Destiny Disrupted: A History of the World Through Islamic Eyes by Tamim Ansary is in the Bookbag's Christmas Gift Recommendations 2009. These forces are not easy to understand and have elements that create conflict as well as similarities. And we tend to assume that our perspective is the truth, when it is actually only our understanding of `the truth'... something which exists outside of us. Destiny Disrupted: A History of the World Through Islamic Eyes. PublicAffairs; Illustrated edition (April 27, 2010), An important--if flawed--vehicle for the student of Western history to escape the confines of our own historical blinders, Reviewed in the United States on April 30, 2018. Some refused to be puppets of the superpowers, which of course led to their replacement with puppets, as the Cold War would reach everywhere and the US and Russia were shoring up their lineups (perhaps the most infamous and disastrous example being the CIA in Iran, 1953). Our payment security system encrypts your information during transmission. Change ), You are commenting using your Google account. Your recently viewed items and featured recommendations, Select the department you want to search in, + $12.35 Shipping & Import Fees Deposit to France. In Destiny Disrupted: A History of the World Through Islamic Eyes, Tamim Ansary describes a historical narrative of the world from Islamic eyes, from the time of Mohammed to the fall of the Ottoman Empire and its effects on the modern day Middle Eastern socio-political landscape. Positive ones prevailed when a greater responsibility was felt by Muslims toward each other in the ultimate goal of building a perfect community. How much of how we view the world today is based on the way we were taught history, through the lens of western historians and policy makers? Bring your club to Amazon Book Clubs, start a new book club and invite your friends to join, or find a club that’s right for you for free. The appeal to sensationalist fears and blanket “evil” terms didn’t really get to me. He is the author of the best-selling memoir “West of Kabul, East of New York”. Reviewed in the United Kingdom on August 27, 2018. I even knew that several of the great philosopher-scientists of "our" history, like Averroes & Avicenna were, in fact, the great Islamic theologians & jurists Ibn Rushd & Ibn Sina. Defo recommend to anyone who is new to this world. The author stresses that this was never a clash of civilizations: “Trade, after all, is the opposite of war.”, In the U.S. Ansary gained notoriety with an e-mail in September 2001, sent initially only to friends, in which he addressed the Bush government’s plans to bomb Afghanistan back to the Stone Age. This was full of extremely valuable information that shed light on parts of history that were confusing. For Ansary, who grew up in Kabul, it was not enough to include Islam in this history as a glossary, a digression, a note in the margin. Others never had a chance in countries warped into oligarchy with all the oil money filtering to a privileged few, leaving the have-nots desperate for more extreme measures of making their voice heard. These two positions are, quite simply, talking at cross purposes. If facts are all you want, Wikipedia is your destination (although in 2002 not so much yet). There was an error retrieving your Wish Lists. The writer's concise style and objectivity make it illuminating and honest. The Invention of Yesterday: A 50,000-Year History of Human Culture, Conflict, and Connection, Misquoting Muhammad: The Challenge and Choices of Interpreting the Prophet's Legacy (Islam in the Twenty-First Century), 1453: The Holy War for Constantinople and the Clash of Islam and the West, Lost to the West: The Forgotten Byzantine Empire That Rescued Western Civilization. The “Ottoman question.” The description of the colonial period was really interesting, with the way the British et. “Destiny Disrupted: A History of the World through Islamic Eyes” is not a schoolbook, nor is it an academic thesis. I've been recommending this book to everyone I know. A complete story. and having to trail it with and how will the explanation help make me a better Christian/Muslim/whatever? But in 2002, I was in high school in the Chicago suburbs. First of all I would like to make it clear that this book is filled with biases when it claims there is none. We don’t share your credit card details with third-party sellers, and we don’t sell your information to others. Especially how religion is and is not the sole motivating factor in the middle east in regards to jihad. Forget, for a moment, that it wasn’t written until 2009, and I only came across it at a bookstore and learned of its existence in 2013. Like two parallel universes, the West and the heartland of Islam existed alongside each other for centuries – and ignored each other. (Summer reading) I. So when he wraps up, Ansary notes that, while just “acknowledging each other’s worldview” isn’t going to single-handedly solve the varied issues in the Middle East, it is a necessary starting point for any real progress. Destiny Disrupted is a must book for all of us who value our American Culture and what to understand why we as a people and country are embroiled in conflicts in the middle east.. Why, because this is one of the few books that helps the reader understand the political, social, cultural, militaristic forces at work since 9-11-01. Change ), You are commenting using your Facebook account. But then he goes into their various downfalls. Having taught War College, I