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Islam by Karen Armstrong
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Jun 05, 2012

really liked it
Read from June 17 to 25, 2012

Written in a sparse, straightforward style that I've come to expect from Karen Armstrong's writing, this book introduced me to a time in history and a religion that I knew so little about. As the title implies, it is a short history; regardless it packs a punch. It should be required reading for high schoolers and on a too-read list for anyone that is intellectually curious but knows little or nothing about Islam beyond what is in the news and tossed around in conversation. Would a Christian really want the likes of Westboro Christian Church's or abortion doctor killers to represent the name of Christianity? I think not. Likewise the fundamentalist of Islam that grab the headlines have little to do with the heart and soul and intellectualism that make up the core of this monotheistic religion. Highly recommended to everyone.

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