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No god but God: The Origins and Evolution of Islam Reviews

UPDATE TIME: 2018-06-04 
Review Score: 4 out of 5 star From 74 user ratings
ISBN:0385739761
LANGUAGE:English

" Fantastic introduction to Islam and its diverse history. But my deeply ingrained atheism made me question a good majority of the writer's conclusions and remedies for solving the problem of Islamic Fundamentalism. " said.

" Si estáis interesados en conocer más sobre el origen del Islam y sobre cómo ha llegado a ser hoy lo que es, Solo hay un Dios es el libro que estabais buscando para empezar, pues os dará una idea general y os facilitará la lectura de otros libros más detallados. Y si no estáis interesados en conocer más sobre el Islam…, deberíais estarlo. Reseña completa: http://www.libros-prohibidos.com/reza... " said.

"Just finished reading this book. I cannot recommend it enough! I've seen lots of clips and a few presentations by Reza Aslan and always been very impressed by his intelligence, knowledge and eloquence but this is the first time I have read a book he has authored.
He ultimately relays the history of Islam from the context in which it was first revealed, through to its current state in flux. He's very academic but keeps the language accessible and fluid. He tackles events and instances from the life of the Prophet (SAW) which have often been used by opponents of Islam to claim anti-Jewish sentiments as being inherent to the religion, or misogyny as inherent to Islam and completely dismantled such argumentation and not for one moment does he sound like an apologist. Bravo Mr Aslan! I found a lot of consolation in this book and am now looking forward to reading his book How To Win a Cosmic War for my local Bookclub. However I will concede, it isn't a book for the dogmatic.
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"What a really enlightening book and very very well written. I first knew of Reza Aslan from his viral interview on Fox News for his newer book Zealot: The Life and Times of Jesus of Nazareth (which I will surely read later) and started to search more about his views from his videos and writings. And then I came across this book. This book starts with a historic chronicle of pre-Islamic Arabia, the live and ministry of the Prophet, the caliphs, the Shia Movement, and the impact of Western colonisation. By placing context into how or why many of the things occurred as they did, Aslan argues that Islam in its true form should be egalitarian, inclusive, progressive, and even pluralistic, although some Muslim rulers and other practises easily led to the Western perception that it is otherwise. In fact, I think it is precisely for readers in the West and non-Muslims (myself included) that this book is targeted, as it clears out many of our misperceptions and bigotry against the religion. " said.

"5/5 stars for No God But God by Reza Aslan.

No God But God begins with the journey of the author to Marrakech where he encountered an altercation between a Muslim and a Christian, who was a missionary. Apparently, the Muslim kept on hovering the Christian just because he is a Christian. From here, he talked about the clash of monotheism concept - which apparently is the major conflict between religions in our world today.

This book is written in chronological style which makes it easy to comprehend and follow - It started from Jahiliyyah period, the birth of Muhammad, the Quran revelations, the Khulafa Rasyidin period, the various sects in Islam and current controversies within the Ummah.

This book is richly informative and wondefully told. It provides an informative look at the origins, evolution and future of Islam. I loved how the author analyzes the history and tenets of Islam without getting preachy and apologetic. I learned a lot from this book, and it inspired me to seek out and read more on Islam, as there is so much I embarrassingly don't know.

I think I need to read it like 50 more times because it is SO SO SO good.

Highly recommended for everyone - yes, non-Muslims included.
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"This is a highly readable book, not because it simplifies a huge and complex subject - Islam - but because it is so well written. Aslan brings more than 1500 years of history to life like an investigative reporter, using the techniques of a first-rate journalist. While himself a Muslim, he is able to communicate to Western readers both articulately and compellingly, dismantling a good many misconceptions about his religion, fiercely held in his opinion by many, including members of his own faith.

As a reformer, he calls for a return to the foundations of Islam in the divinely inspired populist social experiment of the Prophet's first followers in Medina - in particular the egalitarianism that included all, regardless of gender, tribe, or social status, and encouraged generosity of heart and spirit, while calling for direct and unmediated devotion to a single loving God. His book, a history of Islam, illustrates centuries of struggles between those who attempted to preserve this initial vitality that accounted for its rapid growth into a world religion and those who attempted to suppress it or subvert it to their own ends, while it splintered into various factions - some political, some not - ranging across centuries of divisions between Shiites, Sunnis, Sufis, and puritanical reformers of many stripes including the modern-day Taliban and al-Queda.

Christian readers, if they know their own history, will be struck by the close similarities and the vast differences between their own religion and Islam. Aslan himself draws his central argument from an analogy to the 15th century reformers in the Christian church, and in his final chapter - more a manifesto than a convincingly reasoned argument - he asserts that the real war in the post-9/11 world is within Islam itself, and that the West is not more than an implicated bystander. As Aslan lays out his subject historically it seems that only history, and a lot of it, will reveal the outcome of the struggle he describes.

