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Destiny Disrupted Audiobook

Destiny Disrupted: A History of the World through Islamic Eyes

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.
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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.

This book reveals the parallel "other" narrative of world history to help us make sense of today's world conflicts. Ansary traces the history of the Muslim world from pre-Mohammedan days through 9/11, introducing people, events, empires, legends, and religious disputes, both in terms of what happened and how it was understood and interpreted.

©2009 Tamim Ansary; (P)2009 Blackstone Audio, Inc.

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"Informative and thoroughly engaging....A must read." (Khaled Hosseini, author of The Kite Runner)

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    This title gets past the propaganda from both sides and puts the Islam vs. Judeo-Christian history into a well balanced perspective.

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    Thomas McKinney, TX 02-05-16
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    I just finished this book and it was so good I'm about to press play again and start over. It was hard to put down.

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    Guillermo Gonzalez Jr 01-01-16 Member Since 2014
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    "Great and informative audiobook!"

    Ramon Ansary, suck his dick! That's how good this audiobook is! I'm serious, suck it, well.

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    Jimmy Rosen Oradell, NJ United States 12-11-15
    Jimmy Rosen Oradell, NJ United States 12-11-15 Member Since 2014
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    "Who knew?"

    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.

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    Amazon Customer 11-30-15
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    "An excellent book"
    Would you recommend this audiobook to a friend? If so, why?

    Absolutely - very well done and informative.


    Any additional comments?

    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.

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    John Scott 11-20-15
    John Scott 11-20-15 Member Since 2011
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    "Interesting"

    The focus is on the history. No attempt is made to convince the reader to like our dislike Islam.

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    Mark Payton 11-19-15
    Mark Payton 11-19-15
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    "Incredibly Important Information NOW!"
    Would you listen to Destiny Disrupted again? Why?

    Yes, I would definitely listen to this title again. In fact, the book represents a reference item as I endeavor to gain a greater understanding of current events.


    Was this a book you wanted to listen to all in one sitting?

    This book is presented as a story. It describes the creation and destruction of empires, consequences of great wars, and the establishment of nations and national boundaries . Its a long story. But it is a story that is rich with "who are the...", "hows", "how comes", and "why's"; clarification about the Sunnis and the Shiites as well as many of the related theological beliefs. DESTINY DISRUPTED provides explanations that lay the groundwork for some of the behaviors that the world is experiencing today.

    I found myself struggling to get through the early chapter and anxious to get back to the middle and later chapters.


    Any additional comments?

    I certainly feel enlightened after having listened too DESTINY DISRUPTED. I also feel like so many of the influential voices in the news and in our politics are without the history, the facts, and the nuances that are provided by Tamim Ansary in his book.

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    Teadrinker Newark, NJ, United States 11-06-15
    Teadrinker Newark, NJ, United States 11-06-15 Member Since 2015

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    At the beginning, the author / reader started his clear and compelling narrative, but it was almost like a bedtime story . . . and I almost fell asleep. Fortunately I kept going because this is a very, very entertaining history. I love his shortcuts - sometimes he summarizes whole eras of history in a phrase or a sentence, and it can be hilarious. I can see why many people enjoyed this book and I may even listen to it again.

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    Alchemist585 Pittsford, NY 10-22-15
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    "Great Story"

    Balanced, objective, & true to the historical facts. It proves that the original ideals of Islam & its true spiritual doctrine were extinguished with the assassination of the 2nd Caliph, Omar ibnul Khattab. From that point on divisions, violence, & bloodshed dominated and still hold the Muslim world in their grip.

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    Robbin the Geek Chino, California 08-25-15
    Robbin the Geek Chino, California 08-25-15 Member Since 2012

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    "deep background of Islam's history"

    fascinatingly different view of world history. being read by the author gives a special flavor.

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