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Die unbekannte Mitte der Welt by Tamim Ansary
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Aug 11, 2011

really liked it
bookshelves: non-fiction, history, in-german
Read from July 09 to August 11, 2011

World history from the Islamic point of view, yes, but written very much with the Western reader in mind, which is fair enough, presumably Middle Worlders don't need this kind of broadstroke overview. Ansary uses analogies with concepts that will be familiar to his audience in order to make things clearer and more easily digestible: for example when describing the gap left by the death of Mohammed, he points out that when a saint dies, you can't just appoint a new one in his place, and on the other hand when a king dies, people don't say 'Wouldn't it be good to have a king again some day?'. Mostly these analogies were extremely helpful, but I wasn't too sure about comparing the beginnings of the Muslim Brotherhood with the Boy Scouts. But what would I know. Sometimes his jokey facetious remarks irritated me a little, but, heck, I finished it, so they can't have been too distracting. It was published in 2009, so long before the Arab Spring of this year, but to Ansary's credit, he does emphasise the huge and growing gap between the privileged technocrats and the indigent rural inhabitants of Middle World countries, and how isolated the latter group are from the political process. Quite acute of him, I think.
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35.0% "Excellent chapter 7 on scholarship, philosophy and Sufism."
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message 1: by Cynthia (new)

Cynthia Hmmmm....sounds like a pretty good overview.

·Karen· Thanks, C, yes it is. Valuable.

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