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Destiny Disrupted: A History of the World through Islamic Eyesby Tamim Ansary
Synopses & Reviews
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 Europeand#151;a place it long perceived as primitive and disorganizedand#151;had somehow hijacked destiny.
We in the west share a common narrative of world history-that runs from the Nile Valley and Mesopotomia, through Greece and Rome and the French Revolution, to the rise of the secular state and the triumph of democracy. But our story largely omits a whole
About the Author
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.
Table of Contents
The middle world — The hijra — Birth of the khalifate — The schism — Empire of the Umayyads — The Abassid age — Scholars, philosophers, and sufis — Enter the Turks — Havoc — Rebirth — Meanwhile in Europe — West comes East — The reform movements — Industry, constitutions, and nationalism — Rise of the secular modernists — The crisis of modernity — The tide turns.
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