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)
Most of us who grew up outside the Islamic world have enormous gaps in our understanding of the most important events in Islamic history. With precision, efficiency and subtle humor, Tamim Ansary illuminates these gaps and helps pave the way for a more complete view of the human story - one we all need to understand more clearly as civilizations continue to intersect in increasingly visible ways.
A different view point, an offer to "....see ourselves as others see us."
No more, no less.
Yes, as seeing through different eyes.
From my own lifetime experience, I am quite familiar with how outsiders can misunderstand and distort religious history, so for me this was in inviting topic. I was pleased to add to my readings on Islam, and anxious to hear an inside view of Islamic history, but the title is not correct. It is not history as seen through Islamic eyes, but history as Islam would like to be seen. There is a lot of history that is held with pride within Islam, but is not mentioned heavily smoothed over for outside consumption. I know it is rare to find honest history, but I am disappointed when it becomes so overtly altered for the sake of propaganda. Just the same, it is a view that should be understood and I enjoyed the new perspective.
This book helped me find hope that the seemingly inevitable war of the west with Islam can be diverted through the understanding of a mutual history. This mutually inclusive storyline is achievable ,and the path to peace is possible if we learn to understand were the "enemy"is coming from and how we helped "them" get here. Tamim helped me fill the blank spot in my own understanding of world history, and in doing so shown a light on the path to understanding the middle world. An important book for all seeking answers to the great questions posed by the current global clashes of the west with Islam. This book in know way defends terrorism or assumes that the "destiny disrupted" is the path history should have taken or still may take. It gives deep insight to the core of ideals and doctrines that have lead to the current horrifying situation. A must read for all (especially westerners) who hope and pray for a lasting peaceful solution to the problems presented in the current economic geo-political climate
Ansary relates it to his life experiences and tells this history in an almost 'folksy' manner. He makes history entertaining.
Most Americans know very little about Islam and numerous and often competitive cultures it encompasses. Ansary does an excellent job explaining how after 1400 years Islam got to it's current state.
I listened to this book because I thought I OUGHT to do so--given the current world situation. I was surprised by how much I enjoyed it. And not only did it give me a better understanding of the history of Islamic world, but the contrasts with various countries in western Europe also help me better understand those countries--particularly with respect to the evolution of the concept of a "nation".
I particularly liked the fact that Ansary both writes and speaks in a style that doesn't leaving you feeling he is pushing a particular agenda. And when his comments amount to speculation he carefully identifies them as such.
I really enjoyed the opportunity to finally learn the base story of the growth of Islam and the cultures for which it was a significant influence. I appreciated that it was clearly founded in an Islamic perspective but it was not overrun with heavy bias.
I would. It is important to understand the origins of Islam, especially with so many fringe groups claiming to "get back to the basics" of the faith. Tamim Ansary takes a critical look at the history of the world, particularly as it pertains to the faith he claims as his own. He neither justifies some of the brutal acts perpetrated nor entirely demonizes the West, but explains in compulsively readable prose how we have reached the point we're at in world history.
I felt like we were sitting across a Starbucks table, discussing faith and life. His voice was perfectly suited to this volume.
I enjoyed this book. While I do not share his faith, I have nothing but respect for the author's conclusions. Unfortunately it does not seem to offer any solutions for the current political climate in which we find ourselves (the news in Canada is nearly daily describing families whose relatives are traveling abroad to fight with ISIS in Syria and Iraq). But perhaps if we understand how we have reached this point, we can welcome our peace-loving Muslim neighbors, coworkers and teammates with open arms.
This audio book was easy to listen to and the author is a good storyteller. it kept my interest throughout, without overwhelming me with the facts.
There are no listener reviews for this title yet.
Report Inappropriate Content