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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.
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.
Showing Islam's good side while hiding and excusing its bad side and calling this "history" instead of "apologetics" does the reader no favors.
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 2 days 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 21 days ago by Jeremy Tarbush
awesome! very important for all to read, especially the west because of our ignorance of the eastPublished 1 month ago by John Ridley
A useful source of historical information on this subject.
There is very little information available out there on this subject matter that doesn't contain a lot of... Read more
Armstrong is a scholar and an authority on religion in general. It isn't possible to grasp what is going on in the Middle East and other Islamic lands out of the context of their... Read morePublished 1 month ago by Diana S. Daniels
gotta know everything and this is helpful. Seems a lot of books to get an idea of the subject. That's my problemPublished 3 months ago by William Heidelberg
This book should be required reading in all western countries, preferably at high school level. Karen Armstrong has done east-west relations a great service with this history of... Read morePublished 3 months ago by Jacqueline Pascoe