Books by Reza Aslan

GOD by Reza Aslan
HISTORY
Released: Nov. 7, 2017

"Slightly shocking but not groundbreaking—a readable but minor addition to the body of knowledge about 'God.'"
Seeing the concept of God as an expression of the self. Read full book review >
ZEALOT by Reza Aslan
BIOGRAPHY & MEMOIR
Released: July 16, 2013

"Why has Christianity taken hold and flourished? This book will give you the answers in the simplest, most straightforward, comprehensible manner."
A well-researched, readable biography of Jesus of Nazareth. Read full book review >
NO GOD BUT GOD by Reza Aslan
HISTORY
Released: Feb. 8, 2011

Aslan reworks his illuminating and readable No God but God: The Origins, Evolution, and Future of Islam (2006) for a slightly younger audience with mixed success. The early chapters lay a strong foundation for understanding Islam's essential tenets and character. The author describes the early Arabic cultural and religious milieu, separates (scanty) fact from legend in tracing Muhammad's life and shows how Islam developed from a strong call for social and economic reform to a "revolutionary experiment" that profoundly and successfully challenged established traditions in every area of Arab society and government. Following that, though, the narrative fragments into a series of informative but less cogent essays on narrower topics, including the power struggle among Muhammad's successors, the true meaning of "jihad" (no, not "Holy War"), the strong links between Islam and Judaism and the status of women in Islam. Nonetheless, the author offers a rare and lucid vision of early Islam from the inside, capped with a heartening (for many Westerners) contention that modern Muslim radicalism isn't on the rise but actually in its dying throes. (source list) (Nonfiction. YA, adult)Read full book review >
HISTORY
Released: April 28, 2009

"Even readers who believe a fight with terror requires throwing some military punches will learn from Aslan's endorsement of soft-power approaches."
An eloquent plea for defanging terrorism with rights for Muslims, both in the West and the Middle East. Read full book review >
NON-FICTION
Released: March 22, 2005

"An introduction to Islam as evocative as it is provocative."
A lively and accessible introduction to Islam. Read full book review >