No god but God (Updated Edition): The Origins, Evolution, and Future of Islam

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Random House Publishing Group, Aug 30, 2011 - Religion - 384 pages
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A fascinating, accessible introduction to Islam from the #1 New York Times bestselling author of Zealot and host of Believer

FINALIST FOR THE GUARDIAN FIRST BOOK AWARD 


In No god but God, internationally acclaimed scholar Reza Aslan explains Islam—the origins and evolution of the faith—in all its beauty and complexity. This updated edition addresses the events of the past decade, analyzing how they have influenced Islam’s position in modern culture. Aslan explores what the popular demonstrations pushing for democracy in the Middle East mean for the future of Islam in the region, how the Internet and social media have affected Islam’s evolution, and how the war on terror has altered the geopolitical balance of power in the Middle East. He also provides an update on the contemporary Muslim women’s movement, a discussion of the controversy over veiling in Europe, an in-depth history of Jihadism, and a look at how Muslims living in North America and Europe are changing the face of Islam. Timely and persuasive, No god but God is an elegantly written account that explains this magnificent yet misunderstood faith.

Praise for No god but God
 
“Grippingly narrated and thoughtfully examined . . . a literate, accessible introduction to Islam.”—The New York Times
 
“[Reza] Aslan offers an invaluable introduction to the forces that have shaped Islam [in this] eloquent, erudite paean to Islam in all of its complicated glory.”—Los Angeles Times Book Review
 
“Wise and passionate . . . an incisive, scholarly primer in Muslim history and an engaging personal exploration.”—The New York Times Book Review
 
“Acutely perceptive . . . For many troubled Muslims, this book will feel like a revelation, an opening up of knowledge too long buried.”The Independent (U.K.)
 
“Thoroughly engaging and excellently written . . . While [Aslan] might claim to be a mere scholar of the Islamic Reformation, he is also one of its most articulate advocates.”—The Oregonian

 

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User Review  - NordicT - LibraryThing

Aslan presents a clear, engaging narrative of the history and development of Islam in all of its complexity. I appreciated the thorough discussion on Iran and the influence of (very) current events on ... Read full review

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User Review  - jimocracy - LibraryThing

This was educational and very detailed. I have a better understanding of the history and evolution of Islam. And I hope the author is correct about its future. Read full review

Contents

The Sanctuary in the Desert
3
The Keeper of the Keys
23
The City of the Prophet
50
Fight in the Way of
76
The Rightly Guided Ones
109
T H E D Ew E Lo PM ENT OF is L A Mic T H E O Lo G Y AND LAW
142
In the Footsteps of Martyrs
174
Stain Your Prayer Rug with Wine
199
An Awakening in the East
225
lo Slouching Toward Medina
255
Welcome to the Islamic Reformation
278
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Reza Aslan is an acclaimed writer and scholar of religions whose books include No god but God: The Origins, Evolution, and Future of Islam and Zealot: The Life and Times of Jesus of Nazareth. He is also the author of How to Win a Cosmic War: God, Globalization, and the End of the War on Terror (published in paperback as Beyond Fundamentalism), as well as the editor of Tablet & Pen: Literary Landscapes from the Modern Middle East. He lives in Los Angeles with his wife and three sons.

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