ARC Review: The House of Islam: A Global History by Ed Husain

A fascinating and revelatory exploration of the intricacies of Islam and the inner psyche of the Muslim world from the bestselling author of The Islamist

‘Islam began as a stranger,’ said the Prophet Mohammed, ‘and one day, it will again return to being a stranger.’

The gulf between Islam and the West is widening. A faith rich with strong values and traditions, observed by nearly two billion people across the world, is seen by the West as something to be feared rather than understood. Sensational headlines and hard-line policies spark enmity, while ignoring the feelings, narratives and perceptions that preoccupy Muslims today.

Wise and authoritative, The House of Islam seeks to provide entry to the minds and hearts of Muslims the world over. It introduces us to the fairness, kindness and mercy of Mohammed; the aims of sharia law, through commentary on scripture, to provide an ethical basis to life; the beauty of Islamic art and the permeation of the divine in public spaces; and the tension between mysticism and literalism that still threatens the House of Islam.

The decline of the Muslim world and the current crises of leadership mean that a glorious past, full of intellectual nobility and purpose, is now exploited by extremists and channelled into acts of terror. How can Muslims confront the issues that are destroying Islam from within, and what can the West do to help work towards that end?

Ed Husain expertly and compassionately guides us through the nuances of Islam and its people, contending that the Muslim world need not be a stranger to the West, nor its enemy, but a peaceable ally.

Disclaimer: I was provided with a Physical copy of the book by Bloomsbury India in exchange for an honest review. However, all the thoughts, feelings and opinions expressed in this review are my own.

I think it would be safe to first point out; that I am not exactly a religious nor a spiritual human being. I have no interest in my own religious identity, though I do not begrudge or judge anyone else for their own.

Yet I still have this innate interest in actually understanding what constitutes in a religion exactly – and when I got this opportunity to read (and review) this beautiful book about the history of Islam.

Now, unless you are living under a rock, you would know that Islam is considered to be one of the most discriminated religions – and if you only have a hint of Muslim in your name or your appearance, then it becomes the norm for you to be scrutinised or even seen as a threat.

This is the saddest thing ever & I can’t even begin to imagine what Muslims must go through every day in their lives with this threat hanging over their heads!

THE HOUSE OF ISLAM is touted to be a comprehensive history about the religion – it’s origins, it’d development and it’s current position in the world order. And it definitely is that – I adored finding about a religion that has oh so fascinated me since I could understand religion.

I would definitely recommend this book, especially if you are a newbie to this religion like I am – it is definitely a wonderfully enjoyable book; but even through it all, I could see & feel the biasness of the author in the words written. So I wouldn’t expect this to be an unbiased version of Islamic History, but it definitely an eye opener!

⭐ ⭐ ⭐ ⭐ .5



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