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
This book may shock you if you think of extremists as irrational, evil beings and it may surprise you just how much social justice and extremism have in common.
Aslan devotes key parts of his analysis to the m ...more
Aslan's book takes this approach in attempts to rationalize the intent of ...more
His writing is remarkably easy to follow and written with a contemporary understand ...more
Reza Aslan introduces us to the topic of radical religion by outlining the difference between jihadism and islamism. He rightly shows us how these concepts are miss-used in today's society and what the true meanings are.
I for one am against the term islamism/Islamist only that this term often is portrayed to Muslims who adhere to even the basic teachings of Islam (e. ...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
For anyone who sees the daily news and wonders how the world has arrived to a state like this, to anyone who wonders how religious extremism can brainwash previously normal seeming citizens. This book goes over religious extremism from its earliest instances in ancient history, to the reasonings behind today's extremists, to a clear guidance on how to prevent future extremism. This is a well-researched, well-written, and well thought-out work.
Go through and discuss different topics about Old and New Testament studies.
Overall, this serves as a good introduction to different contemporary and historical issues in Islamic and Arabic culture both in the Middle East and abroa ...more
'Cosmic war' is one that is fought more on a spiritual (as in non-physical) plane, good-versus-evil. This is the frame that bin Laden put on his attack on us. Once we accepted that framing and couched our own response in simila ...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
Maybe it's because I grew up as an evangelical, or maybe just because I now run in the "recovering evangelical/post-evangelical" circles, but I thought his evaluation of evangelicals could have been a bit more nuanced (granted he does reference Jim Wallis). I ...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