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Destiny Disrupted

A History of the World Through Islamic Eyes

Ansary, Mir Tamim

(Book - 2009)
Average Rating: 4 stars out of 5.
Destiny Disrupted
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We in the west share a common narrative of world history-that runs from the Nile Valley and Mesopotomia, through Greece and Rome and the French Revolution, to the rise of the secular state and the triumph of democracy. But our story largely omits a whole civilization that until quite recently saw itself at the center of world history, and whose citizens shared an entirely different narrative for a thousand years. In Destiny Disrupted , Tamim Ansary tells the rich story of world history as the Islamic world saw it, from the time of Mohammed to the fall of the Ottoman Empire and beyond. He clarifies why our civilizations grew up oblivious to each other, what happened when they intersected, and how the Islamic world was affected by its slow recognition that Europe-a place it long perceived as primitive and disorganized-had somehow hijacked destiny. Entertaining and enlightening, Destiny Disrupted also offers a vital perspective on current conflicts.
Publisher: New York : PublicAffairs, c2009
Edition: 1st ed
ISBN: 1586486063
9781586486068
Branch Call Number: 909.09767 A617d 2009
Characteristics: xxii, 390 p. :,maps ;,25 cm

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This is a very 'readable' outline history that introduces us to the essential background on what, who, why and how of key aspects of the modern muslim world. For example, it explains the origin of Caliphates, which hints at the scope of one publicized objective of the ISIS in the current (August 2014) warfare in the Middle East.

Feb 03, 2011
  • olson_ethan rated this: 4 stars out of 5.

Ansary delivers an excellent shotgun history of what he calls the Middle World, beginning with Mohammad and the Hijra and moving into the present day. Not meant to be overly cited and scholarly, "Destiny Disrupted" is more like the narrative of history as understood by the Islamic world. An engaging and worthwhile book.

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