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David Frum’s FrumForum, August 16, 2010
“An amusing and anecdotal survey of Islamic history”
San Francisco Chronicle, January 4, 2011
“[The fire] was roaring nicely, and I was seated not far from it, reading "Destiny Disrupted" by Tamim Ansary, which is the perfect book for someone who knows hardly anything about the history of the Muslim world and feels that, really, what with things the way they are, a little more attention to detail would be useful. It's one of those "fascinating new fact every paragraph" books. Would you like to know how the Shiite-Sunni schism happened? It's all here. Rumi the poet? He's here. Empires, sultanates, wars, atrocities, cities of great beauty now lost forever, the whole deal. Even the chapters on theology are enjoyable, and I'm not big on the minutiae of belief systems.”
Tamim Ansari has done a beautiful job covering the events in a chronological order that puts things in perspective for a reader.
His Middle World will be Islam, as a culture and a civilization, and his middle point in geography, Mecca, will also be his starting point in time.
That being said, this book is riddled with gross omissions, Islamic chauvinism, a glaring contradiction, and some factual errors.
Wow, I bought this book on in an audible format and it's read by the actual author. This a fascinating Islamic history of late antiquity thru to the present. Read morePublished 12 hours ago by J. Johnson
Of what value is history if we do not learn from it? Muslim' s learned violence not spirituality and then repeated and repeated the violence. Read morePublished 11 days ago by Donna
This gentleman is an excellent writer. I appreciate his books.Published 20 days ago by Older in Oklahoma
Anexceptionally brilliant book on the Times of the rightly guided khaliphs and the state of human history in modern times. Read morePublished 20 days ago by yunus
Really awesome book for those who want a well rounded historical perspective on Islam and Islamic history.Published 26 days ago by Cary
I am Turkish, hence part of the Islamic Civilization Tamim Ansary is talking in his book. As I love history I thought I would not learn much from this book, but since my British... Read morePublished 1 month ago by Burak Tarcan
I purchased this book on a recommendation from a family member. I, like most Americans, had little knowledge about Islam as either a religion or a social force. Read morePublished 1 month ago by Paul L Snodderley
This book is an accessible and gracefully written explanation of the Islamic worldview(s). It provides essential and unappreciated context for the current conflicts in the... Read morePublished 1 month ago by Ned