Destiny Disrupted: A History of the World Through Islamic Eyes

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PublicAffairs, 2009 - History - 390 pages
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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.

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Review: Destiny Disrupted: A History of the World Through Islamic Eyes

User Review  - Khairul Anwar - Goodreads

The book reads like a novel, and as stated in the "Introduction", the emphasis is on the story arc, making this a most accessible book on the history of Islam. Weaving together events, the book ... Read full review

Review: Destiny Disrupted: A History of the World Through Islamic Eyes

User Review  - Ben Korin - Goodreads

First and foremost, I think that this is an excellent "abridged" version of Islamic history and a good read. It is sometimes pedantic, but often very informal and wry, which is hard to achieve in a ... Read full review

About the author (2009)

\Tamim Ansary is the author of the memoir West of Kabul, East of New York, co-author with Farah Ahmadi of the New York Times bestseller The Other Side of the Sky, and has been a major contributing writer to several secondary school history textbooks. Ansary is director of the San Francisco Writers Workshop. He writes for Encarta.com, the San Francisco Chronicle, Salon, Alternet, Edutopia, Parade, the Los Angeles Times, and other publications.

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