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“Grippingly narrated and thoughtfully examined . . . a literate, accessible introduction to Islam.”—The New York Times
“[Reza] Aslan offers an invaluable introduction to the forces that have shaped Islam [in this] eloquent, erudite paean to Islam in all of its complicated glory.”—Los Angeles Times Book Review
“Wise and passionate . . . an incisive, scholarly primer in Muslim history and an engaging personal exploration.”—The New York Times Book Review
“Acutely perceptive . . . For many troubled Muslims, this book will feel like a revelation, an opening up of knowledge too long buried.”—The Independent (U.K.)
“Thoroughly engaging and excellently written . . . While [Aslan] might claim to be a mere scholar of the Islamic Reformation, he is also one of its most articulate advocates.”—The Oregonian
REZA ASLAN has studied religions at Santa Clara University, Harvard University, and the University of California, Santa Barbara. He holds an MFA in fiction from the Writers’ Workshop at the University of Iowa, where he was also visiting assistant professor of Islamic and Middle Eastern Studies. His work has appeared in USA Today, U.S. News & World Report, and The Chronicle of Higher Education as well as a number of academic journals. Born in Iran, he lives in Santa Barbara and New Orleans.
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Very good history of the religion, gives important context on today's problems and islams failures which were inadvertently built in from the start.Published 18 days ago by Amazon Customer
He is a very good writer-fact based and puts things in a historical context.
It really opened my eyes about Islam. Read more
I really enjoy Aslan's writing and historical perspective, and while informative this book tends to really drag in the middle. Read morePublished 26 days ago by Christopher Ripley
I will save your time and mine by joining and approving of the "Most helpful critical review" by David Marshall. Read morePublished 1 month ago by Justiniani
A little disappointed because "Zealot" was so good. This book just didn't hold my attention, and seemed a bit pedantic and choppy as far as the order of topic.Published 1 month ago by Karenina
Great insight to the fastest growing religion and the most misunderstood one of our time.Published 1 month ago by Nasim
A Classic Work which gives true history without any religious prejudice. It gives the origin, development of the community and its response to other communities.Published 1 month ago by Rajan Meletius Murimakil