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Published May 29th 2018 by Bloomsbury Publishing
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Nadia - on a break
Jun 05, 2019 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: non-fiction
I was brought up Catholic but other religions have always intrigued me. Living in a cosmopolitan place like London, I feel lucky to have friends with different religious beliefs including Islam and I'm proud that in 2016 London has become the first major European city with a Muslim mayor. In the last two decades, Islam in the West has been judged, condemned and often portrayed as something to fear. Islam is largely misunderstood mainly due to the western stigma surrounding Islam associated with ...more
Jun 03, 2018 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Although I am not a religious person, I am intrigued by the intricacies of all of the religions. Islam fascinates me the most, and not only because of the events of past few years and decades. There has been a lot of focus on the terrorist attacks around the globe, where the perpetrators have been overwhelmingly Muslim. These attacks have substantially been carried out against Western countries. The reason given by those perpetrators who are still alive, is the bombing of Syria. But is there a d ...more
May 21, 2019 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: netgalley
After listening to a History Extra podcast interview of Ed Husain in which historian Tom Holland repeatedly interrupted and talked over the author, I immediately went looking for book in question-- it was clearly the only way I was going to find out what Husain actually had to say. Link:

Holland, someone whose work on the ancient world I usually enjoy, was the writer and presenter of a controversial 2012 tv show called Islam: The Untold Story. The program
Lee Peckover
Jul 05, 2018 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
This is an absolutely outstanding and fascinating look at Islam which has given me a huge amount of insight I could not have accessed otherwise.

As an outsider looking in, Islam and much of what formed the core of the belief system around it can seem a little confusing and difficult to access. I have previously made attempts at better understanding Islam without much success. I have worked in schools in which 90% of the children I taught were Muslim, I have visited Mosques, and I have read The Qu
Ed Husain is a fair and reasonable source of information on Islam. He and Maajid Nawaz are the co-founders of Quilliam. They are anti-extremist and can almost make me believe Islam can be liberal. Almost. It is a religion ripe for reform. However, the majority of Muslims, and the Quran, reject any possibility of reform. It is a shame. One reviewer noted the contrast between the early, more peaceful passages in the Quran and the later, decidedly less peaceful ones. The answer lies in the "law of ...more
Dec 04, 2018 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
The House of Islam: A Global History by Ed Husain was a truly fascinating read and very insightful.

I am a Muslim but I was born and raised in Australia. I found a lot of the issues that Husain discussed very foreign to me. I was raised by my immediate family and extended family that promoted eduction, equality, respect, follow the law and to learn for ourselves. As a girl, teenager and now young woman I was never told what I have to wear, where to go, what to do, when to do it, who can and cann
A book that left me largely disappointed.

First the positive - despite the book being a global "history", it does not focus on being an exclusive history. It also deals with cultural matters, societal norms and contemporary developments. This multi-disciplinary approach is appreciated. There is much that the author gets right in the book - for instance, the view that Salafism-Wahhabism forms the epicenter of the challenges of terrorism; or the argument that the West (predominantly the U.S.) does
Vidhya Thakkar
Jul 24, 2018 rated it it was amazing

The house of Islam tells about the different aspect of Islamic Culture. This book is divided into four parts, a millennium of power, the rise of anger, the rise of the west and the loss of Muslim confidence and Islams global staying power. Each part describes the depth of Islamic culture.  What is Islam, who is Muslim, Their culture, their history, their struggle, everything is described by the author in a crisp way.  This book has detailed information, facts about Islamic culture, their situati
Suraj Kumar
Sep 15, 2018 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
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The House of Islam by Ed Husain is a remarkable book that clears several misconceptions surrounding Islam. In this book, he accounts for the present situation of Islam, that is for the negative spotlight in which it is viewed in the present time. He does so first by explaining what Islam truly is and then goes on to trace the course of Islam after the Prophet’s death which eventually led Islam to where it is standing presently.

