Beyond Fundamentalism: Confronting Religious Extremism in the Age of Globalization

by Reza Aslan

Random House Publishing Group | April 6, 2010 | Kobo Edition (eBook) |

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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. 

Beyond Fundamentalism is both an in-depth study of the ideology fueling al-Qa'ida, the Taliban, and like-minded 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.



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Originally published as How to Win a Cosmic War



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Format: Kobo Edition (eBook)

Published: April 6, 2010

Publisher: Random House Publishing Group

Language: English

The following ISBNs are associated with this title:

ISBN - 10: 0679604243

ISBN - 13: 9780679604242

Found in: Religion and Spirituality

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Beyond Fundamentalism: Confronting Religious Extremism in the Age of Globalization

Beyond Fundamentalism: Confronting Religious Extremism in the Age of Globalization

by Reza Aslan

Format: Kobo Edition (eBook)

Published: April 6, 2010

Publisher: Random House Publishing Group

Language: English

The following ISBNs are associated with this title:

ISBN - 10: 0679604243

ISBN - 13: 9780679604242

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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. 

Beyond Fundamentalism is both an in-depth study of the ideology fueling al-Qa'ida, the Taliban, and like-minded 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



From the Trade Paperback edition.
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