One of the themes prominent in the two books by Reza Aslan is religion. Islam is one of the biggest religions in the world and at the same time one of the most controversial ones. Islam is predominant in the Middle East and is fast spreading to other parts of the world. The principles of Islam are strict; anyone in the faith has to follow them strictly. The book No God but God talks about how different sexes are portrayed in the holy Quran (Reza Aslan, 2011). Women are supposed to be submissive, even to some extent be like slaves. The book Beyond Fundamentalism: Confronting Religious Extremism in the age of Globalization talks about the influence of Islam on the global outlook of life (Reza Aslan, 2010). The author says that Islam is a holy, and people who were chosen by god through Prophet Muhammad to save humanity and follow the laws of Allah
The holy war is also another theme that manifests itself in the two books. Jihad is viewed in Islam as a holy undertaking that man uses to serve God’s will. If one is not a Muslim, they cannot understand the intensity of their beliefs and how strictly they follow them. The books touch on the reasons why the jihad is holy and why outside religions and forces should not interfere with their work. However, the two books do not justify the killings of innocent people in the jihad.
The two books also offer a clear understanding of the Islamic religion and offer an insight into their work. Through reading these works of literature, an outsider can get a glimpse into their world and have a clearer understanding of the various thoughts and practices of the Islamic religion. Islam readers can also get a deeper understanding of their religion and their position in the world.
There are, however, some themes that do not appear in both books. The book No God but God talks about the origin and history of Islam. It shows the roots of the Islamic religion and how the present day aspect came to be. The author goes further to compare Islam with other religions such as Judaism and Christianity. One can shape an opinion on many religions in the world by reading this book. However, since the author is one-sided, one might be biased to one religion at the expense of others.
The book Beyond Fundamentalism: Confronting Religious Extremism in the age of Globalization focuses on the present day matters affecting Islam. This is an aspect that does not appear much in the other book. This book touches on contemporary issues such as the USA intervention in jihad and the war between Hamas and Israel. These issues affect everybody in the world regardless the religion. More important is the part of the book that talks about the role of Muslims in the world. This book hence shows the religion as a part of the world that wants to be relevant in the affairs of the world and in shaping the future.
The two books at some point take different opinions on the purpose of the war. The book Beyond Fundamentalism: Confronting Religious Extremism in the age of Globalization takes a stand that the war has both negative and positive side. It is hard to convince those who do not understand the logic of killing innocent people of the positive side of the war especially at the time when there have been recent clashes between Israel and Hamas over the long dispute over boundaries.
Everybody should enjoy freedom of expression. Everyone should profess whatever religion they chose without prejudice. What is wrong, however, is subjecting others to misfortune in the name of following one’s beliefs. Islam is one of the most followed ways of life. However, the holy war has been subject to a lot of controversy on the global platform. The concept of jihad does not apply to T non-Muslims. Therefore, it is questionable whether a person should be charged with the crime of murder while practicing jihad and subjected to international law. Muslims should practice their beliefs and customs without interfering with other peoples’ faiths.
The views expressed in the book No God but God are eye opening and informative. This book is recommendable to anyone wishing to learn more about the religion. There is however some aspect of brainwash present in the book. In an attempt to showcase Islam is the chosen religion, the author seems to attack other religions unjustly. One should hence read the book with an open mind and decipher the content to suit their beliefs.
The views expressed in the book Beyond Fundamentalism: Confronting Religious Extremism in the age of Globalization should be implemented in the mainstream platform. As the world moves towards the future, everybody should play a part in achieving that dream. The future is for everybody who will make it to that time. The western countries together with other developed countries should stop privatizing the affairs of the world as if they are the only players of the matter. The issue concerning Israel and Hamas should be solved using diplomatic efforts. Bloodshed does not benefit any side. If anything, the efforts and financial resources spent in war between the two sides could be used for other developmental activities instead of being wasted on war.
While the prospect of unity of religions is not plausible, everybody in the world should live in peace and avoid any actions that might be detrimental to world peace. The consequences of war are well known. Al countries and religions should hence struggle to maintain peace for global development and cohesion.