Islam is one of the greatest religion of the world through its 1500 history, however Islam has also been the far most misunderstood religions as well. The West that has undergone a complete revolution of thought in recent centuries still has a mistrust of Islam that borders on medieval, typecasting Muslims as sterotypes such as terrorists, fundamentalists and oppressors.
One of the worlds foremost commentators of Islam, Karen Armstrong cuts through the cliche to reveal a faith that has inspired as more poets, mystics and scholars than soldiers. Armstrong's elegant and concise book traces how Islam grew from the other religions of the book, Judaism and Christianity; introduces us to the character of Muhammed; and demonstrates that for much of its history, the religion has been a force for enlightenment that promoted liberties for women and allowed the arts and sciences to flourish. She makes clear that Islam became one of the most important religions that inspired illustrious civillisations.