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Beyond Fundamentalism : Confronting Religious Extremism in the Age of Globalization

Author: Reza Aslan
Publisher: New York : Random House, 2010. ©2010
Edition/Format:   Print book : English : 2010 Random House Trade paperback editionView all editions and formats
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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  Read more...
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All Authors / Contributors: Reza Aslan
ISBN: 9780812978308 0812978307
OCLC Number: 419800576
Notes: Originally published as How to Win a Cosmic War by Random House in 2009.
Description: viii, 225 pages ; 21 cm
Contents: Introduction: Us Versus Them --
part 1: The Geography of Identity. The Borderless Self ; A Land Twice Promised --
part 2: God is a Man of War. Zeal for Your House Consumes Me ; An Army of Believers ; The Near and the Far --
part 3: The End of the War As We Know It. Generation E ; The Middle Ground.
Responsibility: Reza Aslan.

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

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