Destiny Disrupted Book

Destiny Disrupted


  • Author : Mir Tamim Ansary
  • Publisher : ReadHowYouWant.com
  • Release Date : 2010
  • Genre: Civilization, Islamic / History
  • Pages : 666
  • ISBN 10 : 9781458760210

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Destiny Disrupted Excerpt :

Discusses the history of the world from an Islamic perspective, explaining the evolution of the Muslim community while recounting the history of the Western world with respect to Islamic events and interpretations.

West of Kabul  East of New York Book
Score: 4.5
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West of Kabul East of New York


  • Author : Tamim Ansary
  • Publisher : Farrar, Straus and Giroux
  • Release Date : 2003-03-01
  • Genre: Political Science
  • Pages : 304
  • ISBN 10 : 9781429935968

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West of Kabul East of New York Excerpt :

A passionate personal journey through two cultures in conflict Shortly after militant Islamic terrorists destroyed the World Trade Center, Tamim Ansary of San Francisco sent an e-mail to twenty friends, telling how the threatened U.S. reprisals against Afghanistan looked to him as an Afghan American. The message spread, and in a few days it had reached, and affected, millions of people-Afghans and Americans, soldiers and pacifists, conservative Christians and talk-show hosts; for the message, written in twenty minutes, was one Ansary had been writing all his life. West of Kabul, East of New York is an urgent communiqué by an American with "an Afghan soul still inside me," who has lived in the very different worlds of Islam and the secular West. The son of an Afghan man and the first American woman to live as an Afghan, Ansary grew up in the intimate world of Afghan family life, one never seen by outsiders. No sooner had he emigrated to San Francisco than he was drawn into the community of Afghan expatriates sustained by the dream of returning to their country -and then drawn back to the Islamic world himself to discover the nascent phenomenon of militant religious fundamentalism. Tamim Ansary has emerged as one of the most eloquent voices on the conflict between Islam and the West. His book is a deeply personal account of the struggle to reconcile two great civilizations and to find some point in the imagination where they might meet.

Games without Rules Book
Score: 4.5
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Games without Rules


  • Author : Tamim Ansary
  • Publisher : PublicAffairs
  • Release Date : 2012-11-27
  • Genre: History
  • Pages : 416
  • ISBN 10 : 9781610390958

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Games without Rules Excerpt :

Today, most Westerners still see the war in Afghanistan as a contest between democracy and Islamist fanaticism. That war is real; but it sits atop an older struggle, between Kabul and the countryside, between order and chaos, between a modernist impulse to join the world and the pull of an older Afghanistan: a tribal universe of village republics permeated by Islam. Now, Tamim Ansary draws on his Afghan background, Muslim roots, and Western and Afghan sources to explain history from the inside out, and to illuminate the long, internal struggle that the outside world has never fully understood. It is the story of a nation struggling to take form, a nation undermined by its own demons while, every 40 to 60 years, a great power crashes in and disrupts whatever progress has been made. Told in conversational, storytelling style, and focusing on key events and personalities, Games without Rules provides revelatory insight into a country at the center of political debate.

The Invention of Yesterday Book
Score: 4
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The Invention of Yesterday


  • Author : Tamim Ansary
  • Publisher : PublicAffairs
  • Release Date : 2019-10-01
  • Genre: History
  • Pages : 448
  • ISBN 10 : 9781610397971

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The Invention of Yesterday Excerpt :

From language to culture to cultural collision: the story of how humans invented history, from the Stone Age to the Virtual Age Traveling across millennia, weaving the experiences and world views of cultures both extinct and extant, The Invention of Yesterday shows that the engine of history is not so much heroic (battles won), geographic (farmers thrive), or anthropogenic (humans change the planet) as it is narrative. Many thousands of years ago, when we existed only as countless small autonomous bands of hunter-gatherers widely distributed through the wilderness, we began inventing stories--to organize for survival, to find purpose and meaning, to explain the unfathomable. Ultimately these became the basis for empires, civilizations, and cultures. And when various narratives began to collide and overlap, the encounters produced everything from confusion, chaos, and war to cultural efflorescence, religious awakenings, and intellectual breakthroughs. Through vivid stories studded with insights, Tamim Ansary illuminates the world-historical consequences of the unique human capacity to invent and communicate abstract ideas. In doing so, he also explains our ever-more-intertwined present: the narratives now shaping us, the reasons we still battle one another, and the future we may yet create.

