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

Contents

The Middle World
1
The Mediterranean World Defined by Sea Routes
2
The Byzantine and Sassanid Empires
15
TheHijra
17
Birth of the Khalifate
33
Schism
53
Empire of the Umayyads
67
Imam Husseins Route to Karbala
69
The Mongol Invasions of the Islamic World
154
Rebirth
159
The Worlds Most Impregnable City
176
The Three Islamic Empires of the Seventeenth Century
196
Meanwhile in Europe
199
West Comes East
217
The Global Reach of Sea Power
218
The Great Game
237

The Umayyad Empire
76
The Abassid Age
79
Abu Muslim and the Abbasid Revolution
85
Scholars Philosophers and Sufis
91
Enter the Turks
117
The Three Khalifates
121
The Turks Invade the Islamic World
128
Havoc
133
The Theater of the Crusades
141
The Reform Movements
247
Industry Constitutions and Nationalism
269
World War I and the Arab Revolt
296
Rise of the Secular Modernists
301
The Mandates Plan
312
Israel and Palestine
323
Afterword
349
Bibliography
367
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About the author (2009)

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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