Destiny Disrupted: A History of the World Through Islamic Eyes
Right time, right place, right style, this is 100% recommended.
This is vast but fast history : you have to hang on to your hat, or whatever you hang on to, which might not be a hat, since the kind of hats which a strong wind might snatch from your head are rarely worn today. In this book a lot of obscure places and people go rushing by, like a speeded up film, like a boiling river. Obscure to a Western reader, that is, but I’m going to hazard that Transoxiana, Khorasan, Ctesiphon, and the exact...more
Being neither Muslim nor Western, but nevertheless a citizen of what CNN and other Western media regularly dub “the world’s largest Muslim nation*”, I often feel baffled by the so-called “clash of civilizations” between these two entities. And lately, not just baffled, but also profoundly disturbed by the scale and frequency of sectarian violence in my country, the majority of which allegedly perpetrated by those the author of this book calls “jihadists”. The overwhelming majority of Indonesians...more
World History, says Tamim Ansary in his introduction, is always the story about how we got to be where we are. It therefore always includes an implicit notion of who "we" are, and what our current place in the history of the world is.
Most people with a basic college education feel that they know how history works. First there was the ancient world, from whose murky depths emerged the cultural brilliance of the Greeks and the political might of the Romans. Then the Roman Empire fell, plunging the...more
Lalu bagaimana dengan Islam? Seperti yang dituliskan oleh penulis, biasanya sejarah...more
Tamim Ansary grew up in Afghanistan, but now lives in the United States where, amongst other things, he has been part of a team writing textbooks to teach world history in American schools. So he is ideally placed to see the world from two different perspective...more
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. I further appreciate the fact that Tamim Ansary, an Afghan-American and practicing Muslim, admits that this is a history “through...more
two stars: for Indonesia translation. I still believe this is a good book, maybe i should consider English edition.
Dan demikian (pula) Kami telah menjadikan kamu (umat Islam), umat yang adil dan pilihan agar kamu menjadi saksi atas (perbuatan) manusia dan agar Rasul (Muhammad) menjadi saksi atas (perbuatan) kamu. (QS Al Baqoroh 2: 143)
Ayat ini powerful banget, selain karena diletakanya di tengah-tengah surat Al-Baqoroh, tapi maknanya luar biasa powerful dan bagus #yaiyalah Beberapa tafsir Indonesia menerjemahkan kata umat yang adil jadi umat pertengahan. Buat gw tafsir...more
I really liked this book and I think I'd like the author. He's lived in the US for a long time and understands American history, politics and public opinion. He's not religious himself and has a great command of English as well as a considerable se...more
It answered for me many questions about the current situation in the Middle East that I had always had but never bothered to pursue and it did it in the way I like best, a broadbrush overview of the arc of history from when Mohammed was born to 9-11.
Ansary did an admirable job of explaining why the west and the Muslim world don't get along, we're not debating the same things, talking at cross purposes.
Here are som...more
Before that -- I found of value his account of early Islam, and o...more
Tamim Ansary has the gift of presenting complex historical events in a simple, summarized narrative. Given the book covers from the founding of Islam to the current day, it's quite impressive that he is able to succinc...more
Ujaran tentang kepakan kupu-kupu yang menuai badai adalah fondasi kuat filsafat chaos (kaos) yang marak di era modern. Intinya, itu adalah runutan panjang dari hukum kausalitas yang tidak melihat variabel sebatas a dan b, tapi juga dampak panjang. Kajian ini marak sebagai sebuah langkah preventif, dan juga evaluatif. Di bidang sejarah, hal se...more
Still, it's an excellent if irreverent overview of important things that I did not understand (and still don't, fully) with particularly good sections on the first deca...more