I recommend this if you want a better understanding of what is going on in the world. It makes me sick to my stomach when I see the kind of nonsense tI recommend this if you want a better understanding of what is going on in the world. It makes me sick to my stomach when I see the kind of nonsense that gets spread in emails, Facebook posts, and certain political groups regarding Islam. I believe Islam is a false religion and Muhammed a false prophet, but I am a Christian, which means that I refuse to use lies in my defense of the truth. If you are interested in having a clearer picture of what Islam is and especially where it is going, then this book will be of use to you.
That said, I do have to add this caveat: Aslan, like any writer, is biased. Obviously, as a muslim, he writes positively about Muhammed, most often referring to him as "The Prophet." But it is also important to point out his academic biases. Aslan is entirely caught up in the language and beliefs of the post-modernist "sociology of religion" school of thought. This is most evident when he speaks of Christianity, his understanding of which is almost entirely informed by liberal academics and catholic tradition. The result is that he gets it wrong at least as often as he gets it right where Christian belief, history, and scripture is concerned.
If you can get past that, you will benefit from his (liberal activist) perspective of Muslim history and the Muslim world. ...more