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No god but God Audiobook

No god but God: The Origins, Evolution, and Future of Islam

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Though it is the fastest growing religion in the world, Islam remains shrouded by ignorance and fear. What is the essence of this ancient faith? Is it a religion of peace or war? How does Allah differ from the God of Jews and Christians? Can an Islamic state be founded on democratic values such as pluralism and human rights? A writer and scholar of comparative religions, Reza Aslan has earned international acclaim for the passion and clarity he has brought to these questions. In No god but God, challenging the "clash of civilizations" mentality that has distorted our view of Islam, Aslan explains this critical faith in all its complexity, beauty, and compassion.

Contrary to popular perception in the West, Islam is a religion firmly rooted in the prophetic traditions of the Jewish and Christian scriptures. Aslan begins with a vivid account of the social and religious milieu in which the Prophet Muhammad lived. The revelations that Muhammad received in Mecca and Medina, which were recorded in the Quran, became the foundation for a radically more egalitarian community, the likes of which had never been seen before.

According to Reza Aslan, we are now living in the era of "the Islamic Reformation". No god but God is a persuasive and elegantly written account of the roots of this reformation and the future of Islamic faith.

©2006 Reza Aslan; (P)2009 Random House

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    Bob WHEATON, IL, United States 03-01-13
    Bob WHEATON, IL, United States 03-01-13 Member Since 2016
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    "Excellent Introduction to Islam"
    What made the experience of listening to No god but God the most enjoyable?

    This book is filled with both historical information and contemporary relevance, but Aslan somehow manages to convey it all with brevity, depth, depth, and sincerity. He avoids the pitfalls of dogmatism or sounding preachy on the one hand while unapologetically remaining faithful to the spirit and intention of Islam on the other. I would recommend it highly to anyone with even a passing interest in Islam. I would especially recommend it to the opponents of Islam, or to anyone politically-minded, as it presents what I believe to be an accurate, measured account of the history of one of the world's great religions and sheds light on so many of the current conflicts in which our world is embroiled.


    Have you listened to any of Shishir Kurup’s other performances before? How does this one compare?

    No, but Kurup's reading is excellent.


    If you were to make a film of this book, what would be the tag line be?

    We are not so different after all.


    5 of 8 people found this review helpful
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    Terry Armstrong Tulsa, Ok 05-04-09
    Terry Armstrong Tulsa, Ok 05-04-09 Member Since 2007
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    "The history of Islam and more."

    History is never written without being written from someone's perspective. I appreciated Mr. Aslan's in depth historical treatment of his subject as well his personal story of the return to his birth country and seeing current attempts to form a stable government based on Islam. I also valued his asking questions we all ask about this major religion. "Historically is it peaceful or violent and is it possible to form stable democratic government based on it's principles?" I think I will listen to his other book also.

    8 of 14 people found this review helpful
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    W. Max Hollmann Florida 05-10-09
    W. Max Hollmann Florida 05-10-09 Listener Since 2008

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    "An apologia for Islam"

    At times I had a hard time following the books logic. He posits Iran as the harbinger of the future advocating plurality and human values etc. Then, later, refers to it as a fascist theocracy. He mentions "equality" but doesn't address the historical plight of women, apostates or slaves...who do not receive religious protection. Forget any mention of their ideas on homosexuality or adultry. Shias whipping themselves, the author maintains, is about "freedom" and there is no pain. He mentions Western imperialism but refuses to describe Muslim conquests the same way. Slaughters by Westerners are bad, but he justifies the same actions by Muslims. He likes absolves Muslims of any act by maintaining that Christians and Jews are just as "bad." I believe the author had an aim in mind to make Islam appear to be a pleasant form of worship and that anyone reading the book does not read a newspaper. He barely mentions how Muslim countries interact in the modern world (9/11 is mentioned but not deiscussed) or the reasons for their economic backwardness. (Bernard Lewis is a better read in these areas.) I found his description of Sufism hard to follow; it may have been easier in the written word.

    34 of 61 people found this review helpful
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    David 04-06-17
    David 04-06-17 Member Since 2013
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    "Wonderful book"

    This is an excellent introduction to the religion of Islam. The production quality is also top notch.

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    Alex Chetwynd 04-04-17 Member Since 2017
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    "Very informative yet accessible."
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    Easy listening yet still built upon knowledge that I already had. Great author and great ideas.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
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    Brian Tampa, FL 02-20-17
    Brian Tampa, FL 02-20-17 Member Since 2015
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    "First half really enjoyable"
    Where does No god but God rank among all the audiobooks you’ve listened to so far?

    Middle of the pack


    What other book might you compare No god but God to and why?

    Can't think of any right now


    What three words best describe Shishir Kurup’s voice?

    Calming, deep, clear


    Was this a book you wanted to listen to all in one sitting?

    no


    Any additional comments?

    First half and last hour or so were really good. Had to force myself for the latter half of book though. Would have like to hear more on Bangladesh's part during separation of India after British rule. It does have a lot of Muslims in it.

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    Amazon Customer 12-28-16
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    "annoyed a lot"

    good edifying book, with an interesting background. except for the part about Shism, a little bit redundant.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
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    James Chesterton, IN, United States 12-20-16
    James Chesterton, IN, United States 12-20-16 Member Since 2017
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    "Well worth the read!"
    Where does No god but God rank among all the audiobooks you’ve listened to so far?

    No God but God ranks somewhere around the middle of all the audiobooks I have listened to so far. Generally, it is a pretty informative, objective account of the growth of Islam from the Prophet's message to its expansion into empires and various sects. While the book successfully covers what it set out to cover, I am personally not so interested in Muslim empire or the many sects that resulted out of power struggles, infighting, and theological hair-splitting. I think that I would be more interested in a book that just deals with the prophet and his revelations.


    Would you recommend No god but God to your friends? Why or why not?

    For general historical information on the entirety of the religion, I would highly recommend this book to friends.


    Have you listened to any of Shishir Kurup’s other performances before? How does this one compare?

    I have not listened to any of Kurup's other performances, but am interested in what else he has presented.


    Was this a book you wanted to listen to all in one sitting?

    No.


    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
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    scorpion! 12-11-16
    scorpion! 12-11-16 Member Since 2015
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    "great effort despite inaccuracies"

    this is a very great effort by the author to summarize and simplify 1500 years of very complicated history into a mere 12 hours! I congratulate the author on such much needed analysis.

    on the other hand, the book involves a lot of inaccurate historic events and fraud methodology. the listener could clearly see the influence of authors Iranian origins in interpreting events and commentary. the author also showed some factual and contextual ignorance when it comes to Sufism. finally, the author failed to highlight a great deal of Islamic history when turmoil and civil war wasn't the case a period of great scientific and political advancements. perhaps it's also important to add that the listener will sometimes get the impression that the books events are taking place on vacuum with no influence of other factors/states/powers/religions/interests.

    over all, the analysis entails a great deal of details and effort and it is a much needed book that I'd recommend to other readers.

    the audio performance is superb!

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
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    Louay 11-21-16
    Louay 11-21-16 Member Since 2016
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    "Must needed book"


    Agree or not with Reza. That's the whole point. Reform, debate and rational is what the writer is looking to achieve from this book and there can't be a better time. I feel the writer has avoided many topics and might have summed up quickly, but if anything this is a good start to much needed deep thoughts.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful

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