Science of the Cosmos  Science of the Soul Book

Science of the Cosmos Science of the Soul


  • Author : William C. Chittick
  • Publisher : Simon and Schuster
  • Release Date : 2013-10-01
  • Genre: Religion
  • Pages : 176
  • ISBN 10 : 9781780744667

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Science of the Cosmos Science of the Soul Excerpt :

With academic courses either encouraging commercialism, or cultivating zealots, Chittick states that it is impossible to understand classical Islamic texts without the years of contemplative study that are anathema to the modern education system. Insisting upon a return to the ways of the ancient wisdom tradition, which saw the quest for knowledge of the soul, the world, and God as a unifying spiritual discipline, Chittick maintains that the study of Islamic texts cannot be treated separately from self-understanding. Fascinating, radical, and a true challenge to modern trends in academic study, this book opens a new debate in Islamic thought.

Walls Book

Walls


  • Author : David Frye
  • Publisher : Simon and Schuster
  • Release Date : 2018-08-21
  • Genre: History
  • Pages : 304
  • ISBN 10 : 9781501172724

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“A lively popular history of an oft-overlooked element in the development of human society” (Library Journal)—walls—and a haunting and eye-opening saga that reveals a startling link between what we build and how we live. With esteemed historian David Frye as our raconteur-guide in Walls, which Publishers Weekly praises as “informative, relevant, and thought-provoking,” we journey back to a time before barriers of brick and stone even existed—to an era in which nomadic tribes vied for scarce resources, and each man was bred to a life of struggle. Ultimately, those same men would create edifices of mud, brick, and stone, and with them effectively divide humanity: on one side were those the walls protected; on the other, those the walls kept out. The stars of this narrative are the walls themselves—rising up in places as ancient and exotic as Mesopotamia, Babylon, Greece, China, Rome, Mongolia, Afghanistan, the lower Mississippi, and even Central America. As we journey across time and place, we discover a hidden, thousand-mile-long wall in Asia's steppes; learn of bizarre Spartan rituals; watch Mongol chieftains lead their miles-long hordes; witness the epic siege of Constantinople; chill at the fate of French explorers; marvel at the folly of the Maginot Line; tense at the gathering crisis in Cold War Berlin; gape at Hollywood’s gated royalty; and contemplate the wall mania of our own era. Hailed by Kirkus Reviews as “provocative, well-written, and—with walls rising everywhere on the planet—timely,” Walls gradually reveals the startling ways that barriers have affected our psyches. The questions this book summons are both intriguing and profound: Did walls make civilization possible? And can we live without them? Find out in this masterpiece of historical recovery and preeminent storytelling.

The Great Caliphs Book

The Great Caliphs


  • Author : Amira K. Bennison
  • Publisher : Yale University Press
  • Release Date : 2014-05-14
  • Genre: History
  • Pages : 255
  • ISBN 10 : 9780300154894

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The Great Caliphs Excerpt :

This endlessly informative history brings the classical Islamic world to lifeIn this accessibly written history, Amira K. Bennison contradicts the common assumption that Islam somehow interrupted the smooth flow of Western civilization from its Graeco-Roman origins to its more recent European and American manifestations. Instead, she places Islamic civilization in the longer trajectory of Mediterranean civilizations and sees the ‘Abbasid Empire (750–1258 CE) as the inheritor and interpreter of Graeco-Roman traditions.At its zenith the ‘Abbasid caliphate stretched over the entire Middle East and part of North Africa, and influenced Islamic regimes as far west as Spain. Bennison’s examination of the politics, society, and culture of the ‘Abbasid period presents a picture of a society that nurtured many of the “civilized” values that Western civilization claims to represent, albeit in different premodern forms: from urban planning and international trade networks to religious pluralism and academic research. Bennison’s argument counters the common Western view of Muslim culture as alien and offers a new perspective on the relationship between Western and Islamic cultures.

Childhood Disrupted Book
Score: 3
From 1 Ratings

Childhood Disrupted


  • Author : Donna Jackson Nakazawa
  • Publisher : Simon and Schuster
  • Release Date : 2016-07-26
  • Genre: Health & Fitness
  • Pages : 304
  • ISBN 10 : 9781476748368

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Childhood Disrupted Excerpt :

An examination of the link between Adverse Childhood Events (ACE's) and adult illnesses.

