Destiny Disrupted: A History of the World Through Islamic Eyes

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PublicAffairs, Apr 28, 2009 - History - 416 pages
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We in the west share a common narrative of world history. But our story largely omits a whole civilization whose citizens shared an entirely different narrative for a thousand years.

In Destiny Disrupted, Tamim Ansary tells the rich story of world history as the Islamic world saw it, from the time of Mohammed to the fall of the Ottoman Empire and beyond. He clarifies why our civilizations grew up oblivious to each other, what happened when they intersected, and how the Islamic world was affected by its slow recognition that Europe-a place it long perceived as primitive and disorganized-had somehow hijacked destiny.

 

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User Review  - Schmerguls - LibraryThing

I found this book an easy-to-read account of the world as seen through Islamic eyes. The author has a colloquial style which reads smoothly and engagingly. He takes one through world history with a ... Read full review

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User Review  - seabear - LibraryThing

How provoking, and interesting. And although it's not news to me that Islam is the foundation of a civilization that, up until the Industrial Revolution, was basically as wide-ranging, successful, and ... Read full review

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AFTERWORD
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ACKNOWLEDGMENTS
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Tamim Ansary
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Tamim Ansary is the author of the memoir West of Kabul, East of New York, co-author with Farah Ahmadi of the New York Times bestseller The Other Side of the Sky, and has been a major contributing writer to several secondary school history textbooks. Ansary is director of the San Francisco Writers Workshop.

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