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Lost Islamic History: Reclaiming Muslim Civilization from the Past

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Islam has been one of the most powerful religious, social, and political forces in history. Over the last 1400 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 to South East Asia.
Yet many of the contributions of Muslim thinkers, scient
Paperback, 217 pages
Published September 1st 2014 by Hurst (first published August 1st 2014)
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Aug 25, 2015 Bilqis rated it it was amazing
Brilliant! Such rich Islamic history I was never aware of, I am grateful to the author and the publishers for this book of knowledge. it's a must read for all Muslims. Others should read it as well it's an great eye opener. I nearly cried at the end of the Andalusian era.
Dec 18, 2015 Hina rated it it was amazing
What an amazing amazing read! This should be made part of every school course! The writing is precise just giving enough information to know the events but not overly detailed so people end up getting bored. I know because I am not much into history and stuff. I love how the events are connected from the time of the Prophet to the 'modern' world today. Ottoman rule intrigued me the most.. looked up quite alot on it. One thing is clear though as long as the rulers and people followed the ...more
Shoohada Khanom
Sep 16, 2016 Shoohada Khanom rated it it was amazing
I honestly couldn't put the book down, it goes through the history of Islam in the last 1400 years and how it spread from one country to another beginning with Prophet Mohammed SAW. It talks about rulers, statesmen, soldiers and personalities that have been neglected. It talks about the Umayyads, Abbasids and the Ottamans. I can see myself reading this again as its so informative. If you're a history kinda person and want to find out more about Islam, this is the book for you.
Roberto Macias
Jun 29, 2015 Roberto Macias rated it it was amazing
After going through Paul Johnson's "History of Christianity" and "History of the Jews" I read a few books on the Arabs. All have been very enlightening both on the rise and fall of the middle eastern empires, and understanding the conflicts that now plague the region. "Lost Islamic History" however, has a different scope. It encompasses all Islamic culture by avoiding 19th century definitions of identity (ethnicity and nationalism) and resorting to more period, or subject, accurate descriptions, ...more
Papatia Feauxzar
Oct 17, 2016 Papatia Feauxzar rated it really liked it
Aside from the few shia bias from the author (I'm Sunni btw but I want to believe I have no issues with Shias lol) and the unclear stand to me of the author on the founder of Wahabism, the book is a must read. To understand the world of today, we must look at Islamic history and this book does a pretty good job at that. Great read I recommend to anyone; Muslims who have no idea of our history and non-Muslims who want to understand Islam.
Faiza Ali Sattar
Sep 10, 2015 Faiza Ali Sattar rated it really liked it
A wonderful, enlightening read that everyone, irrespective of their religion, should get their hands on. Illuminates the roots of many of current world problems, especially the rapid loss of empathy for our fellow brethren. New World conflicts are very reminiscent of clashes faced by ancient societies, and perhaps we can all learn a thing or two by reading and analyzing the glorious Islamic history. But above all that, the book succeeds in making an excellent point in a few last pages - that of ...more
Nov 05, 2014 Herman rated it it was amazing
Islam has been one of the most powerful religious, social and political entity. For over 1400 years, originates from Arabia, a succesion of Muslim political power and later empires expanded to control territories and people that stretched over two third of the world.

But, somehow, many contributins from the muslim thinkers, scholars, rulers, statesmen and scientists have been excluded from the formal curriculum. This book tried to rescue their story and offering the reader a new narrative from Is
Afnan Neyaz
Aug 30, 2014 Afnan Neyaz rated it really liked it
Basic, simple, outlining the most remarkable events and relatively unbiased which is -to me- the most important attribute of a political/religious book; I liked how he chose the words cautiously, especially when it came to controversial topics -like sunna and shi'aa.
But I fell in love with the life of the prophet, the rightly guided caliphs, intellectual golden ages and Al-Andalus chapters. Though I admit that I read the imperialism (decline) chapter and some parts quickly and carelessly.
Teguh Affandi
Apr 27, 2016 Teguh Affandi rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Selalu menarik membaca buku sejarah Islam yang ditulis oleh akademisi. Ada prespektif yang baru dan terkesan sangat objektif. Membuat sejarah Islam tidak sejenis dogma.
Riaz Rahaman
Jul 20, 2014 Riaz Rahaman rated it it was amazing
Masha Allah, an amazing booking. I am extremely enlightened by the Islamic history. A must read for Muslims to know more about their past history and the glory/golden days
May 21, 2016 Reiza rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: sejarah, islam, non-fiksi
Rasulullah SAW bersabda; “Hikmah itu adalah barang yang hilang milik orang yang beriman. Di mana saja ia menemukannya, maka ambillah.” (HR. Tirmidzi)

Tahukah kita bahwa universitas tertua di dunia terletak di kota Fez, Maroko? Universitas Karaouin, yang berdiri tahun 859 menyandang gelar kehormatan sebagai universitas tertua di dunia. Bahkan pendirinya, adalah seorang Muslimah.

