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Thought Provoking and Perceptive,
This review is from: No god but God (Updated Edition): The Origins, Evolution, and Future of Islam (Paperback)
In my opinion, this book was a very well done. He chose to tackle a very difficult topic, and he did it with much grace and eloquence. The history section of book was enlightening and thought provoking, with a strong mix of factual based history and beautiful traditional Islamic stories that helped the book to consistently remain engaging and interesting. Most importantly, he was good at being a relatively unbiased author. One of my favorite aspects of the book was that fact that he could show off the beauty and power of this religion without being afraid to point out and discuss any obvious flaws or mistakes. It is a difficult task to be passionate about your culture and faith, and simultaneously strong enough to criticize its faults, discrepancies, and inaccuracies, and my respect for the author is very deep for this reason. I am curious as to how the book would be different if it had been published more recently. Aslan published his book in 2005 and the Arab Spring of earlier this year, along with the latest developments in Egypt and Libya, have greatly affected the prospects of Islamic government in the Middle East. I would be interested in asking him what his interpretations of the uprisings in Middle East are, and what they mean for Islam as a whole. Overall, my understanding and respect for the Islamic faith has greatly increased, and I think that is exactly what Aslan was hoping to do.