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    ... From: Hugh Jarvis [mailto:hjarvis@BUFFALO.EDU] Sent: Thursday, June 28, 2001 12:45 PM To: ANTHRO-L@LISTSERV.ACSU.BUFFALO.EDU Subject: [ANTHRO-L] Indian
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      From: Hugh Jarvis [mailto:hjarvis@...]
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      Sent: Wednesday, June 27, 2001 11:48 PM
      Subject: Encyclopaedia of the World's Muslims : Tribes, Castes &
      Communities- To Be Out Soon / E

      Releasing 31 July 2001, Special Offer on All Orders Recd. Till 15 August
      Here is an outstanding work, to be out soon, which could be of interest to
      you. As usual, we _make all shipments by registered AIRMAIL with no
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      ordering details please refer at the end.

      Encyclopaedia of the World's Muslims : Tribes, Castes & Communities /
      Edited by Prof. A. M. Khan and Dr. N. K. Singh.  1st ed. Delhi, Global
      Vision.  2001.  1625 p. 29 cm.
      4 volumes set    ISBN: 8187746054 (Set)
      List Price: 533.30 (4-vol. Set) **SPECIAL PRICE: $ 425 (4-vol. Set) ON ALL
      ORDERS RECD TILL 15 AUG 2001**

      In this Encyclopaedia an attempt has been made to provide an in-depth study
      of the World Muslims -- who and where they are and how they live. It seeks
      to discover what they have in common, what distinguishes them from each
      other and what they feel about themselves. Here, the editors have
      identified 750 tribes, castes and communities along with the identification
      of those who are wholly or partly Muslim. The groups presented in this
      study include nearly 98 per cent of all Muslims.

      As the entries of this study show that Muslims have much in common, they
      share an universal trans-ethnic religion -- Islam, the third largest
      religion after Christianity and Buddhism. They worship the same God,
      recognize more or less the same religious laws, observe many of the same
      rituals and share distinguishable cultural traits derived from their
      Islamic heritage.

      Today, Muslims of the world speak dozens of languages and exhibit many
      cultures through 300 or so ethnic groups to which they belong. The group
      may be large, such as the Arabs, who number more than 148 million, and may
      include many subgroups, or an ethnic group, may be small, such as the Wayto
      of Ethiopia, who number no more than 2,000.

      The linguistic families are divided in the Afro-Asiatic, Malayo-Polynesian,
      Ural-Altaic, the Niger-Congo, Ibero-Caucasian, Turkic-speaking and

      The learned compilers have further identified nine cultural areas in which
      most of the Muslims live -- The drylands of Southwest Asia; the lower Nile
      River Delta; the Mediterranean Coast of North Africa; the Arabs; the
      Northeast Ethiopia; the East African coast; the Central Asia; the Great
      Aryan Land; and Southeast Asia. Throughout these nine cultural areas there
      are three basic ways of living -- nomadic (2 per cent), sedentary rural
      village (68 per cent) and urban (30 per cent).

      The entries of these volumes show two trends -- one is the expansion of the
      religion, particularly conversion to Islam, and another trend is the
      increase in orthodoxy with new feelings and awareness of the urban world.

      This Encyclopaedia emphasizes patterns of living rather than an analysis of
      Islam. But from the evidence presented here does not appear to be a trend
      away from religion. This survey of the Muslim world is designed primarily
      for the English-speaking academics. As such, it has limitations which need

      All the entries have been edited and compiled in alphabetical order by
      reputed Islamic scholars -- A. M. Khan and N. K. Singh, under the
      supervision of many renowned Islamic scholars who are on the Board of


      Prof. A. M. Khan teaches history at the University of Rajshahi, Rajshahi,

      Dr. N. K. Singh is a reputed Orientalist who has written several important
      books and edited Encyclopaedias on Oriental religion, philosophy and
      culture. Presently, he heads the International Centre for Religious

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