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

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

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

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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


a


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


��



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


��



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


No god but God No god but God


The Origins, Evolution, and Future of Islam


REZA ASLAN


a


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


��



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


��



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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