In the second, Professor William Montgomery Watt, of the department of Arabic and Islamic Studies, Edinburgh University, follows the Islamic religion from its birth among the nomadic peoples of 7th-century Arabia to its present status as a world religion. Oneworld Publications, 185 Banbury Road, Oxford, Great Britain OX2 7BR.
One World Publications have published A Short History of the Bah '! Faith and A Short History of Islam at Pounds 5.95 each. In the first, Dr Peter Smith, social science co-ordinator at Mahidol University, Thailand, traces the development of the religion, which is reckoned to be the second most widespread in the world, from its origins in the mid-19th century B b! movement in Iran to its global expansion to the West and the developing world.
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