Destiny Disrupted will be read for generations to come." — Reza Aslan, author of No god but God and How to Win a Cosmic War "A must-read for anyone who wants to learn more about the history of the Islamic world.But the book is more than just a litany of past events.It is also an indispensable guide to understanding the politi- cal debates and conflicts of today, from 9/11 to the wars in Iraq and Afghanistan, from the Somali pirates to the Palestinian/Israeli conflict. It's better understood as the friction generated by two mismatched world histories intersecting.'" — San Francisco Chronicle "Ansary has written an informative and thoroughly engaging look at the past, present, and future of Islam.
And that makes this book, in this uneasy, contentious post 9/11 world, a must-read." — Khaled Hosseini, author of The Kite Runner and A Thousand Splendid Suns "A lively, thorough, and accessible survey of the history of Islam (both the religion and its political dimension) that explores many of the disconnects between Islam and the West." — Shelf Awareness "There's not a page where you won't learn something startling in Destiny Disrupted.
Beautifully clear and endlessly engaging, it's a romp through science, poetry, politics, and religion, in the company of a wise and charming mind, the perfect antidote to the Islamo phobia that clouds Europe and North America." — Raj Patel, author of Stuff and Starved and visiting scholar, Center for African Studies, University of California at Berkeley "Never apologist in tone, meticulously researched and balanced, often amusing but never glib, Destiny Disrupted is ultimately a gripping drama that pulls the reader into great, seminal events of world history, a book which offers a wealth of knowledge and in- sight to any reader who wants to understand the movements and events behind the modern-day hostilities wracking Western and Islamic societies." — Portland Oregonian DESTINY DISRUPTED THE ISLAMIC WORLD TODAY DESTINY DISRUPTED A History of the World Through Islamic Eyes TAMIM ANSARY Public Affairs NEW YORK Copyright © 2009 by Tamim Ansary Hardcover edition first published in 2009 in the United States by Public Affairs™, a member of the Perseus Books Group. No part of this book may be reproduced in any manner whatsoever without written permission except in the case of brief quotations embodied in critical articles and reviews.
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For a comprehensive-but-approachable way to look at world history through the lens of Islam, there's no better book." — DAVE EGGERS DESTINY DISRUPTED A HISTORY OF THE WORLD THROUGH ISLAMIC EYES f TAMIM A NSARYl Praise for Destiny Disrupted "If you want to put today's headlines about jihadist suicide bombings into the much larger context of history, you'd be well advised to settle in with Destiny Disrupted.
Its the story of a civilization that suddenly found itself upended by strangers and now wants to put itself right.And if author Ansary stops short of calling the result a clash of civilizations, he feels free to call it two one-sided views of world history.His book is a valuable tool for opening up a view of the other side." — St. Ansary has written an indispensable historical account of the last 1,500 years from a perspective that is all too often ignored in the West.Hardcover ISBN: 978-1-58648-606-8 Paperback ISBN: 978-1-58648-813-0 10 9 8 7 6 5 4 3 2 1 For Amanuddin and Terttu CONTENTS List of Maps ix Names and Dates xi Introduction xiii 1 The Middle World 1 2 The Hijra 17 3 Birth of the Khalifate 33 4 Schism 53 5 Empire of the Umayyads 67 6 The Abassid Age 79 7 Scholars, Philosophers, and Sufis 91 8 Enter the Turks 1 1 7 9 Havoc 133 10 Rebirth 159 1 1 Meanwhile in Europe 1 99 12 West Comes East 217 1 3 The Reform Movements 247 14 Industry, Constitutions, and Nationalism 269 1 5 Rise of the Secular Modernists 30 1 vii viii CONTENTS 1 6 The Crisis of Modernity 317 17 The Tide Turns 329 Afterword 349 Appendix: The Structure of Islamic Doctrine 359 Notes 361 Bibliography 367 Acknowledgments 371 TWo?373 LIST OF MAPS The Islamic World Today ii Growth of Islam xvi The Mediterranean World (Defined by Sea Routes) 2 The Middle World (Defined by Land Routes) 2 On the Eve of Islam: The Byzantine and Sassanid Empires 15 Imam Husseins Route to Karbala 69 The Umayyad Empire 76 Abu Muslim and the Abbasid Revolution 85 The Three Khalifates 121 Seljuk Empire: The Turks Invade the Islamic World 1 28 The Theater of the Crusades 141 The Mongol Invasions of the Islamic World 1 54 Constantinople: The Worlds Most Impregnable City 176 The Three Islamic Empires of the Seventeenth Century 1 96 The European Quest for a Sea Route to the Indies 201 Western Imperialism: The Global Reach of Sea Power 218 "The Great Game" 237 World War I and the Arab Revolt 296 The Sykes-Picot Agreement 297 Division of the Arab World: The Mandates Plan 312 Israel and Palestine 323 ix NAMES AND DATES Some writers are scrupulous about the system they use for transliterating Islamic names and words into English, insisting that one or another system is correct. I have seen my own name spelled too many different ways in English to be picky.(People often ask me, which is correct, Ansari or Ansary — is it y or /?