- Paperback: 217 pages
- Publisher: Hurst; 1 edition (September 1, 2014)
- Language: English
- ISBN-10: 1849043973
- ISBN-13: 978-1849043977
- Product Dimensions: 8.5 x 0.6 x 5.4 inches
- Shipping Weight: 12.6 ounces
- Average Customer Review: 60 customer reviews
- Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #816,307 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)
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Lost Islamic History: Reclaiming Muslim Civilisation from the Past 1st Edition
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About the Author
Firas Alkhateeb is an American researcher, writer and historian who specialises in the Islamic world. He completed his BA in History from the University of Illinois, Chicago, in 2010 and has since been teaching Islamic history at Universal School in Bridgeview, Illinois. He founded and writes the website Lost Islamic History.
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As a result, we can easily follow the development of Islam since its birth in the 600s until now 1400 years later, spanning territory from Muslim Spain to the Middle East and Africa to India and South East Asia, complete with all the ideological debates, the spiritual struggles, and all the many political frictions and conquerings.
Indeed, it is a perfect book to understand the complete picture, before proceeding to other books with more in-depth topics such as the life of the Prophet Muhammad, Muslim Heroes, the Muslim Empires, Islam and Science, the interpretations of Al Quran, the validity of Hadiths, the theological debates between the Fiqh, Islamic fundamentalism and its terrorists, and so much more.
By the time I finish reading this book I have this great sense of clarity of what Islam is about, and why the many different beliefs, sects, organisations or customs - from the liberals to the moderates to the conservatives - behave the way they do, something that no other book on Islam have managed to summarise so far.
It is a very important work outlining the most important highs and lows of Muslim history in a balanced manner.