Good book on the complete history of Islam from Mohammed till 2000. It can help give a view of what many muslims want and yearn for; to understand them better and their motivations. However, the conclusions she draws in the last chapter I believe are unjustified.
One thing I took away from this is that there really is no thing called "Islam". There's been numerous reinterpretations and creations along the way since Islam's inception so that different people in different groups have different ideas about what Islam is. This is also true of Christianity and other religions.
That's why I think it's difficult sometimes when we refer to a religion with a single word like "Islam" as if it is a uniform set of beliefs and practices. It can vary shockingly widely between groups and over time....Continua