In a society with millions of craftsmen, an abundance of products and efficient networks, Muslims would have seen no need for industrialisation, writes Ansary. Like two parallel universes, the West and the heartland of Islam existed alongside each other for centuries – and ignored each other.

There was to be not more than one chapter on Islam, at any rate, the publisher insisted. Or at least context. Are we really experiencing a clash of civilizations?
For Islam is not simply a belief system, Ansary claims. Change ). Learn how your comment data is processed. Ten years ago Tamim Ansary was contracted by a Texan schoolbook publisher to develop a new history of the world for the junior high school curriculum.

The time period of chapter eight and nine included the years of 737-1381 CE. His mother was an American of Finnish origin. 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. “And because the West was more powerful, its narrative prevailed and suppressed the other.”. on Book Review: “Destiny Disrupted” by Tamim Ansary. There was a problem loading your book clubs. The writer's concise style and objectivity make it illuminating and honest. It doesn’t even include page numbers; it’s just a list of names etc., lacking any purpose. Reviewed in the United Kingdom on January 9, 2015. It will make you see the world differently after you read it all. And, as for me, I came away satisfied. In order to navigate out of this carousel please use your heading shortcut key to navigate to the next or previous heading. Find all the books, read about the author, and more. Especially when people are looking for a comprehensive-but-approachable way to look at world history through the lens of Islam, there's no better book.". 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. Reviewed in the United Kingdom on August 27, 2018. I love his description of the Crusaders’ disorganization, with many cases of them being hired mercenary-style by Muslim princes to fight each other (!) First of all I would like to make it clear that this book is filled with biases when it claims there is none. But the context I wanted was essentially a story. If anyone believes in the west their worldview has not been shaped and continues to be through the media and schooling you are fooling yourself. Reviewed in the United States on November 3, 2017. There's a problem loading this menu right now. and having to trail it with and how will the explanation help make me a better Christian/Muslim/whatever? There was an error retrieving your Wish Lists. 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!). . The author is not a historian. Or feel anything specific about them either way, honestly. would inch their way into decaying empires like the Ottomans. My Top 5 moments, in chronological order: 1.

Me, being Latin-American didn’t know a quarter of what was said on this book. The publishers envisaged ten units, with three chapters each. 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. And for it to get to me, the story couldn’t demonize (“Middle Easterners have a natural tendency to violence”), patronize (“once Western values spread, these societies will finally develop”), or romanticize (“Muslim women need to be saved”). 4. I knew many of the great names--some, like the Rashidun Caliphs, through spiritual study; some, like Saladin and Tamerlane, through their military prowess. He argues that it could be discussed as part of the school curriculum alongside communism, democracy and fascism, as it is also a social project that regulates politics, economics and justice – as well as a civilization of its own that has achieved outstanding accomplishments in arts and crafts, and one of many world histories. ( Log Out /  What led to the clash of these two universes on 11th September 2001? As a retired high school history teacher, I wish this book were printed while I was still teaching world history and us history. Defo recommend to anyone who is new to this world. Thorough reading about a parallel world to the West, Reviewed in the United Kingdom on April 10, 2019. Year 0 was when Islam became a real thing, marked by moving the fledgling group to a city where they could really get started (Mecca, his hometown, was pretty violently not a fan of him at that time). Instead, our system considers things like how recent a review is and if the reviewer bought the item on Amazon.

Tamim Ansary, born in Kabul in 1948, grew up in his father’s home country, Afghanistan. Positive ones prevailed when a greater responsibility was felt by Muslims toward each other in the ultimate goal of building a perfect community. Or at least a complete-ish one. And we tend to assume that our perspective is the truth, when it is actually only our understanding of `the truth'... something which exists outside of us. If facts are all you want, Wikipedia is your destination (although in 2002 not so much yet). ( Log Out /  There are references used coming from non authentic Shiah texts which obviously are heavily favoured towards Imam Ali. As soon as they’re introduced, Ansary comments that the Crusades were rough on the Muslim world, but were minor compared to the havoc raining down around the same time coming from Genghis Khan and the Mongols.

Especially how religion is and is not the sole motivating factor in the middle east in regards to jihad. Destiny Disrupted is a must book for all of us who value our American Culture and what to understand why we as a people and country are embroiled in conflicts in the middle east.. Why, because this is one of the few books that helps the reader understand the political, social, cultural, militaristic forces at work since 9-11-01.

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. Destiny Disrupted, Tamim Ansary , Tamim Ansary The History Department has carefully evaluated Destiny Disrupted as a whole and deemed it worthy for the 10 th grade AP World History curriculum. “A completely independent and alternative history of the world; a competing narrative to the one I was supposed to write for the Texan publisher.”. 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. 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 Highly informative, extremely well-written, and recommended. Please try again.

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