Menggambarkan sejarah menurut saya adalah salah satu pekerjaan yang paling sulit untuk dilakukan, tetapi menarik. Say
Fatehah Ridzuan
Feb 01, 2016 Fatehah Ridzuan rated it it was amazing
Before reading this book, I only knew some of the history during pre-Islamic, the time of the Prophet p.b.u.h, a bit on the time of the rightly guided caliphs and some basic of Ottoman Empire, Abbasids and Andalusia (I mean the real basic thing that can even be considered as I just know it existed). I assure you this book is very concise. It may not comprehensive but it covers all important details starting from the pre-Islamic era as to the situation before the coming of Islam. During the life ...more
Chetan Tyagi
Standalone the books probably worth a 4 star. The writing style is lucid and events and history is extremely easy to follow. Firas has managed to give a primer on the most important events as you run through some 1200-1300 years. Pretty good start for someone who doesn't know the religion at all. Needless to say detail orientation is not possible in such a abridged narration of an incredibly complex situation.

What holds the book back is a very clear bias towards Islam. All the conquerors that e
Razia Khan
Dec 23, 2014 Razia Khan rated it liked it
The subject matter is fascinating, and that is probably the book's redeeming feature. There has long been a need for something accessible covering post 7th century Islamic History. Despite admirably ambitious scope however, a great deal of depth was sacrificed in the process. A couple of fleeting pages on China (with some of my academic friends questioning its accuracy) barely a nod in the direction of SE Asian coverage (only where the world's largest Muslim population resides), terribly thin on ...more
M. Ardhya Irawan
Jul 15, 2016 M. Ardhya Irawan rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Membaca buku ini membantu saya untuk lebih memahami runutan berbagai peristiwa dalam sejarah panjang umat & peradaban Islam. Dari runutan tersebut, keterkaitan antara satu peristiwa dengan peristiwa lainnya bisa lebih dimengerti. Misalnya bagaimana dinamika-dinamika, keberhasilan maupun kegagalan dan upaya perluasan wilayah, kemajuan maupun kemunduran peradaban yang terjadi, serta transisi antara berbagai ke-khalifah-an dapat terjadi. Cukup membuka banyak wawasan baru, termasuk tentang ...more
Apr 01, 2016 Fadilah rated it it was amazing
Shelves: non-fiction
Everything is summed up in this one thin book, about 200 ish pages. The story is started with the historical background before Muhammad, some short story during his life, and tons more about the caliphates after his death. How Islam once reached Africa, Asia, America, and Europe. Now everything has made sense to me, especially about the ups and downs of Islam civilization until the early 20th century.

This is a recommended book to learn a lot about history and this is the first time I enjoyed rea
Muhammad Hazwan
Oct 20, 2014 Muhammad Hazwan rated it really liked it
gives quite a general overview towards islamic history up untill 2013/2014. though it is very general, it gives a good start for everyone interested in history.

as a conclusion i got from the book, history does repeat itself.
Nur Asilah
Feb 06, 2015 Nur Asilah rated it really liked it
we need to explore our great Islamic history, bring back our glory. that's why, reading this book exposed mYself with such wonderful known era, and figure. nothing less, back to basic and read history
Dec 02, 2014 Yasmin rated it it was amazing
Well written, concise yet comprehensive introduction to Islamic history from Prophet Muhammed SAW to today.
Amrullah Zunzunia
Feb 19, 2015 Amrullah Zunzunia rated it really liked it
good if you want a quick gist of 14 centuries of Islamic history
Nov 29, 2015 Zeenat rated it did not like it
Bad editing, no new information.
Nov 29, 2016 Rahmadiyanti rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: islam, history
“… Dan masa (kejayaan dan kehancuran) itu, Kami pergilirkan di antara manusia (agar mereka mendapat pelajaran); dan supaya Allah membedakan orang-orang yang beriman (dengan orang-orang kafir) dan supaya sebagian kamu dijadikan-Nya (gugur sebagai) syuhada. Dan Allah tidak menyukai orang-orang yang zalim dan agar Allah membersihkan orang-orang yang beriman (dari dosa mereka) dan membinasakan orang-orang yang kafir”. (QS Ali Imran (3): (140-141).

