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1. Mosque
by David Macaulay
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Asin: 0618240349
Catlog: Book (2003-10-27)
Publisher: Houghton Mifflin/Walter Lorraine Books
Sales Rank: 44893
Average Customer Review: 4.4 out of 5 stars
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Book Description

An author and artist who has continually stripped away the
mystique of architectural structures that have long fascinated
modern people, David Macaulay here reveals the methods and
materials used to design and construct a mosque in late-sixteenth-
century Turkey. Through the fictional story and Macaulay"s distinctive full-color illustrations, readers will learn not only how such monumental structures were built but also how they functioned in relation to the society they served.
As always, Macaulay has given a great deal of attention to the
relationship between pictures and text, creating another brilliant
celebration of an architectural wonder.
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5-0 out of 5 stars Macaulay tops himself
A very informative book about the building of a mosque in the Middle Ages that can be appreciated by anyone from teenagers on up (anyone younger might not get the full benefit of the text, unless they are intellectually gifted). Macaulay focuses on the architectural and social aspects surrounding these holy structures, so that even those with no knowledge of Islam can appreciate the significance that these buildings have in Muslim culture. Not only that, the author's drawing style has improved greatly from his books of the mid-70s, bringing more vividness to the subject and doing justice to the intricacies and beauty of the artwork within the mosque. As always with Macaulay's books, a treat for the eye and the mind.

5-0 out of 5 stars Richie's Picks: MOSQUE
When I take such pleasure in reading about Paul Edward Logan's accomplished woodworking skills in THE LAND, when I become so attached to Alex and Morris Rose's old house and unique towers in THE OUTCASTS OF 19 SCHUYLER PLACE, and when I delight in telling middle school audiences about Duncan's toilet-stealing scene in ACCELERATION, it is within the context of those beloved childhood memories: Days breathing sawdust and trying to keep my hands warm through a gray autumn Saturday as I did a man's work on my dad's construction jobs and created something lasting.

Thus, I can imagine being one of Huseyin Bey's nine sons. Huseyin is hired to serve as the superintendent of building for the fictitious, late-1500s construction feat that is chronicled in David Macaulay's MOSQUE. To read David's dedication, "For my children and their children's children" is to get but an inkling of the temporal scale we must learn to think in when discussing the subject matter. This is a book which can quite handily serve as the front step for a comprehensive study of the Islamic religion, or of the Ottoman empire, or of what is going on today. And while the impeccable work of David Macaulay is no secret to any of us, this focus on the magnificent vision, the mathematical beauty, and detailed craftsmanship inherent in these structures sacred to a large part of the world, is a wonderful way to begin educating children (and their parents) about that which most of the West is so ignorant. (I am sad to say that as I read MOSQUE during half-time at a freshman basketball game yesterday, someone's parent leaned over and muttered, "Yeah, mosques, that's where they hide the weapons of mass destruction.")

Throughout the book we're treated to those illustrations for which David Macaulay is so well known and loved: from large overviews of the overall project as it rises from the ground, down to detailed views of creating stained glass windows, bricks, forged iron grilles, perfectly rounded arches, and the Muezzins' balcony.

The what?

Yes, that's another great thing about MOSQUE. We are provided with a whole series of new "languages," involving architecture and the Islamic culture. And not only do we see how the project is laid out so that the worshippers are facing Mecca when they pray, but we also get to see the balconies, the bakeries, the bathrooms and the bath house.

Not a picture book for little kids, MOSQUE is an entertaining and info-packed illustrated introduction to a world different from our own--temporally, geographically, and culturally--which we learn is not all so different as some would want us to think.

4-0 out of 5 stars Yet Another Fine David Macaulay Book
* I'm something of a fan of David Macaulay -- author of THE WAY THINGS WORK,
CASTLE, CATHEDRAL, BUILDING BIG, and other books for adolescents -- who
always does a very neat job of describing how various constructions are put
together. (BUILDING BIG was also a PBS TV series, and showed that Mr.
Macaulay is also an articulate and enthusiastic lecturer.) Anyway, when I
ran across his latest work, MOSQUE, I had to pick it up and go through it.

