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PUBLISHER PRAISED FOR RECALLING CHILDREN'S BOOK ON ISLAM

The Council on American-Islamic Relations is applauding a publisher's decision to recall a children's book about Muslim holidays after complaints that it is inaccurate and offensive.

"Young readers need accurate information upon which to base their judgments about a faith or culture," said Nihad Awad, the council's executive director.

Capstone Press decided to recall the book after the council complained it had inaccurate and offensive information about Islam and Muslim culture.

"They brought to our attention that some of the information in our book was perceived as inaccurate, so we have taken steps to remedy the situation," said Lois Wallentine, senior managing editor.

The book, "Muslim Holidays" by Faith Winchester, is being taken out of print. Capstone, which publishes non-fiction children's books, is recalling its supply from major wholesalers, Wallentine said. She did not know how many copies of the book had been published.

"We're working with (the council) to publish a new edition of that title," she said.

The Washington-based council cited several examples from the book that it said were inaccurate. Two involved folk tales that the council said were not Muslim or Islamic beliefs.

The book also shows illustrations of the prophet Mohammed, Noah, Ismail and Ibrahim. Muslims are offended by created images of Mohammed or any other religious figures, the council said.

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