Sericulturalist and horticulturalist, mad scientist and earth oven baker.
This book is an important and accurate depiction of a much-neglected historical cross-section of a large part of the world. This book neither preaches nor panders, it simply states what happened and when, in a convivial manner. The author is willing to question events that may or may not have actually happened as legend would have us believe. He is true to the spirit of his subject matter, this book is a must-read for anyone who cares about current world political and cultural dynamics.
Not the whole thing. However, I learned a lot and will look for other reads and listens to explore in greater detail some of the people and events covered in Destiny Disrupted.
There were a few--most often the retelling of history from a perspective fresh to me. Especially some of the events of colonial history in south Asia and the Levant.
21 hours? are you nuts?
Ansary may be the exception to the rule that authors should not read their own works. His tone reminded me of sitting around a family table listening to stories.
The line that entertainment (TV, movies, web) is used in place of spiritual thought and self-awakening. Made a lot of sense of how we avoid ourselves by forcing ourselves to be distracted 24 hours a day.
not one moment, but learning the different factions of Islam
a good book to listen/read by most non-middleworld people
The content and narration of this book are both excellent. Author does a superb job of telling a story and educating the listener about history from a different point of view. I was a little apprehensive at first that it might be just a smear of the west in general and the U.S. in particular, but that was not the case at all. A very worthwhile listen.
The history and legends that Muslims are taught and have been taught for 1400 years. This book allows people outside Islamic society to understand the history and development of the Islamic world in a far more comprehensive and thoughtful context than most other sources. This book has satisfied its promise to educate me and also sparked an interest to read further and deeper into more current accounts of the Islamic internal and external struggles.
No complaints. Pluses are The narration - voice and quality of conversation. The content of the book is very thorough, Explains in detail the history of the muslim people and the muslim religion. Also details the wars between muslim and christian, and battles between muslims and european nations. Talks about Britains india crown jewel. The united states involvement with muslim people and countries,
I recommend using your credit on this book
In my opinion this is a must read book for anyone who wishes to understand the world through the eyes of the "Middle World". I hope that our political leaders and policy makers give this book a prominent place in their libraries.
While the book is useful for a better understanding of how history looks from the perspective of the Muslim world, Ansary repeatedly demonstrates a shallow understanding of Christianity. His angle on Christian beliefs makes me wonder whether he has ever consulted primary sources on Christianity, rather than secularist caricatures.