Destiny Disrupted: A History of the World Through Islamic Eyes Audio CD – Audiobook, 1 May 2009
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Tamim Ansary has written a truely superb history of the Islamic world. His excellent analysis provides the reader with an insightful understanding of how that world and its people were shaped by events. This is a must read for all those who want to understand the evolution of a significant global society and how it has interacted with the rest of the world. --General Anthony C. Zinni, USMC (Ret)
Ansary has written an informative and thoroughly engaging look at the past, present and future of Islam. With his seamless and charming prose, he challenges conventional wisdom and appeals for a fuller understanding of how Islam and the world at large have shaped each other. And that makes this book, in this uneasy, contentious post 9/11 world, a must-read. --Khaled Hosseini, author of The Kite Runner and A Thousand Splendid Suns
A must-read for anyone who wants to learn more about the history of the Islamic world. But the book is more than just a litany of past events. It is also an indispensable guide to understanding the political debates and conflicts of today, from 9/11 to the wars in Iraq and Afghanistan, from the Somali pirates to the Palestinian/Israeli conflict. As Ansary writes in his conclusion, "The conflict wracking the modern world is not, I think, best understood as a 'clash of civilizations.' ... It's better understood as the friction generated by two mismatched world histories intersecting." --San Francisco Chronicle --This text refers to the Paperback edition.
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Destiny Disrupted seems to achieve this very well - Ansary deals with, but does not dwell on, the major points of contact that Europeans think of in relation to the 'Middle East' through history - the Byzantine Empire, the Crusades, the discovery of oil, Islamism. Yet Ansary also paints a rich and diverse picture of a history that I didn't really know existed, and through reading this book I have learnt an enormous amount about the myths, legends and culture of our Islamic neighbours.
Inevitably, with a book this concise written by a single source, many of the facts and anecdotes would need corroboration before you can rely on them totally, but it feels as if the overall narrative is well balanced. And it is clearly no small feat to manage the complex nature of the factions and sects and power bases that have grown up in the Islamic world.
I can't recommend this book enough - it fully deserves its five stars and should be required reading for all of us given the way in which radical Islamism is affecting our lives.
The book is written in an informal, even jokey, style, so it is not your typical history textbook. It will go on my bookshelf next to a "History of the World", and when I want to look up some historical event I shall consult both volumes.
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