No god but God (Updated Edition): The Origins, Evolution, and Future of Islam

No god but God (Updated Edition): The Origins, Evolution, and Future of Islam

by Reza Aslan
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No God but God 4.2 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 30 reviews.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
The author's style is engaging and fluid. His method of writing history as interconected and interrelated stories brings to life hisorical characters,places and episodes, and helps the reader to enter into their reality. His ability to explain clearly concepts and practices that may be unfamiliar to those outside of Islam, especially "westerners" helps them enter more fully into this "new" world. Through his sympathetic acquaintance with the other major world religions he draws helpful cultural, hisorical, cultic and even linguistic parallels that move the reader from sideline spectator tor fellow traveler and participant. Dr. Aslan appears to have researched thoroughly the primary documents and secondary sources. When he must present inferences rather than documented data, and when he draws conclusions of his own, they always seem reasonable, unbiased and defensible. The authors clear, succinct explanation of his own religious and spiritual journey, made at the outset, his recounting of his extensive engagement in academia, and his gentlee, non-polemical treatment of thorny issues of the past and presnt created a bond with this reader, who always felt he was being led along a road to discovery and understanding rather then sujected to proselytizing.
Guest More than 1 year ago
Up to now frustrated trying to understand Islam, Reza Aslan's work has solved my problem. He has respected me as a reader with an expository writing style that serves up the history, theology, philosophy, and sociology of the development, spread, and potential of this important faith by means of a complete and fascinating stringing together of myriad mini-epics and sub dramas spiced with awe, humor, honesty, and literary pinache. I feared undertaking the reading of this book but looked on it as the duty of an informed citizen of the planet. Unexpectedly, I was sucked into a master story teller's beguiling trap. Informative and well researched, I no longer viewed the book as an educational 'must do'. Rather, it is an amazing mystery / epic tale which I could not put down. I appreciated the author's clearly identified personal interpretations of the past and speculations on the probable trajectory of as yet unwritten chapters to come. He has a stake in that future now.
Gregor1066 More than 1 year ago
A very well researched and wonderfully written book about Islam from it beginnings to the various "sects" of today. I agree that this should be a "Must Read" for people in Islamic studies. It has placed into context the writings of the Holy Quran based upon the sitution at the time and helps one understand how extremists and fundamentalists have hijacked the writings to support their own beliefs and bias. This is not unusual for a religion and Islam is definitely not unique in this aspect. Power is a drug that can impact the best of people and those with "authority" in religion appear to be the most intoxicated. I have read other books by Asian and value his knowledge not only as a scholar, but as a writer. Definitely recommend this book for those truly interested in the real Islam and not the one typically protrayed by most in our country. Islam is going through an evolutioin at this moment and the end will only be better for not only Muslims, but society as a whole. Worth the money.
ivan2bad More than 1 year ago
An informative history of Islam. Starting in the beginning to modern times, it protrays both the good and dark periods of Islamic History. It is a much more honest assessment of religous history than most Christian books portray.
Guest More than 1 year ago
People that pick up this book are making the first step toward having an open mind. It shows they actually want to understand why there is so much controversy surrounding one particular religion. Even still, people are ignorant enough to make wild accusations because of what someone else told them or what they believe should be correct. I am majoring in International Affairs with a minor in Arabic studies and I like the way Aslan broke every word down to the most minute detail. Its very well written, researched, and explained.
Guest More than 1 year ago
After reading the newspapers about what's happening in the in Middle East, I wanted to be aware of what Islam really is, without the shroud of the terrorist organizations justifying the violence they've caused on their religion. This book makes the complexity of Islam very understandable, and really is a page-turner. Highly recommended.
Guest More than 1 year ago
This book is one of the best that I have had the chance to read. As an outsider to the Muslim faith there was much that I did not know or understand. While simply written, this book should be a must read for any college student with an interest in history or current affairs.
Guest More than 1 year ago
I highly highly recommend this book to everyone, especially those people who see no good in Islam at all. Mr. Aslan brings up some very valid and thought provoking ideas, and better still, makes sense of them consistently. As a Muslim, I appreciate his honest and unapologetic presentation of my faith and beliefs. As an American college student, I applaud his scholarly analysis, reflective approach, and attempt to be unbiased and fair. This is a great introductory piece for anyone who is curious, unsure, or misinformed about Islam. The book puts Islam into a historical, social, political, and cultural context wonderfully. Suprisingly, the language is easy to read as well, and not put-off ish at all. Pick it up!
Mithrandale More than 1 year ago
A great read, superb for understanding what happened to Islam to give us Islamism and terrorism. But Aslan had got Martin Luther entirely backwards: Luther did most certainly not maintain that every individual can interpret scripture for himself, and when Aslan writes that this is what "sola scriptura" means he is entirely off track. Luther's point was that only the church as a whole may interpret scripture, and that its ultimate source for doing so was scripture -- not any individual (such as a pope) or even a council, but scripture.
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TRFeller More than 1 year ago
This is a history of Islam that I found quite informative, especially the parts that describe the evolution of the Sunni and Shiite versions. I especially liked the chapter on Sufism of which I knew very little. The overall thesis of the book is that the faith as originally professed by Mohammed is very different from both the Sunni and Shiite doctrines. Then he speculates on how Islam is likely to evolve to the future. The author himself is an Iranian-American who was raised as a Shiite.
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I have gone through only a few pages and carried a perusal of some other chapters.I am finding answers to many long sought questions on islamic practices and theology. Great work Reza Aslan.Bravo.
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BK35 More than 1 year ago
Very informative book. Its help to understand history of Islam.