A thoroughly thought out and easy to use introduction to study of world history and Islamic History (as case study), this is designed for teachers and suitable for high school and college students. There are many adults who would profit from the book, its outlines, and its suggestions for further reading. It is a conspicuous gap in the education of most people.
The level of discussion and debate regarding world history and Islam would be greatly improved if this were in the hands of every person who proposes to write or speak about Islam - Preacher, Politician, Pundit, Rabbi, or Journalist.
The main limitation for this purpose is that it does not deal directly with current events beyond background on topics like women in Islam and that its discussion of law is limited mostly to basics of the Shari'a. But it does very well what it sets out to do considering issues of understanding world history in terms of a very relevant example of Islamic history. Although published in 1994 it is not outdated (except for additions to the bibliography which remains useful) and perhaps more sound for not being obsessed with events and conflict since 2001.