#lostislamichistory by #firasalkhateeb was a brilliant read. I honestly couldn’t put the book down.
Firas Alkhateeb is an American researcher, writer and historian who specialises in the the Islamic world. He has a BA is history from University of Illinois at Chicago and since been teaching Islamic history at Universal School of Bridgeview, Illinois. He is also the founder and writes for this website.
This book goes through the history of Islam in the last 1400 years and how it spread from one country to another, starting all the way from the beginning, with Prophet Mohammed SAW and working its way down to today.
It’s interesting because it talks about rulers, statesmen, soldiers and personalities that have been neglected. It talks about the Umayyads, Abbasids and the Ottamans. We have Muslim Spain, the savannah kingdoms of West Africa and the Mughal empire.
The Great Mosque of Córdoba was built over 200 year period in the Umayyad capital. It exhibits 856 columns, many of which originally came from the older Roman ruins.
We also follow the impact of Islamic belief on scientific advancement, social structures and cultural developments. The history of Islam is so diverse, its amazing how this author has managed to compress it all into this one book. I can see myself reading this again, as it’s informative and rich.
After Ibn Al-Haytham’s death, Muslim scientists continued to build on his discoveries and find practical uses for them. New inventions and improvements on old devices were constantly laboratory equipment. Crankshafts, water pumps, eyeglasses, compasses, gliders, drinking glasses and even water-powered robots all appeared in the Muslim world by the thirteenth century.
In the middle of the book, there are photos. These consist of landmarks, art and maps of history. There’s a beautiful picture of an early Qur’an manuscript written in angular Kufic script. There’s also a fifth tenth century drawing of a surgical operation from a medical text-book.
If you’re a history kinda person and want to find out more about Islam, this is the book for you.