The Cambridge world prehistory: v.1: Africa, South and Southeast Asia and the Pacific; v.2: East Asia and the Americas; v.3: West and Central Asia and Europe, ed. by Colin Renfrew and Paul Bahn. Cambridge, 2014. 3v.
The definition of prehistory is tied to the appearance of written historical records, whose age ranges from several millennia to only two centuries ago. This detailed, lavishly illustrated, three-volume set provides a unique, very readable synthesis of available contemporary data from the combined disciplines of archaeology, genetics, and linguistics to delineate the prehistoric record for each geographic section of the planet in 104 essays by contributors from 20 nations. (excerpt - from ChoiceReviewsOnline)
The Oxford encyclopedia of Islam and politics, ed. by Emad El-Din Shahin. Oxford, 2014. bibl index
his two-volume set is one of four thematic encyclopedias derived from The Oxford Encyclopedia of the Islamic World, edited by John Esposito (CH, Sep'09, 47-0052). It expands the coverage of the earlier work by providing comprehensive, in-depth coverage of the political dimensions of Islam and the Muslim world. Featured are over 400 new and updated alphabetically arranged entries.
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