• Le miséricordieux

    Reza Aslan

    UNE RELIGION SI PEU CONNUE L'islam est la religion qui progresse le plus vite dans le monde. Pourtant, elle reste méconnue et agit comme un chiffon rouge, jusqu'à la caricature : c'est la religion des voyous qui se convertissent en prison et des jihadistes qui décapitent en Irak et en Syrie.
    L'historien américain Reza Aslan nous emmène loin de ces représentations. En conteur captivant, il commence par le début de l'histoire, celle de Mahomet, orphelin devenu le « messager du Seigneur des mondes ». Il dépeint le contexte de l'Arabie préislamique et de ses traditions, les tribus rivales qui commercent mais se font la guerre.
    Nous nous retrouvons au coeur du désert, à bord des caravanes, au plus près des faits et gestes de Mahomet.

    L'ISLAM EST EN TRAIN DE FAIRE SA RÉVOLUTION Pour Reza Aslan, Mahomet n'a jamais prétendu créer une nouvelle religion. Une fois mort, ses disciples s'organisent et façonnent son message, tâche immense qui mène à la constitution d'un corpus idéologique orthodoxe (le Coran) et d'une organisation qui va très vite se diviser en plusieurs courants (sunnite, chiite, soufi, etc).
    Reza Aslan explore l'évolution de l'islam dans le monde moderne : les querelles internes sur la nature de Dieu ou l'interprétation des sourates ; comment les musulmans ont tenté de répondre aux défis du colonialisme et de la modernité ; la place de l'Iran chiite...
    Reza Aslan en est persuadé : tout comme le christianisme au xvie siècle, l'islam est en train de faire sa Réforme.
    Grâce aux réseaux sociaux et à Internet, l'autorité s'est dispersée et démocratisée.
    Chacun sa pratique, chacun son prêcheur, sa source de référence.

    LES ARÈNES BEST SELLER DANSES PLUS DU LIVRE La première synthèse moderne sur l'islam et ses mutations actuelles. L'incroyable talent de conteur de l'auteur du Zélote.
    Une préface inédite de Reza Aslan pour l'édition française.

    CROYANTS ET NON-CROYANTS Élu meilleur livre de l'année par le Financial Times et le Los Angeles Times, Le Miséricordieux a bénéficié d'un accueil exceptionnel dans le monde entier (le livre a été best-seller dans vingt-cinq pays).
    S'adressant à la fois à un public occidental non musulman comme aux musulmans eux-mêmes, il paraît aujourd'hui dans un climat de défiance, à l'égard de l'islam. La France compte 5 millions de musulmans, soit 7 % de sa population.

    « Précis, profondément sensible... pour beaucoup de musulmans perplexes, ce livre sera une révélation. » The Guardian SOMMAIRE 1. Le sanctuaire dans le désert L'Arabie préislamique 2. Le gardien des clés Mahomet à la Mecque 3. La ville du Prophète Les premiers musulmans 4. Combattre dans le chemin de Dieu Le sens du Jihad 5. Les Bien-Guidés Les successeurs de Mahomet 6. Cette religion est une science La théologie et le droit 7. Dans les pas des martyrs Du chiisme au khomeinisme 8. Tachez de vin votre tapis de prière La voie du soufisme 9. L'Orient s'éveille La réponse au colonialisme 10. Se traînant vers Médine À la recherche d'une démocratie islamique 11. Bienvenue à la Réforme islamique Le futur de l'islam + Glossaire, chronologie, notes, bibliographie et index

  • Anglais No God But God

    Reza Aslan

    Though it is the fastest growing religion in the world, Islam remains shrouded in ignorance and fear. To many in the west, Islam means jihad, veiled women and suicide bombers. Yet these represent only fringe elements of the world's fastest growing religion. While there have been a number of successful books on the topic of Islamic history - from Karen Armstrong's Islam: A Brief History to Bernard Lewis's The Crisis of Islam, there is surprisingly no book for a popular audience about Islam as a religion, let alone one by an author from an Islamic background. No God But God fills that gap.

    What is the essence of this ancient faith? Is it a religion of peace or of war? How does Allah differ from the God of Jews and Christians? Can an Islamic state be founded on democratic values such as pluralism and human rights? In No god but God, challenging the Â'clash of civilisationsÂ' mentality that has distorted out view of Islam, Aslan explains the faith in all its complexity, beauty and compassion

  • 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 cant be won.
    Beyond Fundamentalism is both an in-depth study of the ideology fueling al-Qaida, 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.

  • The author of the best-selling No God but God presents a meticulously researched biography of Jesus that draws on biblical and historical sources to place his achievements and influence against the turbulent backdrop of his time. Reprint. A #1 New York Times best-seller. 60,000 first printing.

  • The #1 New York Times bestselling author of Zealot and host of Believer explores humanity’s quest to make sense of the divine in this concise and fascinating history of our understanding of God.
    In Zealot, Reza Aslan replaced the staid, well-worn portrayal of Jesus of Nazareth with a startling new image of the man in all his contradictions. In his new book, Aslan takes on a subject even more immense: God, writ large.
    In layered prose and with thoughtful, accessible scholarship, Aslan narrates the history of religion as a remarkably cohesive attempt to understand the divine by giving it human traits and emotions. According to Aslan, this innate desire to humanize God is hardwired in our brains, making it a central feature of nearly every religious tradition. As Aslan writes, “Whether we are aware of it or not, and regardless of whether we’re believers or not, what the vast majority of us think about when we think about God is a divine version of ourselves.”
    But this projection is not without consequences. We bestow upon God not just all that is good in human nature--our compassion, our thirst for justice--but all that is bad in it: our greed, our bigotry, our penchant for violence. All these qualities inform our religions, cultures, and governments.
    More than just a history of our understanding of God, this book is an attempt to get to the root of this humanizing impulse in order to develop a more universal spirituality. Whether you believe in one God, many gods, or no god at all, God: A Human History will challenge the way you think about the divine and its role in our everyday lives.
    Advance praise for God
    “Breathtaking in its scope and controversial in its claims, God: A Human History shows how humans from time immemorial have made God in their own image, and argues that they should now stop. Writing with all the verve and brilliance we have come to expect from his pen, Reza Aslan has once more produced a book that will prompt reflection and shatter assumptions.”--Bart D. Ehrman, author of How Jesus Became God
    “Reza Aslan offers so much to relish in his excellent ‘human history’ of God. In tracing the commonalities that unite religions, Aslan makes truly challenging arguments that believers in many traditions will want to mull over, and to explore further. This rewarding book is very ambitious in its scope, and it is thoroughly grounded in an impressive body of reading and research.”--Philip Jenkins, author of Crucible of Faith

  • Aslan raconte le Jésus d'avant le crucifiement : un homme passionné et parfois contradictoire. Il prône la paix mais exhorte ses partisans à prendre l'épée. Il guérit les malades mais refuse d'être payé. Prêcheur charismatique, il parcourt la Galilée en levant une armée de disciples pour établir le royaume de Dieu sur terre. Zélote révolutionnaire, il défie l'autorité de la classe sacerdotale à Jérusalem.

  • Anglais Zealot

    Aslan Reza

    The author of the best-selling No God but God presents a meticulously researched biography of Jesus that draws on biblical and historical sources to place his achievements and influence against the turbulent backdrop of his time. Reprint. A #1 New York Times best-seller. 60,000 first printing.

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