History Study Group
For this meeting we will be beginning a new book, Destiny Disrupted: A History of the World Through Islamic Eyes (2010) by Tamim Ansary. This book can be had new in paperback for $15 - $19, and as an ebook for around $12. For the 5th, we'll read through chapter 7.
To most people in the West, the world is properly marching toward a universal state of democratic capitalism. If you feel this way, this book is one you should read. Written by someone who was brought up in a Muslim society, but who has spent most of his life in the U.S., this book will not tell us which way to go, but illuminate how a whole significant other part of the world sees and values things differently than the West. (Actually, there's also quite a few people in the West who think that we're marching toward hell in a handbasket. And my guess is that's probably matched by a proportional number of people in the Muslim world.)