Please note that this book, published under Random House's "Ember" imprint, is an abridged version of author Reza Aslan's original book, edited for teen readers. Do not confuse this product with the original edition for adults. The two can be distinguished by looking closely at the title: the adult version contains the phrase "Origins, Evolution, and Future", whereas the teen edition contains only "Origins and Evolution". The updated adult edition can be found here: No god but God (Updated Edition): The Origins, Evolution, and Future of Islam
Reza Aslan's original book 'No god but God', is a very strong and educational historical work, providing much information on Islam, for both Muslims and non- Muslims. It's a book which provided this writer with useful knowledge in discussions with some Muslims several years ago.
Aslan's new work is designed for the young reader, but is really excellent for every age. It is concise in its historical review of pre-Islam Arab tribes/communities, through to modern day Islam, delineating the differences between the Shia and Sunni, providing a basic understanding of how the religion has been used as a political as well as religious entity. Although only 140 pages long, plus a time-line, map, bibliography, and, of course, index, the book is a wellspring of knowledge on the subject.
Both editions should be read; there is much greater detail in the original version, and reading the current book will more than likely be a help in better understanding of some of that text's...
I had this book already, but wanted to buy a copy of it for a friend, I like it that much. Unfortunately, I didn't read the reviews and didn't know until this was delivered that it's for kids. It's my own fault, I guess, but I'm really not happy. The information that it's an abridged version should be displayed more prominently somewhere. Since I should have checked more before ordering this, I won't send it back. I'll give it to someone with a young person who may be interested and order another one for my friend.
Other than that, the book got to me quickly and it new.
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