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Islam Audiobook

Extended Audio Sample Islam, by Karen Armstrong
3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 3.45 (2,572 ratings) (rate this audio book) Author: Karen Armstrong Narrator: Richard M. Davidson Publisher: Recorded Books, LLC Format: Unabridged Audiobook Delivery: Instant Download Audio Length: Related: The Modern Library Chronicles Release Date:
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Bestselling author and renowned religious scholar Karen Armstrong presents a concise and articulate history of Islam, the world’s fastest-growing faith. Beginning with the Prophet Muhammad’s flight from Medina and concluding with an examination of modern Islamic practices and concerns, Armstrong delivers an unbiased overview. She contends that no religion is more feared and misunderstood by the Western world than Islam, and firmly challenges the notion that these two civilizations are on a collision course. Download and start listening now!

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Quotes & Awards

  • “A valuable corrective to the hostile caricatures of Islam that circulate in the English-speaking world…Engaging and provocative.” 

    New York Times

  • “A small gem bristling with insight.”

    Washington Post

  • “Karen Armstrong, a respected and popular author of several books about religion…takes on a useful and formidable task in presenting the history of Islam in a single short volume. As many other such works have been written either by apologists or by those hostile to Islam, Armstrong’s comprehensive and sympathetic work is welcome.”

    Los Angeles Times

  • “In Armstrong’s brisk narrative, the clichés evaporate fast…A book like this is suddenly essential.”

    Entertainment Weekly

  • A New York Times Bestseller
  • A USA Today Bestseller

Listener Reviews

  • 2 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 5 Review by Jennifer | 2/15/2014

    " This book is true to it's title, and a good short history of Islam. I was hoping it would have more of an explanation of Islamic beliefs, but it's focused on history, so it wasn't as exciting for me as I wanted. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Review by monique | 2/14/2014

    " This book informs the reader about Islam: its remarkable development, its basic tenets, and some of the key issues and people that have been involved in its history. It's also very well written. "

  • 2 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 5 Review by Jonathan | 2/10/2014

    " The book was well-written, accessible, and informative but stylistically it leaves a little to be desired. Ms. Armstrong also, in line with her usual modus operandi, comes to the history with her own agenda. There's a place for that, but when interacting with history I prefer to make my own choices rather than having them made for me. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Review by Josh Scarabin | 1/30/2014

    " The title says it all. It's a brief objective history of Islam. A good beginner book for anyone interested in learning about Islam. "

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About the Author
Author Karen Armstrong

Karen Armstrong is the author of numerous books on religious affairs. Her work has been translated into forty languages, and she has written three television documentaries. Since September 11, 2001, she has been a frequent contributor to conferences, panels, newspapers, periodicals, and other media on both sides of the Atlantic on the subject of Islam. She lives in London.

About the Narrator

Richard M. Davidson, trained at the London Academy of Music and Dramatic Art, is well versed in theater and has had a long-standing career in acting, including a lead role in the show Diamonds, which aired on the CBS network, and a part in ESPN’s The Hustle.