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Published by Macmillan Reference USA

The reference literature for Islam has long consisted of either a densely academic, multivolume encyclopedia or several, often specialized, single-volume works with brief definitions. Happily, there is now a reference work falling between these two extremes. The Encyclopedia of Islam and the Muslim World is a scholarly work “about Islamic cultures, religion, history, politics, and the like as well as the people who have identified with Islam over the past fourteen centuries.”

A team of international scholars is responsible for the 515 entries, which are arranged alphabetically and range from 200 to 5,000 words in length. Many include some sort of illustration and end with helpful see also references and excellent supplemental bibliographies. A useful index completes the set. Coverage includes the religious dimensions of Islam as well as the development of the tradition in various parts of the world (e.g., Africa, South Asia, U.S.). Cultural issues of importance to the history of Islam (e.g., architecture, calligraphy, language) are also treated. Entries such as Political organization and Political thought demonstrate the historical completeness for which the encyclopedia strives, tracing developments from the life of the Prophet to the present day. Even topics of contemporary interest include a historical perspective. The entry for Jihad describes the many meanings of the term, including its contemporary association with violence, and how the concept has developed historically. The treatment of secularization in the Muslim world includes a comparison to historical events in the West, thereby helping the reader to understand that it cannot be understood solely from a Western perspective. Finally, the biographical entries include important figures from the religious, cultural, and political history of the Muslim world.

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I did a post in August last year tiltled “Special Edition of Nokia N73 to Celebrate the Holy Month of Ramadan”, this is just an update on what’s happened since then.

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Arresting Speech

The thing which is most deserving of imprisonment is the tongue.
[Statement of ‘Abdullah ibn Mas’ood radhi’allaahu ‘anhu]

Speech is one of the clearest indications of what a person thinks or feels – it is an account from the person himself.  This statement of ‘Abdullah ibn Mas’ood radhi’allaahu ‘anhu reflects the fact that Islam focuses on building the character of an individual as part of the religion itself.  One of the qualities which paints an individual as reckless and mindless is too much talking.

Not only does it display a person’s lack of wisdom and intelligence (when it is needless), but also can lead to many problems due to a lack of caution.  On the other hand, a wise person will be a person of few words which are carefully chosen and reflected upon.  Furthermore when a reserved person speaks, his/her speech is given more import due to the fact that the person does not saturate the conversation with a lot of throw-away ideas and rambles.  Another proverb is the saying: “An empty vessel sounds much.”

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KOOZA tells the story of The Innocent, a melancholy loner in search of his place in the world.

KOOZA is a return to the origins of Cirque du Soleil: It combines two circus traditions – acrobatic performance and the art of clowning. The show highlights the physical demands of human performance in all its splendor and fragility, presented in a colorful mélange that emphasizes bold slapstick humor.

The Innocent’s journey brings him into contact with a panoply of comic characters such as the King, the Trickster, the Pickpocket, and the Obnoxious Tourist and his Bad Dog.

Between strength and fragility, laughter and smiles, turmoil and harmony, KOOZA explores themes of fear, identity, recognition and power. The show is set in an electrifying and exotic visual world full of surprises, thrills, chills, audacity and total involvement.

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Художник Марат Ка предложил сразу три несложных рецепта приготовления оригинального подарка.

Понадобятся: тёрка, свечи из парафина, две кастрюли, электрическая плитка,
надувной шарик, увядшие розы, блёстки, подсолнечное масло, хлопковая нить для фитиля, апельсин, золотая фольга, ложка, ножницы.

СВЕЧА №1

1. Возьмите несколько свечей из парафина и натрите их на крупной тёрке.

2. Насыпьте парафин в кастрюлю и поставьте на плиту. Расплавлять парафин лучше всего на водяной бане, помешивая при этом до полного растворения.

3. Пока парафин плавится, подготовьте для него форму. Срежьте верхнюю часть апельсина и при помощи столовой ложки аккуратно вытащите внутреннюю часть.

4. Теперь приготовьте фитиль. Возьмите тоненькую палочку и привяжите к ней нитку – длину нитки задаёт высота формы.

3. Положите палку с ниткой на апельсин и залейте форму расплавленным парафином.

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