Beyond Fundamentalism: Confronting Religious Extremism in the Age of Globalization Ebook

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Language: English
Publication Date: April 2010
File Size: 2067 Kbytes

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“A very persuasive argument for the best way to counter jihadism” (The Washington Post_) from the bestselling author of _Zealot_ and host of _Believer

The wars in the Middle East have become religious wars in which God is believed to be directly engaged on behalf of one side against the other. The hijackers who attacked America on September 11, 2001, thought they were fighting in the name of God. According to award-winning writer and scholar of religions Reza Aslan, the United States, by infusing the War on Terror with its own religiously polarizing rhetoric, is fighting a similar war—a war that can’t be won. 
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Beyond Fundamentalism_ is both an in-depth study of the ideology fueling militants throughout the Muslim world and an exploration of religious violence in Judaism, Christianity, and Islam. At a time when religion and politics increasingly share the same vocabulary and function in the same sphere, Aslan writes that we must strip the conflicts of our world of their religious connotations and address the earthly grievances that always lie at its root.

How do you win a religious war? By refusing to fight in one.

Featuring new content and updated analysis • Originally published as How to Win a Cosmic War
 
“[A] thoughtful analysis of America’s War on Terror.” —_The New Yorker_
 
“Offers a very persuasive argument for the best way to counter jihadism.” —_The Washington Post_
 
“[Reza] Aslan dissects a complex subject (terrorism and globalization) and distills it with a mix of narrative writing, personal anecdotes, reportage and historical analysis.” —_San Francisco Chronicle_
 
“Aslan is not only a perspicuous, thoughtful interpreter of the Muslim world but also a subtle psychologist of the call to jihad.” —_Los Angeles Times_
 
“[A] meaty analysis of the rise of Jihadism . . . dispels common misconceptions of the War on Terror age.” —_San Jose Mercury News_
 
“It is Aslan’s great gift to see things clearly, and to say them clearly, and in this important new work he offers us a way forward. He is prescriptive and passionate, and his book will make you think.” —Jon Meacham, Pulitzer Prize–winning author of American Lion

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