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I found this to be a very strange book that seemed to be an odd "politically-correct" whitewash of the history of Islam.
This summer, during a time when the focus seemed to be far from these concerns, I did a very good thing by reading Karen Armstrong's book on the history of Islam.
If there's anyone who wants to learn about Islam and Muslims but doesn't know where to start, this would be a good book to do so.
At the University of North Florida, this book is required reading for the "Islam: The Faith, the People, the Politics" class of the Osher Lifelong Learning Institute... Read morePublished 11 days ago by Steven Derek MacKinnon Orr
I'm giving this book only three stars on one hand because I can not speak for it's scholarly worth and because, on the other hand, mostly it was TOO dense. Read morePublished 24 days ago by Fred O.
Succinct well crafted history which manages to provide interesting insights in a short work.Published 1 month ago by Richard B. Levenfeld
Good detailed accounting. Sometime a little hard to follow with all of the Arabic names.Published 1 month ago by Thomas Robert Ermolovich
I found this book to be extremely enlightening. It's brief, to the point, and easy to read. It's clear that Islam isn't one thing and never has been since Muhammad. Ms. Read morePublished 1 month ago by A. Hearn
I believe this was a very simplistic word on Islamic history. The Middle Ages were covered but very little was written. The Crusades were all but skipped over. Read morePublished 2 months ago by Jeremy Tarbush
awesome! very important for all to read, especially the west because of our ignorance of the eastPublished 2 months ago by John Ridley