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Destiny Disrupted Audiobook

Destiny Disrupted: A History of the World through Islamic Eyes

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Publisher's Summary

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.

What the Critics Say

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

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    S. Chavez San Diego, CA 12-13-16
    S. Chavez San Diego, CA 12-13-16 Member Since 2014

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    "Leaned so much"

    This should be required reading for anyone who would call all Muslim territories. If you fear what you don't understand... then take the time and learn about it

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    Patricia 10-03-16
    Patricia 10-03-16

    Writing reviews is work. Therefore, I need to be really happy or really unhappy with a book to write one.

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    "An "Everyone Should Read" Book"

    This book goes a long way to explain the current conflicts - as the author calls them the "intersecting narratives" between the western and Muslim world. It covers a great deal of history of the Muslim world, beginning before Mohammed and bringing us up to its publication date (2009). Mr. Ansary tells it "warts and all" and covers a great deal of time and space as he does so. There aren't many non-fiction books that I wish had been longer, but I wish he had spent more time in India and North Africa - maybe a follow-up? Being Western-centric it was hard not to draw parallels with the development and spread of Christianity, which made the "disruption" stand out very clearly as the East (or the "Middle" as he calls it) and the West diverged. And, oh yes, I have never encountered a history that was written and read in such a very conversational tone. I listened to most of it in the car and it was like he was right there with me - a very welcome guest.

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    Lisa 09-15-16
    Lisa 09-15-16 Member Since 2007
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    "Essential reading to understand current state of world affairs"

    This comprehensive history of Islam and its encounters through the centuries with the West is written by an author with an in-depth understanding of the underlying factors and diverse perspectives on key defining historical events. This is essential reading for those seeking to penetrate the daily headlines to understand the complex history and roles of multiple players that have led to today's conflicts within the Islamic world and between the Islamic world and the West. An excellent, thoughtful and enlightening read!

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    Ms Elaine K Targett 08-26-16 Member Since 2016
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    "loved it! "

    Great read- actually looked forward to what I could learn each day.
    Feel a step closer to understanding.

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    Jayne CARMICHAEL, CA, United States 08-08-16
    Jayne CARMICHAEL, CA, United States 08-08-16 Member Since 2013

    Married to a Presbyterian Pastor - 4 grand children - just returned from a mission trip to Russia - Career - Interior designer

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    "Much Wanted Inside Information"

    An honest viewpoint telling the other side of the story. Very refreshing! Of course, the thought is, "Why can't we discuss the differences calmly?".

    I really like hearing the author read his own book. Tamim Ansary is very easy to listen to and he tells a good story. We are listening to all of his books and feel fortunate to have found him. I would recommend Tamim Ansary's books to anyone interested in Middle Eastern Islam and how it affects us Americans.

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    Tough Nut 07-31-16
    Tough Nut 07-31-16 Member Since 2013
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    "Don't waist your time"

    All these rave reviews were written by people who haven't read the Quran, Sunnah or Old Testament. I'm also convinced none of them have actually studied Islamic history.

    Read it if you must, but please, PLEASE don't walk away thinking you now know Islam or Islamic history.

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    Christopher J. Ballog West Hartford, CT USA 07-25-16
    Christopher J. Ballog West Hartford, CT USA 07-25-16 Member Since 2016

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    "Enjoyable world history of Islamic culture"
    If you could sum up Destiny Disrupted in three words, what would they be?

    "Extensive Islamic culture", one will obtain a great deal of history from this book. Definition of extensive, extended(adj) large in spatial extent or range or scope or quantity.


    Who was your favorite character and why?

    Khadijah bint Khuwaylid she was a strong, capable, and influential woman. Her influence, and life counters the modern Islamic idea of woman as second class. The ideal of woman as a possession preceded Muhammad and reemerged after his death.


    Which scene was your favorite?

    Prophet Muhammad's life, and view point on women. Many of the women in his life were strong willed and quite capable. He views woman as equal to man, and that was part of his teachings.


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

    No, learning requires rest in between, but I always enjoyed returning to listen to more of the audio book


    Any additional comments?

    The history is theme based, and is lively and easy to follow, and well worth a second listen.

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    Hena Farooquie 05-11-16
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    "Excellent Read!"

    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.

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    H. Flowers 05-11-16
    H. Flowers 05-11-16
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    "FANTASTIC!"

    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.

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    Jimmy Beans J 05-06-16

    Books are the file which remove the edges we all accumulate from day to day collisions with life. Lt. Gen. Marcus T. Leaf

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    "A must read for all"

    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.

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