Chapter one of Aslan's forthcoming book
Dr. Reza Aslan is the founder of AslanMedia.com, an online journal for news about the Middle East and the world, and is the author of No god But God: The Origins, Evolution, and Future of Islam and How to Win a Cosmic War (published in paperback as Beyond Fundamentalism: Confronting Religious Extremism in a Globalized Age). He is editor of the anthology Tablet & Pen: Literary Landscapes from the Modern Middle East, among others, and serves as a member of the Council on Foreign Relations, the Los Angeles Institute for the Humanities, and the Pacific Council on International Policy. A professor of Creative Writing at the University of California, Riverside, Dr. Aslan lives with his wife and their two sons in Los Angeles. His latest book is Zealot: The Life and Times of Jesus of Nazareth.
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