Muslim Cultures Today
A Reference Guide
by Kathryn M. Coughlin, ed.
May 2006, 256pp, 7x10
1 volume, Greenwood

Hardcover: 978-0-313-32386-7
$79, £61, 69€, A109
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This is the first survey for a general audience of key current topics in 16 countries with significant Muslim populations.

There is strong demand for current, accurate, and objective information about Islamic societies and Muslims around the world. This is the first survey for a general audience of key current topics in 16 countries with significant Muslim populations. Each chapter covering a country contains the following narrative elements: Overview (statistics, demographics of followers, brief history of their life there); Political Impact; Women’s Status; Special Issues in the News; Notable People (biographical profiles); and Resource Guide, with Suggested Reading, Films/Videos, Websites, and Organizations. The content ties in to World History standards to help analyze connections between globalizing trends in culture in the late 20th century and dynamic assertions of traditional cultural identity and distinctiveness, as well as to the Global Connections part of Social Studies standards.

This will be essential reading for those desiring a one-volume resource about hot spots in the news today. Countries profiled include Afghanistan, Albania, Bosnia and Herzogovina, Egypt, Ethiopia, India, Indonesia, Iran, Iraq, Nigeria, Pakistan, Russia, Saudi Arabia, Sudan, Turkey, and Uzbekistan. Photos and maps help to put the narrative in perspective.


"Similar in substance to Islam in World Cultures, ed. by R. Michael Feener (CH, Apr'05, 42-4397), this work covers several different nations and has a useful standardized reference format. The essays feature a diverse collection of 16 contemporary Muslim majority and minority cultures, including those in Albania, Ethiopia, Iran, Saudi Arabia, and Uzbekistan. Following a basic overview, each essay discusses country-specific topics on Islam; culture, society, and politics; women and the family; special issues in the news; and notable people. Each also offers a guide for further research....[t]he included countries are well covered, and the guide presents a solid introduction to the respective Muslim cultures. A glossary and an extensive resource guide on Islam are included. Recommended. Lower-/upper-division undergraduates; general readers."—Choice, December 1, 2006

"[A] topical reference resource that will be accessible to a wide readership. The book will be a useful addition to an existing collection of general reference material ... on Islam..."—Reference Reviews, April 1, 2007

"[E]xamines the varied culture and history of the Muslim world on a country-by-country basis with each chapter addressing a specific country....The book does not cover every country in the Muslim world, but focuses on 16, intending to provide the reader with an introduction to the Muslim communities in Europe, Central Asia, the Middle East, Africa, and South Asia. It contains an extensive reading and resource list for further research into particular regions or themes."—Middle East Journal, November 1, 2006

"[T]his is a useful compilation on a limited segment of contemporary Islam, reflecting wide variations in practice, power, and politics"—School Library Journal, August 1, 2006

"Written for general readers, this reference provides an overview of Islam in all its diversity: Arab and non-Arab; African, Asian, and European; majority and minority populations; conservative societies and progressive. Sixteen countries were selected on the basis of a lack of current, accessible information and for their representative diversity. Each profile reviews the history of Islam in a particular country or region and presents demographic information on the Muslim community there. Special sections cover Culture, Society, and Politics, Women and the Family, Special Issues in the News, and Notable People."—Reference & Research Book News, 00/00/00

"Aimed at the general reader, this guide will suit audiences in high school, college and public libraries."—Lawrence Looks At Books, July 1, 2006
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