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

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


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: 73,082

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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Author information

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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"This is a fascinating book. Reza Aslan tells the story of Islam with one eye on faith and another on history. The result is a textured, nuanced account that presents a living, breathing religion shaped by centuries of history and culture." -Fareed Zakaria, author of "The Future of Freedom: Illiberal Democracy at Home and Abroad" "Elegant, accessible, and informed by historical scholarship, "No god but God "offers a wonderful view into the rich world of early Islam. Reza Aslan brings to the life of Muhammad and the story of classical Islam a lyricism and deft touch reminiscent of Roberto Calasso at his best." -Noah Feldman, author of "After Jihad" and "What We Owe Iraq " "Reza Aslan tells a story of Islamic faith, history, and culture that comes alive. "No god but God" is an engaging, creative, insightful, and provocative book. It is a reminder that beyond the terrorism headlines, Islam, like its Abrahamic cousins, has been and remains a rich, dynamic spiritual patha