MOSQUE details the construction of a mosque in Istambul at the end of the
16th century, when the Ottoman Empire was at its peak. The story of the
construction of this particular mosque was fictional, but the building's
design follows principles established by Sinan, the chief architect of the
Ottoman court for fifty years during the 16th century, and the details of
actual construction were carefully researched. No doubt Mr. Macauley did not
want to have to go through the extremely difficult job of trying to
authenticate the personnel and chronology of a specific construction project,
which would have greatly increased his effort without any real benefit to the

In any case, the story begins in 1595, when a wealthy and powerful Ottoman
admiral decided to create a charitable foundation to establish a mosque in
Istambul as his legacy. Actually, the admiral wanted to build more than just
a mosque; he wanted to establish a "kulliye", a complex of buildings centered
around the mosque but including a seminary (madrese), a bathhouse (hamam), a
soup kitched (imaret), a public fountain (cesme), and his tomb (turbe).

Construction began in the spring of 1596 on a burned out section of the city.
Planning details of the effort were pretty much what they are for a big
construction project today, involving estimating materials and costs, lining
up suppliers and subcontractors, and keeping work on a prearranged schedule.
Some of the considerations were surprisingly elaborate, such as ordering the
fabrication of stained-glass panels from Venice.

The buildings were constructed of stone and brick. The mosque itself was a
two-story stone box with a brick dome and a minaret, with the building laid
out so the faithful would face Mecca, and with a front courtyard with a
fountain for washing (a "sadirvan") before prayers. The other buildings were
single-floor structures, with a set of rooms, each with its own small brick
dome, ringing a courtyard. The complex was completed in 1600 and dedicated
in July of that year.

The admiral died soon after and was laid to rest in the turbe. However, his
favorite wife then funded the construction of two more buildings for the
kulliye: a combination office / shop and hotel building (han) and an
overnight lodge for caravans (caravanserai). They followed similar design
principles to the other buildings in the kulliye and were completed in 1602.

MOSQUE maintains the same standards of quality as Mr. Macaulay has set in
books like PYRAMID and CATHEDRAL, and in fact MOSQUE follows the exact same
format, with very tidy drawings of even small details of construction and Mr.
Macaulay's friendly, clear prose. Although targeted at adolescents, this
book meets the standard that any good book for young people should meet: a
adult can read it and find it perfectly entertaining and informative.
Recommended, if you can get into construction projects.

3-0 out of 5 stars Good book... for adults
Macaulay draws as well as any architect, and his lengthy explanations of the architectural intricacies of a mosque's construction are clear. Unfortunately, it would be a rare child who would possibly interested in any such thing, and this verbose, detailed picture book is not likely to draw them in. His books are more popular with the New York Times set who thinks children's books ought to be aimed at adults. However, this book may prove useful for kids in the 4th grade and up who need to do a report on mosques.

5-0 out of 5 stars Fascinating Fictional History
As the author has shown in numerous award-winning books-Cathedral, Pyramid and City, to name a few-his unique gift is the ability to show how monumental historical creations have been fabricated through wonderfully complex sequences of logical steps. This book fits neatly into that lineage, which could seem formulaic by now if each book were anything less than fascinating. Though the mosque, architect and patron in his story are all fictional, the book is set in Istanbul between 1540 and 1580, during the life-time of Sinan, the most renowned architect of the Ottoman Empire. The author remains faithful to that history, and imparts genuine awe at the resulting beauty. DD ... Read more

2. Islam (DK Eyewitness Books)
by Philip Wilkinson
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3. Muhammad
by Demi, Laleh Bakhtiar
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Asin: 0689852649
Catlog: Book (2003-07-01)
Publisher: Margaret K. McElderry
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Average Customer Review: 5 out of 5 stars
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the messenger of Islam.

