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

By Reza Aslan

Although it's the quickest starting to be faith on the planet, Islam is still shrouded by way of lack of awareness and worry. what's the essence of this old religion? Is it a faith of peace or conflict? How does Allah vary from the God of Jews and Christians? Can an Islamic nation be based on democratic values akin to pluralism and human rights? A author and pupil of comparative religions, Reza Aslan has earned overseas approval for the eagerness and readability he has delivered to those questions. In No god yet God, not easy the “clash of civilizations” mentality that has distorted our view of Islam, Aslan explains this serious religion in all its complexity, attractiveness, and compassion.

Contrary to well known belief within the West, Islam is a faith firmly rooted within the prophetic traditions of the Jewish and Christian scriptures. Aslan starts off with a bright account of the social and spiritual milieu within which the Prophet Muhammad lilved. The revelations that Muhammad bought in Mecca and Medina, that have been recorded within the Quran, turned the root for a greatly extra egalitarian group, the likes of which had by no means been obvious before.

Soon after his dying, the Prophet’s successors set concerning the overwhelming job of defining and reading Muhammad’s message for destiny generations. Their efforts ended in the improvement of a accomplished code of behavior that was once anticipated to control each element of the believer’s existence. yet this test in basic terms widened the chasm among orthodox Islam and its significant sects, Shiism and Sufism, either one of which Aslan discusses in wealthy detail.

Finally, No god yet God examines how, within the shadow of ecu colonialism, Muslims constructed conflicting techniques to reconcile conventional Islamic values with the social and political realities of the fashionable international. With the emergence of the Islamic kingdom within the 20th century, this contest over the way forward for Islam has develop into a passionate, occasionally violent conflict among those that search to implement a inflexible and archaic felony code and those that fight to harmonize the lessons of the Prophet with modern beliefs of democracy and human rights. in keeping with Reza Aslan, we're now dwelling within the period of “the Islamic Reformation.” No god yet God is a persuasive and assuredly written account of the roots of this reformation and the way forward for Islamic religion.

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In the Muslim world, different societies, cultures, and movements responded to the destabilizing impact of modernity in a variety of ways. Some, like the Kemalist movement in Turkey, for example, responded by attempting to Westernize and move as far away from Islam as possible. Others, while rejecting Western culture, attempted to reconcile Islam and modernism by emphasizing that scientific and rational thought is completely consistent with Islamic ethics. Wahhabism responded to modernity’s destabilizing forces, and to its overpowering moral and social insecurities, by running for shelter.

Historically, the Islamic faith and Shari’a law have been represented by several competing schools of theological and jurisprudential thought, the most powerful and notable of these organized into privately run professional guilds. Although the state often claimed to rule in God’s name, the legitimacy of such claims were challenged by these professional guilds. The Protestant Reformation did not seek to remove religion from the public sphere altogether but to challenge the monopoly and religious despotism of the Catholic Church.

8 In his teachings, ‘Abd al-Wahhab consistently emphasized that there was no middle of the road for a Muslim: either a Muslim was a true believer or not. And if a Muslim was not a true believer, according to his standards, ‘Abd al-Wahhab had no qualms about declaring that Muslim an infidel and then The Rise of the Early Puritans 49 treating him as such. If a Muslim explicitly or implicitly committed an act that betrayed the impurity of his belief in God or implicitly or explicitly “associated partners with God”9 —an Islamic expression meaning to fail to believe that there is one and only one God who is immutable and eternal.

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