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In the introduction to his new book, “Destiny Disrupted,” San Francisco author Tamim Ansary tells a story about meeting illustrious British. Destiny Disrupted is not an academic history of the Islamic culture through the ages and Tamim Ansary doesn’t pretend to be to be Islamic Scholar. What Destiny. I’ve been wanting to read this book since around Forget, for a moment, that it wasn’t written until , and I only came across it at a.

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Destiny Disrupted: A History of the World Through Islamic Eyes

His book is part of that resolution. 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. Review “Ansary has written an informative tzmim thoroughly engaging look at the past, present and future of Islam.

Antara kelebihan penulis ini juga ialah, beliau bukan sahaja sememangnya berasal daripada sebuah negara Islam yang sememangnya sejak dari kecil terdedah dengan ajaran Islam tetapi beliau juga kemudiaannya telah berhijrah dan tinggal di Amerika Syarikat dan menekuni dunia Barat itu sendiri. But there was nowhere to go dsstiny up for Europeans turning against a broken theocracy.

Ansary tells the rest of Islamic history in a light, conversational style that is eminently readable, even if he necessarily simplifies certain aspects of it perfectly understandable, considering that he has to cover 1, years of history in a relatively slim book.

Destiny Disrupted

First there was the ancient world, from whose murky depths emerged the cultural brilliance of the Greeks and the political might of the Romans. I also wonder how the Crusade war had any great impact to the crumbling of Islam golden age, when I finally understood, the crumble came from within rather from the outside if any, the attacks by the Mongols had greater impact rather than the Crusade wars were.

There’s a problem loading this menu right now. Since this was obviously such a major event in the formation of Islamic culture and outlook, the detailed look at this period is worth the space devoted to it, as it shapes everything that follows.

Ansary takes us through the birth and decline of one of humanities most brilliant civilizations from an Islamic point of view, explaining why that culture sees things differently than the industrial west does.


Highly recommended as an introduction to the history of the Muslim—and the wider—world. Ansary focuses on the story-arc rather than mundane details. I’m Muslim and even I never really understood some things like the schism between Shi’a and Sunni and how a culture that produced so many pioneers in mathematics, astronomy, medicine and other sciences is seen today by some as backward and anti-knowledge.

Even purely positive events like Eisenhower backing the Egyptian bid to re-take the Suez Canal is cast in a terrible light i.

It’s better understood as the friction generated by two mismatched world histories intersecting. The first few chapters about Muhammad and the four caliphates are the most straight forward, and it’s nice to be able to know not only their names but also have a sense of each one’s personality, unique governing style, and personal philosophy.

To see what your friends thought of this book, please sign up. All in all, an impressive and much needed addition to the field. Is there a book about Christianity done in a similar style?

Destiny Disrupted: A History of the World Through Islamic Eyes by Tamim Ansary

Ansary menceritakan dengan bahasa yang menarik mengenai perkembangan dunia Muslim, dari awal munculnya Nabi Muhammad di Hijaz, sampai efek di dunia modern saat ini yang berkembang dalam konstelasi geopolitik di bawah Amerika dan Eropa. Among the most interesting chapters to me was the discussion of the three superpowers that divided the region and co-existed relatively peacefully for centuries: Tamim Ansary, however, sets out to tell the history of Islam through Islamic eyes, not disdupted an apologetic for Islam that ignores its less edifying historical episodes and its troubled present, nor as a Westerner viewing Islam as, disruptd best, an exotically misunderstood Oriental tradition, and at worst, the religion of terrorists and oppresse History books are frequently dry and factual, even when not written as textbooks, and when they’re not, they tend to reveal the author’s biases or axes to grind.

But by conflating our history with tamin history of the whole world, we not only marginalize and insult those whose historical narratives are different, but we make ourselves incapable of understanding the interactions that we have with the other worlds around us. Melewati bab-bab seterusnya, saya melihat penulis ada menukilkan beberapa b besar dalam dunia Islam secara sepintas lalu.

The first Islamic Empire spread from Central Asia to Iberia, making it one of the largest in history.


So during its slow downturn, it outsourced its massive, inefficient infrastructure to the up-and-coming Western Europeans. There were two big ones which turned the whole thing — one, I had barely heard of — this was the CIA coup in Iran which deposed the democratic modernist who wanted to nationalise the oil industry and installed a King who would give all the oil revenues away to American companies.

This book should be required reading for everyone over the age of Get to Know Us. In Destiny DisruptedTamim 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.

According to the very brief autobiography in the book’s introduction, Ansary was raised in a traditional Islamic household, but all of his formal schooling was in Western-style schools, giving him a bifurcated view of the world which he struggled to integrate.

Dunia tengah yang dimaksudkan ini ialah dunia tengah sebelum kemunculan Islam. By continuing, you agree to our Terms of Service. But neither is Ansary just a cultural cheerleader. AmazonGlobal Ship Orders Internationally. In this compact volume encompassing roughly years of history, Tamim Ansary explains to us in layman’s terms what Islam stands for, its rise, slight decline and resurgence today. It begins before the emergence of Muhammad and Islam in the seventh century CE and ends with the decline of the Islamic empires in the nineteenth and twentieth centuries.

Tetapi Tamim Ansary ada gaya tersendiri dalam penyampaian buku ini. Or at least incomplete and parochial. Lists with This Book. You get the idea. This, in turn, weakens his comparison of the Protestant Reformation to the Islamic history of the same time: Dalam bercerita, Ansary mengambil perspektif dari kacamata umat Islam atau pihak yang diwakilinyamisalnya seperti cara pandang dunia Muslim terhadap “Perang Salib” Holy Crusade oleh masyarakat Eropa.

More importantly, he gives his narrative a sense of flowso that every subsequent development makes sense in light of earlier ones, and one can gain the feeling that history is going somewhere and means something.