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Reza Aslan

Reza Aslan Explains Why Muslims Can't Afford To Be Intolerant Of Gay Marriage

HuffPost Live | Rahel Gebreyes | Posted 07.09.2015 | Religion

Author Reza Aslan and "Daily Show" correspondent Hasan Minhaj believe Muslim Americans should embrace marriage equality, and their reasoning makes a l...

Five Great Moments from Aspen Ideas Festival 2015

Judith Samuelson | Posted 07.09.2015 | Impact
Judith Samuelson

My advice for newcomers: skip the pundits and lean in to innovative change agents -- the "makers" who work across the spectrum of business, arts, education and politics. You know an event is a success when your hope for the future is renewed.

Clay Water Brick Illuminates and Inspires the Entrepreneurial Spirit in Us All

Greg Woodburn | Posted 06.25.2015 | Books
Greg Woodburn

Clay Water Brick is an engaging, worthwhile read equally applicable to Sustainable Development Goals policymakers, bootstrapping entrepreneurs, and those searching for ways to pay forward their passions in life.

Jesus Wants an Ethical Minimum Wage and a Serious Campaign Against Poverty.

Nancy Graham Holm | Posted 06.30.2015 | Books
Nancy Graham Holm

Although his narrative never slides into an ardent polemic, it is arguable that Reza Aslan's Jesus is a bold and tireless advocate for the poor. A clo...

How to Drive the Internet Highway Fearlessly, to Promote Religious Harmony

Molly Alexander Darden | Posted 04.26.2015 | Religion
Molly Alexander Darden

If religious leaders are to help influence society to live harmoniously, they will have to take courage and learn this 'new' way, or they can sit back and know they are probably not meeting their full potential.

From 'Charlie Hebdo' to 'Je Suis Ahmad'

Shahnaz Taplin-Chinoy | Posted 03.27.2015 | Religion
Shahnaz Taplin-Chinoy

Can the Charlie Hebdo tragedy which killed 17 men serve as a catalyst, in forging new and positive frontiers between Islam and the Western world?

Reza Aslan: Google It If You Don't Believe Muslims Denounce Terrorism

The Huffington Post | Jackson Connor | Posted 01.12.2015 | Media

With a fresh wave of Islamophobia rising in Western countries following the attack on French satirical newspaper Charlie Hebdo, Reza Aslan joined Chuc...

Jesus: Rambo or Prince of Peace? A Commentary on 'The Crucifixion Rule Book'

Bernard Starr | Posted 02.22.2015 | Religion
Bernard Starr

So for those who wish to celebrate the spiritual enlightenment of the Rabbi from Galilee for his embodiment of peace and love, they can comfortably do so. Merry Christmas.

Reza Aslan And Theological Scholar Spar Over History Of Jesus

HuffPost Live | Emily Tess Katz | Posted 12.22.2014 | HuffPost Live 321

The different historical and religious interpretations of Jesus are generally cause for a heated debate, and in a HuffPost Live panel discussion on Mo...

Jailed Saudi Blogger Raif Badawi Honored by PEN Canada

Ali A. Rizvi | Posted 01.08.2015 | Politics
Ali A. Rizvi

So, proudly, claims the official website of the Royal Embassy of Saudi Arabia in Washington, D.C. If you were to ask imprisoned liberal Saudi writer Raif Badawi, you may hear otherwise. Or not. He may not be able to tell you what he really thinks.

Let Bill Maher Speak -- Islam Supports Free Speech

Mike Ghouse | Posted 01.04.2015 | Religion
Mike Ghouse

Freedom of speech is an exceptional American value, indeed, that is what separates us from the rest of the world. I urge the University not to ban free speech, let Bill Maher speak, and let students bring Reza Aslan or myself to speak against Bill Maher's non-sense talk.

The Logic of the 'Moderate' Mindset

Ali A. Rizvi | Posted 12.31.2014 | Religion
Ali A. Rizvi

In gauging the responses to my writing, I have a personal rule: don't just look at what is being written, but why it is being written.

Fighting for the Soul of Islam

Ani Zonneveld | Posted 12.29.2014 | Religion
Ani Zonneveld

Let us put this to rest once and for all. This is not a struggle between radical Islam and the West. It is between radical Islam and the rest of us, Muslims and non-Muslims. Freedom is not a Western value. It is a universal value.

