Islam And Karen Armstrong's Islam: A Short History

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Islam is arguably one of the most misunderstood and relevant topics in modern Western society. Few subjects inspire such fear and hatred in so many people, especially in the United States. While the attacks on September 11th undoubtedly weigh heavily on the American psyche regarding Muslims, an examination of Islam’s long history shows that this Western wariness of the religion long predates any modern terror attack. However, while Karen Armstrong’s Islam: A Short History certainly explores these centuries of conflict between Islam and the West, it also, more importantly, communicates stunning similarities between the ideologies and histories of both civilizations, along with ironies and hypocrisies that would give pause to even the most ardent
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