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Advance Praise for NO GOD BUT GOD


"This is a fascinating book. Reza Aslan tells the story of Islam with one eye on faith and another

on history. The result is a textured, nuanced account that presents a living, breathing religion,

shaped by centuries of history and culture."

--Fareed Zakaria


"Reza Aslan tells a story of Islamic faith, history and culture that comes alive. No god but God is

an engaging, creative, insightful and provocative book. It is a reminder that beyond the terrorism headlines, Islam like its Abrahamic cousins has been and remains a rich, dynamic spiritual path for the

vast majority of Muslims that live in the West and across the globe."

--John L. Esposito, University Professor and Founding Director of the Center for Muslim-Christian Understanding, Georgetown University and author of Unholy War: Terror in the Name of Islam and

What Everyone Needs to Know About Islam


"No god but God is a fascinating account of Islam's evolution. Aslan's book should be

required reading for all analysts and policymakers interested in the Muslim world.

It's a terrific read . . . no easy feat for such a difficult subject."

 --Steven Cook, Next Generation Fellow, Council on Foreign Relations


"Elegant, accessible, and informed by historical scholarship, No god but God offers a wonderful view

into the rich world of early Islam. Reza Aslan brings to the life of Muhammad and the story of

classical Islam a lyricism and deft touch reminiscent of Roberto Calasso at his best."

--Noah Feldman, author of After Jihad and What We Owe Iraq


“Readers will gravitate toward No God But God not only because of its stimulating arguments, but also because it's so well put together as a literary work…..An introduction to Islam as evocative as it is provocative.”

--Kirkus Reviews


No god but God

The Origins, Evolution, and Future of Islam


Reza Aslan



Are Islam and the West on a collision course, or headed toward a new era of understanding and cooperation?  The brilliant young scholar Reza Aslan is one of a handful of thinkers developing a compelling—and profoundly hopeful—alternative to the widely accepted “clash of civilization” theory that pits East against West in an apocalyptic struggle.  He makes the powerful and persuasive argument that the violence and extremism currently seizing the Middle East are the last gasps of small, doomed religious factions, not the beginning of a horrific future, as many have predicted.  In NO GOD BUT GOD: The Origins, Evolution, and Future of Islam (Random House; Publication Date: March 22, 2005; $25.95; 1-4000-6213-6), Aslan explains Islam in all its complexity, beauty, and compassion.  He re-emphasizes, irrefutably, that Islam has as much in common with Christianity and Judaism and bears seeds of egalitarianism and social reform at its core.


This is a book both timely and timeless.  In it the author explains the faith of Islam, presenting its battles and schisms as part of an ongoing evolution as it responds to the social, cultural, political, and temporal circumstances of those who are telling it.  Aslan writes that what is taking place now in the Muslim world is an internal conflict between Muslims, not an external battle between Islam and the West.  The West is merely a bystander—an unwary yet complicit casualty of a rivalry that is raging in Islam over who will write the next chapter in its story. 


More than one billion Muslims in the world readily accept the fundamental principles of democracy – constitutionalism, government accountability, pluralism, human rights.  What is not necessarily accepted is the distinctly Western notion that religion and the state should be entirely separate, that secularism must be the foundation of a democratic society.  “It may be too early to know who will write the next chapter of Islam’s story, but it is not too early to recognize who will ultimately win the war between reform and counterreform.”  NO GOD BUT GOD is an argument for the Islamic Reformation that is already taking place. 



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About the Author:

Reza Aslan is currently a Robles Fellow at the University of California, Santa Barbara.  He has studied religions at Santa Clara University, Harvard University, and the University if California.  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 The Nation, Slate, and The New York Times, and he has been profiled in USA Today and U.S. News & World Report and The Chronicle of Higher Education.  Born in Iran, he lives in Santa Barbara and New Orleans.



NO GOD BUT GOD: The Origins, Evolution, and Future of Islam

Reza Aslan

Random House; ISBN: 1-4000-6213-6; Price: $25.95

On Sale Date: March 15, 2005; Publication Date: March 22, 2005