Today I thought it would be cool to look up Islamic words in my 1974 paperback Merriam-Webster pocket dictionary.
Here is what I came up with:
Islam: submission (to the will of God): the religious faith of the Muslims; also: the civilization built on this faith
submit: to commit to the discretion or decision of another: to yield or surrender
Muslim: an adherent of the religion founded by the Arab prophet Muhammad [salallahu alleyhi wasalam]
Koran[Al-Qur'an]: a book of writings accepted by Muslims as revelations made to Muhammad [salallahu alleyhi wasalam] by Allah [subhana wa ta'ala] [I would also like to note here that they refer to the Qur'an as a book of writings while they refer to the Bible and Torah as "sacred texts" or "scripture"]
Allah: the supreme being of the Muslims [I think this is by far the most biased definiton. Allah means THE GOD. Same as in English. THE GOD is the supreme being of EVERONE not just Muslims. In ANY language.]
Anyway I just thought it would be interesting to see what they had to say about Islam in 1974. It doesn't really seem a whole lot different than what they have to say today really.
Dictionary.com they define Allah as "the Supreme Being; God." without the qualifying "of the Muslims" I like this definition better :-D
As always the words in [brackets] are my addition.