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4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 4.00 (97 ratings) (rate this audio book) Author: Reza Aslan Narrator: Sunil Malhotra Publisher: Penguin Random House Format: Unabridged Audiobook Delivery: Instant Download Audio Length: Release Date: April 2009 ISBN: 9780739383315
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A cosmic war is a religious war. It is a battle not between armies or nations, but between the forces of good and evil, a war in which God is believed to be directly engaged on behalf of one side against the other.

The hijackers who attacked the United States on September 11, 2001, thought they were fighting a cosmic war. According to award-winning writer and scholar of religions Reza Aslan, by infusing the United States War on Terror with the same kind of religiously polarizing rhetoric and Manichean worldview, is also fighting a cosmic war–a war that can’t be won.

How to Win a Cosmic War is both an in-depth study of the ideology fueling al-Qa‘ida, the Taliban, and like-minded militants throughout the Muslim world, and an exploration of religious violence in Judaism, Christianity, and Islam. Surveying the global scene from Israel to Iraq and from New York to the Netherlands, Aslan argues that religion is a stronger force today than it has been in a century. At a time when religion and politics are increasingly sharing the same vocabulary and functioning in the same sphere, Aslan writes that we must strip the conflicts of our world–in particular, the War on Terror–of their religious connotations and address the earthly grievances that always lie behind the cosmic impulse.

How do you win a cosmic war? By refusing to fight in one.

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Quotes & Awards

  • In this provocative and engaging book, Reza Aslan shows why he is one of America's leading analysts of the confusing and frightening forces that confront us. It is Aslan's great gift to see things clearly, and to say them clearly, and in this important new work he offers us a way forward. He is prescriptive and passionate, and his book will make you think. Jon Meacham, author of American Lion: Andrew Jackson in the White House
  • Terror’ is never going to show up with a pen to sign a peace treaty ending the "War on Terror." The use of that phrase has created a black hole into which serious talk about serious topics—including, by all means, Islam but also Christianity and Judaism--has disappeared. Reza Aslan's elegant, incisive book breaks the spell cast by "the emperor's new talk" and signals that the conversation the world has been waiting for may at last be about to begin. Jack Miles, Pulitzer Prize-winning author of God: A Biography
  • Reza Aslan's is an indispensable voice with an urgently needed message. His book reaches across a world chasm that too many regard as unbridgeable - with balance, eloquence, and rare wisdom. James Carroll, author of Constantine's Sword and Practicing Catholic
  • Reza Aslan’s How To Win A Cosmic War hovers confidently over a vast historical terrain, landing where it must to explore how common and terrible apocalyptic thinking is—how it plagues every religious tradition, every inspired nationalism, and cannot be defeated with brute force, upon which it thrives. A unique primer for pragmatic leaders whose patient enlightenment is the real antidote to terror. Bernard Avishai, author of The Hebrew Republic and The Tragedy of Zionism

Listener Opinions

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Clifford | 8/6/2013

    " Very readable and informative. I learned a lot from it about Jihadism and other fundamentalist zealots of all faiths. Very helpful to understand terrorism. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Corey Sitar | 3/29/2013

    " This is an amazing book that anyone who has any interest or questions about religious fundamentalism, Islamic or otherwise, should read. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Holly | 8/18/2012

    " An interesting read, but I have more than a couple of questions about his shoving Zionism in with the Crusades. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Shaheena | 7/27/2011

    " Was learning so much that I was disappointed that I was done. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Meg | 12/2/2010

    " I wish I could make this and Aslan's No god but God: The Origins, Evolution, and Future of Islam to every American's bookshelf right now. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Joanna | 6/17/2010

    " Makes you wonder what is the point. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Laura Matthews | 12/25/2009

    " Eyeopening look at how religion and its extreme forms has warped our world. I found it both riveting (like a train wreck) and distressing (same train wreck). I now think any form of religious extremism should be considered a form of insanity and treated accordingly. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Amanda | 5/25/2009

    " Pretty good, short, accessible. Read for proofreading work but was glad I had the opportunity though. Could have been better. "

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About the Author
Author Reza Aslan

Reza Aslan is an acclaimed writer and scholar of religions whose book include Zealot: The Life and Times of Jesus of Nazareth, which was a #1 New York Times bestseller, and No god but God, which was short-listed for the Guardian First Book Award. He is also the author of God: A Human History and How to Win a Cosmic War: God, Globalization, and the End of the War on Terror. He is the editor of Tablet & Pen: Literary Landscapes from the Modern Middle East.

About the Narrator

Sunil Malhotra is an actor and voice artist. His film credits include Dude, Where’s the Party?, Call Center, 24, ER, Cold Case, and The West Wing. On stage, he has performed on Broadway and at East West Players. He has also worked as a writer, producer, and director, and his audiobook narrations have won three AudioFile Earphones Awards.