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  • Islam: A Short History [Modern Library Chronicles]

    • UNABRIDGED (6 hrs and 41 mins)
    • By Karen Armstrong
    • Narrated By Richard M. Davidson
    Overall
    (129)
    Performance
    (35)
    Story
    (34)

    Best-selling 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 as Islam, and firmly challenges the notion that these two civilizations are on a collision course.

    Amazon Customer says: "Read the Book, pass on the audible!"
    "O.K., but the last part hard to beleive"
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    I am glad I listened to the audio book, and would recommend it, but it kind of spun out control at the end. The first 4/5 was an interesting history of that region of the world and seemed to have little heavy political or religious bias. As it closes, the pro-Islam bias gets stronger and stronger until (in my view) the explanations for current violence are pure rationalization by the author. It is a shame, the last sections really made me question whether I should have taken the first parts at face value or not.

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