Islam: A Short History
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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Review: Islam: A Short History (Modern Library Chronicles #2)User Review - Jack - Goodreads
This is a fine and fast introduction to the history of Islam. The beginning (about Muhammad and the world he lived in, as well the four caliphs to follow him) and end (a discussion of fundamentalism ... Read full review
Review: Islam: A Short History (Modern Library Chronicles #2)User Review - Kevin Bensema - Goodreads
The downfall of what could be an otherwise good history of Islam is Karen Armstrong's attempt to whitewash history. She repeatedly distorts history and makes apology for Muslim violence throughout the ... Read full review