The Rilke Alphabet Book

The Rilke Alphabet


  • Author : Ulrich Baer
  • Publisher : Fordham University Press
  • Release Date : 2014-04-15
  • Genre: Literary Collections
  • Pages : 264
  • ISBN 10 : 9780823256327

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The Rilke Alphabet Excerpt :

The enduring power of Rainer Maria Rilke’s poetry rests with his claim that all we need for a better life on earth is already given to us, in the here and now. In twenty-six engaging and accessible essays, Ulrich Baer’s The Rilke Alphabet examines this promise by one of the greatest poets in any tradition that even the smallest overlooked word may unlock life’s mysteries to us. Fueled by an unebbing passion and indeed love for Rilke’s poetry, Baer examines twenty-six words that are not only unexpected but also problematic, controversial, and even scandalous in Rilke’s work. In twenty-six mesmerizing essays that eschew jargon and teutonic learnedness for the pleasures and risks of unflinchingly engaging with a great artist’s genius, Baer sheds new light on Rilke’s politics, his creative process, and his deepest and enduring thoughts about life, art, politics, sexuality, love, and death. The Rilke Alphabet shows how Rilke’s work provides an uncannily apt guide to life even in our vexingly postmodern condition. Whether it is a love letter to frogs, a problematic brief infatuation with Mussolini, a sustained reflection on the Buddha, the evasion of the influence of powerful precursors, or the unambiguous assertion that freedom must be lived in order to be known, Rilke’s writings pull us deeply into life. Baer’s decades-long engagement with Rilke as a scholar, translator, and editor of Rilke’s writings allows him to reveal unique aspects of Rilke’s work. The Rilke Alphabet will surprise and delight Rilke fans, intrigue newcomers to his work, and deepen every reader’s sense of the power of poetry to penetrate the mysteries and confusions of our world.

In God s Path Book
Score: 4
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In God s Path


  • Author : Robert G. Hoyland
  • Publisher : Ancient Warfare and Civilizati
  • Release Date : 2015
  • Genre: History
  • Pages : 321
  • ISBN 10 : 9780199916368

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In just over a hundred years--from the death of Muhammad in 632 to the beginning of the Abbasid Caliphate in 750--the followers of the Prophet swept across the whole of the Middle East, North Africa, and Spain. Their armies threatened states as far afield as the Franks in Western Europe and the Tang Empire in China. The conquered territory was larger than the Roman Empire at its greatest expansion, and it was claimed for the Arabs in roughly half the time. How this collection of Arabian tribes was able to engulf so many empires, states, and armies in such a short period of time is a question that has perplexed historians for centuries. Most recent popular accounts have been based almost solely on the early Muslim sources, which were composed centuries later for the purpose of demonstrating that God had chosen the Arabs as his vehicle for spreading Islam throughout the world. In this ground-breaking new history, distinguished Middle East expert Robert G. Hoyland assimilates not only the rich biographical and geographical information of the early Muslim sources but also the many non-Arabic sources, contemporaneous or near-contemporaneous with the conquests. The story of the conquests traditionally begins with the revelation of Islam to Muhammad. In God's Path, however, begins with a broad picture of the Late Antique world prior to the Prophet's arrival, a world dominated by the two superpowers of Byzantium and Sasanian Persia, "the two eyes of the world." In between these empires, in western (Saudi) Arabia, emerged a distinct Arab identity, which helped weld its members into a formidable fighting force. The Arabs are the principal actors in this drama yet, as Hoyland shows, the peoples along the edges of Byzantium and Persia--the Khazars, Bulgars, Avars, and Turks--also played important roles in the remaking of the old world order. The new faith propagated by Muhammad and his successors made it possible for many of the conquered peoples to join the Arabs in creating t

Smart Single Muslimah Book

Smart Single Muslimah


  • Author : Farhat Amin
  • Publisher : Independently Published
  • Release Date : 2021-03-24
  • Genre: Uncategoriezed
  • Pages : 240
  • ISBN 10 : 9798727842829

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Smart Single Muslimah Excerpt :

Are you looking for a God-conscious husband who will be compatible with you? Getting married is one of the most important decisions of your life. So, before you embark on your marriage journey, you need answers so you have clarity and the confidence to find a compatible husband. Smart Single Muslimah is a thought provoking Muslim marriage guide for Muslim women. In the book, you'll discover: How to find a husband How to find out if you are compatible What questions to ask a potential spouse? How to deal with disappointment Adopting a smart Islamic approach to relationships is about following some simple prophetic principles that will help you change your habits and attitudes about getting married. If you want honest pre-marriage advice that addresses contemporary issues you're facing. Then you'll love Farhat Amin's perceptive book. Buy Smart Single Muslimah to begin your marriage journey today!

