Islam: A Short History

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Modern Library, 2002 - History - 230 pages
155 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.

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Easy to read overview of Islam - 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
It is easy to read and a quick overview of Islam. - Goodreads

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

User Review  - Mike Porter - Goodreads

Obviously well researched, this is a detailed account of the birth of Islam and it's growth through the Middle Ages, Islam's golden years, to the present. I found myself a bit overwhelmed with detail ... Read full review

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

User Review  - Nicholas - Goodreads

This started out well but soon descended into a polemic by an author so set on convincing the reader of her position that she quickly lost both my interest and my trust. 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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