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

337 Pages · 2010 · 1.28 MB · English

  • No god but God: The Origins, Evolution, and Future of Islam

    No god but God No god but God


    The Origins, Evolution, and Future of Islam


    REZA ASLAN


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    Random House


    New York For my mother, Soheyla,


    and my father, Hassan


    Copyright © 2005 by Reza Aslan


    All rights reserved.


    Published in the United States by Random House,


    an imprint of The Random House Publishing Group, a division of


    Random House, Inc., New York.


    RANDOM HOUSE and colophon are registered


    trademarks of Random House, Inc.


    Library of Congress Cataloging-in-Publication Data


    Aslan, Reza.


    No god but God : the origins, evolution, and future of Islam / Reza Aslan.


    p. cm.


    Includes bibliographical references and index.


    eISBN 1-58836-445-3


    1. Islam. 2. Islam—Essence, genius, nature. 3. Islam—History. I. Title.


    BP161.3.A79 2005


    297—dc22 2004054053


    Random House website address: www.atrandom.com


    Book design by Meryl Sussman Levavi


    v1.0 Acknowledgments


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    Thank you, Mom and Dad, for never doubting me; Catherine Bell,


    for getting me started; Frank Conroy, for giving me a shot; Elyse


    Cheney, for finding me; Daniel Menaker, for trusting me; Amanda For-


    tini, for fixing me; my teachers, for challenging me; and Ian Werrett,


    for absolutely everything else. In the name of God, the Compassionate, the Merciful Contents


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    Prologue: The Clash of Monotheisms xi


    Author’s Note xxi


    Chronology of Key Events xxiii


    1. The Sanctuary in the Desert


    PRE-ISLAMIC ARABIA 3


    2. The Keeper of the Keys


    MUHAMMAD IN MECCA 23


    3. The City of the Prophet


    THE FIRST MUSLIMS 50


    4. Fight in the Way of God


    THE MEANING OF JIHAD 75


    5. The Rightly Guided Ones


    THE SUC CESSORS TO MUHAMMAD 107


    6. This Religion Is a Science


    THE DEVELOPMENT OF ISLAMIC THEOLOGY AND LAW 140


    7. In the Footsteps of Martyrs


    FROM SHI‘ISM TO KHOMEINISM 171


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