The book
May 24, 2018 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
An insightful look at Islam and the historical journey of 'modern' muslims. It captures the political/economic struggles between religion and the West and even the layered intricacies of Arab vs non-Arab muslims.

The author also has a way of shining a light on things that you may have already known but he frames them in a very pragmatic and articulate way. For instance the passages on the Enlightenment era - many of us know that some of the 'great' philosophers came up with some interesting and
Rachel Dick Plonka
The author of this book is obviously coming from a more Western/liberal approach, and I really appreciate that he was able to be very candid about the issues facing the Muslim and Arab world, including jihadism, Salafism, and oppression of women while still conveying the beauty and mystery of the Muslim faith.
Jan 05, 2019 rated it it was amazing
Non-fiction has never been my game. It's too full of facts, too dry, too realistic with lengthy sentences. I find reading fictionalized accounts of real events much more enjoyable and relatable rather than reading about the event itself. The House of Islam changed that.

The book talks about a topic that is centuries old and yet so relevant in the modern world. It talks about the origins of Islam, the nature of its people, their struggle into acceptance into society and how despite all that they d
Oct 06, 2018 rated it it was ok  ·  review of another edition
I was excited to read this book as it appeared to be just what Islam needs today to explain itself to the non-Muslim world. However, it came across as too apologetic in many places. I strongly disagreed with the author's chapter on the Israel/Palestine issue. His recommendations for the future of the Middle East had holes in it that even I could poke through... and I am not any kind of political expert or historian. For example, he proposes that the Middle East should make peace with Israel so t ...more
Nick Parkinson
Nov 16, 2019 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
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Personal, clever and clear, House of Islam: The Hearts and Minds of a Billion Believers was a wonderful surprise. I saw it at the library and picked it up without ever having heard of Ed Husain. What I found was a brilliant book that juggled an ambitious scope with a smart structure, clear writing, interesting historical titbits, spiritual reflections and practical policy measures.

I shouldn't be surprised. Ed Husain's previous work—The Islamist: Why I Joined Radical Islam in Britain, What I Saw
Murtaza Kuwarawala
Jul 25, 2018 rated it it was amazing
I have so many reviews pending at this moment and have been procrastinating for quite a while on when to post the same. A lot of contemplation and I finally decided to take charge and go ahead on doing what is right which is helping people around chose good book. It has been a pretty long time since I picked up a Non-fiction book and this book turned out to be the perfect contender with everything that goes around the world. Read ahead to know my take on the book.


'Islam began as a stranger
Vidur Kapur
A well-written, informative, scholarly work from Ed Husain. House of Islam is a fascinating look at the history of Islam, but also a sombre reflection on how Islam has mutated over the centuries. For hundreds of years, its followers created relatively pluralistic and tolerant societies, confident enough to be open to new ideas from Greece, India and elsewhere. Yet, with the rise of Wahhabism in the 18th Century, the deadly alliance of this puritanical form of Islam with the Saudi regime, and the ...more
Susan Steed
Aug 19, 2018 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
This book is attempting to do a *lot* of things. First, it is trying to explain key concepts of Islam, secondly to chart out key historical events in Islam, Third apply all this to current challenges within Islam and the rise of ISIS, as well as set out the authors personal political viewpoints.

I found this stuff on Islam through history most interesting, and feel I understand now why attitudes within Islam, e.g. like drinking wine, are so varied in different regions. Although this is about the
Uday Singh
Jun 23, 2018 rated it it was amazing
I fell for the book as soon as I saw the beautiful cover and as I started to read it I was adoring the writing style which was so subtle and interesting that it made me read the first of the four parts of it in a single day. And as I moved forward, the book dealt with the whole understanding of Islam as a religion, a culture and a historical heritage, which is so diverse and rich in itself that I wasn't sure if I'll be able to take it all in at once, but thanks to the author's creativeness, the ...more
Diyali Bhattacharya
In a world where there are shootings in schools, countries going up in smokes, hatred and meaningless killings, all in the name of holy religion, The House of Islam becomes an important book. It strives to return faith in a religion that has faced scrutiny since time immemorial. It provides a birds-eye-view of Islam as a religion and informs the ignorant about its various nuances.

