Academic journal article Reference & User Services Quarterly

Conflict and Conquest in the Islamic World: A Historical Encyclopedia

Academic journal article Reference & User Services Quarterly

Conflict and Conquest in the Islamic World: A Historical Encyclopedia

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Conflict and Conquest in the Islamic World: A Historical Encyclopedia. Edited by Alexander Mikaberidze. Santa Barbara, Calif.: ABC-Clio, 2011. 2 vols. acid free $195 (ISBN: 978-1-5988-4336-1). E-book available (978-1-5988-4337-8).

This unique and concise encyclopedia provides over six hundred entries about the sweeping military and political history of Islam from the seventh century to present day. Edited by Alexander Mikaberidze, a professor at Louisiana State University, Conflict and Conquest in the Islamic World: A Historical Encyclopedia is a focused, two-volume set presenting the collective expertise of over 100 military and political scholars, including the support of the esteemed Bernard Lewis whom the editor describes as the "doyen of Islamic studies."

Entries cover conflicts, wars, rebellions, battles, weapons, leaders, and other military facets. Most entries are a page to a page and a half in length with some broader topics, such as "Saljuks" or "Algerian War (1954-1962)," running several pages in length. Many of the entries are accompanied by photographs or maps and provide introductory information in basic terminology geared to high school and college students who have little or no knowledge of Islam. A glossary of commonly used Islamic military terms is within easy reach in volume 2. Every entry has a bibliography of further readings that includes mostly book citations which one could use for further research or as a collection development tool. …

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