Reza Aslan

Reza-AslanRaza Aslan is an Iranian American writer and scholar of religions.  His family shifted its base to United States from Tehran in 1979 during the Iranian Revolution. He has studied BA in religious studies at Santa Clara University. Later he took up a course of MTS at Harvard Divinity School and MFA from the University of Iowa’s Writers’ Workshop. He also received a PhD in sociology from University of California. He has authored a book titled ‘Zealot: The Life and Times of Jesus of Nazareth’. This book is included in the list of New York Times Bestseller.  He has also founded a social media network ‘AslanMedia’.
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Born: May 3, 1972, Tehran, Iran
Occupation: Academic, Writer
Spouse: Jessica Jackley
Nationality: American
Ethnicity: Iranian American
Residence: Los Angeles, California, United States
Notable works: No god but God: The Origins, Evolution, and Future of Islam, Zealot: The Life and Times of Jesus of Nazareth
Education: Santa Clara University, Harvard Divinity School, UC Santa Barbara, University of Iowa

The Jews integrated themselves into American life to the point that the argument that the Jews aren't American sounded so stupid, that people stopped thinking it.

Religion is never going to go away, and anyone who thinks it will doesn't understand what religion is. It is a language to describe the experience of human nature, so for as long as people struggle to describe what it means to be alive, it will be a ready-made language to express those feelings.

Mike Huckabee and indeed many of the Christian conservatives in the U.S. have far more in common with the Muslim Brotherhood than they'd like to admit, in that all of them very much want to see a role of religion in society.

Literature offers not just a window into the culture of diverse regions, but also the society, the politics; it's the only place where we can keep track of ideas.

'Zeal' is essentially a compromising devotion to God, a commitment to cleansing the Holy Land of all foreign and pagan presences and to re-establish the kingdom of David as God had intended.

Whether or not you believe that after three days of being dead and entombed, Jesus got up and walked out of his own accord, what you cannot argue about is the fervent belief of the followers that this happened.

There's no question that homophobia is rampant among the world's 1.5 billion Muslims - but that doesn't negate the fact that there are huge groups of Muslims who have easily reconciled their faith and sexual orientation, like LGBT people in other faith communities.

The truth of the matter is that when you write about religion like I do, you're writing about something that people take very seriously.

The idea that education will lead to a lessening of bigotry is just factually incorrect.


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