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No god but God Audiobook
No god but God
Written by: 
Reza Aslan
Narrated by: 
Shishir Kurup
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 2012
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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 Member 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.

    33 of 60 people found this review helpful
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    Amazon Customer 07-23-16 Member Since 2015
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    "taught me Islam and Arabic culture are very differ"

    this book has only gained relavance over the past decade. the lessons taught in it are invaluable to any political mind of the modern era, especially those seeking to understand the most pressing issues of international relations.

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    Affan Ahmed 07-14-16
    Affan Ahmed 07-14-16
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    "revelatory"

    loved Rezas breadth of coverage and relatively balanced approach. doesn't feel heretical at all. kudos

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    Danish 07-12-16
    Danish 07-12-16 Member Since 2015
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    "Great Book Terrible Narrator"

    The book and content are very good. However, the choice of the narrator was very poor. In a book filled with words in Arabic, the pronunciations were butchered.

    Understandably it is an English book but at least some emphasis should be given to proper pronunciation of words in foreign languages related very closely to the subject matter.

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    David Yakima, WA, United States 06-26-16
    David Yakima, WA, United States 06-26-16 Member Since 2013
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    "what in the world?"

    This guy represnts uninformed liberal islamic ideology very well. he has a fair grasp of liberal ideas, has obvious bones to pick, enjoys quoting passages from the Qu'ran that support his current mood -ignoring the common practice of taking verses later in the text as more authoritative (liberal people enjoy quoting the "love everyone" passages from surat two while islamic followers all know that it is the more intolerant later verses that are deemed authoritative today) - and he follows in the liberal tradition of stating something in one sentence and then contradicting himself in the next. (last ch min 36 islam has to be democratic because it is fundamentally so ....islam must start being democratic, and more. then he likes statements like "humans make laws, not God." a nice liberal secular view, but one that 80pct of the planet might disagree with.anyway, not an interesting read, but if you haven't had a good dose of fluff lately, this is the book for you!

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    Muhammad 06-12-16
    Muhammad 06-12-16
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    "An eye opener, even for Muslims"

    I born in a muslim family but never have a I ever been taught the true origin, diversity and issues in Muslim societies. A must read for everyone.

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    Joshua 06-02-16
    Joshua 06-02-16 Member Since 2016
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    "Incredible"

    What a fascinating book from start to finish. I went into it with very little knowledge of the history of Islam and Islamic thought, and I'm astounded by how comprehensive yet accessible this book is. Highly recommend.

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    Ahmed Hashmi 05-21-16 Member Since 2016
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    "Incredibly Informative!"

    Reza Aslan does a spectacular job in humanizing the history of Islam. The book is well researched, well written and highly informative. The narration is nicely paced, and very nice to listen to.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful

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