How to Win a Cosmic War: God, Globalization, and the End of the War on Terror

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Random House #ad - How to win a cosmic war is both an in-depth study of the ideology fueling al-Qa‘ida, and like-minded militants throughout the Muslim world, Christianity, the Taliban, and an exploration of religious violence in Judaism, and Islam. At a time when religion and politics are increasingly sharing the same vocabulary and functioning in the same sphere, Aslan writes that we must strip the conflicts of our world–in particular, the War on Terror–of their religious connotations and address the earthly grievances that always lie behind the cosmic impulse.

Author of the international bestseller "No god but God". Surveying the global scene from israel to Iraq and from New York to the Netherlands, Aslan argues that religion is a stronger force today than it has been in a century. A cosmic war is a religious war. How do you win a cosmic war? By refusing to fight in one.

How to Win a Cosmic War: God, Globalization, and the End of the War on Terror #ad - It is a battle not between armies or nations, but between the forces of good and evil, a war in which God is believed to be directly engaged on behalf of one side against the other. According to award-winning writer and scholar of religions Reza Aslan, by infusing the United States War on Terror with the same kind of religiously polarizing rhetoric and Manichean worldview, is also fighting a cosmic war–a war that can’t be won.

The hijackers who attacked the United States on September 11, 2001, thought they were fighting a cosmic war.

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God: A Human History

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Random House #ad - As aslan writes, and regardless of whether we’re believers or not, “Whether we are aware of it or not, what the vast majority of us think about when we think about God is a divine version of ourselves. But this projection is not without consequences. In layered prose and with thoughtful, accessible scholarship, Aslan narrates the history of religion as a remarkably cohesive attempt to understand the divine by giving it human traits and emotions.

According to aslan, this innate desire to humanize God is hardwired in our brains, making it a central feature of nearly every religious tradition. Driven by reza aslan’s grace and curiosity, God. New york times bestseller • the bestselling author of zealot and host of Believer explores humanity’s quest to make sense of the divine in this concise and fascinating history of our understanding of God.

God: A Human History #ad - In zealot, reza aslan replaced the staid, well-worn portrayal of Jesus of Nazareth with a startling new image of the man in all his contradictions. In his new book, aslan takes on a subject even more immense: God, writ large. We bestow upon god not just all that is good in human nature—our compassion, our thirst for justice—but all that is bad in it: our greed, our bigotry, our penchant for violence.

All these qualities inform our religions, cultures, and governments. More than just a history of our understanding of God, this book is an attempt to get to the root of this humanizing impulse in order to develop a more universal spirituality.

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ZEALOT: The Life and Times of Jesus of Nazareth

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Random House #ad - . A vivid, persuasive portrait. Salon   “this tough-minded, deeply political book does full justice to the real Jesus, and honors him in the process. San francisco chronicle   “a special and revealing work, engaging, one that believer and skeptic alike will find surprising, and original. Jon meacham, pulitzer prize–winning author of Thomas Jefferson: The Art of Power   “Compulsively readable.

. Balancing the jesus of the gospels against the historical sources, Aslan describes a man full of conviction and passion, yet rife with contradiction. He explores the reasons the early Christian church preferred to promulgate an image of Jesus as a peaceful spiritual teacher rather than a politically conscious revolutionary.

ZEALOT: The Life and Times of Jesus of Nazareth #ad - . Aslan synthesizes Scripture and scholarship to create an original account. The new yorker   “Fascinatingly and convincingly drawn. Within decades after his death, his followers would call him God. Aslan may come as close as one can to respecting those who revere Jesus as the peace-loving, true son of God depicted in modern Christianity, turn-the-other-cheek, even as he knocks down that image.

The seattle times   “aslan’s literary talent is as essential to the effect of Zealot as are his scholarly and journalistic chops. 1 new york times bestseller • “a lucid, from the host of believer   two thousand years ago, an itinerant Jewish preacher walked across the Galilee, intelligent page-turner” Los Angeles Times that challenges long-held assumptions about Jesus, gathering followers to establish what he called the “Kingdom of God.

