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on March 18, 2017
Ms. Armstrong shows herself to be a brilliant historian. This is a must-read for anyone who wants to understand this world religion and its adherents - particularly in view of the anti-Muslim sentiments that seem to stir in some quarters. It will be easier to understand the fundamental tenets of the religion and the people who follow it.
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on June 22, 2016
a must read for any muslim or non-muslim to understand how human politics influenced the practices of a good message.
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on February 20, 2015
This book is an excellent account of the history of this religion. It is written with a real sympathy for the Islamic point of view and how that point of view evolved in relation to that of the West. It has a comprehensive timeline of significant Islamic events, and a good index of the main text. It is also well referenced. Charon
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on August 12, 2016
Great read
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on May 30, 2013
The book is a great history of the foundation of Islam, It is a hard read though partially due to the detail provided in the book and partially by the continuous changes to Islam since its inception as an oral guidance to a codified religion based on two separate views of who the successors of Muhammed were and which ones each group decides is important to follow
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on February 6, 2016
Certainly outlines the complex history of the rise of Islam, from Mohamed to the present. It's a gory and varied history, and sometimes there's a sense of attempt at justification for some of it. However, it does place current events in a much more understandable context, which was my primary reason for reading it.
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on April 6, 2015
What a important read to begin to understand the history & complexities of today's deeply held beliefs, conflicts, and commonalities of experiences! How far we are today from the original ideas & ideals. Not an easy read, but tremendously worth the effort.
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on March 18, 2016
As good as Karen's other treatises.
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on December 12, 2016
This is an interesting book covering historical facts.
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on August 27, 2017
EXCELLENT!
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