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Reza Aslan


A Voice of Reason in a Time of Struggle

At a time when the health of the world may rely on bridging the divide between the U.S. and the Middle East, Reza Aslan, a UC Riverside professor of creative writing, is someone who is qualified to mediate the dialogue.

Aslan, an internationally acclaimed Iranian-American author and scholar of religions, is a contributing editor at the Daily Beast, a Middle East analyst for CBS News and a regular commentator for American Public Media's Marketplace.

His ability to bridge the gap between east and west has lent to him becoming a fixture on the Daily Show with Jon Stewart and a frequent commentator for the Anderson Cooper 360 Weblog on CNN.com. He has written for numerous national publications including the Los Angeles Times, the New York Times, Slate, Boston Globe, the Washington Post, the Guardian, Chicago Tribune, The Nation and others, and has appeared on Meet the Press, Hardball, Real Time with Bill Maher, The Colbert Report, Anderson Cooper and Nightline.

His first book, No god but God: The Origins, Evolution, and Future of Islam (2005) is an international bestseller that has been translated into a half dozen languages and was named one of the 100 most important books of the last decade. His next book, How to Win a Cosmic War: Why We're Losing the War on Terror (2008) was published by Random House, and was followed by an edited anthology Tablet & Pen Literary Landscapes from the Middle East (2009), a volume that celebrates the achievement of twentieth-century Middle Eastern literature that has been neglected in the English-speaking world.

See a video of Professor Reza Aslan on The Daily Show with Jon Stewart on April 5, 2010 talking about the war in Afghanistan.

See Aslan on ABC News May 11, 2010 speaking about talks of peace in the Middle East.

See Aslan on the Colbert Report on November, 8, 2010 discussing Tablet & Pen: Literary Landscapes from the Middle East.

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