Membaca bab-bab terakhir buku ini hingga kemudian me
Nov 08, 2016 Hamza rated it it was amazing
Shelves: religion
This was yet another book that took me way longer than it would've two years ago. I think I'm losing my touch, because I can't focus as well when trying to read on public transit. That said, I think it helped because I went over a lot of sentences and even paragraphs more than once.

This book is fantastic, despite the difficult task of cramming 1400 years of Islamic history into only a little over 200 pages. The author clearly knows his stuff, and I now wish I'd taken the class he co-taught on it
Arifudin Achmad
Oct 26, 2016 Arifudin Achmad rated it it was amazing
Recommends it for: everyone who
Concise and objective.
Firas Alkhateeb resumed 1400 years of history into a concise yet comprehensive historical reference of Islam and Muslim civilization. Mostly explains about the political dynamics through times, this book also discusses the theological history.
Recommended for everyone who wants to learn World Civilization (not only Islamic history), in particular students in Muslim countries, where most of their history curriculum is dictated by the western view.
Oct 09, 2016 Waqas rated it it was amazing
A much needed book and read
Muhammad Ghias
Oct 01, 2016 Muhammad Ghias rated it really liked it
The title of this book is a bit of a misnomer since it does not actually contain any new information. It's more along the lines of an introduction to Islamic history.
With that being said it was a fascinating read, the chapters are organized well and it is easy to follow. It also covers a lot of ground for such a short book all the way from the Prophet's time to the present.
Does not delve too deep into any specific topic or time period which i really liked. Overall i would highly recommend this
Malik Shuja Ul Hasan
Apr 26, 2016 Malik Shuja Ul Hasan rated it it was ok
Looking at the title I drew a picture of this book as a research paper on a particular historical event showing facts that previously might have been overlooked but unlike my prediction, it just gives superficial knowledge of 1400 years of Islamic history. Everything mentioned is true to the general perspective of a common Muslim so nothing can be said as was lost in compiling Islamic History. The book takes a drive from the Pre-Islamic Arabia through the expansion of Islam from the middle east ...more
Ustadh Sultan
Apr 02, 2014 Ustadh Sultan rated it it was amazing
I have awaited the print of this Beautiful Book Collated Ancient and Historical Information by a Great Scholar in my Atom Sized Dunya's Mortal Life.

The Author in the Kingdom of my Sultanate of my Heart Mind Soul and Spirit is 1 in a Trillion.

May The Lord of the Children of Isreal and their true followers , Esa Ibn Maryam and the Children of Nazareth and Bethlehem, and the only Man I love , Muhammad Ibn Abdullah Ibn Hasim and is Wife Maria ( Maryam).

The Lord of 124,000 + messengers, The Lord o
Muhammad Huzaifah
Apr 08, 2015 Muhammad Huzaifah rated it liked it
Buku yang mengupas sejarah umat Islam secara menyeluruh. Secara umum, lebih 70% kandungan buku adalah sejarah yang sudah sedia maklum (bukan Lost History). 30% yang lain pula merangkumi sejarah Islam di geografi yang jarang dibincangkan seperti Barat Afrika (Mali, Tanzania, Nigeria), isu politik di kerajaan Islam Mughal dan Delhi di India (isu selain Taj Mahal), serta pengaruh tamadun Islam di Amerika (melalui pemerdagangan hamba dari Afrika) serta di China. Penulis juga berusaha untuk ...more
Md. Tahmid
Aug 19, 2016 Md. Tahmid rated it it was amazing
The book starts with the geopolitical situation of the pre islamic Arabia. Then it covers the arrival of the last prophet, the birth of Islam and rise of islam as a world superpower. With the passage of time, we move from one dynesty to another, let it be the Umaiyyad, Abbasid, Mamluk or the Ottoman, the book travels through history of last 1400 years with such pace and elegance that it will never cease to mesmerize readers. The writer knows how to keep a book of history interesting and lively ...more
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