Born in Mecca in the year 570, Muhammad grew into a sensitive and thoughtful man who believed deeply in the worship of one true god.

In his fortieth year, Muhammad experienced a revelation from the angel Gabriel that he, Muhammad, was the messenger of God. Over the next twenty-three years, he received many such revelations, all of which were written down by scribes at the time of revelation to become the Koran, the sacred scripture of Islam, a religion that is practiced by nearly one-quarter of the world's population and holds as its most sacred tenet that there is no god but God.

Through a clear text and stunning illustrations based upon those of traditional Islamic expression, the award-winning artist Demi here introduces the remarkable life of the Prophet Muhammad for young readers. ... Read more

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5-0 out of 5 stars Wonderful introduction to the life of Muhammad
This is a beautiful, brief biography of the life of Muhammad. Demi's illustrations are lovely and are a perfect complement to his life. Of course it does not cover every aspect of Muhammad's life, but it is respectful and Demi's selection of episodes in his life are accurate and not misleading at all. I highly recommend this book as an introduction to Muhammad and Islam.

5-0 out of 5 stars An enlightening piece of work
Sensitive prose and detailed, beautiful illustrations in the style of Persian miniatures make this one of the best books for readers young (and old) seeking an introductory biographical sketch of the Prophet Muhammad and the story of the origins of Islam. What is most remarkable is that the author presents this story as it is widely understood within Islam-her sources and bookjacket endorsements are all Muslims-yet in a way that illuminates that understanding for non-Muslims. DD

5-0 out of 5 stars A work of art
The illustrations in this book are amazing -- gold gilt and beautiful details. The text is easy to read and fluid and is the standard accepted scholarly biography of Muhammad's life. (This is not a revisionist religious studies discussion, after all, and she's not pushing any envelopes.)

Demi's tone is not reverent, but respectful and considerate. The review from School Library Journal above reveals more about the author's prejudices than this book's biases: she says that Muslims weren't supposed to be friends with Jews and Christians, but the Jews and Christians to whom the Qur'an refers were the ones persecuting the early Muslims in 7th century Arabia. The reviewer neglects to mention that the Qur'an also says that Muslims can MARRY Jews and Christians because of their elevated status in Islam (Jews and Christians are called "People of an Earlier Revelation").

Demi, on the other hand, has adopted a very appropriate tone for this book. In a children's book about Jesus or Moses or Krishna, I would want to see a respectful narrative tone, as well.

Highly recommended for both children and adults -- a lovely way to get to know something about the 2nd largest religion in the world.

5-0 out of 5 stars Beautiful
This is a gorgeous book, with really beautiful illustrations and a respectful narrative that's been checked and proofread by academic historians on the subject. It's informative without being either for or against the subject matter. (In fact, the tone is a bit like a college classroom professor's, but of course much easier to understand!) Highly recommended. She's done books on other religous personages, too.

5-0 out of 5 stars Highly recommended for all ages
Written and illustrated by award-winning children's book author Demi, Muhammad is a unique and superbly crafted picture book presentation of the religious and historical figure of Muhammad, the man who brought the scripture and faith of Islam to the world. In keeping with Islamic tradition, the Prophet Muhammad and his family are not pictured directly; instead, a solid gold silhouette represents Muhammad in the various simple, expressive color illustrations. The text succinctly records Muhammad's life, faith, and his efforts to spread the word of God. Muhammad is highly recommended for all ages and would make an excellent acquisition choice for school and community libraries wanting reliable materials to explain Islam to young American readers. ... Read more

4. Islam (World Beliefs and Cultures)
by Sue Penney
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Catlog: Book (2001-01-01)
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5-0 out of 5 stars Towards Understanding a Faith series
The book is really useful in informing about Islam. About the book makes itself self explanatory: "An overview of the beliefs and customs of Islam, including an introduction to sacred texts, a history of the religion, important holidays, and worship practices around the world."

