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 - 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