No God But God

No God But God : The Origins, Evolution and Future of Islam

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*Ten years on from 9/11, much of the Muslim faith remains largely unknown and misunderstood in the West.

*While there have been a number of successful books on the topic of Islamic history - from Karen Armstrong's Islam: A Brief History to Bernard Lewis's The Crises of Islam - there is surprisingly no book for a popular audience about Islam as a religion, let alone one by an author from an Islamic background.

*No God But God fills that gap, addressing issues of belief: the difference between the Quran and the Bible, the meaning of the Hajj, the Muslim relationship with Jesus, the Muslim attitude towards Jews, equality between the sexes and more.

* This revised and updated edition includes a wealth of new material and new chapters covering recent uprisings in Tunisia, Egypt and Libya; the changing face of Islam in Europe and North Africa; and a number of topics of heated debate (the veil controversy; Islam & women; Iraq War as a Jihadi recruiting agent etc).
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Product details

  • Paperback | 384 pages
  • 129 x 198 x 24mm | 266g
  • Cornerstone
  • London, United Kingdom
  • English
  • Revised
  • Revised edition
  • 0099564327
  • 9780099564324
  • 26,860

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"Beautiful [and] fascinating" * Metro * "Truly illuminating" -- AS Byatt * The Guardian * "A revelation" * Yasmin Alibhai-Brown * "Aslan is a superb narrator, bringing each century to life with vivid details and present tense narration that makes popular history so enthralling... A terrific read" * Glasgow Herald * "Outstandingly useful ... always balanced, vivid and readable" * The Independent *
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About Reza Aslan

Reza Aslan is a comparative religions scholar from Harvard, who is also a graduate of the Iowa Writers' Workshop. At Harvard, he was elected president of Harvard's chapter of the World Conference on Religion and Peace, a UN organisation committed to global understanding. Currently teaching an introductory course on Islam at Iowa, Aslan is also at work on a novel.
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Review Text

"A revelation"
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Back cover copy

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 in a new preface and final chapter, analysing 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 impacted Islam's evolution, and how the war on terror and Osama bin Laden's death have altered the geo-political balance of power in the Middle East. He also provides an update of the contemporary Muslim women's movement, a discussion about 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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