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.
"Informative and thoroughly engaging....A must read." (Khaled Hosseini, author of The Kite Runner)
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.
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.
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.
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.
World Champion Parallel Parker
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.
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.
graying child of God
fascinatingly different view of world history. being read by the author gives a special flavor.
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