This series 'World Beliefs and Cultures,' intended audience is young adults.

4-0 out of 5 stars Islam: Discovering Religions
This is a very resourcful, helpful book if you want to learn more about the Islamic religion. It's packed with information, and I got a nine page report out of it. I think it could of included a little more informationabout the current world events that involve the Islam religion, but otherthan that it is a very helpful book. ... Read more

5. Islamic Weapons, Warfare, and Armies: Muslim Military Operations Against the Crusaders (The Library of the Middle Ages)
by Paul Hilliam
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Asin: 0823942155
Catlog: Book (2003-10-01)
Publisher: Rosen Publishing Group
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6. Muhammad (Importance of)
by Marilyn Tower Oliver
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Catlog: Book (2003-01-01)
Publisher: Greenhaven Press
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7. The Islamic Year: Surahs, Stories and Celebrations (Crafts, Festivals and Family Activities Ser)
by Noorah Al-Gailani, Chris Smith, Helen Williams
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Catlog: Book (2003-05-01)
Publisher: Hawthorn Press
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Average Customer Review: 5 out of 5 stars
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Celebrate the Islamic Year with your children! You are invited to explore Muslim festivals with this inspiring treasury of stories, suras, songs, games, recipes, crafts and art activities. The major festivals are described vividly, together with attractive projects that engage children creatively. A selection of folk tales illustrates the core values underlying Islamic culture with gentle humor and wisdom. This is a unique resource for educators and parents who want to share the spiritual wealth of Islam with children. ... Read more

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5-0 out of 5 stars An Amazing Book!
This book truly embraces the beauty of Islam, and the teachings of Islam, with respect to all the religions. I highly recommend this book to anyone out there who wants to learn more about, or research in depth the truth about this serene and peaceful religion. Happy Reading to all! :) ... Read more

8. The Quran and Islam (Sacred Texts (Mankato, Minn.).)
by Anita Ganeri
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Asin: 1583402411
Catlog: Book (2003-08-01)
Publisher: Smart Apple Media
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9. Muhammad of Mecca: Prophet of Islam (Book Report Biographies)
by Elsa Marston
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Catlog: Book (2001-03-01)
Publisher: Franklin Watts
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10. Muslim Child: Understanding Islam Through Stories and Poems
by Rukhsana Khan, Patty Gallinger
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Asin: 0807553077
Catlog: Book (2002-02-01)
Publisher: Albert Whitman & Company
Sales Rank: 113625
Average Customer Review: 4.67 out of 5 stars
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A collection of short stories, poems and prose that examines the world through the eyes of Muslim children. Written especially for North American children, both Muslim and non-Muslim, each story represents a tenet of Islam in a way that is both entertaining and enlightening. Non-fiction sidebars help to explain and amplify the Islamic references. Some of the stories are humorous, others are touching, but all are compelling stories of children learning and growing withing their culture. ... Read more

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4-0 out of 5 stars Timely and informative
A timely book that fills gap, Muslim Child consists of 8 stories that illustrate the history of Islam, the 5 pillars of Muslim religion (belief, praying, fasting, charity and the pilgrimage to Mecca) and introduce traditional Islamic customs of dress, diet, and celebration. Written by a practicing Muslim, the stories stress that the religion is worldwide with diverse practitioners, and shows Muslim children struggling with fitting in while keeping the faith.
The author states in her introduction that her intention is to "Correct the misconceptions regarding Muslims" but there are several minor errors in comparing the culture of America and Christian religion to Islam, for example, stating that Halloween is a celebration of the forces of evil when it is based on the pagan new year.
The stories themselves are unexceptional; for example, in "The Black Ghost," point of view shifts midway through the story, and the endings of most are predictable. Still, the sprinkling of Arabic and small cultural details make the setting genuine. Sidebars define unfamiliar terms, but much of the information is repetitive, as if the publisher did not intend the work to be read a whole. Informational pages containing traditional recipes, excerpts from the Quran, or a history lesson are interspersed between the fiction, and a glossary and pronunciation guide concludes the book.
Hopefully this will be the first of many such books about a people that are in the forefront of our minds and that makes up a fifth of the world's population.

