Islam: A Short History by Karen Armstrong

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Read Islam: A Short History Online Free - No religion in the modern world is as feared and misunderstood as Islam. It haunts the popular imagination as an extreme faith that promotes terrorism, authoritarian government, female oppression, and civil war. In a vital revision of this narrow view of Islam and a distillation of years of thinking and writing about the subject, Karen Armstrong’s short history demonstrates that the world’s fastest-growing faith is a much more complex phenomenon than its modern fundamentalist strain might suggest.



Title : Islam: A Short History
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ISBN : 081296618X
Edition Language : English
Format Type : Paperback
Number of Pages : 272 pages


Reviews


Riku rated it ★★☆☆☆

May 04, 2015

Armstrong tends to view all of history through the prism of the specific conflicts of our day -- to be accurate: from a vantage point situated near the Arab-Israeli Conflict. That is helpful, but also distorting, occasionally. Not a good book to learn about Islamic history, but useful as a correc...


Saquib11c rated it ★★★★★

February 12, 2009

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...


Renee rated it ★★☆☆☆

April 04, 2009

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' re...


Clif rated it ★★★★★

April 06, 2012

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 h...


Ilya rated it ★☆☆☆☆

December 13, 2013

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 h...


Osman rated it ★★★★☆

May 20, 2017

للتحميل http://www.mediafire.com/view/u88gd8n... "الست دي مسلمة حتى لو معترفتش بكده" الجملة دي كانت بتنط في عقلي كلما انتقلت من صفحة لأخرى ومن فصل لأخر في هذا الكتاب الكتاب وقع تحت يدي مصادفة اثناء بحثي على طاولة كتب قديمة في جناح سور الازبكية بمعرض مكتبة الاسكندرية الدولي للكتاب وسبحان الله فلو كن...


Mark rated it ★★★★☆

October 20, 2012

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 t...


Kevin rated it ★★★☆☆

May 01, 2008

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 t...


Salem rated it ★★★★★

January 15, 2011

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 e...


Shawn rated it ★★☆☆☆

February 06, 2014

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 stri...





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