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The picture of Islam as a violent, backward, and insular tradition should be laid to rest, says Karen Armstrong, bestselling author of Muhammad and A History of God. Delving deep into Islamic history, Armstrong sketches the arc of a story that begins with the stirring of revelation in an Arab businessman named Muhammad. His concern with the poor who were being left behind in the blush of his society's new prosperity sets the tone for the tale of a culture that values community as a manifestation of God. Muhammad's ideas catch fire, quickly blossoming into a political empire. As the empire expands and the once fractured Arabs subdue and overtake the vast Persian domain, the story of a community becomes a panoramic drama. With great dexterity, Armstrong narrates the Sunni-Shi'ite schism, the rise of Persian influence, the clashes with Western crusaders and Mongolian conquerors, and the spiritual explorations that traced the route to God. Armstrong brings us through the debacle of European colonialism right up to the present day, putting Islamic fundamentalism into context as part of a worldwide phenomenon. Islam: A Short History, like Bruce Lawrence's Shattering the Myth and Mark Huband's Warriors of the Prophet, introduces us to a faith that beckons like a minaret to those who dare to venture beyond the headlines. --Brian Bruya --This text refers to an out of print or unavailable edition of this title.
One of the world's foremost commentators on religious affairs on the history (and destiny) of the world's most misunderstood religion. --This text refers to the Perfect Paperback edition.See all Product Description
If you want to know and learn about Islamic history in an unbiased way then this is the book for you. Read morePublished 2 months ago by Amazon Customer
IDEAL FOR STUDENTS BUT A LITTLE TOO DETAILED OR DENSE FOR LEISURELY READING ALTHOUGH THIS MAY BE NECESSARY TO COVER SUBJECT.Published 4 months ago by Edith
a perfect book for someone looking to get acquainted with islamic history post the prophet (PBUH) in a short time.Published 7 months ago by mohammad moonis
Excellent book with most informative maps, reading list, guide to terminologies.Published 7 months ago by C Godwin
To be completely honest this book is a bore the writer does keep you interested and I advise others not to buy this book as it's a waste of time and moneyPublished 10 months ago by Tarik Ata