How to Win a Cosmic War: God, Globalization, and the End of the War on Terror
The hijackers who attacked the United States on September 11, 2001, thought they were fighting a cosmic war. According to award-winning writer and scholar of re...more
However it felt like it went nowhere and I especially didn't like the cliche ending-- Obama being sworn in is by no means some kind of solution to anti-Muslim sentiment or the end of racism as we know it in America. The whole book questions...more
His writing is remarkably easy to follow and written with a contemporary understand...more
Aslan's book takes this approach in attempts to rationalize the intent of...more
1) there are some places where the author pieces together one-liners from various experts. I immediately felt like the author was trying to convince me of a particular point-of-view rather than presenting the topic from differing perspectives. Also, the context from which these quotes were drawn isn't clear to the reader. Simply i...more
Far from concentrating solely on one religion, Aslan is clear to include religious extremists from Judaism and Christianity and how their bleiefs manifest themselves on their surroundings.
The focus for the majority of the book is understandably on Islam which has itself been often scapegoated as bein...more
Aslan devotes key parts of his analysis to the m...more
While Mr. Aslan does insert his domestic, political belief...more
The purpose of this book is to explain several aspects of the "war on terror:" how we (Bush) played into the jihadists' hands; who exactly is attracted to Jihadism, why, and how; how Christianity engages in its own Cosmic War rhetoric; and so forth.
Aslan is a great writer. But honestly, this book would have been a little more timely a few years ago. Especially with Obama in office and the "us o...more
Its a sure bet, as it says in the book, that guns won't do the trick, since these extremists are only abetted by violence. Not by any means do we not defend ourselves from attacks, but as John Kerry pointed out 5 years ago, these people are criminals, and...more
Shortcomings aside, I found the book hard to put down. I loved that i...more
An overall smooth read with the exception of the first chapter which lays out so many religious factions that its hard to keep them straight. This thesis is clear, as are his d...more
For anyone who wants to understand the issues that divide Muslims and Christians, particularly as it relates to Israel and Palestine, this book is an exceptional primer.
I learned more in this one book than the numerous books on the similar subjects i.e. Lewis' "What Went Wrong," Huntington's "The Clash of Civilizations," etc.
Aslan takes a very complex topic and presents in a manner that appeals to both the historically astute and the lay...more
Dr. Reza Aslan, an internationally acclaimed writer and scholar of religions, is author most recently of Zealot: The Life and Times of Jesus of Nazareth.
He is the founder of AslanMedia.com, an online journal for news and entertainment about the Middle East and the world, and co-founder and Chief Creative Officer of BoomGen Studios, the premier entertainment brand for creative content from and abou...more