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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.”
The book is very well written.
I was hungry for a longer discussion of the meaning and impact of 9/11 from an Islamic perspective, and I hope the author will do that in some other publication.
Anyone who wants to understand Islam and how it relates to world history and the present situation should read this book.
As a non Muslim I wanted to understand the history and the rise of the Islam and how it intersected with the western world. Read morePublished 2 days ago by Stephanie Lebowitz
The recorded version, narrated by the author, is splendid. Beautiful language, great respect for the subjects and the readers, amazing perspective on history.Published 5 days ago by Mary L. Nielsen
This is the book that brought me to a partial understanding of Islam. There have been many good things within Islam but a bad seed lives within certain parts of its many component... Read morePublished 10 days ago by hopefulskeptic
Once long ago, some teacher or other told me that "All History is subjective History !" That bit of homespun wisdom, has stayed with me most of my life. Read morePublished 21 days ago by Gary D. Vant
While the author is a historian, the aim of Destiny Disrupted is more to convey the narrative of world history as it’s told in the Islamic world than to present an accurate or... Read morePublished 22 days ago by Molly Dodd
Obviously well researched and well written. I guess I was not wanting to return to long lists of name and dates. Read morePublished 22 days ago by Bonnie J. Rassic