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09/08/2014 06:03 pm ET Updated Sep 08, 2014

Reza Aslan: 'Thanks To Fox News, I Can Tell My Kids I Beat J.K. Rowling'

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, if you didn't see it (which you can do here), it went a little something like this: renowned scholar Reza Aslan, who also happens to be Muslim, went on Fox News to promote his book, Zealot: The Life and Times of Jesus Of Nazareth. Lauren Green, his interviewer, began with, "Well, this is an interesting book. Now, I want to clarify, you're a Muslim, so why did you write a book about the founder of Christianity?"

After that, the interview spiraled further and further out of control. But it's not all bad news for Aslan. In a recent conversation with HuffPost Live, the author told host Marc Lamont Hill that the interview "worked pretty well" for him, as his book ended up hitting the top spot on the New York Times bestseller list.

"The book, before the interview, premiered at No. 4 on the New York Times bestseller [list]. But, at that point, J.K. Rowling was No. 1, and I thought 'Well, that ain't happening,'" Aslan said. "[But] thanks to Fox News, I can tell my kids that I beat J.K. Rowling."

Watch the full interview with Resa Aslan here.

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