Ayat Jamilah: Beautiful Signs [PB]
Ayat Jamilah: Beautiful Signs Conover, Sarah and Crane, Freda Winner of the 2004 Aesop Prize Ayat Jamilah/Beautiful Signs: a Treasury of Islamic Wisdom for Children and Parents is the second book in Eastern Washington University Press This Little Light of Mine series. A Young Adult/Adult crossover anthology, it draws from not only the core of Islamic spirituality and ethics, the Quran, and the traditions (hadiths), but also from the mystical verse, folk tales, and exemplary figures of the Islamic narrative. Unlike any other collection of Islamic stories, Beautiful Signs gathers traditional stories from the farthest reaches of the Muslim world, which stretches from Morocco in the west to Indonesia in the east, and from China in the north to Tanzania in the south. This unique anthology, with its rich and thorough explanatory notes, will be invaluable to anyone wishing to understand, or to teach, geography, world history, or world religions. It will also be treasured by Muslim families and by all parents committed to broadening the lives and values of their children and themselves. Sarah Conover holds a BA in Religious Studies from the University of Colorado and an MFA in Creative Writing from Eastern Washington University. Her first book, Kindness: a Treasury of Buddhist Wisdom and Stories for Children (EWU Press, 2001), won the Skipping Stones Award for Cultural Diversity and was chosen by Booklist as one of the ten best spiritual books for children in 2002. She is also co-author of Daughters of the Desert: Stories of Remarkable Women from the Christian, Jewish, and Muslim Traditions (Skylight Paths Press, 2003). With her husband and two children, she lives in Spokane, Washington, where she teaches Humanities in the public schools. Freda Crane is an educator who has worked to develop Islamic curriculum on three continents. She received an MA in curriculum from the University of California, Berkeley, and an EdD from the University of Cincinnati. A practicing Muslim for over thirty years, Dr. Crane has developed instructional methods and curriculum for Muslim students in the United States, Saudi Arabia, South Africa, and Malaysia. For several years she was childrens book editor for American Trust Publications, an Islamic publishing house, and she has long been active in the Islamic Society of North America. Dr. Crane lives in Cincinnati, Ohio, with her husband, Dr. Mohammed Shamma. They have five children and five grandchildren, one of whom is named Ayah Jamilah (Beautiful Sign). She is in charge of curriculum development at FADEL, the Foundation for the Advancement and Development of Education and Learning
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