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4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 4.00 (3,480 ratings) (rate this audio book) Author: Reza Aslan Narrator: Shishir Kurup Publisher: Penguin Random House Format: Unabridged Audiobook Delivery: Instant Download Audio Length: Release Date: March 2009 ISBN: 9780739383322
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In No god but God, internationally acclaimed scholar Reza Aslan explains Islam—the origins and evolution of the faith—in all its beauty and complexityThis updated edition addresses the events of the past decade, analyzing how they have influenced Islam’s position in modern culture. Aslan explores what the popular demonstrations pushing for democracy in the Middle East mean for the future of Islam in the region, how the Internet and social media have affected Islam’s evolution, and how the war on terror has altered the geopolitical balance of power in the Middle East. He also provides an update on the contemporary Muslim women’s movement, a discussion of the controversy over veiling in Europe, an in-depth history of Jihadism, and a look at how Muslims living in North America and Europe are changing the face of Islam. Timely and persuasive, No god but God is an elegantly written account that explains this magnificent yet misunderstood faith.

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Quotes & Awards

  • Reza Aslan counters superficial notions of a clash of civilizations with a deep and exhilarating exploration of the fifteen-hundred-year-old clash within the civilization of Islam. Distinguishing concepts like faith and religion, Islamism and Islamic fundamentalism, in ways that shed vital new light on the morning’s headlines, No god but God is a passionate argument for the shared history of the world’s religions. An essential contribution to the most important issue of our time. Tom Reiss, author of The Orientalist
  • This is a fascinating book. Reza Aslan tells the story of Islam with one eye on faith and another on history. The result is a textured, nuanced account that presents a living, breathing religion shaped by centuries of history and culture. Fareed Zakaria, author of The Future of Freedom: Illiberal Democracy at Home and Abroad
  • Elegant, accessible, and informed by historical scholarship, No god but God offers a wonderful view into the rich world of early Islam. Reza Aslan brings to the life of Muhammad and the story of classical Islam a lyricism and deft touch reminiscent of Roberto Calasso at his best. Noah Feldman, author of After Jihad and What We Owe Iraq
  • Reza Aslan tells a story of Islamic faith, history, and culture that comes alive. No god but God is an engaging, creative, insightful, and provocative book. It is a reminder that beyond the terrorism headlines, Islam, like its Abrahamic cousins, has been and remains a rich, dynamic spiritual path for the vast majority of Muslims. John L. Esposito, university professor and founding director of the Center for Muslim-Christian Understanding, Georgetown University, and author of Unholy War: Terror in the Name of Islam and What Everyone Needs to Know About Islam
  • A fascinating account of Islam’s evolution. Aslan’s book should be required reading for all analysts and policymakers interested in the Muslim world. It’s a terrific read–no easy feat for such a difficult subject. Steven Cook, Next Generation Fellow, Council on Foreign Relations
  • A 2005 Guardian First Book Award Finalist

Listener Opinions

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Kendall | 2/20/2014

    " Excellent. Learned so much, and Aslan's writing style is both interesting and informative. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Alex Shahan | 2/12/2014

    " The best post-9/11 book on Muslims. All Americans should read it. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Brenton | 2/6/2014

    " A sympathetic and engaging history of Islam, that portrays the faith as deeply divided internally. If you're looking for a Muslim evaluation of the Muslim faith, this is a good choice. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 irfan darian | 2/6/2014

    " Some insightful thoughts from a Muslim, that do surprise me, in a good sort of way. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Robie Devereaux | 1/25/2014

    " fantastic writer- provides lots of background info for current issues. Similar in that way to Jon Krakauer "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Caroline Donaldson | 1/17/2014

    " This was an interesting analysis of Islam and I would have finished it except that I lent it to my husband. Will read the final chapters soon I hope as I only got about half way through. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Missy Zell | 1/5/2014

