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Publisher's Summary

Islam has been one of the most powerful religious, social, and political forces in history. Over the last 1,400 years, from origins in Arabia, a succession of Muslim polities, and later empires expanded to control territories and peoples that ultimately stretched from southern France to East Africa and South East Asia.

Yet many of the contributions of Muslim thinkers, scientists, and theologians, not to mention rulers, statesmen, and soldiers, have been occluded. This book rescues from oblivion and neglect some of these personalities and institutions while offering the listener a new narrative of this lost Islamic history. The Umayyads, Abbasids, and Ottomans feature in the story, as do Muslim Spain, the savannah kingdoms of West Africa, and the Mughal Empire, along with the later European colonization of Muslim lands and the development of modern nation-states in the Muslim world. 

Throughout, the impact of Islamic belief on scientific advancement, social structures, and cultural development is given due prominence, and the narrative is complemented by portraits of key personalities, inventions, and little known historical nuggets. The history of Islam and of the world's Muslims brings together diverse peoples, geographies, and states, all interwoven into one narrative that begins with Muhammad and continues to this day.

©2017 Firas Alkhateeb (P)2020 Tantor

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Rich History

This book provides an honest but objective study of Muslim History sine qua non currently

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  • Allan
  • 27-12-20

1400 Years of Islamic History in Under 10 Hours

Follow the Muslim world from its inception in the heart of Arabia until the present. A succinct presentation and overview of the forces, sects, individuals, empires, battles, and many other categories of events that shaped not only the Middle East, but the world since 600 AD. The book transcends typical notions of Islamic lands and dedicates sections to specific regions such as North Africa, the Middle East, South Asia, South East Asia, the Balkans, and Central Asia. You will be well on your way to becoming an expert on the Muslim world after this listen, I guarantee it.

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  • Anonymous User
  • 08-11-20

Excellent summary

Excellent short summary of 1400 years history of Islam and political figures following this divine religion.

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  • Haroon
  • 03-05-22

Well written, concise history

Book is a great, concise yet complete history of Islam. Almost all major events, personalities and aspects of Islamic history are covered.

Narrator made some pronunciation errors. He could have researched better to more accurate.

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  • azadmajeed
  • 30-12-21

Excellent!!!

This is a great introduction to Islamic history. it is beautiful how big topics are condensed into small easy to understand concepts. I highly, highly recommend this book..

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  • Frederick E. Dennstedt
  • 13-12-21

Truly polemical

I wasted my time with this book. It was about glorifying Islam and it's adherents. For example, the conquest of the world from Spain to India (an imperial endeavor as far as I could tell) was glorious while the imperialism of the non Islam world was awful! One of the best examples of the author's blindness to the dark side of Islam was a chapter about the Christian enslavement of West Africans compared to a one sentence mention of the enslavement of East Africans by the Omanis!

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  • Marvin Martin
  • 31-10-21

Good overview of Islamic history

A very useful ( for the non-expert) overview of Islamic history from an Islamic perspective. I found the author to be reasonably fair-minded.

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  • Miguel K
  • 06-10-21

wonderful comprehensive summary

loved the logical flow and sequence of events. well written and read clearly and vividly

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  • R. Wajahat Izaat Arthur
  • 12-09-21

Great book

This was a fantastic book. There were alot of important information about Islam that I found about listening to this audio book.

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  • ahmed bajwa
  • 05-07-21

Brief but thorough walkthrough of Islamic history

An enjoyable and interesting recap of all major occurrences in Islamic history. The author does a great job of remaining neutral while presenting captivating information about the period in detail. The voice narration is a bit dry, but did an effective job of covering the material.

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  • Saad
  • 25-06-21

A Masterpiece!

It's amazing how world history books are usually about European Christian history and skip over the Golden Age of Islam, which happened while Europe was in its Dark Ages. A book that all Muslims and Non-Muslims should read.

This is in no way a complete detailed history of Islam, but rather an introduction to Islamic History. Feels like an amazing preface to a more detailed history book that I would love to read one day, if and when it comes from the same author.

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  • Amazon Customer
  • 27-05-21

A great dive into the forgotten history of Islam!

I’m so happy I found this gem of a book. So much of the history I thought I knew is so one sided.

Thank you for exploring the significant time stamps of Islamic history, and bringing to light such a rich and dynamic world stemming 1400 years back. The narration was very good and the flow of the book was seamless, I listened to the whole thing in one sitting as it was too interesting to put down.

I’m inspired to do some further reading on the topic of the Caliphs and the fall of the Arab world in the last century.

Overall, I recommend this to anyone who is looking to find out more about the journey of the muslims since the Prophet and how Islam was implemented throughout time, as well as its contributions to our world today.

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  • Sarah
  • 15-05-22

A truly amazing book

Written and narrated beautifully - I throughly enjoyed this book and would highly recommend to all Muslims especially the ones who have been made ashamed of our past by false propaganda and rhetoric.

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  • fatima ghazi
  • 09-04-22

Read with little enthusiasm

A very important book, read with little enthusiasm or interest from the narrator. Trying to pay attention was hard

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  • Client d'Amazon
  • 18-03-22

Mind-blowing and eye opening!!!

The audio book was really enjoyable and I could listen with ease to this really important book. Anyone curious about the current state of our world should read/listen to this book!!

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  • abdi hakin
  • 17-10-21

Excellent!

As a lover of history, this book has clearly laid out Islamic history that is never taught in the mainstream sources. It's an absolute must for anyone who wishes to understand Islamic History. It should be in the reading/listening list of anyone who loves history.

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  • Anonymous User
  • 17-07-21

Firas Alkhateeb

Excellent historic brief. Very objective, accurate unbiased account with excellent clear English. Highly recommend for all.

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  • Bilal A.
  • 09-01-21

A remarkable work

Loved it, highly beneficial for the average reader, very well narrated by Neil Shah. Kudos!