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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:
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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 Waris 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

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

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

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