5-0 out of 5 stars Designed to teach young readers about Islam
Written by Rukhsana Khan, illustrated by Patty Gallinger, and with sidebars by Irfan Alli, Muslim Child: Understanding Islam Through Stories And Poems is a selection of stories and poems designed to teach young readers about Islam. Muslim Child is emphatically not a proselytizing book, but rather an informational one, designed to show young people how Islamic children live, what they believe, and what the common practices of their faith are. A highly recommended and educational book for children everywhere, in an increasingly globalized world and in view of contemporary world events.

5-0 out of 5 stars A unique book for all kinds of children
Having read Muslim Child, I really think it could be titled "Child". It's for anyone.

I've never seen a book that deals with issues of faith in such a way. As a Catholic I could completely identify with the feelings of the kids in the stories.

It really made me appreciate the similarities between our respective religions.

I think it's this author's best book. ... Read more

11. Ramadan (Rookie Read-About Holidays)
by David F. Marx
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Average Customer Review: 3 out of 5 stars
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3-0 out of 5 stars A basic introduction
The basic ideas, customs, and attitudes of this holiday are introduced to young children with most of the appropriate vocabulary and pronunciation guides. Photographs show a nice cultural variety of Muslims, from Arabic to Indian and Indonesian. The book says that at the end of Ramadan, "Muslims have a three-day celebration." Since that celebration is a major part of the holiday and easy to pronounce (EED), its omission is a significant flaw. Another cause for concern is the photograph accompanying the suggestion that all-day fasting is to difficult for some people. Among all the beautiful variety of Muslims world-wide, the picture of apparently African-American children eating cotton candy implies that they are the ones who cannot "keep a promise" to fast. But even with these flaws, this may be the best introduction currently available. ... Read more

12. What You Will See Inside a Mosque (What You Will See Inside)
by Aisha Karen Khan, Aaron Pepis
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Catlog: Book (2003-05-01)
Publisher: Skylight Paths Publishing
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Average Customer Review: 5 out of 5 stars
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A colorful, fun-to-read introduction that explains the ways and whys of Muslim worship, faith, and religious life.

Colorful full-page photographs set the scene for concise but informative descriptions of what is happening, the objects used, the people who have specific roles, the spiritual intent of the believers, and more.

What You Will See Inside a Mosque will:

Satisfy kids' curiosity about what goes on in mosques attended by their friends, broadening awareness of other faiths at an important age when opinions and prejudices can first form.

Provide Muslim children with a deeper understanding of the practices of their own religious tradition.

Give children the opportunity to ask questions, making them more active participants. ... Read more

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5-0 out of 5 stars Not as scary as you thought
A good introduction to Islam.
Nice book for children. This will help introduce them to one of the world's major religions, particularly to their place of worship.
Read the book, visit your local mosque and befriend a muslim - its just that simple

5-0 out of 5 stars The Inside Story on Mosques
This book is a wonderful way to introduce an elementary-age child to Muslim practices. The author provides simple explanations of concepts that Muslims take for granted, especially those details that mosque-goers forget to explain to visitors, like the presence of shoe racks and wudu sinks. I highly recommend this book for interfaith purposes.

5-0 out of 5 stars Amazing
This book made me take a whole different view on islam. The pictures and descriptions were extraordinary. This book changed my view of what a mosque looked like from the inside. ... Read more

