Destiny Disrupted Lib/E: A History of the World Through Islamic Eyes (Library)

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Blackstone Publishing
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6.2 X 2.0 X 7.0 inches | 0.9 pounds
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About the Author

Tamim Ansary is the author of Destiny Disrupted and Games without Rules, among other books. For ten years he wrote a monthly column for, and has published essays and commentary in the San Francisco Chronicle, Salon, Alternet,, Edutopia, Parade, Los Angeles Times, and elsewhere. He has appeared on the Oprah Winfrew Show, Bill Moyers, PBS The News Hour, Al Jazeera, and publish radio shows nationwide. Born in Afghanistan in 1948, he moved to the U.S. in 1964. He lives in San Francisco.


"Ansary has written an informative and thoroughly engaging look at the past, present, and future of Islam. With his seamless and charming prose, he challenges conventional wisdom and appeals for a fuller understanding of how Islam and the world at large have shaped each other. And that makes this book, in this uneasy, contentious post-9/11 world, a must read."

-- "Khaled Hosseini, author of The Kite Runner and A Thousand Splendid Suns"

"Since the history of the Islamic peoples has been generally ignored or glossed over quickly by Western nations, Ansary, a Muslim American, rectifies this lack. Beginning with the life of Mohammed and the quarrel over his rightful successor, the author lays out a fascinating panoply of Islamic religious ideals, culture, doctrinal variations, and struggles for power over the following centuries, often in conjunction with familiar events taking place in the West. The rise of European civilizations, formerly considered by Muslims as practically barbaric, and their subsequent domination of much of the world is treated at length as the "destiny disrupted." The tone of the book is reasonably fair and firm but not hostile. The author is an excellent narrator, with a clear and pleasant voice. Since Islam is a major force in today's world, studying its history and way of life should be a priority for Americans."

-- " (starred review)"

"This is the audiobook about Islam you've been waiting for. Ansary's presentation of Islamic history, ideas, and values, explained from an American point of view, makes clear material that can seem opaque in a lengthy textbook or lecture series. Ansary's strong, warm voice adds enormously to his powerful discourse. His matter-of-fact tone prevents the listener from being overwhelmed by his apparently effortless authority regarding the early Khalifa, Mongol dynasties, Liebnitz, and 9/11. His slight Afghan accent makes his presentation more personal."

-- "AudioFile"