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  1. Kailana
    Kailana February 17, 2012 at 5:24 pm |

    This sounds rather interesting.

  2. Joanne
    Joanne February 18, 2012 at 4:22 am |

    I’d love to read this. I’ve just finished watching a fascinating BBC tv series on the Crusades (it was called The Crusades and it was presented by Dr Thomas Ashbridge – I can recommend it) but there was so much information to take in.

    1. Rebecca Reid
      Rebecca Reid February 20, 2012 at 8:30 am |

      Joanne » I think I found the book version of Asbridge’s documentary…it’s on my tbr. This is certainly eye-opening when I realized how one-sided my view of history is from an American/non-Islamic upbringing.

  3. Amy
    Amy February 18, 2012 at 8:11 am |

    This does sound like a really great book and I’m sure I could benefit from reading it as well. I want to learn more about history like this – full history by seeing it from different eyes.

    1. Rebecca Reid
      Rebecca Reid February 20, 2012 at 8:31 am |

      Amy » yes, it was nice that he gave such a huge overview in such a little volume. It is only his take, though, so I must make sure to read more books like it to get a better view.

  4. Jenny
    Jenny February 18, 2012 at 1:17 pm |

    I have been wanting a book basically exactly like this! Well, what I most wanted was something that talked about the Arab influences on the Renaissance, but it sounds like this book covers that and very much more. Yay!

    1. Rebecca Reid
      Rebecca Reid February 20, 2012 at 8:34 am |

      Jenny » Destiny Disrupted certainly touches on Arab influences of the European Renaissance, but it’s certainly not the focus. I have a huge list of Islamic history books to read: sounds like maybe you are looking for something more like Aristotle’s Children which seems to focus on the rediscovery of Greek thought during the Renaissance (something Arabs directly contributed to). I haven’t read it yet, but sounds more like what you mention.

  5. Debbie Rodgers
    Debbie Rodgers February 18, 2012 at 8:30 pm |

    I’ve often marveled at how different the viewpoint on history is between what I learned in school in Canada and friends learned in the US – history is SO not unbiased, no matter who writes it, so we just have to educate ourselves about differing viewpoints.Thanks for the recommendation of this book to aid in said education!

    1. Rebecca Reid
      Rebecca Reid February 20, 2012 at 8:38 am |

      Debbie Rodgers » Every time I think “I should go back to school,” I think, nope, I’m enjoying my self-education much better! There are so many viewpoints to study. Thanks for weighing in. I’m curious — for you, was Canadian education full of WORLD history, including Islamic and Asian history, or did it remain Western-history biased as it seemed my American education obviously was?

      1. Debbie Rodgers
        Debbie Rodgers February 20, 2012 at 9:35 am |

        Oh, definitely western-history biased; the most “Asian” we ever got was Marco Polo lol

        I perceive most of the differences to lie in 1) the scope of British history studied and our attitude toward the British Empire, including our view of American Independence 2) our more-or-less lack of exposure to American history – although we did pick up an AWFUL lot of that through the media, popular literature and so on, our ‘culture’ being more-or-less dominated by America; 3) your lack of exposure to Canadian history (I daresay the average Canadian knows a WHOLE LOT more about America and its history that the average American knows of Canada), 4) our view of the role of America in the World Wars and 5) the War of 1812.

        Given all that, and that both educations are still western-centric, I wonder if there is such a thing as objectivity, especially in history. Even in current events, how we perceive the ‘truth’ of an event is determined by our nationality, education (formal and on-going), political bias, the bias of any information source we use, our life experiences, and a myriad of other things.

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