Islam: A Short History

Front Cover
Modern Library, 2002 - History - 230 pages
489 Reviews
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.

What people are saying - Write a review

User ratings

5 stars
88
4 stars
189
3 stars
134
2 stars
59
1 star
19

Easy to read overview of Islam - Goodreads
Good introduction to 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
The simplistic writing style may not be for everyone. - Goodreads

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

User Review  - Ogo - Goodreads

Mediocre writing and it is highlights some of the important historical events in Islam. However, the author is either too rosy-eyed, afraid of being labeled an Islamophobe or literally afraid of ... Read full review

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

User Review  - Paul - Goodreads

Good introduction to Islam. It was hard for me to keep track of all the names and terms related to Islam but the glossaries in the back of the book are helpful. One recurring theme of the book is that ... 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.

Bibliographic information