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The House of Islam: A Global History Paperback – 29 May 2018
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In the first segment of the book, named as A Millenium of Power we get to know the origin of Islam with the story of Prophet in detail from his birth and establishment of Kuran to the scenarios after his death whose roots are still spreading in various different seen and unseen forms even today. I also learned how the Islam is not only divided into Sunni and Shi'a but actually even more groups and knowing the difference between their practices, their habits, praying style isn't that hard too.
And I dove deeper into it, the stories of all kind and the variations of the came forward to explain to me how people who have heard only one side of it may react to the others. This part of the book also unfolded a detailed history of the segment of Islam I consider the most interesting, the Sufism, and I got to read the story of one of my favourites, Rumi.
Some of the stories in it inspired me, some taught me a lesson and many were just the result of some political and corrupt agendas which left me thinking.
The second part of the book gave us the deepest analysis of the diversity in Muslim opinions that we see today along with the influences of various other communities towards it. The most interesting segment of it was the connections behind all the militant groups and the thoughts driving them, making even suicide bombing an act of justice. There were many pages in it which just made me think how confused and actually wrong I have been about various historical moments and people.
This part has followed the changes Islam went through as the west rose to power and how the community that once ruled and developed most of the planet was struggling, and it somehow made me feel a deeper connection as a human towards these stories and explanations. The points of dedication and morals made me rethink how I've been treating life and how much more I can explore about all the other communities present out there.
Before moving to the next part, I actually got a knowledgeable friend to explain me the writings of the book and somehow his words matched the book's and I gained more confidence to break some wisdom barriers in my life.
The fourth and last part of the book tells us the glory and power that Islam still holds and how it will affect the future for the whole planet deeply connecting everything that I've read so far in this book and also got me thinking how many efforts must have been given to the book by the author to bring out such a masterpiece with almost every answer to the questions my mind was erupting with.
This book is the bridge between the west and Islam, between the ignorant and wise and I can easily recommend this to everyone beyond their nationality, caste and religion. More than being wise, this book was also enjoyable which kept me going on.
It separates the original Islamic ideas and cultures that were stated by the prophet himself from that which are just propagated by the media or the pseudo religious leaders. It talks about the misperceived ideas that most people have about Islam's take on race, gender and sexuality. It shows us a picture that today's media won't.
I recommend this book to EVERYBODY. To the Westerners, the Easterners and also to the people to consider themselves to be the follower of this religion. I promise the journey would be delightful and eye-opening.
I think it would be safe to first point out; that I am not exactly a religious nor a spiritual human being. I have no interest in my own religious identity, though I do not begrudge or judge anyone else for their own.
Yet I still have this innate interest in actually understanding what constitutes in a religion exactly – and when I got this opportunity to read (and review) this beautiful book about the history of Islam.
Now, unless you are living under a rock, you would know that Islam is considered to be one of the most discriminated religions – and if you only have a hint of Muslim in your name or your appearance, then it becomes the norm for you to be scrutinised or even seen as a threat.
This is the saddest thing ever & I can’t even begin to imagine what Muslims must go through every day in their lives with this threat hanging over their heads!
THE HOUSE OF ISLAM is touted to be a comprehensive history about the religion – it’s origins, it’d development and it’s current position in the world order. And it definitely is that – I adored finding about a religion that has oh so fascinated me since I could understand religion.
I would definitely recommend this book, especially if you are a newbie to this religion like I am – it is definitely a wonderfully enjoyable book; but even through it all, I could see & feel the biasness of the author in the words written. So I wouldn’t expect this to be an unbiased version of Islamic History, but it definitely an eye opener!
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