Beyond Fundamentalism: Confronting Religious Extremism in the Age of Globalization

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Random House, 2010 - Political Science - 225 pages
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The wars in the Middle East have become religious wars in which God is believed to be directly engaged on behalf of one side against the other. The hijackers who attacked America on September 11, 2001, thought they were fighting in the name of God. According to award-winning writer and scholar of religions Reza Aslan, the United States, by infusing the War on Terror with its own religiously polarizing rhetoric, is fighting a similar war--a war that can't be won. 

Beyond Fundamentalism is both an in-depth study of the ideology fueling al-Qa'ida, the Taliban, and like-minded militants throughout the Muslim world and an exploration of religious violence in Judaism, Christianity, and Islam. At a time when religion and politics increasingly share the same vocabulary and function in the same sphere, Aslan writes that we must strip the conflicts of our world of their religious connotations and address the earthly grievances that always lie at its root.

How do you win a religious war? By refusing to fight in one.



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Originally published as How to Win a Cosmic War

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Review: Beyond Fundamentalism: Confronting Religious Extremism in the Age of Globalization

User Review  - Peggy - Goodreads

I enjoyed this, even though I knew a good deal of the information already (a lot of it from reading Aslan's fantastic Zealot). This did give me a lot to think about though, especially in its equal ... Read full review

Review: Beyond Fundamentalism: Confronting Religious Extremism in the Age of Globalization

User Review  - Jeremy - Goodreads

Content-wise I was inclined to rate this as 4 stars. Maybe even 3. But what prompted me to leave a higher rating was how incredibly relevant this book is. While there is room to take issue with some ... Read full review

About the author (2010)

Reza Aslan is assistant professor of creative writing at the University of California, Riverside, and Senior Fellow at the Orfalae Center for Global and International Studies at U.C. Santa Barbara. His first book, No god but God, has been translated into thirteen languages and was short-listed for the Guardian First Book Award.


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