I wish I had read this book when it came out in 2009. It’s basically a written course covering Middle East History 101. It’s written by an Afghan author with the tagline – “A History of the World Through Islamic Eyes.” It was incredibly helpful in tying a ton of pieces together that I’d read in other books. The author also spoke often about the differing narratives of history from the west and east and how different events are perceived through the different lenses. Gosh, I wish I had read this before everything else as it would have helped me understand so many other books I’ve read in addition to having a better grasp on daily news stories.