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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.
This gentleman is an excellent writer. I appreciate his books.Published 14 hours 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 hours ago by yunus
Really awesome book for those who want a well rounded historical perspective on Islam and Islamic history.Published 6 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 12 days 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 29 days 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
For westerners surrounded, as a fish is by water, by an ubiquitous European version of Christianity this is an alternative point of view that may offset ethnocentrism and maybe... Read morePublished 2 months ago by B. Fischer
In response to one reviewer's criticism of Ansary's occasional use of "slang": I welcome the informal words Ansary uses from time to time; this methodology doesn't... Read morePublished 2 months ago by book worm