No god but God: The Origins, Evolution, and Future of Islam

No god but God: The Origins, Evolution, and Future of Islam

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By (author) Reza Aslan

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  • Publisher: Random House Inc
  • Format: Paperback | 338 pages
  • Dimensions: 130mm x 202mm x 26mm | 340g
  • Publication date: 1 September 2011
  • Publication City/Country: New York
  • ISBN 10: 0812982444
  • ISBN 13: 9780812982442
  • Edition statement: Updated ed.
  • Illustrations note: 2 MAPS
  • Sales rank: 69,185

Product description

A fascinating, accessible introduction to Islam from the author of the #1 "New York Times "bestseller "Zealot" INTERNATIONAL BESTSELLER - A 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.

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REZA ASLAN has studied religions at Santa Clara University, Harvard University, and the University of California, Santa Barbara. He holds an MFA in fiction from the Writers' Workshop at the University of Iowa, where he was also visiting assistant professor of Islamic and Middle Eastern Studies. His work has appeared in "USA Today," "U.S. News & World Report," and "The Chronicle of Higher Education" as well as a number of academic journals. Born in Iran, he lives in Santa Barbara and New Orleans. "From the Hardcover edition."

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"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"