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5.0 out of 5 stars World-Changing but Oft-Forgotten Horrible Histories, 15 Mar 2013
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In this book, Bernard Lewis delivers a concise account of the course of Islamic history in relation to world history, very nicely dissecting for display in a simple readable fashion for example, the complex political interactions commencing around the time of the decline of the Ottoman empire,down to the 20th century interplay between the Communist powers, the Allies, and the Islamists, the deals and bed-fellows, and why the world is the way we now see it. It is not by any means comprehensive, by the constraint of it's size, it is not a scholarly volume with enldess footnotes, , but gives one a good framework of events that transpired, and tickles the curiosity no end. And I nknow not yet of any other book suitable for the purpose. Don't forget to read Robert Spencer's books on Islam though, they deal more with the teaching. God bless.
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