Dari Puncak Bagdad: Sejarah Dunia Versi Islam
Bukalah buku pelajaran sejarah dunia mana pun, maka kerap kita temukan sejarah yang selalu diceritakan dari sudut pandang barat, dalam urutan yang sudah baku, mulai dari Lembah Nil dan Mesopotamia, melalui Yunani dan Roma lalu Revolusi Prancis, hingga bangkitnya negara sekuler dan kejayaan demokrasi. Islam hanya merupakan sebuah bab pendek dalam kis ...more
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
History has long been my favorite subject. I loved it in primary school, all the way through choosing to dig in more with graduate studies. History of just about any time, any region, any macro or micro subject. But let's be honest - sometimes the way that hist ...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
When I got this book I had an idea that I would gain some insight into world history as seen through Islamic eyes. I guess I got a little of that, but mostly it was a quick trip through a very vast subject. We, for instance, got to see what was happening in the Arab world when the Crusaders showed up; things like that. There was a lot of glaring omissions, though. The wealthy, gold-rich Islamic kingdoms ...more
If you are at all interested in reading about the rise and fall of the Muslim world from the 7th century to the 21st, I wholeheartedly recommend Destiny Di ...more
I shall cleanse my palette by reading some Charles Taylor
This book is essentially world history for the perspective of Islam. This is a book that is seriously needed, because from my experience, we either ignore Islamic culture as so much historical backwater, or treat it as a caricature hyped up after events of 9/11. As usual, the story is not so simple.
Probably mirroring the experience of many Americans, Islam wasn't really on my radar until the dreaded experience of 9/11. I remember someone calling my mom, my mom ...more
For starters, Ansary notes what shoul ...more