Be Strong and of Good Courage Book

Be Strong and of Good Courage


  • Author : Dennis Ross
  • Publisher : PublicAffairs
  • Release Date : 2019-09-03
  • Genre: History
  • Pages : 384
  • ISBN 10 : 9781541767645

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Modern Israel's founding fathers provided some of the boldest and most principled leadership of any nation--now Israel needs their example more than ever. Modern Israel's founding fathers provided some of the boldest and most principled leadership of any nation. Now Israel needs their example more than ever.At a time when the political destiny of Israel is more uncertain than at any moment since its modern founding, Be Strong and of Good Courage celebrates the defining generation of leaders who took on the task of safeguarding the country's future. David Ben-Gurion, Menachem Begin, Yitzhak Rabin, and Ariel Sharon were all present at the creation of the new nation in 1948. Over the next sixty years, each experienced moments when the country's existence was directly imperiled. In those moments, Israel needed extraordinary acts of leadership and strategic judgment to secure its future, and these leaders rose to the occasion. The strength they showed allowed them to prevail. Today, Israel may be on the verge of sacrificing the essential character that its greatest citizens fought to secure. This is the story of that epic struggle.

Eastern Woodlands Indians Book

Eastern Woodlands Indians


  • Author : Mir Tamim Ansary
  • Publisher : Capstone Classroom
  • Release Date : 2001-07-01
  • Genre: Juvenile Nonfiction
  • Pages : 36
  • ISBN 10 : 1588104516

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Eastern Woodlands Indians Excerpt :

These book focus on Native American culture by examining geographic and cultural groupings as well as the major nations and tribes within each area.

Islam in Pakistan Book

Islam in Pakistan


  • Author : Muhammad Qasim Zaman
  • Publisher : Princeton University Press
  • Release Date : 2020-08-04
  • Genre: History
  • Pages : 424
  • ISBN 10 : 9780691210735

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Islam in Pakistan Excerpt :

The first book to explore the modern history of Islam in South Asia The first modern state to be founded in the name of Islam, Pakistan was the largest Muslim country in the world at the time of its establishment in 1947. Today it is the second-most populous, after Indonesia. Islam in Pakistan is the first comprehensive book to explore Islam's evolution in this region over the past century and a half, from the British colonial era to the present day. Muhammad Qasim Zaman presents a rich historical account of this major Muslim nation, insights into the rise and gradual decline of Islamic modernist thought in the South Asian region, and an understanding of how Islam has fared in the contemporary world. Much attention has been given to Pakistan's role in sustaining the Afghan struggle against the Soviet occupation in the 1980s, in the growth of the Taliban in the 1990s, and in the War on Terror after 9/11. But as Zaman shows, the nation's significance in matters relating to Islam has much deeper roots. Since the late nineteenth century, South Asia has witnessed important initiatives toward rethinking core Islamic texts and traditions in the interest of their compatibility with the imperatives of modern life. Traditionalist scholars and their institutions, too, have had a prominent presence in the region, as have Islamism and Sufism. Pakistan did not merely inherit these and other aspects of Islam. Rather, it has been and remains a site of intense contestation over Islam's public place, meaning, and interpretation. Examining how facets of Islam have been pivotal in Pakistani history, Islam in Pakistan offers sweeping perspectives on what constitutes an Islamic state.

Inspired Destiny Book

Inspired Destiny


  • Author : Dr. John F. Demartini
  • Publisher : Hay House, Inc
  • Release Date : 2010-07-15
  • Genre: Self-Help
  • Pages : 258
  • ISBN 10 : 1401928625

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Inspired Destiny Excerpt :

Based on a program originally developed for young people seeking purpose and direction in their lives, Dr. John Demartini’s Inspired Destiny has deep meaning for readers of all ages. Whether you’re a young adult or simply young at heart, it will awaken you to your inspired destiny. Do the simple exercises in each chapter and apply what you learn here, and you will come away from this book with an immense vision of yourself, understanding the real difference between being a leader or follower, and see how to set an example for others by doing what you love. You’ll set in motion a far-reaching "ripple effect," beginning the journey of mastering and living a meaningful and inspiring life.