Islam: A Short History

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Modern Library, 2002 - History - 230 pages
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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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User Review  - nmele - LibraryThing

Armstrong offers a succinct overview of the history of the Islamic community. Informative, sympathetic but critical, this book should be recommended reading for those officials, in and out of uniform, dealing with the Islamic world. Read full review

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User Review  - purplehena - LibraryThing

I thought this would be much, much better than it actually was. Honestly, I was quite underwhelmed. Armstrong doesn't explain history well at all, and she often states her arguments/opinions as fact ... Read full review

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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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