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No god but God

The Origins, Evolution, and Future of Islam
Autor: Reza Aslan
Sprecher: Shishir Kurup
Spieldauer: 12 Std. und 37 Min.
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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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Great journey!

Reza Aslan for me represents all hopes for a future union of the monotheistic cultures of Europe and the Near and Middle East.
There is a voice of reason and love in him that reaches straight through all of our dreams of past and future centuries, recollecting all we recognize as magical, mystical, just, fascinating, unifying forces in our common narratives is meticulously researched by this author, then edited and put into an overall sociopolitical context so that the quintessential message of his work enlightens the heart and inspires the mind.
I had the very same experience with his work "Zelot" on Jesus of Nazareth.
What runs through Aslans work, here beautifully read by Shishir Kurup, is the same red thread that also serves as a moral guideline in Elaine Pagel's "Gnostic Gospels", Ki Longfellow's "The Secret Magdalene" and Aldous Huxley's "Perennial Philosophy": the belief in one singular spiritual source as origin of all.
If you like that idea, you will indulge in this audio book as if it were an unexpected holiday by the sea.