13. I Am Muslim (Religions of the World)
by Jessica Chalfonte, Powerkids Press, Jessica Chalfont
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Catlog: Book (1997-08-01)
Publisher: PowerKids Press
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14. The Atlas of Islam: People, Daily Life and Traditions
by Neil Morris, Manuela Cappon, Gian Paulo Faleschini, Studio Stalio
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Asin: 0764156314
Catlog: Book (2003-03)
Publisher: Barron's Educational Series
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This large-format, beautifully color-illustrated compendium of information for young adult readers describes one of the world’s most widespread religions. Each page presents five or six vivid illustrations with lengthy descriptive captions. Readers acquaint themselves with the Muslim people in different parts of the world, as well as with their art, architecture, history, and activities, both religious and secular. The book is divided into 27 sections, each focusing on a separate aspect of Muslim history and culture. Major topics include Arabia before Islam, the prophet Muhammad, Arab expansion, Islamic Spain, the Seljuk Turks, the Crusades, Islamic worship, Islamic festivals, art and architecture, the emergence of Muslim states, Islam today, and many others. Combining illustrations of unusual quality with concise information, this volume provides a fine introduction to the world of Islam for young adult readers. Hundreds of illustrations. ... Read more

15. A Young Muslim's Guide to the Modern World
by Seyyed Hossein Nasr
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Catlog: Book (1994-01-01)
Publisher: Kazi Publications
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Average Customer Review: 3.5 out of 5 stars
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A Young Muslim's Guide to the Modern World, by one of Islam's greatest contemporary scholars, was written specifically for Muslims, and in particular young Muslims, urging them to become familiar with their religion and to gain an understanding of the modern world from the Islamic point of view in order to respond positively to its challenges. This guide, the first of its kind in any language, presents an exposition of the teachings of Islam as revealed in the Qur'an, explained in the hadith and Sunna of the Prophet and commented upon by Muslim scholars and thinkers, as well as outlining the Western religious and intellectual tradition.--This text refers to the mass market paperback edition of this title ... Read more

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5-0 out of 5 stars Excellent book
This book excellently deals with every subject it takes up. I have read many books on history of philosophy, islamic history, etc. And this book seems to be writen by somebody, who perefectly transcends the final word that has been said on any subject the book deals with. Actually, Nasr is my hero since I have read his books (since last week.)

1-0 out of 5 stars Absurd!
Honestly speaking, if producing such materials helps to alleviate the obsessive inferiority complex of Muslim writers like this author and other readers and sympathizers, before the advancements and magnificence of Western culture; well let it be.
The Islamic world is drowned in ignorance and misery. Not a single contribution is being made to the progress of science, technology, art, humanity, etc. by these people, the only gift is terrorism.
The author maliciously downplays the role of modernity in today's people's lives. I guess he wants to have an Islamic government run over all today's civilized world, may be something like Taliban to implement all the Islamic codes and culture.
Well sorry pal that's not possible. But the important point is that the author himself is an immigrant or a refugee who fled the Islamic culture of his own birthplace, that's the irony.

5-0 out of 5 stars Islam
As a teenage Muslim I find this book great Spruatily and Mentally. I recomend this book for Muslims and Non-Muslim Teens.

1-0 out of 5 stars Testable hyposthesis
It is a favorite conceit of Muslims to claim that the West lacks a religious or moral component to its culture. Islam rewards outward conduct, such as repetitive and mindless prayers and the wearing of particular costumes as an act of holiness. When Muslims don't see Westerners following their outward habits of holiness they conclude no spirituality exists.
Islam is in danger because of the clearly false tenets that it can no longer defend in the light of day. Case in point, the Bukhari Hadith in which Mohammed expressly and unambiguously states that "women are dificient in intellect." This is what is known in science as a testable hypothesis, it can be tested and proven true or false. Everywhere this assertion is proven false, over and over and over again. Given this, Mohammed's credibility is shattered. This is the culture that sanctifies domestice violence, polygamy and the suppression of the female intellect. The uprising of Islamic fervor is just a protest against the end of an era, an unsustainable ideology coming to an end, all for the world's good.

