Santa Clara University

<h3>“Welcome to the Islamic Reformation”</h3>

Thursday, December 1, 2005, 7:00 p.m.
Williman Room, Benson Center
Santa Clara University



Santa Clara University is proud to sponsor a talk by Reza Aslan, a 1995 graduate (Religious Studies), and author of the critically acclaimed No god but God: the Origins, Evolution and Future of Islam (Random House, 2005).

Despite the clash-of-civilizations mentality that has seized the imagination of much of the western world since the events of September 11, 2001, what is taking place in the Arab and Muslim world is not an external battle between Islam and the West, but an internal conflict within Islam over the scope and outcome of the Islamic Reformation, whose principle argument is startlingly similar to what took place in Christendom more than 500 years ago: that is, who has the authority to define the faith and practice of over a billion people: the individual or the institution?

No god but God has garnered national attention—from an extensive review in the New York Times Book Review, and the New York Review of Books in early November to an appearance on the Daily Show with John Stewart last Spring. His speaking engagements in the past year include Harvard’s Kennedy School of Government, the Houston World Affairs Council, and the Center for the Study of Islam and Democracy in Washington D. C. In addition to his degree at SCU, Reza Aslan has completed graduate studies at Harvard, the University of Iowa (Writer’s Workshop), and UC Santa Barbara, where he currently is completing a Ph.D. in religious studies.

Copies of No god but God will be available for sale (and signing by the author) at the lecture.


For further information, please contact Prof. Philip Boo Riley (; 408 554 2199). Reza Aslan’s web information on his current work, and includes excerpts from the book.

Sponsored by SCU’s Religious Studies Department and the Local Religion Project.