There were things about The Boy in the Burning House that I really enjoyed, and things that I didn’t enjoy so much. Overall, it was a pretty good read: the storyline was interesting and unique, particularly captivating as the narrator is a teenage boy trying to move on and live his life after the mysterious disappearance of his father.
If you’re looking for a brief overview of the history of Islam and Islamic society, this is definitely a good place to start.
Islam: A Short History is exactly what it purports to be: a very short, very condensed version of the history of Islam. Specifically, Armstrong has written an account of the political and historical aspects of Islam, from Muhammad’s life in Mecca and Medina, to the expansion of Islamic rule in Arabia, to the Crusades, and on to more recent developments such as the colonization of many Muslim countries by European nations.