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Books in Our Library

Here are a few of the books we have on this topic in the library.  To find more, try searching the catalog for "islam" or "muslim", etc, and click Keyword

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Muslims around the world today - Philip Wolny, editor
Call Number: 297.09 WOL
Publication Date: 2009
Explores the diversity of Muslims around the world, discussing differences in beliefs and practices between different groups and the challenges that Muslims face wherever they live.

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Islam : opposing viewpoints - Jennifer Hurley, editor
Call Number: 297.2 H965i
Publication Date: 2001
Political analysts, Islamic scholars, and media commentators provide opposing views on issues surrounding Islam and Muslims throughout the world. Topics include: whether Islamic and Western values are in conflict, the status of women under Islam, whether Islam promotes terrorism, and what policies the United States should take toward Islam.

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Islamophobia : the ideological campaign against Muslims - Stephen Sheehi
Call Number: 305.6 SHE
Publication Date: 2011
Examines the rise of anti-Muslim and anti-Arab sentiments in the West, including the increased mainstreaming of Muslim-baiting rhetoric and legislation, police surveillance, witch-trials and discriminatory policies towards Muslims in North America and abroad.

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How does it feel to be a problem? : being young and Arab in America - Moustafa Bayoumi
Call Number: 305.892 BAY
Publication Date: 2008
Profiles seven men and women of Arab and Muslim descent living in Brooklyn, exploring the cliches and stereotypes they must contend with on a daily basis and the experiences they have had since September 11, 2001.

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Life under the Taliban - Gail B. Stewart
Call Number: 958.104 STE
Publication Date: 2005
This book discusses the history of Afghanistan, the rise and fall of the Taliban, and daily life under the regime.

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Encyclopedia of human rights - David P. Forsythe
Call Number: REF 323.03 FOR
Publication Date: 2009
Five-volume encyclopedia covers important people, organizations and institutions, human rights events and crises, and human rights standards. Go alphabetically for a more general article (look up "Afghanistan", for example) or use the index in Volume 5 to search for related articles by topic.

Library Databases

  • Country Reports  
    In-depth country reports, especially useful for finding cultural information such as religion, family life, fashion, recreation and holidays. Also includes a great Current Events section for each country.
  • CQ Global Researcher
    A great starting point for current events issues. Find in-depth reports on issues such as international relations and human rights. You can also choose to browse by your specific country. Most reports include timelines, graphs and charts, and pro/con debate sections.
  • Proquest Newsstand  Icon
    International newspaper articles from the 1990s to the present. Use this database to find out different points of view on a current events issue, or how an event was covered around the world. Try using the Advanced Search to combine different keywords--for example, "France" and "Islam".
  • Academic Search Premier
    For exploring your theme through in-depth research. This database is a great place to look for scholarly articles on history, the sciences, the humanities, politics, and more. Use the Advanced Search to narrow in on a topic.

CQ Researcher Report: Europe's Immigration Turmoil

Here is an example of the reports you will find in CQ Global Researcher.  You can find comprehensive, pro-and-con reports on many other current-events topics in the CQ Researcher and CQ Global Researcher databases.


French news report: Hijab Ban

Television news coverage on the hijab debate from Paris-based news channel FRANCE 24. "FRANCE 24 gives a French perspective to international current events through diversity of opinions, debate and confrontation of viewpoints."

Find more news videos and articles at FRANCE 24 online.

Resources on the Web

  • BBC Religions: Guide to Hijab and Niqab
    An explanatory guide to the different types of veils worn by Muslim women. Includes illustrations and textual basis and distinctions from the Muslim Qur'an (Koran).
  • Spiegel Online: "Burqa Bans" section
    Online English-language version of the German magazine, Der Spiegel. They have a special section which pulls together all of their news articles and opinion pieces related to the issue of the burqa bans in Europe.
  • Pew Research Center: Muslims in Europe
    A 2006 report from the Pew Research Center, a nonpartisan institute based in Washington, DC. The institute "provides information on the issues, attitudes and trends shaping America and the world" through the use of global public opinion surveys.


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