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1.0 out of 5 stars missing history, May 31, 2011
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This review is from: Destiny Disrupted: A History of the World Through Islamic Eyes (Paperback)
I am not saying this history is a bad one, but very incomplete, yes. It makes a point of discussing the events of 911, which we all know was 2001, but nowhere in the index will you find the words "Balkins" "Bosnia" "Srebrenicia" etc. Whatsmore, No "Sarajevo", not in relation to the siege of it by Serbs (ethnic cleansing) or the fact that WW1 BEGAN there with the assassination of Archduke Ferdinand in 1914. It covers the world war, but NOT the anti Muslim feelings of serbs which indirectly led to the war. What the HELL?
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Initial post: Jul 4, 2011 8:29:08 AM PDT
2011?

In reply to an earlier post on Jul 4, 2011 8:32:51 AM PDT
OK, I made a typo, 2001. You go out of your way to comment over a typo?

Posted on Aug 3, 2011 12:30:53 AM PDT
The Balkans? He's trying to relate major forces in history that most people in the West are unaware of and you criticize that he missed the Balkans! That's like reading about surgery and complaining the author didn't mention hang nails! Oh, and check your history, WW I did spark in the Balkans, but it had to do with German, Russian and French rules of mobilization and alliance not anything that happened in Serbia or Austria-Hungary. And what anti-Muslim feelings of Serbs has to do WWI is beyond me. But what do I know...I only majored Islamic History, I'm not an expert like you!

In reply to an earlier post on Aug 3, 2011 5:30:31 AM PDT
The murders of Muslim peoples in places like Srebrenicia and Sarajevo, in fact the very idea of 'ethnic cleansing', were some of the worst crimes against humanity, done on Muslim people, in the 20th century. You dont think even one mention of it is deserved from a book perporting to be a "history of the Muslim world'? Good for you! Thats like a "history" of the Jews- up thru our times, with no mention of Hitler. Also- Ferdinand was killed by Serbs, whos goal was a "greater Serbia". Its the same goal they had in Srebrenicia, Mr history student

In reply to an earlier post on Aug 3, 2011 5:45:19 AM PDT
But then, maybe its because they were white muslims that you agree they dont really need any mention made of them. I bet the murders of 5000 Arabs in a single night would have been mentioned in the book. Maybe it should be called a history of Arabs, not Muslims

In reply to an earlier post on Jan 22, 2012 6:40:15 PM PST
Rick H says:
This discussion has become a bit too heated, but Mr Barr does point out things for consideration, and in that he does a good deed.

Perhaps the book should not be called a history of Arabs, either, because there are many other and numerous peoples involved in that central part of the Eurasian landmass. Obviously, Islam, its progression in time and space, and its influences, make up the unifying and central theme of the book.

That details of things occurring on the periphery of the Islamic world are left out is excusable in a book of only some 400 pages that was meant to reach as many people as possible. I am sure there are many other details missing. I've read a few reviews here by people who profess a deep understanding of Islam, who point out all kinds of what they perceive as error, even error crossing into blasphemy--so what? For most people the book would still be a remarkable revelation and a valuable education in an area that till only recently was left murky or virtually blank in our Eurocentric perception of the World.

In reply to an earlier post on Jan 26, 2012 4:56:54 AM PST
L. Rich says:
Perhaps the author doesn't discuss Srebrenicia because at MOST 3,000 people died (light-years from the Holocaust). And the fact that no graves, or corpses for these possible victims were ever found. Some of those who were supposed to have been ethnically cleansed in Srebrenicia, were - in fact - found to be alive and well elsewhere in Yugoslavia.
Since, the accepted story of Srebrenicia (in the Muslim and Western worlds) contains only about 20% fact...well, I don't blame him for not touching it with a 10 foot pole.

In reply to an earlier post on Dec 11, 2013 12:01:03 PM PST
I bet you would deny the holocaust also, or you would, if you wernt a jew
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