Islam: A Short History

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Islam: A Short History
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Author Karen Armstrong
Country United Kingdom
Subject Islamic History
Publisher Modern Library
Publication date
Pages 272
ISBN 0-8129-6618-X
Followed by The Battle for God

Islam: A Short History is a 2000 book by the British writer Karen Armstrong, a former Roman Catholic nun and author of popular books about the history of religion. Armstrong condemns the West for being prejudiced about Islam since the Crusades, yet writing about present-day Muslims. Armstrong says that when they look at Western society, "they see no light, no heart, no spirituality." She writes in preface, on Muslims:

Their chief duty was to create a just community in which all members, even the most weak and vulnerable, were treated with absolute respect. The experience of building such a society and living in it would give them intimations of the divine, because they would be living in accordance with God’s will.[1]


  1. ^ Armstrong, Karen (2000). Islam: A Short History. ISBN 0-8129-6618-X.  Preface. xi