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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 Ansar Publisher: Blackstone Audio Format: Unabridged Audiobook Delivery: Instant Download Audio Length: Release Date:
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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.”


Listener Opinions

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 by 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 by 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 by 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 by Sobia | 2/2/2014

    " Thus far an engaging read. "

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