Dr. Reza Aslan is currently a professor of creative writing at the University of California, Riverside, and a cooperative faculty member in the department of religion. He holds a bachelor’s degree in religious studies, with a minor in Greek; a master of theological studies degree from Harvard University, in history of world religious; a Ph.D. from the University of California, Santa Barbara, in the sociology of religions; as well as an MFA from the University of Iowa. He is the host of the new CNN series Believer. Aslan edited the anthology Tablet and Pen: Literary Landscapes from the Modern Middle East, and he has written four books on religion: No god but God: The Origins, Evolution, and future of Islam; Beyond Fundamentalism: Confronting Religious Extremism in the Age of Globalization; Zealot: The Life and Times of Jesus of Nazareth, a #1 New York Times best seller; and, forthcoming in November of 2017, god.
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