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Islam: A Short History the book is written by an author who has complete grip on the subject although she is not a muslim but she expressed herself in an absolute superb way and brought the correct perspective of islam although in west the religion of islam is misunderstood as the religion of killings or it is being spread by sword etc but the history of islam tells us it is not so the writer show up all the important events and depicts that no where in islam it is ever encouraged to kill other human beings if they the book is written by an author who has complete grip on the subject although she is not a muslim but she expressed herself in an absolute superb way and brought the correct perspective of islam although in west the religion of islam is misunderstood as the religion of killings or it is being spread by sword etc but the history of islam tells us it is not so the writer show up all the important events and depicts that no where in islam it is ever encouraged to kill other human beings if they are non muslims but i dont know when the westernes will look in to it and learn it is not the religion which make some of the muslims extremists but it is the sufferings which some of their brother undergo in palestine, bosnia, afghanistan, iraq and other parts of the world whihc force or tend them to do some undesirable things which are certainly prohibited in islam like suicide but they in their wrong perception and just like to take revenge do it but there is nothing wrong wiht the religion and its followers but with the wrong and unjust behaviours of the west towards some of the muslim countries Karen Armstrong is a former Roman Catholic nun who writes popular books about history of religion Here she tells the conventional story of Islam from the revelations of Muhammad till the present day the rises and falls of empires, of dynasties, of religious schools I do not know the relevant history well enough to criticize Armstrong s handling of facts, though I was surprised to read that the importance of Battle of Poitiers is often exaggerated by Westerners How could it be unimportant, if Karen Armstrong is a former Roman Catholic nun who writes popular books about history of religion Here she tells the conventional story of Islam from the revelations of Muhammad till the present day the rises and falls of empires, of dynasties, of religious schools I do not know the relevant history well enough to criticize Armstrong s handling of facts, though I was surprised to read that the importance of Battle of Poitiers is often exaggerated by Westerners How could it be unimportant, if different historians estimate that it involved 15,000 to 80,000 Frankish and 20,000 to 80,000 Muslim soldiers at an age when Western European nations had about 10% of their present day population Her interpretations, however, are apologetic She never says anything bad about Muhammad did he really want to create a community where everyone, rich or poor, commands absolute respect Did he really work for the emancipation of women She condemns the West for being prejudiced about Islam since the Crusades, yet writing about present day Muslims, Armstrong says that when they look at Western society, they see no light, no heart, no spirituality This is wrong all three are very much present in Western society, yet she does not condemn the Muslims for this view I sense double standards I was also unsettled by her insistence that she knows that Islam is really a religion of peace and tolerance, and everyone who disagrees is wrong Armstrong writes that Pakistan spends too much money on nuclear weapons while a large part of its population lives in abject poverty, a situation that is abhorrent to a truly Muslim sensibility The only truly Muslim sensibility is one that is expressed by the Muslims themselves, not by a former Catholic nun, and somehow I ve never heard of a Pakistani antinuclear movement Likewise, she says that Sayyid Qutb s vision of Islam distorted both the message of the Quran and the Prophet s life The message of the Quran is whatever the faithful read in it not her, and as the story of Qutb s student Ayman al Zawahiri and the movement he now heads shows, this vision is quite significant Honestly, why do I keep picking up Karen Armstrong s books It s not that she is a bad writer, just an exceptionally boring one When I listen to Islam A Short History I feel like I m being hit by a verbal machine gun fire of names, dates and places Unfortunately few of these fact bullets remain in my brain She starts off innocently enough, giving an account Muhammad s life and then BANG, BANG BANG she hits you with a blitzkrieg of boring, impersonal facts About three quarters of t Honestly, why do I keep picking up Karen Armstrong s books It s not that she is a bad writer, just an exceptionally boring one When I listen to Islam A Short History I feel like I m being hit by a verbal machine gun fire of names, dates and places Unfortunately few of these fact bullets remain in my brain She starts off innocently enough, giving an account Muhammad s life and then BANG, BANG BANG she hits you with a blitzkrieg of boring, impersonal facts About three quarters of the way through the book Armstrong picks you up, dusts you off, and tries to console you with a bit of modern history on Islamic fundamentalism But it s too late I m already suffering from academic PTSD.Yet I sense that I ll still read her next book, A Short History of Myth A few years ago I took an undergrad course on the Ottoman Empire There was a great deal of reading on the history of Islam so I was exposed to the material before reading this book.Karen Armstrong has done a perfect job of telling the history of the religion and it s prophet without creating a huge off putting and overly detailed account that would drive away many readers.The history of Islam is exciting and probably alien to most Americans Looking from the other direction, America has been un A few years ago I took an undergrad course on the Ottoman Empire There was a great deal of reading on