Murakami Sale
 
 

Recently Viewed clear list


Original Essays | August 21, 2014

Richard Bausch: IMG Why Literature Can Save Us



Our title is, of course, a problem. "Why Literature Can Save Us." And of course the problem is one of definition: what those words mean. What is... Continue »
  1. $18.87 Sale Hardcover add to wish list

    Before, During, After

    Richard Bausch 9780307266262

spacer

On Order

$27.25
New MP3 CD
Currently out of stock.
Add to Wishlist
available for shipping or prepaid pickup only
Qty Store Section
- Local Warehouse World History- General

Destiny Disrupted: A History of the World Through Islamic Eyes

by

Destiny Disrupted: A History of the World Through Islamic Eyes Cover

ISBN13: 9781433272271
ISBN10: 143327227x
Condition:
All Product Details

 

Synopses & Reviews

Synopsis:

With storytelling brio and evenhanded sympathy to all sides, Tamin Ansary clarifies how the Islamic realm views the history of the world, including how they interpret our own version of events.

What Our Readers Are Saying

Add a comment for a chance to win!
Average customer rating based on 1 comment:

John Lowe, November 24, 2012 (view all comments by John Lowe)
It can be very difficult to find a lot of good points in a book which presents one’s personal biases and views of history into question; even more so when the work has the ring of truth about it. Destiny Disrupted is just such a book, arguing for more than just a sympathetic or revisionist view of Islam, the religion, societal order, or cultural history. Instead, Ansary has presented a dual history, one which finds its narrative from the east as the center of world history. This presentation moves the scene of action from the normal Eurocentric point of view (Rome), to the seat of religious and secular leaders of Islam in the Middle World, or the Middle East.
The arguments proposed by Ansary about exceptional men and some women of the narrative of Islam, make sense of the preceding fourteen centuries since Mohammed first began his spiritual community of disciples. Whereas the civilizations emerging from Islamic based cultures such as the Ottomans are painted in broad and colorful strokes, it would be wise for the reader to pursue more concrete studies on Middle Eastern cultures. This work accomplishes what Ansary is attempting; namely a broad historical story that incorporates his idea of a different way of looking at world history from the perspective of the Islamic community through the centuries.
That being said, Ansary is quite frustrating at times in his use of western historical figures, empires, and cultural movements as the foil for his comparisons to the east. Utilizing just one example, the Roman Empire is often picked over for examples to help explain the importance of the Islamic figures or civilizations he is trying to praise, but often cast as the lesser comparable. Roman prowess also finds itself emasculated in this work, another example being the failure of the Romans to defeat the Parthians, but Ansary fails to mention that this conflict was maintained for nearly two centuries. Compiled with a near absence of notations or references to his sources, the scholar is frustrated by the clear suppression of information at times that make Ansary’s points look better than they are. These inaccurate representations of Classical and Medieval Europe at times are jarring, but one gets the sense that they are purposeful examples of western writers and their tendency to gloss over historical facts of cultures outside of the Eurocentric fold. The near complete absence of knowledge regarding current scholarship on the Crusades is just one more major example.
On the whole, Ansary has delivered a much need work to open western eyes again to the historical realities of the east, and has done it in a simplified but exciting narrative form that is easily accessible to most readers. His call for a little more understanding and reflection on the current problems in the Middle East based upon the historical dramas unfolding in that area over the last millennium and a half is fully justified and timely.
Was this comment helpful? | Yes | No

Product Details

ISBN:
9781433272271
Author:
Ansary, Tamim
Publisher:
Blackstone Audiobooks
Read:
To Be Announced
Subject:
World - General
Subject:
Islamic Studies
Subject:
World History-General
Edition Description:
Library
Publication Date:
20090531
Binding:
MP3 CD
Language:
English
Dimensions:
7.40x5.30x.60 in. .20 lbs.
Media Run Time:
050

Other books you might like

  1. The Elegance of the Hedgehog
    Used Trade Paper $5.95
  2. Starclimber
    New Trade Paper $9.99
  3. Nation
    Used Trade Paper $6.00
  4. The Taliban and the Crisis of... Used Trade Paper $17.00
  5. Shapes: Nature's Patterns: A... New Trade Paper $23.75
  6. Decoding the Heavens: A... Used Hardcover $8.50

Related Subjects

History and Social Science » Sociology » Islamic Studies
History and Social Science » World History » General

Destiny Disrupted: A History of the World Through Islamic Eyes New Mp3 Cd
0 stars - 0 reviews
$27.25 Backorder
Product details pages Blackstone Audiobooks - English 9781433272271 Reviews:
"Synopsis" by , With storytelling brio and evenhanded sympathy to all sides, Tamin Ansary clarifies how the Islamic realm views the history of the world, including how they interpret our own version of events.
spacer
spacer
  • back to top
Follow us on...




Powell's City of Books is an independent bookstore in Portland, Oregon, that fills a whole city block with more than a million new, used, and out of print books. Shop those shelves — plus literally millions more books, DVDs, and gifts — here at Powells.com.