Muslims: The Real History


Author : Ali Mahmood

9789353041120 | HB | pp. 600 | 2018 | Rupa Publications

From the seventh till the seventeenth century, Muslims dominated the world. Inspired by the Prophet and his emphasis on education, justice and social consciousness, they created a civilization that led the world in knowledge, science, culture, architecture and quality of life.

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For a thousand years, the Umayyads, Abbasids, Fatimids, Timurids, Ottomans, Safavids and Moguls ruled, establishing the golden age of Islam while Europe slumbered in the Dark Ages. Then, in the seventeenth century, the Europeans emerged as the new masters of the universe and Muslims were cast to the bottom of the heap. For three hundred years, the Muslims suffered the indignities and deprivations of a conquered people. After the two World Wars, Europe and Great Britain’s monopoly of power declined, the new Muslim States in the Middle East were born and great leaders began the long fight to re-establish their people. In the twentieth century, a new generation of freedom fighters and nation builders emerged including Abdul Aziz ibn Saud, Ataturk, Sukarno, Jinnah, Gaddafi, King Faisal and Khomeini. Muslims is the exciting story of these great men and their amazing achievements. The lucid writing and interesting facts make it an enjoyable read.

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About the Author

Ali Mahmood was educated in the UK and Pakistan for degrees in politics, economics and law. His career has spanned all three fields. His political activities in Pakistan have taken him from jail to parliament; he was elected as a senator under Zulfiqar Ali Bhutto and was sentenced to fourteen years’ imprisonment by Zia-ul-Haq’s government. His business interests have included ownership of companies in the business of television in Pakistan and Dubai, private power generation in Pakistan, construction in Abu Dhabi, oil trading in Kuwait and trade and airline marketing in Kazakhstan, giving him substantial experience of business and government in developing countries. He has also been elected to the governing body of the Karachi Chambers of Commerce and Industry. He lives in Dubai.


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