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

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‘Knowledge and wisdom are the lost properties of the believer,’ taught Imam Ali, ‘so seek them even if they be with infidels.’

Author: Ed Husain
Publisher: Bloomsbury India
Rating: 5/5


The house of Islam tells about the different aspect of Islamic Culture. This book is dividVidhya Thakkar- Indian blogger, Mumbai blogger, book blogger, Book blogger Mumbai, Book blogger Indiaed into four parts, a millennium of power, the rise of anger, the rise of the west and the loss of Muslim confidence and Islams global staying power. Each part describes the depth of Islamic culture.  What is Islam, who is Muslim, Their culture, their history, their struggle, everything is described by the author in a crisp way.  This book has detailed information, facts about Islamic culture, their situations. The writing style of the author is amazing. He described the facts, the stories in such a creative way, That it was easy to understand and relate to the story.  This book is a well-researched book, with a completely different perspective. The story started in an engaging way describing religion. It becomes more interesting as it proceeds. Politics, corruption, Injustice, Education and many other topics are discussed by the author which gives us a new perspective. There are some verses and poems by Hafez adds charm to the story. This book is an eye-opener for each and everyone.

Also, I loved the cover of the book. It’s as beautiful as the book.

Though it’s a heavy read but then This book is full of Information, facts and a completely new face of Islamic culture. It’s a Must read book.

You can get your copy here.

*** I received the copy of the book from the publishers in exchange for honest and unbiased Review***


‘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.

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