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No God but God

The Origins, Evolution, and Future of Islam
Aslan, Reza (Book - 2005 )
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Though it is the fastest growing religion in the world, Islam remains shrouded by ignorance and fear. What is the essence of this ancient faith? Is it a religion of peace or war? How does Allah differ from the God of Jews and Christians? Can an Islamic state be founded on democratic values such as pluralism and human rights? A writer and scholar of comparative religions, Reza Aslan has earned international acclaim for the passion and clarity he has brought to these questions. In No god but God, challenging the “clash of civilizations” mentality that has distorted our view of Islam, Aslan explains this critical faith in all its complexity, beauty, and compassion.

Contrary to popular perception in the West, Islam is a religion firmly rooted in the prophetic traditions of the Jewish and Christian scriptures. Aslan begins with a vivid account of the social and religious milieu in which the Prophet Muhammad lilved. The revelations that Muhammad received in Mecca and Medina, which were recorded in the Quran, became the foundation for a radically more egalitarian community, the likes of which had never been seen before.

Soon after his death, the Prophet’s successors set about the overwhelming task of defining and interpreting Muhammad’s message for future generations. Their efforts led to the development of a comprehensive code of conduct that was expected to regulate every aspect of the believer’s life. But this attempt only widened the chasm between orthodox Islam and its two major sects, Shiism and Sufism, both of which Aslan discusses in rich detail.

Finally, No god but God examines how, in the shadow of European colonialism, Muslims developed conflicting strategies to reconcile traditional Islamic values with the social and political realities of the modern world. With the emergence of the Islamic state in the twentieth century, this contest over the future of Islam has become a passionate, sometimes violent battle between those who seek to enforce a rigid and archaic legal code and those who struggle to harmonize the teachings of the Prophet with contemporary ideals of democracy and human rights. According to Reza Aslan, we are now living in the era of “the Islamic Reformation.” No god but God is a persuasive and elegantly written account of the roots of this reformation and the future of Islamic faith.

Baker & Taylor
An authoritative study of the Islamic faith in relation to the other world religions sheds new light on its origins and history, from the social reformation role of Muhammad to the impact of fundamentalism and terrorism on Islam. 50,000 first printing.

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Presents the origins and history of Islam, with emphasis on its relation to other religions and the impact that terrorism is having on the current perception of Islam throughout the non-Islamic world.

Authors: Aslan, Reza
Title: No god but God
the origins, evolution, and future of Islam
Publisher: New York : Random House, c2005
Edition: 1st ed
Characteristics: xxiv, 310 p. ; 25 cm
ISBN: 1400062136
Statement of Responsibility: Reza Aslan
Bibliography: Includes bibliographical references (p. [273]-294) and index
Subject Headings: Islam History Islam Essence, genius, nature Islam
Topical Term: Islam
Islam
Islam
LCCN: 2004054053
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No god but God, by Reza Aslan

They say there’s nothing better for the aging brain than really studying a new subject. I chose to focus on Islam, the fastest growing religion in the world, and which is shrouded by ignorance and fear. Trouble is that most positive books on Islam are well-nigh unreadable … a perfect Muhammad, a perfect society of peace, justice and mercy … pull the other one.
So it was a refreshing change to read "No God but God” by Reza Aslan, a history of Islam governance and quarrels down the ages. Everything is not all perfect – is it ever?
A writer and scholar of comparative religions, Reza Aslan has earned international acclaim for the passion and clarity he has brought to these questions. He is an Iranian professor teaching in California, and his understandings show he is Muslim.
Contrary to popular perception in the West, Islam is a religion firmly rooted in the prophetic traditions of the Jewish and Christian scriptures. Aslan begins with a vivid account of the social and religious milieu in which the Prophet Muhammad lived. The revelations that Muhammad received in Mecca and Medina, which were recorded in the Quran, became the foundation for a radically more egalitarian community, the likes of which had never been seen before.
Soon after his death, the Prophet's successors set about the overwhelming task of defining and interpreting Muhammad's message for future generations. Their efforts led to the development of a comprehensive code of conduct that was expected to regulate every aspect of the believer's life. But this attempt only widened the chasm between orthodox Islam and its two major sects, Shiism and Sufism, both of which Aslan discusses in rich detail.
Finally, "No god but God” examines how, in the shadow of European colonialism, Muslims developed conflicting strategies to reconcile traditional Islamic values with the social and political realities of the modern world. With the emergence of the Islamic state in the twentieth century, this contest over the future of Islam has become a passionate, sometimes violent battle between those who seek to enforce a rigid and archaic legal code and those who struggle to harmonize the teachings of the Prophet with contemporary ideals of democracy and human rights. He points out that it took Christianity about fifteen hundred years to straighten itself out during the Reformation. Aslan suggests that we are now living in the era of "the Islamic Reformation." "No god but God” is a persuasive and elegantly written account of the roots of this reformation and the future of Islamic faith.
Trouble is that the Christchurch library system has but one battered copy of this valuable book.

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