Destiny Disrupted: A History of the World Through Islamic Eyes by Tamim Ansary
By Tamim Ansary, PublicAffairs, paperback, 216 pages
The Western narrative of world history largely omits a whole civilization.Destiny Disruptedtells the history of the world from the Islamic point of view, and restores the centrality of the Muslim perspective, ignored for a thousand years.
A sweeping narrative history by the acclaimed author of "West of Kabul, East of New York" illuminates how Muslims have seen the history of the world--and what western world history leaves out.
In Destiny Disrupted, Tamim Ansary tells the rich story of world history as it looks from a new perspective: with the evolution of the Muslim community at the centre. His story moves from the lifetime of Mohammed through a succession of far-flung empires, to the tangle of modern conflicts that culminated in the events of 9/11. He introduces the key people, events, ideas, legends, religious disputes, and turning points of world history, imparting not only what happened but how it is understood from the Muslim perspective.
He clarifies why two great civilizations-Western and Muslim-grew up oblivious to each other, what happened when they intersected, and how the Islamic world was affected by its slow recognition that Europe-a place it long perceived as primitive-had somehow hijacked destiny.
With storytelling brio, humour, and evenhanded sympathy to all sides of the story, Ansary illuminates a fascinating parallel to the world narrative usually heard in the West. Destiny Disrupted offers a vital perspective on world conflicts many now find so puzzling.
About the author:
Mir Tamim Ansary is an Afghan-American author and public speaker. He is the author of Destiny Disrupted: A History of the World Through Islamic Eyes, West of Kabul, East of New York, and other books concerning Afghan and Muslim history. He was previously a columnist for the encyclopedia website Encarta.