RELIGION
07/27/2013 10:46 pm ET Updated Jul 29, 2013

Reza Aslan To Fox News: Yes I 'Happen To Be A Muslim,' But Wrote 'Zealot' Because I Am An Expert

"You're a Muslim, so why did you write a book about the founder of Christianity?" Fox News' Lauren Green demanded of religious scholar Reza Aslan, author of "Zealot: The Life and Times of Jesus of Nazareth," on Friday.

Aslan responded, "Well, to be clear, I am a scholar of religions with four degrees, including one in the New Testament, and fluency in biblical Greek, who has been studying the origins of Christianity for two decades, who also just happens to be a Muslim."

The answer did not seem to satisfy Green, so Aslan added, "Because it's my job as an academic. I am a professor of religion, including the New Testament. That's what I do for a living, actually."

Earlier this month, Aslan told HuffPost Live host Ahmed Shihab-Eldin, “I’ve been obsessed with Jesus for a very, very long time" and his fascination inspired his latest book.

You can read an excerpt from "Zealot: The Life and Times of Jesus of Nazareth" here.

Watch Aslan's full interview about "Zealot" on HuffPostLive below:

ALSO ON HUFFPOST:

PHOTO GALLERY
HuffPost
BEFORE YOU GO
Most and Least Muslim States in America
PHOTO GALLERY
Most and Least Muslim States in America

CONVERSATIONS