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

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Random House Trade Paperbacks #ad - For many troubled muslims, this book will feel like a revelation, an opening up of knowledge too long buried. The independent U. K. Thoroughly engaging and excellently written. A fascinating, accessible introduction to islam from the #1 new york times bestselling author of zealot and host of BelieverFINALIST FOR THE GUARDIAN FIRST BOOK AWARD In No god but God, internationally acclaimed scholar Reza Aslan explains Islam—the origins and evolution of the faith—in all its beauty and complexity.

A literate, accessible introduction to Islam. The new york times   “reza aslan offers an invaluable introduction to the forces that have shaped Islam in this eloquent, erudite paean to Islam in all of its complicated glory. Los angeles times book Review   “Wise and passionate. Random House Trade. While aslan might claim to be a mere scholar of the Islamic Reformation, he is also one of its most articulate advocates.

No god but God Updated Edition: The Origins, Evolution, and Future of Islam #ad - The oregonian named one of the best books of the year by good housekeeping • booklist • Publishers Weekly • Bookish. Timely and persuasive, No god but God is an elegantly written account that explains this magnificent yet misunderstood faith.

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Zealot: The Life and Times of Jesus of Nazareth

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Random House Trade Paperbacks #ad - This superb work is highly recommended. Publishers weekly starred review named one of the best books of the year by good housekeeping • booklist • Publishers Weekly • Bookish. Sifting through centuries of mythmaking, Reza Aslan sheds new light on one of history’s most enigmatic figures by examining Jesus through the lens of the tumultuous era in which he lived.

. He explores the reasons the early Christian church preferred to promulgate an image of Jesus as a peaceful spiritual teacher rather than a politically conscious revolutionary. Balancing the jesus of the gospels against the historical sources, Aslan describes a man full of conviction and passion, yet rife with contradiction.

Zealot: The Life and Times of Jesus of Nazareth #ad - . Within decades after his death, his followers would call him God. Zealot yields a fresh perspective on one of the greatest stories ever told even as it affirms the radical and transformative nature of Jesus’ life and mission. Random House Trade. And he grapples with the riddle of how Jesus understood himself, the mystery that is at the heart of all subsequent claims about his divinity.

. Aslan may come as close as one can to respecting those who revere Jesus as the peace-loving, turn-the-other-cheek, true son of God depicted in modern Christianity, even as he knocks down that image. The seattle times   “aslan’s literary talent is as essential to the effect of Zealot as are his scholarly and journalistic chops.

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The Qur'an Oxford World's Classics

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Oxford University Press #ad - Thus, for the first time, english-speaking readers will have a text of the Qur'an which is easy to use and comprehensible. One of the most influential books in the history of literature, rituals, the sacred text that sets out the creed, recognized as the greatest literary masterpiece in Arabic, the Qur'an is the supreme authority and living source of all Islamic teaching, ethics, and laws of Islam.

Oxford university Press, USA. Furthermore, historical, haleem includes notes that explain geographical, and personal allusions as well as an index in which Qur'anic material is arranged into topics for easy reference.1 new york times bestseller • "a lucid, intelligent page-turner" Los Angeles Times that challenges long-held assumptions about Jesus, from the host of Believer.

The Qur'an Oxford World's Classics #ad - The translation is accurate and completely free from the archaisms, incoherence, and alien structures that mar existing translations. Yet despite the growing interest in Islamic teachings and culture, there has never been a truly satisfactory English translation of the Qur'an, until now. This superb new translation of the qur'an is written in contemporary language that remains faithful to the meaning and spirit of the original, making the text crystal clear while retaining all of this great work's eloquence.

Random House Trade. Named one of the best books of the year by good housekeeping • booklist • Publishers Weekly • Bookish. Each affordable volume reflects oxford's commitment to scholarship, up-to-date bibliographies for further study, including expert introductions by leading authorities, providing the most accurate text plus a wealth of other valuable features, voluminous notes to clarify the text, and much more.

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