4-0 out of 5 stars Every English speaking Muslim should have this book!
This book by Dr. Nasr is a book which was waiting to be written and it could not have been written by a more qualified person. I learnt a lot about the intellectual history of Islamic thought from this book (philosophy, mystical ideas, speculative theology) and how it has developed throughout the ages to the present. I also was very very impressed by the scholarly yet succint way in which the major philosophical and intellectual movements which shaped the history of the West were presented. This again greatly increased my knowledge. These first two sections were excellent. The third section was not as strong as the other two--how Muslims should respond to the Western dominance at present and a comparative overview--as it was too brief. This though is an excellent book. I hope that Dr. Nasr writes another version of this book--for adults this time following the same format but including a lot more detail and references and bibliography. ... Read more

16. Ramadan (On My Own Holidays)
by Susan Douglass, Jeni Reeves
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Catlog: Book (2003-02-01)
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5-0 out of 5 stars Really good book about Ramamdan!
This book contains a lot of good information on Ramamdan for teachers and students. I could read this aloud to older students in elementary school too. ... Read more

17. Iran (Modern Middle East Nations and Their Strategic Place in the World Series)
by William Mark Habeeb
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18. Grandma Hekmat Remembers : An Egyptian - American Family Story (What Was It Like, Grandma)
by Ann Morris
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19. Islam (World Religions)
by Jan Thompson
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Book Description

Six studies of six faiths.

The World Religions series explores the major religions of our world today. Focusing on the six main religions: Christianity, Islam, Judaism, Buddhism, Hinduism and Sikhism, each title looks first at one person's experience, and then examines the facts, arguments and opinions from around the globe. Special debate panels, supported by a wealth of resource material, invite the reader to discuss the issues that are currently shaping our world.

Young readers will learn about their own faiths and will receive answers to important questions such as: What is Jewish Law? What is enlightenment? Do Sikhs believe in an afterlife? Should we question the truth of religious books such as the Bible? What does the Hindu way of life aim for? These questions and many more are explored in detail, providing readers with a glossary and resource guide for further reading.

Written by educators, these books are well researched, carefully written, and are credible resources for young students. Parents will appreciate the open and sensitive treatment of each religion. The World Religions series is an important contribution to helping increase cultural awareness and promote tolerance. ... Read more

20. Osama bin Laden: A War Against the West
by Elaine Landau
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Catlog: Book (2002-04-01)
Publisher: 21st Century Books
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Average Customer Review: 2.86 out of 5 stars
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Reviews (7)

3-0 out of 5 stars The man wanted by many
The book I read was of Osama bin Laden and his life. In the begininngs Osama was a
Muslim who believed in Allah . Osama's views came straight out of the Muslim holy
bible(Koran). It stated that anyone who committed adultery, gambled, cheated, drank
alcohol, eats pork or lends money or at interest were going to the gates of hell. Since we
as a nation do each and every one of these things Osama saw us as the enemy to his
religion. His father died in a terrible plane crash. That is how he got the idea of Sept.11th.
He wanted to do what he thought his father would have done. Take out the enemy before
they overrun you. So Osama took his religious views out on the United States because he
didn't want our corrupt and immoral ways to spread to his country.
The book as a whole was very interesting to me. I got to kind of know the man
who some Americans have called "Satin himself". To really get a good look into his life
tells you way he did what he did. I totally don't agree with what he did to the US when
we didn't do anything to him but he was brought up to think that the US is corrupt and
should not be able to spread our ways to any other country. In Osama's own words "The
United States shouldn't be able to infect the rest of the world so I took care of it". Osama
is such an evil man. I can't believe how many terrible things he did to others. This book
goes into detail of his life and in my opinion it does a very good job of showing who and
why Osama is Osama.

One of the things that I didn't like about this book was that the author Elaine
Landau sounded like she agreed with what he did to us. It made me upset to read some
parts of this book because it was like she was siding with the enemy. She said that Osama
Bin Landen didn't become an internationally wanted terrorist overnight, she's right. But
the way she writes that it was the Afghanistan war that changed him for the worst. She
stated him as brave, a leader and a hero. Saying this made me wonder how a author who
knows what a man did that was so horrible, how could she call him a hero?!

