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Islamic States

The Question: Recently I heard a radio journalist mention that there are 57 Islamic states. Is that true? And if so, which countries are Islamic states? …

Glossary of Islam

Important figures, branches, and traditions by David Johnson A-F | H-I | J-M | N-ZAga Khan Spiritual leader of the Ismailis Alawite An Islamic sect Ali One of the Prophet's fi…

Yusuf Islam

Name at birth: Stephen Demetre GeorgiouYusuf Islam recorded pop songs under the name Cat Stevens between 1966 and 1978, including the 1971 hits "Morning Has Broken" and "Peace Train." After attending…

Islam Primer

The Islamic world—history, beliefs, and culture Countries with the largest Muslim populations IndonesiaPakistanIndiaBangladeshEgyptTurkeyNigeria Iran AlgeriaMorocco Introduction to Isl…

Islam in America

Muslims move to the mainstream by David Johnson and Catherine McNiff Related Links Islam PrimerIslamGlossary of IslamRamadanTop Eight World ReligionsNon-Christians in U.S. …

Major Islamic Holidays

Celebrations for Muslims around the world   This U.S. postage stamp commemorates the two major Islamic festivals, Eid al-Fitr and Eid al-Adha. Eid means …

Islam Karimov,

president of Uzbekistan, faced international criticism in May, after hundreds of antigovernment demonstrators in Andijan were killed in a military crackdown. The demonstration began after pr…

The Islamic (Hijri) Calendar

The Islamic calendar is based on the lunar year of about 354 days. The number of days each month is adjusted according to the lunar cycle, beginning about t…

Brewer's: Islam

or Islamism. The true faith, according to the Mahometan notion. The Moslems say every child is born in Islam, and would continue in the true faith if not led astray into Magism, Judaism, or…

Brewer's: El Islam

The religion of the Moslems. The words mean “the resigning one's-self to God.” Source: Dictionary of Phrase and Fable, E. Cobham Brewer, 1894El KhidrEl Infante de Antequera A …