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ISBN/ASIN : 1842125834
Manufacturer : Weidenfeld & Nicholson history|
Release data : 03 December, 2001
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Excellent In Places
This is a very readable book which I highly recomend to anyone who is intrested in but has little knowledge of the islamic world and its history. With its pleasant style and useful glosary of araboc terms is a very enjoyable and intresting read. However while Armstrong deals excellently with the early history of islam her section on modern islamic politics tends to lose objectivity and presents evidence to support her ideas ignoring other factors and explanations. I found it also a little hard to follow the sucession of the various monarchs discussed as there is no list to aid the reader.
Despite these problems this a deeply well written and informative book. I took this book out of the library and Iam considering buying a copy, Its just that good.
Short, but detailed - sometimes too detailed
At a little over 100 pages of core text (there is also a timeline and a glossary) this is as the title says a short history and as such good way of getting an overview of islamic history.
Armstrong writes well and for the most part mixes historical facts with he own interpretations in a way that is both informative and enightening....more support for some of here assertions in the form of quotations from the Koran would have helped.
At times there is just too much detail. Caliphs, Imans and other leaders come and go so quickly it becomes quite bewildering.
However the final section on Islam in the modern world is excellent, and should probably be compulsory reading for everyone!
I certainly felt I learnt about the essence of islam as well as the historical facts, and would recommend this to anyone want to know more about this religion.
Very good as a brief book on the history of Islam
In her book, A Brief History of Islam, Karen Armstrong, has covered the history of Islam briefly and brilliantly. Thus, the book makes a good initial reading of the subject and therefore is suitable for anyone who likes to study the history of Islam as the fastest growing religion in the world.
However, I would like to comment on a claim made by the author on pp22/23 that the Quran does not explicitly mention that Prophet Muhammad is the last prophet.she writes " It was probably during the riddah wars that muslims began to assert that Muhammad had been the last and greatest of prophets, a claim that is not made explicitely in the Quran". This claim is wrong, for the Quran states explicitely in Surat AL Ahzab (33) verse 39 the following: " Muhammad is not the father of any of your men, but (he is) the apostle of God, and the seal of prophets, and God has full knowledge of all things".
In his "Translation snd Commentary,The Glorious Kuran" Dar Al Fikr, Bireut, p.1119 (3731), Abdallah Yousif Ali writes: " When a document is sealed, it is complete, and there can be no further addition. The Holy Prophet Muhammad closed the long line of Apostles. God`s teachings is and will always be continuous, but there has been and will be no prophet after Muhammad. The later ages will want thinkers and reformers not prophets. This is not an arbitrary matter. It is a decree full of knowledge and wisdom: "for God has full knowledge of all things".