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Tuesday, December 29, 2015

Let us all fall in love with books and heal our fractured world, Muhammad Abdul Bari

"Religion in recent times is being seen as almost irrelevant in many European countries, but the religion of Islam has become a hot topic for various reasons. Religious literacy, particularly of Islam, even in our highly educated country is indeed poor. Lazy journalism, or in some cases cheap populism, may be partially responsible for this.

Knowledge about one’s own background is essential, but knowing others is no less important in our modern globalised world. The truth is the more our children know traditions other than their own, the more they become confident and mature; they grow up with tolerance and respect for others which is vital in a pluralist society..."
Read more: Knowledge of One Another, Not Ignorance, Is the Best Way to Heal Our Fractured World

Saturday, August 15, 2015

Interfaith Literacy Resources in the Index Islamicus: A Bibliometric Analysis, Mohamed Taher

Interfaith Literacy Resources in the Index Islamicus: A Bibliometric Analysis

This article was accepted in the 6th World Congress of Muslim Librarians and Information Scientists 2011 (WCOMLIS 2011), held on the 16-17th November 2011, at the Cultural Activity Centre, International Islamic University Malaysia (IIUM)

– Seeks to identify the potential value of an e-tool, viz., Index Islamicus as an interfaith literacy resource. Specifically, it is about the value of such a tool by users, such as, scholars as well as library and information professionals in promoting tolerance in every day life. A conceptual clarity is required as to how far such a tool helps or when there is a need to develop tools that supplement the content of Index Islamicus. Here, interfaith is confined to mean it is all about Islam and its relation with other faiths.

– The study uses bibliometric indicators and bibliographic parameters in order to assess the contents, as well in identifying the frequently occurring themes and to know how user-friendly its resource description is. Index Islamicus covers almost 100 years of publications on the world of Islam, in over 300 journals (among many other formats), and has 330,878 records. The author has bibliometrically analysed the 1308 subject headings appearing in 675 articles from 106 journals in Index Islamicus. A detailed description highlights the state of the art of the contents, i.e. Index‘s coverage by geography and subjects.

The present study will focus on English language interfaith resources, published between 1976 and 2006. A quick look at the data reveals that there is a bias towards the Western world in the content. Interestingly, despite this factor, there are 153 articles from Organization of Islamic Countries. Overall, the analysis of the literature aimed to first, test the hypothesis about the interfaith coverage of the Index, and second to visualize how well the Index categorizes its subject content. Quantitative and qualitative approaches are used to test these performances.

– The study finds that there are as many as 675 articles with a high frequency of terms relating to interfaith literacy in the Index Islamicus. Despite this high frequency of occurrence of the terms relating to interfaith perspectives in the Index, there is no such subject heading or descriptor, per se on the subject of interfaith. Hence, the hypothesis about presence of such a literature stands validated. But, the hypothesis about manifestation of such a vast literature in terms of resource description, as descriptors (or subject headings), fails. Nevertheless, the subject coverage as available in Index Islamicus offers a real opportunity for Librarians and researchers, globally, to not just search but also browse. However, there is a need first, to improve this tool, second, bring uniformity in subject descriptors (headings), and third consistency in use of subject terms. In a way, this tool presents an opportunity for librarians in their day to day mediated searching, first to customize the content and second to develop similar indices using emerging web and technological interfaces. The information professionals are urged to use this or other similar tools and produce an improved product on interfaith literacy. Such a product will increase trust and reliance by the end-user, and thereby get a direct support for library programs and services. The author feels that librarians do have the skills, capabilities and technology to accomplish this, especially if they are supported by their organizations--with respect to interfaith education and resources that promote mutual co-existence among the global citizens. An appendix of this article provides a sample template to design and develop such tools.

– This article should be of use in the development of interfaith librarianship. The results of the study will help, at least, three distinct communities of practice, viz., end-users will know what is available in the Index, disseminators will know the strength and opportunities of this information-base, and producers of such resources or information industry will know the challenges and weaknesses.

Sunday, July 26, 2015

The World’s Most Popular Book Isn’t Harry Potter (Or The Bible), Turns out the Quran is top

The Top Ten list is here:
  • The Koran (ed: Quran) – three billion copies sold  - Browse for more at Amazon
  • The King James Bible – 2.5bn - Browse for more at Amazon
  • Quotations from Chairman Mao Tse-tung, Mao Zedong – 800m - Browse for more at Amazon
  • Don Quixote, Miguel de Cervantes – 500m - Browse for more at Amazon
  • Harry Potter series, JK Rowling – 450m - Browse for more at Amazon
  • A Tale of Two Cities, Charles Dickens – 200m - Browse for more at Amazon
  • The Lord of the Rings, JRR Tolkien – 150m - Browse for more at Amazon
  • Le Petit Prince, Antoine de Saint-Exupéry – 140m - Browse for more at Amazon
  • Alice in Wonderland, Lewis Carroll – 100m - Browse for more at Amazon
  • Dream of the Red Chamber, Cao Xueqin – 100m - Browse for more at Amazon [continue reading:
See the live list here: Lovereading Updates from the world of books » The most popular books of all time:
-- The list is ranked by and takes into account the number of editions, translations and copies sold.

Friday, July 17, 2015

Prayer Beads, Rosary in Religions

Rosary or beads are used by a variety of religions, e.g., Hinduism, Buddhism, Christianity, Islam, Sikhism,etc.

Tuesday, June 30, 2015

What to Expect When You Visit Places of Worship: Select list of Books, Videos, etc.,

 A. About Worship Space (Design, infrastructure):
Native Spirituality:

·         Good read: 24 Patterns of Wisdom: Navigating the Challenges and Awakenings of the Human Journey by Anthony Lawlor

Shinto :


Wiccan/Pagan (Religions/Spirituality:):

B. About Worship Service/prayer, Religious Practices:

Buddhism :

Native Spirituality:
Shinto :
Wiccan/Pagan (Religions/Spirituality):


Monday, February 16, 2015

A Positive Story About Muslims and an Example for All of Us

2015-02-13-MuslimFreeHospitalSign.jpgIn 1937 the Muslim Free Hospital was established in Rangon, Burma. It was created by a group of Muslim leaders to care for the poor of Rangoon that had no other access to medical care. The initial investment came entirely from Muslims. 

...  The Muslim Free Hospital still exists and is still funded by the donations of Muslims of Myanmar. Burma received a name change in 1988 and is now called Myanmar. Rangoon received a name change and is now called Yangon. However, the mission of the Muslim Free Hospital has not changed. Read more, by Stephen Wallace, M.D., J.D.

  • Free Muslim Hospital Offers Hope in Burma

IslamOnline 18/09/2013 YANGON – In a country reeling from recent religious violence, a Muslim free hospital is offering a rare oasis of communal harmony, offering medical service to hundreds of Muslims, Buddhists and former political prisoners.
“I am a surgeon so my responsibility is to cure suffering patients,” Tin Myo Win, the only Buddhist department head at Yangon’s Muslim Free Hospital, told Agence France Presse (AFP) on Monday, September 16.Free Muslim Hospital Offers Hope in Burma

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