Encyclopedia of Islam is part of a set of encyclopedias on the religions of the world that emphasizes the living faiths and their historical and social backgrounds In aboutA to Z entries, this encyclopedia provides easy access to the theological concepts personalities, historical events, institutions, and movements that helped to shape Islam and the way it is practiced todayEncyclopedia of Islam is designed to meet the demand for accurate information about Islam, particularly with regard to its place in the contemporary world A wide range of entries covers Islam s historical origins, major traditions, and local customs, as well as the interrelationships between Islam and other religions and the customs and societies of civilizations that have been influenced by IslamA comprehensive introduction, further readings, cross references, and a chronology, in addition to photographs, a general bibliography, and a thorough index, make Encyclopedia of Islam an easy to use and essential reference for students, researchers, and general readers