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A Short History


"Concise, sympathetic, and clear" Grade: A-- Entertainment Weekly 

"A small gem, bristling with insight and sensitive historical analysis." At the end of the book, Armstrong strongly urges the West to "cultivate a more accurate appreciation of Islam." A good place to start might be with Armstrong's elegant and nuanced history lesson."

- Washington Post

"Islam was and remains a powerful factor in the consciousness of believers, and Armstrong's account of what that faith required and how its adherents tried to adjust its precepts to ever-changing circumstances is a valuable corrective to the hostile caricatures of Islam that circulate in the English-speaking world-engaging, provocative, and often persuasive."

- The New York Times Book Review

No religion in the modern world is as feared and misunderstood as Islam; now, in the wake of recent terrorist attacks, it haunts the popular Western imagination as an extreme faith that promotes authoritarian government, female oppression, and civil war.  Armstrong's short history offers a vital corrective to this narrow view.  She issues a forceful challenge to those who hold the belief that the West and Islam are civilizations set on a collision course.  Her book is a model of authority, elegance, and economy.

KAREN ARMSTRONG, one of the foremost commentators on religious affairs, is the best-selling author of A History of God (1993), The Battle for God (2000), and Buddha (2001), among many others.  Having spent seven years as a Roman Catholic nun, she left her order in 1969 and took a B. Litt. at Oxford, taught modern literature at the University of London, and headed the English department of a public girls' school.  She became a freelance writer and broadcaster in 1982 and in 1983 worked in the Middle East on a six-part documentary television series on the life and works of St. Paul.  Her other television work has included "Varieties of Religious Experience" (1984) and "Tongues of Fire" (1985); the latter resulted in an anthology by that name on religious and poetic expression.  In 1996 she participated in Bill Moyers' television series "Genesis."  She teaches at the Leo Baeck College for the Study of Judaism and the Training of Rabbis and Teachers and was awarded the 1999 Muslim Public Affairs Council Media Award.  

Original publication date: August 2000

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