Destiny Disrupted: A History of the World through Islamic Eyes

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Until about 1800, the West and the Islamic realm were like two adjacent, parallel universes, each assuming itself to be the center of the world while ignoring the other. As Europeans colonized the globe, the two world histories intersected, and the Western narrative drove the other one under. The West hardly noticed, but the Islamic world found the encounter profoundly disrupting. By revealing that parallel other narrative to the chapter we are living today, this book will help us to make sense of today s world conflicts. Ansary traces the history of the Muslim world from pre-Mohammedan days through 9/11, introducing the people, events, and key turning points, not only in terms of what happened, but also in terms of how those events were understood and interpreted.

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TAMIM ANSARY is the award-winning author of West of Kabul, East of New York and author of the Afghanistan entry for the 2007 Berkshire encyclopedia, Global Perspectives on the United States. He has been a major contributing writer to several secondary-school history textbooks offering an Islamic perspective.

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This is the audiobook about Islam you've been waiting for. Ansary's presentation of Islamic history, ideas, and values, explained from an American point of view, makes clear material that can seem opaque in a lengthy textbook or lecture series. Ansary's strong, warm voice adds enormously to his powerful discourse. His matter-of-fact tone prevents the listener from being overwhelmed by his apparently effortless authority regarding the early Khalifa, Mongol dynasties, Liebnitz, and 9/11. His slight Afghan accent makes his presentation more personal. Only the numerous, and absolutely necessary, Arabic words can be a challenge for the listener. F.C. AudioFile 2009, Portland, Maine

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