This series is well-researched and clearly organized and should be a mandatory purchase for all public libraries that support middle and high school curriculum for a balanced and informative collection on Islam.
Philadelphia, Pa. (Vocus) May 6, 2010
The World of Islam, a ten-volume series of books for middle school and high school students, published by Mason Crest Publishers, has received rave reviews from two major school book journals, School Library Journal and Voice of Youth Advocates. The reviews contradict a recent attack by the Council for American-Islamic Relations claiming the series is “anti-Islamic”.
The May 2010 issue of School Library Journal, a leading print magazine for librarians containing information on integrating libraries into the school curriculum, says “These titles do a good job of making clear the issues facing the Muslim world, and those facing Muslims throughout the world. They also show the diversity of thought and opinion within Islam, separating radical Islam and radical Islamists from the majority. The books illustrate the diversity of Islamic faith in a clear and unbiased manner.”
The April 2010 issue of Voice of Youth Advocates (VOYA), a bimonthly journal addressing librarians, educators, and other professionals who work with young adults, rates the series highly, saying “This series is well-researched and clearly organized and should be a mandatory purchase for all public libraries that support middle and high school curriculum for a balanced and informative collection on Islam.”
“The positive reviews we have received from both VOYA and the School Library Journal are evidence of the integrity of The World of Islam books,” said Phillip Cohen, CEO of Mason Crest Publishers. “Respected book reviewers at these publications have noted that the books separate radical Islamists from the majority and illustrate the diversity of Islamic faith in a clear and unbiased manner. We stand behind these books wholeheartedly and are proud to be the publishers to bring this series to school and public libraries across America.”
The Foreign Policy Research Institute’s Wachman Center, which seeks to promote civic and international literacy in the classroom, served as Editorial Consultant on The World of Islam series. Some of the volumes were written by FPRI Fellows.
Referring to the criticism from CAIR, Alan Luxenberg, Director of FPRI’s Wachman Center, said “The Council for American-Islamic Relations evidently confused criticism of radical Islam, a political movement, with criticism of Islam, a religion.”
“Mason Crest Publishers deeply appreciates the high quality efforts by OTTN Publishing and FPRI in assisting us in a special multi-volume edition of The World of Islam for young adults,” said Cohen. “It appears that we succeeded in explaining one of the world’s greatest religions and its people based upon brisk domestic and international orders. In consideration of very difficult budgets universally, the company is pleased that several hundred costumers have also indicated that they will order when funds are available.”
The World of Islam has received excellent trade organization reviews as well as major approval from Muslim sources. According to Stephen Schwartz of the Center of Islamic Pluralism, “These texts are neither prejudicial nor ideological; they represent established historical opinion and accurate reporting on present-day challenges affecting Muslims and non-Muslims alike.”
Mason Crest has also published Major Muslim Nations, Growth and Influence of Islam, and Making of the Middle East, and Introducing Islam which were all well reviewed and well received. The Editorial Board is currently considering for 2011 publication of additional series on Great Muslims Past and Present for young adults.
Each volume of The World of Islam series is 64 pages in length, with photos, glossary, a chronology, and a small bibliography. More than 10,000 copies of books in this series have been sold to school and public libraries across the United States. Titles in the series include:
1. Islam in America
2. Divisions within Islam
3. The History of Islam
4. Islamic Festivals and Celebrations
5. Radical Islam
6. The Monotheistic Religions: Judaism, Christianity, and Islam
7. Islamic-Jewish Relations Before 1947
8. Islam in Europe
9. Islam, Law, and Human Rights
10. The Muslim World: An Overview
For more information on The World of Islam books and Mason Crest Publishers, visit http://www.Masoncrest.com or call 866-MCP-BOOK.
About Mason Crest Publishers: Mason Crest evolved in 2002 from some of the key people responsible for making Chelsea House Publishers one of the leading young adult and reference school and library publishers. Mason Crest is dedicated to providing the most unique upper elementary and young adult quality books available within the school and library marketplace. With each series Mason Crest obtains the most proficient & knowledgeable editors, advisors, senior consultants, major institutions, authors, agencies, and specialized “think tanks” to ensure the books meet the highest standards of excellence. Mason Crest is currently offering over 1,500 titles that reflect the company’s dedication to quality. A complete list can be found online at http://www.masoncrest.com.
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