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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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    Deep Reader 07-05-13
    Deep Reader 07-05-13

    Learn, understand, then decide whether you accept or reject.

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    "Read until World War II"

    Everything from the rise of the Prophet until right before World War II are excellent gems. The final third of the book feels too confusing and full of inaccuracies.

    2 of 3 people found this review helpful
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    Walter Wheaton, IL, United States 10-24-11
    Walter Wheaton, IL, United States 10-24-11 Member Since 2016

    Conservative Catholic Curmudgeon

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    "Useful, but severely flawed"

    While the book is useful for a better understanding of how history looks from the perspective of the Muslim world, Ansary repeatedly demonstrates a shallow understanding of Christianity. His angle on Christian beliefs makes me wonder whether he has ever consulted primary sources on Christianity, rather than secularist caricatures.

    8 of 14 people found this review helpful
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    Rob Medina Portland, OR United States 08-21-17
    Rob Medina Portland, OR United States 08-21-17 Member Since 2016
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    "Eye opening!"

    The author opened my eyes to a new perspective. He helped me to widen my understanding of Islam not as a religion but as a political, philosophical and humanistic movement.

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    RezB Los Angeles, CA 06-04-17
    RezB Los Angeles, CA 06-04-17 Member Since 2016

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    "An Excellent Dip Into Major Islamic Epochs"

    I did not know what to expect when I read this book. Overall I feel it was a wonderful primer on Islamic History and how that history relates to the evolution of other societies around the world.

    I think the author did a wonderful job of constantly juxtaposing events in Islamic history with those in other cultures. He was generally unbiased and I could tell he went to great lengths to avoid controversial positions.

    I highly recommend this book.

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    skisox24 05-14-17
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    "A fair commentary on Islamic thinking"

    the author flawlessly unravels the competing histories between the East and West that is an ongoing struggle.

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    Waleed Asad California 05-07-17
    Waleed Asad California 05-07-17 Member Since 2017

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    "Exceptional in every way"
    If you could sum up Destiny Disrupted in three words, what would they be?

    informative, correct, and easy to understand.


    What did you like best about this story?

    It was simple, informative, and accurate.


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

    Too long to do so.


    Any additional comments?

    One of the best history books on any topic.

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    Timothy Underwood 04-07-17 Member Since 2016
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    "Inaccurate about the West"

    It always makes me a bit worried when the parts of a book I know a lot about are off. On the other hand, in a book like this, that could be a virtue. Still don't trust it too far

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    GEDYR 02-22-17
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    "Just what I was looking for"

    Provided exactly what I was seeking: a respectful understanding of Muslim history and culture. So rich and complex, to better retain what I have learned, I will be happily listening to this book again. I now see how willfully ignorant Western society has been and strongly support broadly increasing school curriculum on the topic. Knowledge opens minds. Mine wants more.

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    Aamsid Wisconsin 02-21-17
    Aamsid Wisconsin 02-21-17

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    "Unbiased recount of the history through ANY eyes"

    The style of the book is like story telling. History, which is not my favorite subject, seemed engaging and interesting. The author is unbiased and narrates in a simple, elegant and convincing tone. This is a must if you would like to understand affairs of the present day world. Highly recommended.

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    k. shah 02-14-17
    k. shah 02-14-17 Member Since 2015
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    "Very accessible information"

    Clear and simple. Good coverage and pace, but on balance a bit apologistic, in favor of the West, leaving out many egregious crimes committed by Western corporations.

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