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  • Lost Islamic History

  • Reclaiming Muslim Civilisation from the Past
  • By: Firas Alkhateeb
  • Narrated by: Neil Shah
  • Length: 9 hrs and 6 mins
  • Unabridged Audiobook
  • Categories: History, Middle East
  • 4.9 out of 5 stars (35 ratings)

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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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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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  • 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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  • 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 Jahanzeb Khan
  • 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 is its Dark Ages. A book that all Muslims and Non-Muslims should read.

This is by now 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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  • 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.