the history of Islam so I was exposed to the material before reading this book.Karen Armstrong has done a perfect job of telling the history of the religion and it s prophet without creating a huge off putting and overly detailed account that would drive away many readers.The history of Islam is exciting and probably alien to most Americans Looking from the other direction, America has been unfortunately a large and meddlesome presence in the Arab world for over a century The interaction of the Ottoman Empire with Europe has caused friction for centuries For those who want to understand why Muslims have an attitude about the West, this book is a valuable resource It takes the reader up to modern times and Armstrong s comments are most illuminating as she writes with sympathy for both Islam and the West.Empires come and go, rise and are put in the shade This story offers a period of 1400 years to examine the process involving the Byzantines, the Persians, the Mongols and, of course, the Europeans as seen from the lands of Islam.You will get a lucid explanation of the varieties of Islam, the leading thinkers of the religion and a nice sprinkling of Arabic words that are helpfully contained in a small glossary I was so impressed by this book that I decided to read the author s account of her experience being a nun Through the Narrow Gate and intend to investigate other books in the Modern Library Chronicles series from the publisher of which Islam is a part Armstrong s brief circa 190 pages history of Islam is necessary reading, but not particularly well written Her account is based in the fact that there can be no separation of religious from political histories when it comes to Islam for the Islamic notion of salvation does not consist in the redemption of an original sin committed by Adam and the admittance to eternal life, but in the achievement of a society which puts into practice God s desires for the human race 24 A true histor Armstrong s brief circa 190 pages history of Islam is necessary reading, but not particularly well written Her account is based in the fact that there can be no separation of religious from political histories when it comes to Islam for the Islamic notion of salvation does not consist in the redemption of an original sin committed by Adam and the admittance to eternal life, but in the achievement of a society which puts into practice God s desires for the human race 24 A true history rather than a cultural study , the book is full of names and dates many of which, I must admit, were embarrassingly unfamiliar to me The book is divided into five chapters Beginnings, the story of Muhammed s sacred visions, the Rashidun first four caliphs after the Prophet s death , and the first fitnah the civil strife that came in the wake of mutiny by the supporters of Ali, Muhammed s cousin, and Ali s subsequent assassination, leading to tensions between Syrian i.e., Sunni and Iraqi i.e., Shia, reformist, loyal to Ali Muslims that would set the pattern for the following centuries Development, detailing the newly monarchical Umayyads whose capital was in Damascus , the Abbasids who violently overthrew the Umayyads, ca 750 , and the emergence of the esoteric movements, notably Falsafah i.e., philosophy, rationalist interpretation of the Quran and Sufi mystic Culmination, describing the largely minimal impact of the Crusades, and the expansion of Islam, particularly under the Mongols 1220 1500 , who had no deep religious identity and thus absorbed and diffused Islam Islam Triumphant, an account of the Safavid Iran , Moghul Indian subcontinent and Ottoman Turkey and Middle East empires in the 14th 17th centuries the time of Europe s awakening from its backwater status and Islam Agonistes, a quick run through of Islam since 1750, an account of the decline of the empires, and the rise of Fundamentalism.Armstrong makes no mistake about her intent to clarify and counter Western misconceptions about Islam this approach comes to a head in the last chapter However, the brevity of the book makes it difficult for her to dothan make assertions Islam is one of the most talked about and least understood subjects that has bearing on our foreign policy and security today But Islam is so rich in history, theology, tradition, literature, and practices that it is a challenge to grasp it on a cursory level Armstrong makes a valiant attempt to bring much of this to light in the space of fewer than 200 pages She devotes much ink to the political traditions of Islam and their bearing on today s events She does well at giving us food for thou Islam is one of the most talked about and least understood subjects that has bearing on our foreign policy and security today But Islam is so rich in history, theology, tradition, literature, and practices that it is a challenge to grasp it on a cursory level Armstrong makes a valiant attempt to bring much of this to light in the space of fewer than 200 pages She devotes much ink to the political traditions of Islam and their bearing on today s events She does well at giving us food for thought about the history of Islam s relations with the West over the past two centuries, and why some streams in Islam the ones we tend to hear most about are in conflict with the West I believe it is critical for us to becomeknowledgeable about Islam before rendering superficial judgements about it this book offers a good starting point This is a very important book Required reading, regardless of the nature of your religious views, or whether they exist or not.As a Muslim, I know most of the historical figures and events explored in this book, but with varying levels of familiarity and in a discontinuous manner This book is excellent in formulating a relatively complete albeit somewhat shallow picture of Islamic history, stemming from the Rashidun Caliphate, to the Ummayyad, Abassid, and Ottoman medieval empires, to the st This is a very important book Required reading, regardless of the nature of your religious views, or whether they exist or not.As a Muslim, I know most of the historical figures and events