Books on Islam, Muslims big hit at Bihar book fair - New Kerala, India
- India News: Books on Islam, Muslims big hit at Bihar
By Imran Khan, Patna, Dec 1
Books on Islam and Muslims are flying off the shelves
at a book fair in this Bihar capital, and many of the
buyers are non-Muslims, say the event's organisers and
The demand among non-Muslim readers for books on
various aspects of Islam and Muslims at the Patna book
fair has surprised the organisers.
"It is a good sign that Hindus are buying books on
Islam and Muslims," said Ratneshwar, the fair's main
The eleventh Patna book fair, which began Friday, is
drawing huge crowds. All leading publishers, including
Oxford, Cambridge, Orient Longman, Rajkamal and Kitab
Ghar, are displaying their publications.
"I wanted to buy some books to learn about Islam and
Muslims in the backdrop of jehad, Islamic terrorism
and the Taliban," Maheshwar Prasad Singh, a government
employee, told IANS.
Mozahir Husain, a salesman at the stall of
Maktabe-e-Imarat Sharia, said many Hindus appeared
keen to read the Koran, the holy book of Muslims.
"We have sold quite a few copies of the Hindi
translation of the Koran to Hindus," Husain said.
Imarat Sharia, based at Phulwarisharief near Patna, is
a well-known Islamic centre. The organisation's
publishing wing is participating in a book fair for
the first time and its officials are happy with the
response it has got from Hindu readers.
Husain said the Sharia offered a variety of books on
Islamic law in view of the demand for books in Hindi
on Muslim personal law and civil code.
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