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`No god but God: The Origins,Evolution,and Future of Islam.` by Reza Aslan

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No god but God

The Origins , Evolution , and Future of Islam

by Reza Aslan

2006

Reza Aslan ‘s book , `No god But God , is a comprehensive telling of the story and the history of one of the major religions in the world today Going through the 352 pages of the book , even a person who had no knowledge of Arabia ‘s pre-Islamic history , no familiarity with Islamic rise , and no previous comprehension of the various teachings and philosophical factors , is a great experience of exploration in the world of Islam [banner_entry_middle]

and the Muslim way of thought . What makes this book unique is that it connects many of what is going on in the Islamic world with the latest events concerning terrorism and militant Islamic groups in different places of the world

Knowing that Aslan is a Muslim who earned different degrees in Religions and Arts in the United States gives us an idea about the amount of information that each reader can obtain . Throughout the book the reader is being guided by an insider who is knowledgeable in what concerns all the related elements . And , from the other side , this can be another component in highlighting the fact that the book is written in a way that is easy to understand and that is completely comprehendible

CONTENTS AND THOUGHTS

The author of the book begins by explaining the reasons that led him to write the book and to create such a volume about Islam . He explains that the main reason is not to go through the history and present conflicts within the religion , but to attempt to foresee its future and how it will evolve . This book is not just a critical reexamination of the origins and evolution of Islam , nor is it merely an account of the current struggle among Muslims to define the future of this magnificent yet misunderstood faith . This book is , above all else , an argument for reform (Prologue

The book is divided into ten distinct sections each one goes through a certain stage of the birth and development of the religion . And in many of these chapters , many direct references and explanations are made concerning events that we see today and their origin and impact on the Muslim world of today in relation to a variety of subjects

The first section of the book `The clash of monotheisms , is an introductory part in which the author states the reasons that led him to writing the book . He states that Islam is not , as some claim , a violent religion that cannot co-exist with modern values of democracy and human rights . A few well-respected academics carried this argument further by suggesting that the failure of democracy to emerge in the Muslim world was due in large part to Muslim culture , which they claimed was intrinsically incompatible with Enlightenment values such as liberalism pluralism , individualism , and human rights . It was therefore simply a matter of time before these two great civilizations , which have such conflicting ideologies , clashed with… [banner_entry_footer]

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