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Islam by Karen Armstrong
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Jul 09, 11

bookshelves: muslim-studies
Read from June 28 to July 09, 2011

A little dry in some areas, but well written overall. It's kind of disappointing that the author has to spell out some things that should be common sense, like the fact that the Middle East contributed to Europe's Renaissance, that the Middle East was at one time THE world power, etc. etc. I suppose that's unsurprising though, considering the way the region and religion is portrayed in modern media. After reading this I have a better, though shallow, understanding of the history of the region and the religion as well as the different branches of Islam and what they practice.

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