Essay on The Muslim World By Tamim Ansary

1564 Words Nov 17th, 2016 7 Pages
The “Muslim World” is a region, rocked by conflict, with a complex history. The boundaries of said Muslim World are ambiguously defined and it is shrouded in numerous preconceived notions by different cultures. Destiny Disrupted by Tamim Ansary is account of the Islamic World through Islamic eyes. Ansary takes the reader through the progression of Islam which is a faith that has both spiritual and political aspects. Although Ansary focuses mainly on the political progression of the Muslim state, he gives adequate attention to the fundamental societal and cultural changes that shaped Islamic Civilization. Tamim Ansary, born in Afghanistan and currently residing in San Francisco, offers an important insight for the western world. Living in the west, specifically America, one often gets the impression, and material is presented in a way, that history is a chronological timeline of events that led to the creation of America. Destiny Disrupted creates a remarkable shift in how we view historical events. Instead of a linear timeline, history is a complex matrix of interwoven events all occurring on an arc.
Due to the sheer volume of events that have occurred during the 1438 years of what has been defined as Islamic History, Ansary had to choose what he deemed the most influential in Islamic History. The first of these events and one of the first Chapters of the book is The Hijra. The Hijra (severing of ties) is an event that marks the migration of the Prophet Muhammad and his…

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