knew Islam's history of expansion as the faith grew. His mother was an American of Finnish origin. Tamim Ansary, born in Kabul in 1948, grew up in his father’s home country, Afghanistan. Any mention of them in history class, if there was any, was a brief one about Desert Storm in 1990. And, as for me, I came away satisfied. Please try your request again later. This site uses Akismet to reduce spam. Destiny Disrupted, Tamim Ansary , Tamim Ansary The History Department has carefully evaluated Destiny Disrupted as a whole and deemed it worthy for the 10 th grade AP World History curriculum. would inch their way into decaying empires like the Ottomans. Highly informative, extremely well-written, and recommended. Come on publisher: you should be doing better. Destiny Disrupted, wonderfully written by an American writer of Afghan descent, covers something like 1400 years of Islamic history (from Mohammed’s times in the 500s/600s to Sept. 10, 2001– talk about a cliffhanger) in about 350 pages. And then the two worlds met again. al. Destiny of the Republic: A Tale of Madness, Medicine and the Murder of a President Candice Millard, 2011 Knopf Doubleday 432 pp. Before this, Muslims in their advanced state regarded Europeans as just a bunch of poorly-educated peasants in the grip of an obviously corrupt religious authority (what a strange viewpoint to have towards another group of people!). But there was nowhere to go but up for Europeans turning against a broken theocracy. Reviewed in the United States on October 25, 2015. Something went wrong. You're listening to a sample of the Audible audio edition. The author, who came to the United States at the age of 16 on a high school scholarship, is not a missionary; he is not even a practising Muslim. He shows how Muslim inventors were on the verge of many discoveries – and yet did not come up with the idea of “putting a steam drive into machines that would make it possible to manufacture consumer goods on a mass scale”. Or feel anything specific about them either way, honestly. I’ve been wanting to read this book since around 2002. Then you can start reading Kindle books on your smartphone, tablet, or computer - no Kindle device required. We can learn a good bit both about Islam and about world history by taking in this different perspective, written by a Muslim who is not afraid to be self-critical, to distinguish between what is known and what is believed about history, and who loves to tell it as a good story. But which thirty events represent the history of mankind? 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. It very gradually, over the course of many years, became more in debt and dependent on them, eventually being essentially run by the Europeans. And what that word meant originally and probably does so today. I’m happy to have stumble upon this book. (“The problem is, Afghanistan is already in the Stone Age.”), Ansary writes in his book that the West wants to defend freedom and democracy in the Hindu Kush and Iraq, but that the militant Islamists’ rhetoric is not targeted at a free democratic form of government, it is targeted at moral decay. Formation of the Umma, the worldwide community of Muslims. Required fields are marked *. Ansary makes note of the focus Islam has on community from its beginning– the Muslim calendar sets 0 not at Mohammed’s birth, as would be analogous to the Christian calendar (Ansary says there’s no “Mohammedmas,” for example). How did this apparently inevitable Western dominance come about? Notify me of follow-up comments by email. Top subscription boxes – right to your door, Guns, Germs, and Steel: The Fates of Human Societies, The Race for Paradise: An Islamic History of the Crusades, Restating Orientalism: A Critique of Modern Knowledge, © 1996-2020,, Inc. or its affiliates. My Top 5 moments, in chronological order: 1. Destiny Disrupted: A History of the World Through Islamic Eyes by Tamim Ansary (published 2009 by Public Affairs) has the bonus of telling us from the subtitle that it is a biased work. Yet Ansary believes that there is a second history that exists alongside the Western version in the text books. The author is not a historian. Ansary has spent years writing in an accessible style for western readers, and this is an enjoyable and informative read. What led to the clash of these two universes on 11th September 2001? “And because the West was more powerful, its narrative prevailed and suppressed the other.”. As soon as they’re introduced, Ansary comments that the Crusades were rough on the Muslim world, but were minor compared to the havoc raining down around the same time coming from Genghis Khan and the Mongols. Please try again. Overall, the book is about understanding what the Islamic worldview even is, not about prescribing The Best Way to interact with it today. PLOT SUMMARY We in the west share a common narrative of world history-that runs from the Nile Valley and Mesopotomia, Use SpriteKit to Give Your iOS 7 Menu Some Animation! Readers from West and East alike will profit from this book and its discussion of these questions, because Ansary takes an extremely enlightening approach in his world history. It will make you see the world differently after you read it all. Tamim Ansary: “Destiny Disrupted: A History of the World through Islamic Eyes”, PublicAffairs, 2009, 416 pp. There was to be not more than one chapter on Islam, at any rate, the publisher insisted. Ansary's writing style makes difficult topics and concepts understandable in every day common language.