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"ISLAM,A Short History" by Karen Armstrong NY 2000

    In her short, compact book, "ISLAM" replete with maps, glossaries and a chronology of significant events Karen Armstrong, a religious writer who galvanized readers with her previous works, "Buddha" and "The Battle for God", has outlined the beliefs and politics of Islam from its beginnings in the seventh century with the life of the prophet, Muhammed, up until the present day.
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Kind Of History

Time of history:    -   1990's    -   1000-1600 AD    -   0-1000 AD History of religion?    -   Yes Religion?    -   Muslims!

Subjects of this Historical Account

Religion? (if plays a major part)    -   Muslims! Is the portrayal sympathetic?    -   Sympathetic Intelligence of subject of history:    -   Smart

Setting

Asia/Pacific    -   Yes Asian country:    -   The 'stans    -   Pacific Islands    -   India    -   China    -   Pakistan    -   Iraq    -   Iran/Persia Middle East?    -   Yes

Writing Style

How much gore?    -   9 () How fast-paced is the book?    -   8 () Accounts of torture and death?    -   explicit references to deaths Book makes you feel...    -   challenged How much focus on stories of individuals?    -   Focuses mostly on history of key players How much romance?    -   4 () Maps necessary?    -   Necessary maps provided Length of book    -   150-200 pages How much emphasis on small details?    -   4 ()

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