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  • Published: 1 September 2010
  • ISBN: 9781407009285
  • Imprint: Cornerstone Digital
  • Format: EBook
  • Pages: 384

No God But God

The Origins, Evolution and Future of Islam




Longlisted for the Guardian First Book Award, a remarkable examination of the nature and history of Islam, exploring its central tenets of belief and interpreting its current crisis of modernity.

Though it is the fastest growing religion in the world, Islam remains shrouded in ignorance and fear. To many in the west, Islam means jihad, veiled women and suicide bombers. Yet these represent only fringe elements of the world's fastest growing religion. 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.
What is the essence of this ancient faith? Is it a religion of peace or of 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? In No god but God, challenging the ‘clash of civilisations’ mentality that has distorted out view of Islam, Aslan explains this faith in all its complexity, beauty and compassion.

  • Pub date: 1 September 2010
  • ISBN: 9781407009285
  • Imprint: Cornerstone Digital
  • Format: EBook
  • Pages: 384

About the Author

Reza Aslan

Reza Aslan is an internationally acclaimed writer and scholar of religions. He is also a graduate of the Iowa Writers' Workshop. At Harvard, Aslan was elected president of Harvard's chapter of the World Conference on Religion and Peace, a UN organisation committed to global understanding. His is first book, No god but God: The Origins, Evolution and Future of Islam, has been translated into thirteen languages and named by Blackwells as one of the hundred most important books of the last decade. Currently teaching an introductory course on Islam at Iowa, Aslan is also at work on a novel.

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Praise for No God But God

“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”

Independent

“BEAUTIFUL [AND] FASCINATING”

Metro

“BEAUTIFUL [AND] FASCINATING”

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“BEAUTIFUL [AND] FASCINATING”

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“BEAUTIFUL [AND] FASCINATING”

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“BEAUTIFUL [AND] FASCINATING”

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