Ansary pretty much covers the entire history of Islam in an incredibly readable and lucid way. The apparently inevitable dominance of the West. To get the free app, enter your mobile phone number. They were simply the right conditions. Change ). ISBN-13: 9780767929714 Summary James A. Garfield was one of the most extraordinary men ever elected president. This site uses Akismet to reduce spam. But which thirty events represent the history of mankind? As with any other empire I’ve ever heard of, the Ottoman one started rotting as soon as it stopped growing (which in historical retrospect was signified when Suleiman ran into Hapsburgs in Vienna and couldn’t quite take it over). I specifically remember watching the State of the Union address on TV, and President Bush using the phrase “Axis of Evil” to describe Iraq, Iran, and North Korea. Thorough reading about a parallel world to the West, Reviewed in the United Kingdom on April 10, 2019. Destiny Disrupted, wonderfully written by an American writer of Afghan descent, covers something like 1400 years of Islamic history (from Mohammed’s times in the 500s/600s to Sept. 10, 2001– talk about a cliffhanger) in about 350 pages. ", "I'm in the middle of Tamim Ansary's Destiny Disrupted: A History of the World through Islamic Eyes, and it's incredibly illuminating. Change ), You are commenting using your Google account. Enter your mobile number or email address below and we'll send you a link to download the free Kindle App. There are references used coming from non authentic Shiah texts which obviously are heavily favoured towards Imam Ali. For a long time, writes Ansary, each regarded itself as the centre of world history. “A completely independent and alternative history of the world; a competing narrative to the one I was supposed to write for the Texan publisher.”. What led to the clash of these two universes on 11th September 2001? Or at least context. Yet Ansary believes that there is a second history that exists alongside the Western version in the text books. It doesn’t even include page numbers; it’s just a list of names etc., lacking any purpose. However, these forces did not just pop up because of an act of terrorism but as the author points out there are two worlds, European/Christian and Arab/ Islam have been a two forces for 1400 years. Our payment security system encrypts your information during transmission. 1-3: Volumes 1, 2, 3 by Edward Gibbon: Our Oriental Heritage by Will Durant: Genghis Khan and the Making of the Modern World by Jack Weatherford: Destiny Disrupted: A History of the World Through Islamic Eyes by Tamim Ansary: The Swerve: How the World Became Modern by Stephen Greenblatt In the introduction to his new book, "Destiny Disrupted," San Francisco author Tamim Ansary tells a story about meeting illustrious British historian More than half a century later, Ansary has paid that gift forward with a history book of his own. But the other two? How did this apparently inevitable Western dominance come about? I’m happy to have stumble upon this book. So as far as my attention to current events was concerned, I was really just interested in trying to “solve” the question of what my beliefs should become. I feel like I have an introductory knowledge of how the world and countries' reputations have got to where they've got to as a result of reading this and, the best thing I can say, is it has made me want to read into each part a little further. Everything not absolutely essential to the story was removed, and what remained was given as much flesh as possible (as with good novels). Reviewed in the United Kingdom on January 9, 2015. We work hard to protect your security and privacy. Especially how religion is and is not the sole motivating factor in the middle east in regards to jihad. Come on publisher: you should be doing better. Unable to add item to List. Notify me of follow-up comments by email. Modernists + oil. The tone reminded me of either watching an extremely well-made documentary or having an intro-level lecture course with the professor everyone likes (I actually found a 100-level Middle Eastern Studies course syllabus that uses this book as its main text). Any mention of them in history class, if there was any, was a brief one about Desert Storm in 1990. Destiny Disrupted: A History of the World Through Islamic Eyes. There's a problem loading this menu right now. Not that Afghan-born Tamim Ansary is an apologist or propagandist for his Faith, but rather an objective observer of past crises, current events, and future trends. It will make you see the world differently after you read it all. Prime members enjoy FREE Delivery and exclusive access to music, movies, TV shows, original audio series, and Kindle books. Others never had a chance in countries warped into oligarchy with all the oil money filtering to a privileged few, leaving the have-nots desperate for more extreme measures of making their voice heard. Overall, the book is about understanding what the Islamic worldview even is, not about prescribing The Best Way to interact with it today. We can learn a good bit both about Islam and about world history by taking in this different perspective, written by a Muslim who is not afraid to be self-critical, to distinguish between what is known and what is believed about history, and who loves to tell it as a good story. One thing you may be sure of, by the time you reach p347 of this guided tour behind-the-scenes of tomorrow's headline news, you will have a clearer understanding of the motives, the means, and the men who are shaping it amidst the wreckage of broken lives and shattered populations across the Middle East. 5. Defo recommend to anyone who is new to this world. With his “History of the World through Islamic Eyes” the author opens the eyes of both sides to the other’s point of view – so that they can at least see clearly what it is they are talking about. Formation of the Umma, the worldwide community of Muslims. Reviewed in the United States on February 12, 2017. Before this, Muslims in their advanced state regarded Europeans as just a bunch of poorly-educated peasants in the grip of an obviously corrupt religious authority (what a strange viewpoint to have towards another group of people!). But then he goes into their various downfalls. “And because the West was more powerful, its narrative prevailed and suppressed the other.”. Liberal or conservative, religious or non religious--this is a book all should read. 3. He comments that it was only in the 17th century that the two perspectives began to overlap. ( Of course, not all as you cannot generalize everyone from any specific group and put them in the same box.) In other words, brought them more to life. Mercantilism, reformation, individualism, and the drive to make new discoveries played into European hands. Destiny Disrupted: A History of the World Through Islamic Eyes by Tamim Ansary is in the Bookbag's Christmas Gift Recommendations 2009. This site uses Akismet to reduce spam. (Summer reading) I. Please try again. There was an error retrieving your Wish Lists. This book is filled with biases and falsified texts, Reviewed in the United Kingdom on May 10, 2019. Only his family name reveals that he is a descendent of the Ansar, the “Supporters”, the name given to the first Muslims from Medina. This was full of extremely valuable information that shed light on parts of history that were confusing. But in 2002, I was in high school in the Chicago suburbs. These places have been violent and unstable my whole life, but discovering their historical context brought to my mind some new hopes and some new concerns. Protestant Reformation. 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