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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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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 4 days ago by Karenina
Great insight to the fastest growing religion and the most misunderstood one of our time.Published 5 days 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 6 days ago by Rajan Meletius Murimakil
If your interested in a history of the the beginning of Islam to where we are today this is a good read.Published 18 days ago by Aloha
I enjoyed reading this book and found it fascinating but later realized that he plays loose with his facts and conclusions. Read morePublished 22 days ago by Cove Reader
Not only does Aslan strike the nail on the head with this one, his literary style is compelling, drawing the reader to delve deeper into the book, exploring the intricacies and... Read morePublished 22 days ago by Mohammed