    " Really good book which teaches you about the Islam culture. What makes this book different from others is his practical outlook and the fact that he is a Muslim himself. He is not finger pointing to anyone, just giving the information on why Islam's are the way they are today and the future of Islam. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Matt | 1/1/2014

    " This is a fascinating book about the history of Islam, combined with a strong advocacy for Aslan's particular views of the religion. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Dan | 12/18/2013

    " interesting history and development of Islam. Written by an American Muslim who thinks critically about his religion instead of just giving the rote answers. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Kevin Bell | 12/6/2013

    " This book is excellent, but I want to talk to a knowledgable Muslim about the author's take on Islamic History. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Ted Pikulsky | 12/6/2013

    " Islam is not the problem, people are. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Jennifer | 11/3/2013

    " This book explained a lot of the history of Islam that I didn't know. The author is definitely progressive. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Christa | 10/13/2013

    " I read this book in my freshman/sophmore year of college, and I really liked it. I had already started studying Islam and the Middle East, but was still a novice. Its perfect for that level, but there are better books out there on this subject. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 José | 9/8/2013

    " A fairly comprehensive history of Islam that shows us how the faith has evolved though the years. Aslan also posits that Islam is going through something akin to the Reformation. A great read for anyone that still choose to dismiss Islam as a violent faith. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Cody | 8/22/2013

    " What a great primer on Islam. Dispelled a lot of ignorance and incorrect preconceptions I had about the faith. Reza Aslan uses a very approachable, reader friendly writing style. Highly recommended. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Hillary | 7/13/2013

    " very interesting read about the origins and evolution of islam. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Georgia | 8/29/2012

    " So richly informative and wondefully told - I think I need to read it like 50 more times. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Brent | 2/18/2012

    " This book was fascinating. Finally an explanation of Islamic theology that I understand. Readable, insightful, and magnanimous, my favorite kind of book. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Kian | 12/12/2011

    " I read this book at the tail end of taking a bunch of classes on the history of Islam at UCSD. In one relatively small volume, Reza Aslan tells you what you need to know about Islam and how it got to be the way it is today, without bias, without judgment. Also, he's hot. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Edward | 11/22/2011

    " Islam, like other other religion, is always evolving in its doctrines, and not without a lot of controversay. There is no monolithic "Islam", despite what many in the West believe. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Jill | 8/29/2011

    " This is one I'll read again and again, learning more each time. Clear and understandable. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Lena | 7/8/2011

    " Bought this after seeing/meeting Reza Aslan spoke in my college town. It was really interesting to read this, especially in a time where Islam is a highly discussed topic. I gained a lot more insight into the history of Islam. Great and interesting read! "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 adilpoly | 5/22/2011

    " Just like the title said, this book offers great insights on the origins and evolution of Islam. It is a must read for those looking for a soft sell on the contextual nascence of Islam in ancient Arabia. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Ted | 5/20/2011

    " Islam is not the problem, people are. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Rinaldi | 5/19/2011

    " the writer presents a history of Islam and moslem. his main thesis is: it is not Islam vs West instead Islam A vs Islam B. to a man of faith, this is not the best book. this is more for politically-interested Islamic history readers. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 David | 5/14/2011

    " Apologetics
    Like this book make me wonder
    "Why so defensive?" "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Chris | 5/13/2011

    " Would have been four stars, but I felt like the second half seemed to drag on for me. I loved the first half, describing the events at Mecca and Medina, and I certainly feel like I got an education. Just had a hard time with the last couple chapters. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Elena | 5/3/2011

    " In honor of Dr. Aslan's birthday, I present the book that started it all for me. Shukran ya mudaris! "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Jennifer | 3/31/2011

    " This book explained a lot of the history of Islam that I didn't know. The author is definitely progressive. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Carol Rich | 3/21/2011

    " It is so helpful to learn about other cultures and religions so that we do not midjudge them. This book was an informative overview of the origins and evolution of Islam, and I found it fascinating. "

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