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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No, not the crusaders from Europe. Arnold Toynbee mahu bertemu dengan anak itu maka bertemulah Tamim Ansary dengan sejarahwan tua Inggeris itu.

Destiny Disrupted : A History of the World Through Islamic Eyes

And that, of course, is why it’s heartbreaking when the whole story turns sideways. This book seems to cover the major events of Muslim history well enough and that is interesting to be sure.

Given the modern state of the world, it’s imperative we Americans understand how our two cultures ended up where we are. I’d call it scholarly light, emphasizing the story over analytical details, and helps stitch more focused books into a larger picture most westerners are unfamiliar with.

Destiny Disrupted is a lively, engaging introduction to world history from the perspective of the ‘Middle World’—Western and Central Asia, the birthplace of Islam. It was a wake up call.

Destiny Disrupted: A History of the World Through Islamic Eyes

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Notify me of new posts by email. For such a broad and sweeping attempt ajsary introduce the Islamic view of the world to readers unfamiliar with it, it’s a perfect approach to engage while educating. Ansary, who was born of an Afghan father and American mother in Afghanistan and moved to the United States in high school, is very well-suited to act as a bridge for the two worlds for his readers.

Between and western Europeans sailed pretty much all over the world and colonised pretty much everything. Any mention of them in history class, if there was any, was a brief one about Desert Storm in 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.

He hot-foots it to see the Emperor, who observes a demonstration, and is impressed. What happens if you promote democracy in countries which then elect governments who hate you? Initially it was Arabs but at various times it was Persians or Turks or some other group.

I found a remarkable guide in Tamim Ansary’s Destiny Disrupted. In other words, brought them more to life. Ya, sejarah yang selalu dikaitkan dengan penuh fakta dan kekeringan.

Destiny Disrupted by Tamim Ansary

But then he goes into their various downfalls. Gently derisive of both Western and Muslim prejudices and dogma, Ansary presents himself as a trustworthy guide, unafraid to critique the culture of his forebearers but refusing to betray it or declare allegiance to another. He is able to succinctly explain the pros and cons of an event or a political figure: However, how people see themselves looking at history from their perspective clears up all the BS from the news and allows you to see people as people.


Almost all the Muslim societies were fair and flowery.

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

Amazon Second Chance Pass it on, trade it in, anxary it a second life. Ansary does a good job sketching out the main thrust of the Islamic narrative without losing the nuances entirely. Or at least context. In addition to publishing several essays and commentaries in the San Francisco ChronicleSalon and Alternethe has a monthly column on Encarta.

Tamim lays out the usual story we already kind of know for the first half of the book.

Birth of the Khalifate. They made us learn a bit of history and cultural along with the language at DLI. The second big one was Israel, especially the war. I knew znsary of the great names–some, like the Rashidun Caliphs, through spiritual study; some, like Saladin and Tamerlane, through their military prowess. We repeat this mistake to our peril. He clarifies why ou We in the west share znsary common narrative of world history.