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Publisher's Summary

Islam has been one of the most powerful religious, social, and political forces in history. Over the last 1,400 years, from origins in Arabia, a succession of Muslim polities, and later empires expanded to control territories and peoples that ultimately stretched from southern France to East Africa and South East Asia.

Yet many of the contributions of Muslim thinkers, scientists, and theologians, not to mention rulers, statesmen, and soldiers, have been occluded. This book rescues from oblivion and neglect some of these personalities and institutions while offering the listener a new narrative of this lost Islamic history. The Umayyads, Abbasids, and Ottomans feature in the story, as do Muslim Spain, the savannah kingdoms of West Africa, and the Mughal Empire, along with the later European colonization of Muslim lands and the development of modern nation-states in the Muslim world. 

Throughout, the impact of Islamic belief on scientific advancement, social structures, and cultural development is given due prominence, and the narrative is complemented by portraits of key personalities, inventions, and little known historical nuggets. The history of Islam and of the world's Muslims brings together diverse peoples, geographies, and states, all interwoven into one narrative that begins with Muhammad and continues to this day.

©2017 Firas Alkhateeb (P)2020 Tantor

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Poor narration

A very informative and useful account!

However, the choice of the narrator couldn’t have been poorer. He struggled with names like Mohammed, Ibrahim and Ismail.

A basic understanding of Arabic or the ability to learn to pronounce ‘Islamic’ terms or Muslim names properly should be a minimum for someone narrating the ‘Islamic’ history.

Choosing someone to narrate the colonial American or British history who lacks the ability to pronounce English or American names or geographical names correctly would be nothing short of disastrous.

Sadly, this sums up the narrator’s contribution to an otherwise well-written text.

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Best Summary of Islamic History

Best summary of Islamic history in the English language that I’ve come across (I’m a Muslim with a passion for history.) Highly recommend.

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  • Allan
  • 2020-12-27

1400 Years of Islamic History in Under 10 Hours

Follow the Muslim world from its inception in the heart of Arabia until the present. A succinct presentation and overview of the forces, sects, individuals, empires, battles, and many other categories of events that shaped not only the Middle East, but the world since 600 AD. The book transcends typical notions of Islamic lands and dedicates sections to specific regions such as North Africa, the Middle East, South Asia, South East Asia, the Balkans, and Central Asia. You will be well on your way to becoming an expert on the Muslim world after this listen, I guarantee it.

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  • Anonymous User
  • 2020-11-08

Excellent summary

Excellent short summary of 1400 years history of Islam and political figures following this divine religion.

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  • azadmajeed
  • 2021-12-30

Excellent!!!

This is a great introduction to Islamic history. it is beautiful how big topics are condensed into small easy to understand concepts. I highly, highly recommend this book..

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  • Marvin Martin
  • 2021-10-31

Good overview of Islamic history

A very useful ( for the non-expert) overview of Islamic history from an Islamic perspective. I found the author to be reasonably fair-minded.

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  • Miguel K
  • 2021-10-06

wonderful comprehensive summary

loved the logical flow and sequence of events. well written and read clearly and vividly

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  • R. Wajahat Izaat Arthur
  • 2021-09-12

Great book

This was a fantastic book. There were alot of important information about Islam that I found about listening to this audio book.

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  • ahmed bajwa
  • 2021-07-05

Brief but thorough walkthrough of Islamic history

An enjoyable and interesting recap of all major occurrences in Islamic history. The author does a great job of remaining neutral while presenting captivating information about the period in detail. The voice narration is a bit dry, but did an effective job of covering the material.

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  • Saad
  • 2021-06-25

A Masterpiece!

It's amazing how world history books are usually about European Christian history and skip over the Golden Age of Islam, which happened while Europe was in its Dark Ages. A book that all Muslims and Non-Muslims should read.

This is in no way a complete detailed history of Islam, but rather an introduction to Islamic History. Feels like an amazing preface to a more detailed history book that I would love to read one day, if and when it comes from the same author.