You Don't Have to be an Atheist to Be An Authentic Progressive

Nancy Graham Holm | Posted 12.28.2014 | Religion
Nancy Graham Holm

Most citizens with progressive politics want policies predicated on the philosophy of humanism, not religious dogma. Internationally, progressives want full recognition of human rights. Does this mean that only atheists can be authentic progressives?

Reza Aslan: If ISIS Says It's Muslim, Then It's Muslim

The Huffington Post | Antonia Blumberg | Posted 10.15.2014 | Religion

Many critics of the Islamic State -- President Obama included -- have argued that the militant group cannot claim to be Muslim in the way it has wreak...

Is CNN America's Most Islamophobic Network?

Todd Green, Ph.D. | Posted 12.14.2014 | Religion
Todd Green, Ph.D.

If the answer to this question is "no," a case can still be made that the cable news network is on track to rival Fox News in promoting the worst Islamophobic stereotypes. The latest controversy involving an interview with Reza Aslan raises serious concerns about CNN's willingness to tap into and reinforce widespread prejudices against Islam in order to generate ratings.

Lies, Damned Lies, and Bill Maher's Statistics

Timothy E. Kaldas | Posted 12.10.2014 | Religion
Timothy E. Kaldas

What Bill Maher, Sam Harris and many others like them fail to realize is that religion as it is practiced is a product of a wide array of factors, the official texts being only one of them. People of any faith are more shaped by the norms of their cultural context, interpreting their religious texts to comport with those norms rather than the other way around.

Bill Maher Doesn't Know That FGM Is on the Rise in the West

Zarqa Nawaz | Posted 12.09.2014 | World
Zarqa Nawaz

Bill Maher's been busy telling the world about the poor treatment of women by Muslims, bringing up female genital mutilation or FGM as evidence. And Reza Aslan did an admirable job correcting his many misconceptions.

Ben Affleck vs. Bill Maher: A Totally Biased Viewer's Account

Cynthia Dagnal-Myron | Posted 12.07.2014 | Politics
Cynthia Dagnal-Myron

On October 3rd, Ben Affleck finally said what a lot of us have been hoping someone would say loud and angry enough to make Maher listen.

An Open Letter to Moderate Muslims

Ali A. Rizvi | Posted 12.06.2014 | Religion
Ali A. Rizvi

Islam needs reformers, not moderates. Yes, it's wrong and unfair for anyone to judge a religion by the actions of its followers, be they progressive Muslims or al Qaeda. But it is appropriate and intellectually honest to judge it by the contents of its canonical texts.

CNN's Chris Cuomo Says Reza Aslan's 'Tone' Shows Why People Are 'Fearful' Of Islam

The Huffington Post | Jack Mirkinson | Posted 10.04.2014 | Media

Recently, author Reza Aslan got a little heated on CNN over some rather sweepingly hostile generalizations Bill Maher made about Islam, as well as som...

Is the Internet Killing Christianity?

Christian Piatt | Posted 12.02.2014 | Religion
Christian Piatt

Prior to the development of movable typeface and the printing press, few people of average means owned a Bible. Fast forward a few hundred years, and we see the Internet having much the same effect. Aside from the ease and immediacy of access to information, it also offers an unprecedented variety of perspectives.

Reza Aslan Slams Bill Maher For Islam Comments

The Huffington Post | Antonia Blumberg | Posted 09.30.2014 | Religion

Reza Aslan has a thing or two to say about media coverage of Islam. Speaking with CNN on Monday Aslan criticized comedian Bill Maher for characteri...

Religious Scholar: Jesus Was A Marxist

HuffPost Live | Ryan Buxton | Posted 09.08.2014 | HuffPost Live 321

Religious scholar Reza Aslan has news for "prosperity preachers" like Joel Osteen and T.D. Jakes: Jesus was pretty much a Marxist. Aslan spoke out...

How A Terrible Fox News Interview Helped This Author Beat J.K. Rowling

HuffPost Live | Kira Brekke | Posted 09.08.2014 | HuffPost Live 321

When Fox News interviews go bad, they go really bad. Must we remind you of last year's notorious interview with religious scholar Reza Aslan? Well...