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

ISBN-10: 0812971892
ISBN-13: 9780812971897
Edition: 2006
Authors: Reza Aslan
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Description: Though it is the fastest-growing religion in the world, Islam remains shrouded in ignorance and fear for much of the West. In No god but God, Reza Aslan, an internationally acclaimed scholar of religions, explains this faith in all its beauty and  More...

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Book details

List price: $16.00
Copyright year: 2006
Publisher: Random House Publishing Group
Publication date: 1/10/2006
Binding: Paperback
Pages: 352
Size: 5.00" wide x 8.00" long x 0.25" tall
Weight: 0.792
Language: English

Though it is the fastest-growing religion in the world, Islam remains shrouded in ignorance and fear for much of the West. In No god but God, Reza Aslan, an internationally acclaimed scholar of religions, explains this faith in all its beauty and complexity. Beginning with a vivid account of the social and religious milieu in which the Prophet Muhammad forged his message, Aslan paints a portrait of the first Muslim community as a radical experiment in religious pluralism and social egalitarianism. He demonstrates how, after the Prophet’s death, his successors attempted to interpret his message for future generations–an overwhelming task that fractured the Muslim community into competing sects. Finally, Aslan examines how, in the shadow of European colonialism, Muslims developed conflicting strategies to reconcile traditional Islamic values with the realities of the modern world, thus launching what Aslan terms the Islamic Reformation. Timely and persuasive, No god but God is an elegantly written account of a magnificent yet misunderstood faith.

Born in Iran, Dr. Reza Aslan is a writer and scholar of religion. He is also President and CEO of Aslan Media Inc. Dr. Aslan has degrees in Religions from Santa Clara University, Harvard University, and the University of California, Santa Barbara, as well as a Master of Fine Arts from the University of Iowa. He is a member of the Council on Foreign Relations, the Los Angeles Institute for the Humanities, and the Pacific Council on International Policy. Dr. Aslan also serves on the national advisory board of the Levantine Cultural Center, building bridges between Americans and the Arab/Muslim world. Aslan's first book, the International Bestseller, No god but God: The Origins, Evolution, and Future of Islam (Heinemann 2005), has been translated into thirteen languages, and named one of the 100 most important books of the last decade. He is also the editor of the anthology Tablet & Pen: Literary Landscapes from the Modern Middle East: A Words Without Borders Anthology (WW Norton 2010). Dr. Aslan lives in Los Angeles where he is Associate Professor of Creative Writing at the University of California, Riverside.

Preface to the Paperback Edition
Prologue: The Clash of Monotheisms
Author's Note
Chronology of Key Events
The Sanctuary in the Desert: Pre-Islamic Arabia
The Keeper of the Keys: Muhammad in Mecca
The City of the Prophet: The First Muslims
Fight in the Way of God: The Meaning of Jihad
The Rightly Guided Ones: The Successors to Muhammad
This Religion Is a Science: The Development of Islamic Theology and Law
In the Footsteps of Martyrs: From Shi'ism to Khomeinism
Stain Your Prayer Rug with Wine: The Sufi Way
An Awakening in the East: The Response to Colonialism
Slouching Toward Medina: The Islamic Reformation
Glossary
Notes
Works Consulted
Index

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