Being a British-Muslim, the author's viewpoint acts as the perfect juxtaposition of both the Eastern and Western ideo
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House of Islam is a fascinating book that explores Islam from the very start . It tries to give us an engaging introduction to the religion from Mohammad, through the struggles, to the modern times. And does an impeccable job at that. The book is very well researched and the facts stated are so very informative, insightful and intriguing. The writing is also very easy to follow and thus keeps even a layman invested in the book.

It separates the original Is
Shahiron Sahari
Aug 31, 2018 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Informative, enlightening and very readable work by a former extremist who is now working as a bridge between East and West on Islamic issues, especially on the scourge of the Salafi-Wahhabi school - ISIS, Al-Qaeda, Boko Haram etc - whom he argues are descendants of the original Kharijites from Mohamed's time and are really considered 'outside the religion'.
The problem is that, with funding from Saudi Arabia, these groups are having an outsize influence on the world and on other adherents to th
Aug 14, 2018 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: summer-2018
Everyone should read this book; incredibly informative about Islam, it's origins, aims and divisions. I learnt a lot about Islam that I never realised. This book aims to educate the general public about Islam, in a way different to the often sensationalist news we read. Husain gives some very interesting points about the growing problem of extremism can be conquered.
Jul 09, 2019 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
This book taught me so much about Islam - a religion that many non Muslims discuss with little depth of knowledge. A voice of reason amidst the clamour - recommended.
Maureen Macartney
May 06, 2019 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Ponderous yet insightful book.
Aug 08, 2018 rated it it was amazing
This has been - by far - the best educative book on religion I’ve ever read - and as a law and political science student I have read a great deal of those. I will keep my review short as there are not many words necessary to tell anybody why.

First off, the current political climate in Western countries has created an environment in which most Muslims feel (and are) unwelcome. If you live in one of those countries, please trust me when I say that all the news you hear off does not do any justice
Anas Ahamed
Mar 19, 2020 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
The voice of reasoning amid the insanity going on across the globe over religion. Ed is sincerely trying to explain the challenges current middle east and the Muslim culture is trying to overcome.
His approach is highly positive and considering that he served as an adviser to Tony Blair over Middle east issues, it’s worth reading what he has to say.

His philosophy is quite simple, even if Middle east overcomes the Salafi/Wahabi sect induced extremism, west still need to put a great deal, underst
Sandeep Dash
Conclusive but not comprehensive. Where was India?
Joseph Spuckler
Oct 08, 2020 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: religion
House of Islam: A Global History by Ed Husain is a history and explanation of Islam by an educated Western Moslem. Husain is a writer, adjunct senior fellow for Middle Eastern studies at the Council on Foreign Relations in New York, and a former senior advisor at the Tony Blair Faith Foundation. He is the author of The Islamist, a book about political Islamism and an account of his five years as an Islamist activist. Husain cofounded, with Maajid Nawaz, the counter-extremism organization the Qui ...more
Tanzeel haider
I will give this book 2/5 stars - a just passing mark

I found lot of problems with the author present his opinions in lot of matter. Till the time he was mentioning historical facts, all was okay, the sections where he opines on something - that caused problems. The author should understand that not all Muslims will have same thoughts, same understanding, same solutions to the problems but he presents it like that. He wants the world to have peace, but Islam focuses more on justice than peace. To
Nivedita Dhar
Jul 23, 2018 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition

Hello Bookworms what’s up! Well i just finished this book on Monday night and for the majority part of this book “The House Of Islam” i was like yeah ok, it’s good, and then suddenly i started to feel monotonous about author’s biased comments on Islamic countries and their rituals, but then i read those last few pages and that was like wow and made me bump up my ratings on this book from 3 to 4. I consider that this book has become one of my favourite book, and undoubtedly the ending part of thi
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