Books Reviewed

Reviews of books written by Dr. Mohamed Taher

See also: Books written/edited by Dr. Mohamed Taher

Cyber Worship in Multifaith Perspectives, by Dr. Mohamed Taher. Scarecrow, 2006. Amazon / Scarecrow Press

REVIEWS: "Mohamed Taher's new book provides an indispensable guide for considering the resources of worship online, whatever the faith, wherever believers are located."—Bruce Lawrence, Duke University

"Cyber Worship in Multifaith Perspectives is an important and significant contribution to the new field of scholarship examining the religious dimension of the Internet. By employing Webmetrics, Dr. Taher presents readers with the most comprehensive and up-to-date mapping of the religious websites available, providing essential information for those wishing to better understand how religion functions and flourishes on the WWW and also those interested in using this new medium for their own spiritual quest."—Christopher Helland, Dalhousie University

Libraries in India's National Developmental Perspective: A Saga of Fifty Years Since Independence, by Dr. Mohamed Taher. New Delhi, Concept, 2001, (can buy from Amazon )

Review by Dr. Jaideep Sharma: " ... work presents an exhaustive coverage of a topic otherwise not available elsewhere. It would go a long way in providing an impetus to the planning and improving the library and information system of the country" [read the review]{or click here to print the review} Reviewed in University News (New Delhi), 41(10) March 10-16, 2003, page 26. Review by Prof. Jaideep Sharma. Department of Library and Info. Science, Kurukshetra University, Kurukshetra.

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Review by Dr. S D Vyas in Indian Book Chronicle,

Librarianship and Library Science in India: An outline of historical perspectives, by Dr. Mohamed Taher and Donald G. Davis Jr. New Delhi, Concept, 1994, (can buy from )

"...a welcome addition in this field. It will help fill a gap in historical studies in this country. Also, it should provide some inspiration to several others to get interesed in this area of academic persuit". (Reviewed by Prof. P.B. Mangla, Dept. of Library Science, Delhi University), Third World Libraries 6:1 (Fall 1995), 53-56; University News, January 1, 1996, 30-32; The Book Review, 20:6 (1996),26.

"...a very good attempt in digging the past, checking the records, and presenting the facts in a useful manner. The work brought out under the Concepts in Communication, Informatics and Librarianship series, is a very good attempt to present a perspective study of the library history of India as a whole from ancient times to the present day. The description is given in a lucid language and is bound to stimulate more thinking, wider studies and more intensive research in this very useful but less explored areas of this subject". (Reviewed by Prof. P.S.G Kumar, Nagpur University), Herald of Library Science 34:3-4, (July-October 1995) 260-261.

"...this work aims to document the history, not so much of librarianship and library science as of libraries, from the earliest times of written language. This is a useful book for anyone interested in Indian history and the development of libraries, books and reading in the region. It is also invaluable for those whose needs inlcude detailed information on consultants and their activities in India. The style is quite good and easy to read, and those interested in comparative librarianship (woefully few these days, I should add) will find it a useful piece of work". (Reviewed by Prof. Graham P. Cornish, IFLA UAP Programme, Bostan Spa), Library Association Record, December 1995, 667.

"The authors have tried their best to trace the (developments in the field of) library science from very early times since the origin of writing. Their work covers the entire mainland of India. The evolution of library science in ancient India, British India and independent India have been dealt in this book in a simple, readable style which involves a great deal of research on the part of the authors". (Reviewed by Dr. P. Ramachandran, S.T. Hindu College), The Indian Histographer, 23, (January 1995).

"The book under review lays no claims to being a definitive work on the library history of India. It is, however, an excellent summary of severally selected landmarks, besides being made-to-easy guidebook and reference work on the library history of India". (Reviewed by Prof. Girja Kumar, Jawaherlal Nehru University), The Book Review, 19:5 (1995)22-23.

"Description of medieval libraries is the terra firma of the book". (comment by Dr. A.R. Sethi, Punjab University, Chandigarh), University News, June 24, 1996, 13-15.

"Librarianship in India ... has been ably delineated by the authors in their bibliographic synthesis. ...this one book covers all the periods (ancient, medieval and modern) in two hundred thirtysix pages. A difficult task, fairly well accomplished". (Reviewed By Prof. M.N. Nagaraj, National Library), Iaslic Bulletin, 40:4 (December 1995) 191-192.

Quantitative Study of Islamic Literature, by Dr. Mohamed Taher. New Delhi, M D Publications, 1993, (can buy from

"Taher has written a cogent and concise book and his conclcuions are very instructive to anyone interested in the publishing industry in the Muslim world". (Reviewed by Dr. Omar Khalidi, Massachusetts Institute of Technology), Muslim World Book Review, 16:3 (1996), 41-42.

Muslims in India: Recent contributions to literature on religion, philosophy, history and social aspects, by Dr. Mohamed Taher. New Delhi, Anmol, 1993; (can buy from )

"...a catalogue of books on Islam and its over one hundred million Indian adherents that were published in the period 1970-89". (Reviewed by Yoginder Sikand), Islamic Voice, November 1995.

Islamic Studies in India: A survey of the human, institutional and documentary sources,

by Dr. Mohamed Taher.. New Delhi, Concept, 1991. (Can buy from )

"This book will come as a God-sent for scholars working in the field of Islam and Muslims in South Asia". (Reviewed by Yoginder Sikand), Islamic Voice, November 1995.