This informative book describes how the Muslim religion started, including the life of the Prophet Muhammad; the Hegira and Kaaba; caliphs; the split of the Sunni and Shi'a and the beliefs of both; Sufism; the Muslim calendar; key events that are remembered in Islam today; and the Hajj, or pilgrimage to Makkah.
The scientific contributions of the early Islamic empires to science, medicine, and mathematics is considerable. This revealing book explores: their public hospitals, libraries, and universities; their achievements in mathematics and astronomy, and the pursuit of alchemy; Arabic numbers; optics; music and musical instruments; poetry; and education.
This amazing book provides a snapshot of the arts and cultures across various ancient civilizations. Read about: Egypt's pyramids, temples, royal tombs, and palaces; Chinese games and pastimes; Rome's sports arenas-the Colosseum and Circus Maximus.
Life in an Industrial Citylooks at everyday life in cities that have grown up around a particular industry. Most people in these cities work in factories, warehouses, ports, airports, or transportation. Houston, Texas, is used as an example showing how people live, work, and relax in the industrial part of the city.
Life in a Suburban City looks at living in cities that have spread from the center far into the countryside. Many people live and work in areas that are miles from downtown. Los Angeles, California is the featured example, and focuses on family life in a typical suburb.
Trees were one of the first natural resources used by man. In North American, most native and early European settlements were set up near forests from where wood was harvested for firewood, building homes and boats, and for fortifying villages. Western Canada had, and continues to have, huge coniferous forests. McKenzie in British Columbia, Canada, is a community based on timber mills, timber supply and tourism. It has a population of 5,450 people.
Few people live in the business district of big modern cities. The area where people live in a big city is usually filled with office buildings, banks, insurance companies, and stores. This book focuses on New York City, and looks at the everyday life of workers in the business district.
Life in a Residential City looks at living in the housing zone of a big modern city. City life, with lots of people, traffic, buildings, and roads, is busy and fast-paced. Toronto, Ontario, is the featured example. It looks at houses and apartments, and how people commute to work.
Mining People mine for coal, oil, minerals, and metals. These are used for energy and as raw products to make things. In various parts of North America there are huge areas rich in one or more of these natural resources. Gillette, in Wyoming, is the coal-mining capital of the USA. Nearby is the small community of Moorcroft. The community developed from an old wild west cattle-ranching center and is now largely based on oil and coal-mining. About 900 people live in the small town.
This title looks at offshore fishing. Around the coast of much of North America, fishing stocks have greatly declined as a result of overfishing, pollution, and global warming. Nova Scotia, in the northeast of Canada, once had a huge fishing industry. In 1753, people from Germany, Switzerland, and France came from Europe to set up colony at Lunenburg on the coast. They soon set up a fishing and shipbuilding industry. The community grew until about 1980, when the fishing industry largely stopped. Since then, the community has had to reinvent itself. It is still largely based on the old industries, but tourism is as important. Lunenburg has a population of about 3500 people.
People first domesticated wild animals and plants more than 10,000 years ago. The first peoples of North America quickly learned to farm using hand- and animal-power. As technology developed, farming machines were invented. These helped develop farming in many regions of North America previously too difficult to cultivate. From 1840 to 1880, Wisconsin USA became the breadbasket of America, and crop- and livestock-farming developed quickly. The village of Monticello is famous for its dairy farming and cheese. The community is still largely based on this. It has a population of about 1,200 people and is the focus of this book about life in a farming community.
Updated statistics and new photographs are featured in this revised edition of England the Land. England's landscape is rich in beauty and dotted with history. From the breathtaking Lake District to the southern downs, take a journey across England with the help of full-color photos that depict the country's cities, countryside, and wildlife.
This revised edition of England the People features the ways of life in early England from early Roman settlements to Viking invasions, and the legacies of the Angles, Saxons, Celts, and Normans, Englands culture is rich in heritage. Learn about the daily life of the English people, and what they eat, where they learn, and what they do for fun.
Candid photographs depict India's unique mixture of peoples at home, work, and school in this engaging new second revised edition of India the People. Updated facts and statistics help support the clearly written text that describes village and city life, unemployment and poverty, and Indian customs.
This revised edition features the vibrant, influential culture of England. New full-color photos have been added that help trace Englands contributions to world culture, such as the development of the English language, the works of William Shakespeare, and the founding of the Church of England.
Updated facts and statistics highlight this new second revised edition of India the Land. Spectacular photographs feature Indias varied geography from snow-covered mountaintops to tropical rainforests. Learn about Indias major cities, its disputed borders, foreign influences, and current challenges.
Explore ancient religions and other facets of India's rich and colorful culture in this new second revised edition of India the Culture. Updated facts and statistics and breathtaking photographs bring to life this rich and ancient culture rooted in religion.
In this new second revised edition of Canada the People, candid photos feature Canadian families and how they live. Updated facts and statistics support this fascinating portrayal of a nation built on immigration. Important issues that must be resolved with the Native peoples are sensitively portrayed.
This new second revised edition explores the different ways in which Canadians express their creativity through music, art, dance, theater, and television. Updated information includes facts and statistics along with current popular performers such as actress Rachel McAdams and singer Nellie Furtado.
Meet the people of Iraqthe Arabs, the Kurds, the Bedouins, and the Armeniansin this newly-revised book. Learn about the diversity of their religion, languages, customs, and cuisine. Take a glimpse into the daily life of the Iraqi people. Know their cities, villages, homes, markets, and schools.
Know the culture of Iraq from Mesopotamian to modern as this war-torn country returns to its traditional ways, emerging from years of strife, oppression, and devastation. Read about the Babylonians and Sumerians, witness the birth of Islam, and then explore present-day Iraq with its diverse ethnic groups, languages, festivals, and customs.
Discover Iraq in this newly-revised bookfrom the banks of the Tigris and Euphrates to hot and dry deserts and mountains. Learn more about the land that was home to the first cities and civilizationsand explore the old and new cities of Baghdad, Basra, Ur, and Babylon.
Discover the rich and varied history of Iran through this amazing, newly-revised book. Ancient dynasties and modern revolutions are presented in an easy-to-read yet detailed manner. Full-color pictures and illustrations bring Irans diverse customs to life, while informative boxes focus on key events and aspects relevant to the Iranian people.
This newly revised book provides a basic introduction to contemporary Iranthe land that was ancient Persia. Imagine life in this land of earthquakes, sand storms, and extreme weather, from burning hot deserts to the humid shores of the Caspian Sea to freezing cold mountains.
Ancient religions, colorful dances, and sweet music all come alive in this fascinating, newly-revised book on Irans culture. Learn how to celebrate the new year with the festival of Nowrouj, discover the delights of delicious Iranian cuisine, and marvel at Irans traditional crafts of carpet-weaving, pottery, and metalwork.