The extensive bibliography and end notes give credibility to this provocative book that it might not have otherwise. Highly recommended for readers who already have some knowledge of the subject. A paradigm-shifter for those who don't.
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" Prisipažinkim – kuomet išgirstam žodį „islamas“, daugumai mūsų į galvas šauna tikrai ne mintys apie dorą religiją. Prieš akis iškyla ekstremalių įvykių vaizdiniai, pasaulį kamuojantis teroras ir baimė. Nors aš suvokiu, jog religija su šiais iškreiptais dalykais nei kiek nesisieja – nori nenori asociacijos atsiranda. Niekada per ne lyg tuo nesidomėjau. Neskirdavau daug laiko gilesniems apmąstymams kaip ir kodėl islamo religija tapo siaubą sėjančiu pranašu žmonių pasąmonėje. Tačiau pradėjau apie tai vis daugiau mąstyti knygynų lentynose pamačius Reza Aslan knygą „Jokio kito dievo, tik Dievas“. Vis norėdavau ją perskaityti, mat minčių paskaičius anotaciją kilo begalės. Tarsi išgirdusi mano norą, leidykla „Kitos knygos“ man ją atsiuntė. Ir netgi kai ją atsiuntė, vis nedrįsau kibti į tuos atsakymų pilnus puslapius. Kažkaip bijojau, jog knyga bus sunkiai skaitoma, apkrauta sausa ir publicistine informaciją, kurią man bus sunku įsisavinti. O siaube, kaip aš klydau. Vos pradėjusi knygą negalėjau atsitraukti ir perskaičiau per ne pilnas dvi dienas.

Tai tikrai nėra knyga „pilanti“ faktus ir datas vienus po kita, čia įvykiai nėra raportuojami. Tai itin sklandus islamo istorijos pasakojimas perpintas mitais, legendomis, bei įdomiais faktais. Knyga prasideda nuo pačios islamo religijos pradžios – pranašo Muchmado. Pasakojama apie jo gyvenimą prieš apsireiškiant Dievui ir viską kas vyko po to. Muchmadas aprašomas kaip paprastas žmogus, aprašoma jo kasdienybė, šeima, žmona. Toks literatūriškas istorijos aprašymas labai supaprastina knygos skaitymą – įsivaizduoji didžius žmones kaip paprastus veikėjus ir visus reikšmingiausius istorinius įvykius lengviau įsisavini ir prisimeni. Žinoma, šioje knygoje yra ne tik įdomūs svarbių asmenybių gyvenimai. Čia glaudžiai ir vaizdingai atkuriama visas islamo istorija, asmenybių gyvenimai, apsireiškimai, karai, kovos. Pasakojama apie tradicijas ir papročius, religinius ritualus. Galbūt tai skambu jums kaip istorijos vadovėlio pristatymas, bet galiu jus užtikrinti, jog ši knyga yra nepalyginamai daugiau. Ją papildo ir be galo įdomios Reza įžvalgos, nuomonės, statistiniai duomenys, kuriuos jis pasitelkia. Visa istorija plėtojama iki pat šių dienų. Autorius pasitelkdamas savo žinias, patirtis ir mokslą bando atsakyti į pagrindinį klausimą – kas ir kaip islamą pavertė baimę sėjančia religija? Kaip visas tas radikalumas atsirado?

Nors čia nei romanas, nei detektyvas –„Jokio kito dievo, tik Dievas“ knygą perskaičiau per porą dienų. „Užsikabinau“ už jos ir pačiai tapo svarbu – ogi tikrai, kaip čia viskas atsitiko? Itin paprastas ir aiškus Aslan rašymo stilius padėjo man perprasti krūvas naujų dalykų, supažindino tiek su gražiąja islamo puse tiek ir su visais nukrypimais/iškrypimais. Mėgavausi šia knyga ir kaip įdomia istorine literatūra ir kaip šių dienų aktualijų analizavimo leidiniu. Stipriai rekomenduoju šią knygą visiems norintiems artimiau pažinti mums svetimą, tačiau itin turtingą kultūrą, bei sužinoti visus visą pasaulį jaudinančios religijos aspektus. Ši knyga puikiai tinka ir akiračiui praplėsti. Tikiu, jog visi istorinės literatūros mėgėjai man tik pritars.
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"This book gives a simple but yet a sufficient description of Islam's sects and their evolution through time, with a brief mention of the muslim political movements (the islamists) which i think played a much greater role in shaping the political consciousness of today's muslims.
This book however failed enormously in approaching islam as 'a faith'. By stripping it from all spiritual content, the author handled it as a merly socioeconomic revolution.
But the author's way of handling the topic of chiisme totally worth reading this book to me.
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