16 of 20 people found the following review helpful
Good insight into the history of Islam.,
This review is from: No god but God: The Origins, Evolution, and Future of Islam (Paperback)
Many people are arguing over this book with the assumption that it's outright defending Islam. While I would say that yes, Aslan makes many statements in the defense of Islam, I would not say that that is the sole purpose of the book. I found "No god but God" to be a relatively neutral overview of the history and development of the Islamic faith and religion. Aslan is critical where criticism is necessary, and defensive on points that are unjustly under fire, but for the most part he leaves the interpretation of the morality of the various historical characters and events to the readers, and does not spoon-feed his opinion to the reader. I encourage you to read this book and see the history of Islam (of course don't just rely on one book, but you should read many more to get as many perspectives as possible), and then to make your own judgments, so long as they are informed.