Destiny Disrupted by Tamim Ansary
A History of the World Through Islamic Eyes

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6 Critic Reviews

A lively, thorough and accessible survey of the history of Islam (both the religion and its political dimension) that explores many of the disconnects between Islam and the West.
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Synopsis

We in the west share a common narrative of world history. But our story largely omits a whole civilization 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.

 

About Tamim Ansary

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Tamim Ansary is the author of "West of Kabul, East of New York: An Afghan American Story" as well as numerous books for children. A columnist for Encarta, he lives in San Francisco with his wife and their two children.
 
Published April 28, 2009 by PublicAffairs. 416 pages
Genres: History, Travel, Religion & Spirituality. Non-fiction
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All: 6 | Positive: 6 | Negative: 0

The Bookbag

Above average
on Jan 03 2011

I thought the book would be dry and rather worthy; in fact it's anything but. Ansary is a story teller...I wanted to get back to the book and find out what happened next.

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San Francisco Chronicle

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Reviewed by San Francisco Chronicle on May 10 2009

An engaging and easy-to-read "history of the world through Islamic eyes," "Destiny Disrupted" is a great introduction to the history of the faith more than a billion humans profess.

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Oregon Live

Above average
on May 08 2009

From the very beginning, Ansary...relates a steady stream of epic events, characters and lessons in world history, taking care to place all in their proper context and all the while employing his trademark easy, warm, graceful style.

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BookIdeas.com

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Tamim Ansary writes for the general public using a narrative that is enlightening, understandable and entertaining. He has made it his mission to serve as a "cultural interpreter" and explain U.S. and Middle East relations.

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Shelf Awareness

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on Apr 21 2009

A lively, thorough and accessible survey of the history of Islam (both the religion and its political dimension) that explores many of the disconnects between Islam and the West.

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Spectrum Culture

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Reviewed by Joe Clinkenbeard on Apr 10 2011

...Destiny Disrupted gives a thorough rundown from inception to modernity of the diverse and storied regions which Islam, the fastest growing religion on Earth, has spread its message to.

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