I would recommend this as a must read for everyone, regardless of what your preconceived notions are about Islam.
I had to buy the print book also, however, because the reader's Arabic accent is SO bad!! When he said Ollah and Oisha .. I decided, I had to have the print version.
This book should be a "must-read" for all Americans, who are never taught most of these things, and for anyone else that seeks a greater understanding of today's Middle East relations.
This book provides a fascinating look at the world through Muslim eyes as it traces the history of Islam since Mohammad. I cannot recommend it enough. The reading is equally well done and great effort is taken to pronunciate the Arabic names.
My interests include good books of any sort but I specialize in theology and classical religious apologist works
With the Western world seemingly overwhelmed trying to make sense of the violence plaguing the middle east I decided that a look at the History of Islam would help me to make an educated decision about where I stood on the issue. This book looked decent so I decided to give it a shot especially given the fact that it was written by a native of that society....Man was I not prepared for what I was getting into. Refreshingly honest and clarifying, this book puts you in the shoes of a Muslim trying to make sense of their historical, social, and theological worldview. A brilliant feat made even better by the author/narrator's clear and yet authentic pronunciation and grammar. Every member of any policy making group should be required to read this book.
If so, then Mr. Ansary can lay claim to such an achievement. This is an even handed treatment of the Muslim experience of a world history many of us have heard only in Western terms. Excellent.
After listening this book you will be an expert on what Arab folks think of the world. Not wrong or right...just not Western.
The book shows the "other side" of history. A must read for the republican presidential candidates.
Absolutely - very well done and informative.
This well written, well read book gives a good accounting of events that have received little attention in the West but have been very influential in determining how Muslims view history. That very different view, and the West's poor understanding of it, profoundly affect the interactions between Islamic and Western cultures today.