explored in this book, but with varying levels of familiarity and in a discontinuous manner This book is excellent in formulating a relatively complete albeit somewhat shallow picture of Islamic history, stemming from the Rashidun Caliphate, to the Ummayyad, Abassid, and Ottoman medieval empires, to the state of the dependent Islamic block that constitutes the Muslim World in modern times The book s scope spans at least 1300 years miraculous if you consider its small number of pages It also presents condensed biographical accounts of many major Islamic figures, including religious reformers such as Ibn Hanbal, Ibn Taymiyyah, Ibn Abd al Wahhab, al Afghani, and Sayyid Qutb Figures discussed are not exclusively political or scholarly or, as is common in Islamic history, a combination of both , but also cultural and philosophical, including Rumi and Ibn Khaldon figures that are rarely incorporated into the orthodox Islamic historical canon This book also attempts outlining Shiite historical and theological topics, immensely useful for those who belong to the mainstream, Sunni Islam including myself whose typical school curriculum deliberately leaves out any mention, let alone comprehensive study, of Shia Islam Along with compassion and an earnest desire for understanding, Karen Armstrong brings an informed, inductive eye to why disconnected events occurred and general trends prevailed at one point or another I ve read this right after Armstrong s other seminal work on Islamic history, Muhammad A Prophet for Our Time something I would undoubtedly recommend A short history is right and sort of a shame 1,404 years of history squashed into 222 pages including index and two glossaries its possible to do, but the result isn t much fun This is mostly a case of just the facts, ma m with much of the personality and romance of Islam pretty much stripped out It s well written, but dryly so the wet of history lies in those personal stories One of my biggest complaints about the book, however, was the tremendous amount of Arabic words, italicize A short history is right and sort of a shame 1,404 years of history squashed into 222 pages including index and two glossaries its possible to do, but the result isn t much fun This is mostly a case of just the facts, ma m with much of the personality and romance of Islam pretty much stripped out It s well written, but dryly so the wet of history lies in those personal stories One of my biggest complaints about the book, however, was the tremendous amount of Arabic words, italicized, that weren t defined in glossary in the back What s the point of having a glossary if all the unfamiliar words aren t listed in it What was interesting was this is a pre 9 11, pre Afghani Iraqi War, pre Arab Spring and pre Syrian uprising but just barely so The last chapter hints at things to come Karen Armstrong isn t a fortune teller, but she did have a good idea at the clash of Islam and the West would continue That last chapter was the best several new chapters could easily be added El Islam es, probablemente, la religi n m s incomprendida y malinterpretada de la modernidad Una curiosa ignorancia prevalece en Occidentes desde las cruzadas, cuando empez a cultivarse una visi n distorsionada del Islam como una religi n violenta e intolerante Sin embargo, los imperios isl micos llegaron a ser los m s g randes y mejor situados de la tierra hasta que fueron reemplazados por las naciones europeas en el siglo XIXKaren Armstrong explica los acontecimientos centrales en la historia de esta religi n la divisi n entre musulmanes chi tas y sunnitas La aparici n del misticismo suf , la expansi n por el Mediterr neo y por Asia, el efecto devastador de las cruzadas, el florecimiento del Islam imperial en los siglos XIV y XV, los or genes y consecuencias del Islam revolucionario y analiza los retos que afronta hoy en d a esta religi n milenariaEn este libro se confrontan los estereotipos y se demuestra que lo que llamamos Islam es un fen meno mucho m s rico y complejo de lo que su moderna facci n fundamentalista sugiere From Publishers WeeklyReaders seeking a quick but thoughtful introduction to Islam will want to peruse Armstrong s latest offering In her hallmark stylish and accessible prose, the author of A History of God takes readers from the sixth century days of the Prophet Muhammad to the present Armstrong writes about the revelations Muhammad received, and explains that the Qur an earned its name which means recitation because most of Muhammad s followers were illiterate and learned his teachings no From Publishers WeeklyReaders seeking a quick but thoughtful introduction to Islam will want to peruse Armstrong s latest offering In her hallmark stylish and accessible prose, the author of A History of God takes readers from the sixth century days of the Prophet Muhammad to the present Armstrong writes about the revelations Muhammad received, and explains that the Qur an earned its name which means recitation because most of Muhammad s followers were illiterate and learned his teachings not from reading them but hearing them proclaimed aloud Throughout the book, Armstrong traces what she sees as Islam s emphasis on right living la Judaism over right belief la Christianity Armstrong is at her most passionate when discussing Islam in the modern world She explains antagonisms between Iraqi Muslims and Syrian Muslims, and discusses the devastating consequences of modernization on the Islamic world Unlike Europe, which modernized gradually over centuries, the Islamic world had modernity thrust upon it in an exploitative manner The Islamic countries, Armstrong argues, have been reduced to a dependent bloc by the European powers Armstrong also rehearses some basics about Islamic fundamentalism in a section that will be familiar to anyone who has read her recent study, The Battle for God A useful time line and a guide to the Key Figures in the History of Islam complete this strong, brisk survey of 1,500 years of Islamic history Aug Copyright 2000 Reed Business Information, Inc

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