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Reza Aslan

Fighting for the Soul of Islam

Ani Zonneveld | Posted 10.29.2014 | 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 10.28.2014 | 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 10.14.2014 | 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 10.13.2014 | 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 10.10.2014 | 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 10.07.2014 | 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 10.07.2014 | 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 10.02.2014 | 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...

Reza Aslan Defends Celebrities Speaking Out About Gaza

HuffPost Live | Rahel Gebreyes | Posted 08.01.2014 | Media

From Rihanna to Penelope Cruz to Madonna, celebrities have taken to social media to weigh in on the ever-escalating conflict in Gaza. And according to...

Is This CNN's Next Hire?

The Huffington Post | Katherine Fung | Posted 07.13.2014 | Media

Religious scholar Reza Aslan revealed on Friday that he is planning a new series on CNN. Aslan tweeted at CNN host Jake Tapper that he has "just s...

13 Religious Leaders Who Rocked 2013

Posted 01.23.2014 | Religion

Malala Yousafzai By continually reminding everyone that her convictions around education and peace come from God and Islam, Malala proved again and a...

Let's Move Christmas to February!

Clay Farris Naff | Posted 02.18.2014 | Religion
Clay Farris Naff

The new Christmas will overshadow the oh-so-sappy Valentine's Day and the all-too-awkward "Presidents Day." (Blend two birthdays and then shut down the mail? Is that any way to honor our most heroic leaders?)

First Christmases in Bethlehem and America

Terry Kelhawk | Posted 02.16.2014 | Religion
Terry Kelhawk

Perhaps each of our births is a type of first Christmas. We arrive as strangers on this planet. On this hostile planet we all will have crosses to bear. We are not the Savior, but we can be a savior.

The Birth Of Jesus According To Reza Aslan

Posted 01.23.2014 | Religion

Reza Aslan, a Biblical scholar and author of "Zealot: The Life and Times of Jesus of Nazareth," spoke to The Huffington Post to give a historical pers...

Fox News Guest Talks About THAT Interview

The Huffington Post | Catherine Taibi | Posted 12.12.2013 | Media

Religion expert Reza Aslan was back on Wednesday night to talk with Jon Stewart about his Fox News interview in July that has been deemed "the most em...

James and Paul

Greg Carey | Posted 01.23.2014 | Religion
Greg Carey

How things really stood between Paul and James, we cannot know. But we can say with confidence that Paul did not "invent" Christian adoration of Jesus, as some claim.

Art Contributed to the Christian-Jewish Divide, and Art Can Heal it

Bernard Starr | Posted 11.19.2013 | Arts
Bernard Starr

From its very beginnings Christianity sought separation from Judaism. No small task since Christianity arose from Jewish prophesies and a connection to the Jewish Davidic line, which, according to the Torah, would produce the Messiah.

The Story Behind the Story: What Happens When Iconoclasm Becomes a Creed

Charles Redfern | Posted 11.03.2013 | Religion
Charles Redfern

Zealot, which portrays Jesus as a nationalistic revolutionary bent on temporal kingship, is one more error-riddled iconoclastic cliché in an era of cheap iconoclastic clichés, as convincing as Dan Brown's The DaVinci Code.

Reza Aslan's, Zealot: The Life and Times of Jesus of Nazareth

Robert Orlando | Posted 11.03.2013 | Religion
Robert Orlando

The author's source material is familiar to scholars; however, for this reviewer, at times it was interpreted too broadly.

Reza Aslan and Fox News: What One Interview Says About Perceptions of Muslims

Mehroz Baig | Posted 10.19.2013 | San Francisco
Mehroz Baig

The fact of the matter is that identifying as Muslim is just like identifying with any other religion. Muslims come in all shapes, colors and sizes with varying degrees of ideologies, beliefs and practice. However, the message hasn't gotten across.