Destiny Disrupted: A History of the World through Islamic Eyes

By Tamim Ansary
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17.47 Hours 04/28/2009 unabridged
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With storytelling brio and evenhanded sympathy to all sides of the story, Ansary clarifies how the Muslim world views the history of the world and what they therefore make of our own version of events. 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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Summary

Summary

With storytelling brio and evenhanded sympathy to all sides of the story, Ansary clarifies how the Muslim world views the history of the world and what they therefore make of our own version of events.

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.

Editorial Reviews

Editorial Reviews

“Ansary has written an informative and thoroughly engaging look at the past, present, and future of Islam. With his seamless and charming prose, he challenges conventional wisdom and appeals for a fuller understanding of how Islam and the world at large have shaped each other. And that makes this book, in this uneasy, contentious post-9/11 world, a must read.” Khaled Hosseini, author of The Kite Runner and A Thousand Splendid Suns
“Since the history of the Islamic peoples has been generally ignored or glossed over quickly by Western nations, Ansary, a Muslim American, rectifies this lack. Beginning with the life of Mohammed and the quarrel over his rightful successor, the author lays out a fascinating panoply of Islamic religious ideals, culture, doctrinal variations, and struggles for power over the following centuries, often in conjunction with familiar events taking place in the West. The rise of European civilizations, formerly considered by Muslims as practically barbaric, and their subsequent domination of much of the world is treated at length as the “destiny disrupted.” The tone of the book is reasonably fair and firm but not hostile. The author is an excellent narrator, with a clear and pleasant voice. Since Islam is a major force in today’s world, studying its history and way of life should be a priority for Americans.” SoundCommentary.com (starred review)
“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.” AudioFile

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Author Bio: Tamim Ansary

Tamim Ansary is the author of Destiny Disrupted and West of Kabul, East of New York, among other books. For ten years he wrote a monthly column for Encarta and has published essays and commentary in the San Francisco ChronicleSalonAlternet, ParadeLos Angeles Times, and elsewhere. Born in Afghanistan in 1948, he moved to the US in 1964. He lives in San Francisco, where he is director of the San Francisco Writers Workshop.

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Available Formats : Digital Download, Digital Rental, CD, MP3 CD
Category: Nonfiction/History
Runtime: 17.47
Audience: Adult
Language: English