans. Thick, thoroughly illustrated and rich with engaging text, as is always the case with special NGS publications. LT6. Bookseller Inventory # 60535

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Title: The World of Islam (National Geographic)

Publisher: National Geographic Society, Washington, DC

Publication Date: 2001

Binding: Soft cover

Book Condition:Near Fine

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Articles from the pages of "National Geographic" offer a portrait of the history and culture of the Islamic world as seen through Western eyes, from the last days of the Ottoman Empire to contemporary war-ravaged Afghanistan.


One of the most compelling books on Islam is partly very old. The World of Islam collects articles and photographs first published by the National Geographic Society, beginning with a 1910 essay by Ella C. Sykes entitled "Persia and Its Women" and continuing through nearly a century of reportage on the strife-torn Middle East, including the Soviet invasion of Afghanistan, the assassination of Anwar Sadat, and a visit to Iraq after the Gulf War. The final chapter was reported in early September 2001 and contains a chilling account of the reporter's chance meeting with two Moroccan journalists who subsequently killed Afghan leader Ahmad Massoud in a suicide attack two days before the bombings of the World Trade Center. Throughout the book, the reporter's first-hand accounts document the rise of Islam in the 20th century and the rise of anti-Western sentiments. To its credit, National Geographic also includes painful examples of the changing attitudes of the West toward Islam. The patronizing attitudes expressed in some of the earliest reports make us cringe today, but are invaluable nonetheless.

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