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The Islamic Year

Surahs, Stories and Celebrations


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SKU: 9781903458143 ISBN: 9781903458143


Celebrate the Islamic Year in your family or at school! You are invited to explore Muslim festivals with this inspiring treasury of stories, surahs, songs, games, recipes, craft and art activities. Folk tales illustrate the core values of Islamic culture with gentle humour and wisdom.

The Islamic Year is beautifully illustrated, with a calendar, Arabic calligraphy of the Names of God, traditional patterns, maps and pictures drawn from many parts of the Muslim world.

In the Appendices there is also a glossary of terms, tips for further reading, sources for craft materials and a handy teacher’s guide.

Chris Smith is a musician and storyteller, known for his storytelling of The Queen of Sheba at the British Museum. He has a passion for Arab folktales, myths and legends, gained from living in Palestine. Noorah Al-Gailani’s family is from Iraq. She teaches Islam in Saturday schools and works as a curator at the Burrell Collection Glasgow.

“PW has complained for some time about the lack of informative books about Islamic holidays and celebrations, and this book begins to fill that void.”—PW (Publishers Weekly)

“Educators seeking to interpret Islam to non-Muslim audiences will find this an excellent resource.” —Baroness Uddin, House of Lords, Westminster

“… an excellent book in every way, a beacon for how to use the written word to spread knowledge, understanding and tolerance. No school, or public library, should be without at least one copy.” —School Librarian

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Weight0.571 kg

Chris Smith Phd, Norah Al-Gailani




250 × 200 mm


240 pages



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