Islam: A Short History

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Modern Library, 2002 - History - 230 pages
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No religion in the modern world is as feared and misunderstood as Islam. It haunts the popular imagination as an extreme faith that promotes terrorism, authoritarian government, female oppression, and civil war. In a vital revision of this narrow view of Islam and a distillation of years of thinking and writing about the subject, Karen Armstrong’s short history demonstrates that the world’s fastest-growing faith is a much more complex phenomenon than its modern fundamentalist strain might suggest.

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Easy to read overview of Islam - Goodreads
All in all, a very good and educational read. - Goodreads
Pretty good overview. - Goodreads
Enjoyed the book, easy to read and engaging. - Goodreads
A good introduction to Islam. - Goodreads
The simplistic writing style may not be for everyone. - Goodreads

Review: Islam: A Short History (Modern Library Chronicles #2)

User Review  - Frank Terry - Goodreads

Truthfully, this book really caught me off guard. I've long really wanted to study Islam because I just didn't know almost a single thing about it. After reading G. Willow Wilson's novel, Alif The ... Read full review

Review: Islam: A Short History (Modern Library Chronicles #2)

User Review  - Dustin - Goodreads

Karen Armstrong, Islam: A Short History (New York: The Modern Library, 2002). Pp. 230. Paperback $15.95. I was going through used bookstores in Omaha last week and I came across this book. It was a ... Read full review

About the author (2002)

Karen Armstrong is one of the world's foremost scholars on religious affairs. She is the author of a number of bestselling books, including The Battle for God, Buddha, Jerusalem, A History of God, and Through the Narrow Gate, a memoir of her seven years as a nun. She lives in London.

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