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4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 4.00 (940 ratings) (rate this audio book) Author: Tamim Ansary Narrator: Tamim Ansary Publisher: Blackstone Audio Format: Unabridged Audiobook Delivery: Instant Download Audio Length: Release Date: April 2009 ISBN: 9781455194025
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With storytelling brio and evenhanded sympathy to all sides of the story, Ansary clarifies how the Muslim world views the history of the world and what they therefore make of our own version of events.

Until about 1800, the West and the Islamic realm were like two adjacent, parallel universes, each assuming itself to be the center of the world while ignoring the other. As Europeans colonized the globe, the two world histories intersected, and the Western narrative drove the other one under. The West hardly noticed, but the Islamic world found the encounter profoundly disrupting.

By revealing that parallel “other” narrative to the chapter we are living today, this book will help us to make sense of today’s world conflicts. Ansary traces the history of the Muslim world from pre-Mohammedan days through 9/11, introducing the people, events, and key turning points, not only in terms of what happened but also in terms of how those events were understood and interpreted.

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  • “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

  • “Since the history of the Islamic peoples has been generally ignored or glossed over quickly by Western nations, Ansary, a Muslim American, rectifies this lack. Beginning with the life of Mohammed and the quarrel over his rightful successor, the author lays out a fascinating panoply of Islamic religious ideals, culture, doctrinal variations, and struggles for power over the following centuries, often in conjunction with familiar events taking place in the West. The rise of European civilizations, formerly considered by Muslims as practically barbaric, and their subsequent domination of much of the world is treated at length as the “destiny disrupted.” The tone of the book is reasonably fair and firm but not hostile. The author is an excellent narrator, with a clear and pleasant voice. Since Islam is a major force in today’s world, studying its history and way of life should be a priority for Americans.”

    SoundCommentary.com (starred review)

  • “This is the audiobook about Islam you’ve been waiting for. Ansary’s presentation of Islamic history, ideas, and values, explained from an American point of view, makes clear material that can seem opaque in a lengthy textbook or lecture series. Ansary’s strong, warm voice adds enormously to his powerful discourse. His matter-of-fact tone prevents the listener from being overwhelmed by his apparently effortless authority regarding the early Khalifa, Mongol dynasties, Liebnitz, and 9/11. His slight Afghan accent makes his presentation more personal.”

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Listener Opinions

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Yogi | 2/12/2014

    " An entertaining overview of the history of Islam that's short, simple, and easy-to-read. These sorts of history books might leave you wanting more detail, but they also make it easier to get a bird's eye view perspective on things. This book does exactly that, and gives valuable insight into one of the world's most influential ideologies. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Farhat Baig | 2/2/2014

    " an informally written account of the history of the world through islamic eyes. good reading and a different perspective "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 M Mushthafa | 2/2/2014

    " Buku ini tidak hanya menarik karena bisa memberikan gambaran dan sudut pandang menarik tentang keterkaitan berbagai peristiwa sejarah dunia. Lebih dari itu, buku ini berusaha mengemukakan sudut pandang Islam atas sejarah dunia, sebuah sudut pandang yang oleh sejarah arus utama cenderung kurang diberi ruang. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Sobia | 2/2/2014

    " Thus far an engaging read. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Agdhipy | 1/30/2014

    " This is a true history of the Islamic world. Something we should all try to learn about,especially our children. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Carl Johnson | 1/26/2014

    " History from a non-European different perspective. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Willem | 1/17/2014

    " Een must read voor iedereen die de moderne tijd vanuit moslim standpunt wil bekijken "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Norma Bush | 1/15/2014

    " I learned so much about Islam and the Arab world from this book. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Caroline Hooper | 12/5/2013

    " Interesting and informative. I enjoyed reading history from the "Middle World" viewpoint. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Heather | 8/25/2013

    " Absolutely fascinating--I learned so much, plus it's a really enjoyable read. I'm recommending it to everyone. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Geoff | 6/9/2013

    " Excellent overview of the history of the "Middle World". A very important book to read if you want begin to understand the roots the current conflicts in Iraq and Afghanistan. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Martin | 10/10/2012

    " Easily the most thought provoking history book I've recently read. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Muhammad Huzaifah | 8/20/2012

    " World history is always the story of how 'we' got to the here and now, so the shape of the narrative inherently depends on who we mean by 'we' and what we mean by 'here and now'. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Dawood Ahmed | 6/15/2012

    " A very interesting dispassionate and somewhat unbiased view of the history of much of the world through Islamic eyes. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Brenda | 11/17/2011

    " Engaging to read, well written. Enlightening. I learned a lot from this book. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Laurie | 11/15/2011

    " I thought this was a fabulous book. Very easy to read with a conversational, easy style but with a mountain of information and a necessary refocusing of our world history to give the Muslim world their appropriate place in it. Should be read by all. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Fairyal | 5/18/2011

    " A well written, easy to follow book that is packed with info. Would recommend this highly to anyone interested in Islamic History. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Pete | 5/17/2011

    " It is good to have different perspectives on world history. An interesting read. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Steve | 5/3/2011

    " Excellent Narrative History of Islam "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Gerald | 2/13/2011

    " An interesting non-western look at history. The author takes us all the way from Mohammed through the terrorist events of 2001 and does an even handed job of explaining why, from a Moderate Muslim's perspective, the events took place. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Terry | 2/8/2011

    " This is a fascinating history of Islam from its origins to current day. It is a lengthy tome but well written and readable. Much of the mystery of Islam for Westerners is explained and explored. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Destructo | 2/1/2011

    " An eye-opening and entertaining exploration of Muslim history and world view. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Muhammad | 1/20/2011

    " World history is always the story of how 'we' got to the here and now, so the shape of the narrative inherently depends on who we mean by 'we' and what we mean by 'here and now'.
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  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Call Me | 1/13/2011

    " A must read for every Westerner. Tamim does an outstanding job of describing world history through the eyes of a Muslim. It’s the eastern equivalent to “A Little History of the World by E. H. Gombrich”.

    ISBN-10: 1586488139 "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Ben | 12/5/2010

    " One of the best books I've read this year. "

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About the Author

Tamim Ansary is the author of Destiny Disrupted and West of Kabul, East of New York, among other books. For ten years he wrote a monthly column for Encarta and has published essays and commentary in the San Francisco ChronicleSalonAlternet, ParadeLos Angeles Times, and elsewhere. Born in Afghanistan in 1948, he moved to the US in 1964. He lives in San Francisco, where he is director of the San Francisco Writers Workshop.