'If more of us in the West grasp Aslan's arguments, we will begin to win the war of ideas against Jihadists and extremists.' Ed Husain
A cosmic war is a religious war, a battle between the forces of good and evil in which God is believed to be directly engaged on behalf of one side against the other.
How to Win a Cosmic War 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. Surveying the global scene from London to Lebanon, Israel to Iraq, and New York to the Netherlands, Aslan argues that religion is a stronger force today than it has been in a century. At a time when religion and politics are increasingly sharing the same vocabulary and functioning 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 behind the cosmic impulse.
How do you win a cosmic war? By refusing to fight in one.
'Absorbing, thought-provoking and illuminating... Few writers are as well qualified to tackle the terrain.' Sarfraz Manzoor, Guardian
'What is refreshing about Aslan's book is its breadth and its impartiality.' Telegraph
'Offers a very persuasive argument for the best way to counter jihadism.' Washington Postshow more