3-0 out of 5 stars pretty good
i though this book was good. it shows all the information about what osama has done. it was very evil what he has done. i recomend this book to people so they know about famous people even if they are evil. it shows u what is going on in the future. i was intrested and u should be to.

4-0 out of 5 stars Valuable Information.
Elaine Landau's Osama bin Laden: A War Against the West could have been written for adults who want information without a lot of academic language; she does not water down her subject or simplify the language. However, she misses the mark when she makes assertions such as describing the Twin Towers as "a towering landmark that reflected the United States as its best." If she were more exact, she might have said it reflected Western Capitalism at its best.
Landau succeeds in presenting a well researched life of bin Laden using chronology -where he has lived, worked, his coming of age in his political position, and his development as a terrorist - to structure the book. She treats the subject fairly in the following ways: She explains the full meaning of Jihad and what it means to the majority of Muslims: a war within oneself to purify one's spirit. She presents bin Laden's jihad within a framework of his desire to have an Islamic Middle East free of Western control and influence. She defines what Western means in Fundamentalist Islamic terms: families in disarray, drug use, a society without morality, etc. Also, she examines the role of the United States in supporting the Fundamentalist cause in terms of money and arms. The United States supplied arms to Muslim fighters in Afghanistan because we viewed Russian as a larger threat. The CIA has a photograph from that war of Osama bin Laden holding a U.S. supplied Stinger-a heat seeking ground to air missile.
There are several telling photographs:
1. A man with a stack of radios confiscated by the Taliban.
2. A child by an army tank in Somalia (with a questionable caption: " Exploiting brutal unrest and famine in Somalia, bin laden sought to establish jihad, or holy war, in that country in an effort to expel Western Influence.
3. A protester in Pakistan with a poster of support for Bin Laden.
4. And several photographs of bin Laden.
There is a glossary, chapter notes, and a full index. I would suggest adding maps to show where the many countries are that bin Laden has either lived, visited, or impacted through his money and vision: Chad, Somalia, Algeria, The Philipines, Sudan, Bosnia, Iraq, Iran, Egypt, Afghanistan, etc.
The cover is the most biased piece: a collaged face of bin Laden that resembles a ghoulish African Tribal mask flanked by a bomb and a money bag with cross bones at his neck. On the back are recommended books, some of which I have read, as well. Represented in that list of recommended books are books that hold a critical lense to the Middle East but nothing that deconstrusts the United States history within that region. Hopefully Landau is at work on that now. This is a subject which will impact the world for countless generations and the need for accurate information is critical. Overall, I really liked this book and would recommend it for anyone wanting to understand the spread of an extreme, fundamentalist Muslim ideology and Osama bin Laden's role. Readers and librarians have a responsibility to become knowledgeable about Islam so that the beliefs of peace loving Muslims will not be confused with the beliefs of fundamentalist terrorists. A must have for the school and public library.

1-0 out of 5 stars Why write this book?
Why would anyone want to write a book about Osama bin Laden? Are Americans trying to intrigue our children toward Islam or terrorism?!? I hope not!!!! If so, tap into reality and seek Christianity NOT ISLAM!!!!

4-0 out of 5 stars Weak first chapter, then very good
This short, easy-to-read book is a biography of Osama bin Laden, the founder of al Qaeda. The book begins with a look at Islamic fundamentalism, showing how their philosophy differs from non-fundamentalist Islam. This is probably the weakest part of the book, as the footnotes all show that the author used Western journalists are resources, rather than Islamic scholars.

After that, the book looks at Osama bin Laden's life, from earliest childhood through to the beginning of the American involvement in Afghanistan (where Osama bin Laden disappeared). I found the book to be very informative, and quite interesting. I did not notice any particular demonizing of him, and the author seemed to be at pains to separate him from non-fundamentalist Islam. I was very disappointed with that first chapter, but other than that found this to be a very good book, one that I highly recommend. ... Read more

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