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religion | Mar 13th, 2017

CNN Premieres Reza Aslan’s Six-Part Investigation of Faith, Believer

“What is your most unshakeable belief?” This is the question driving religious scholar and writer Reza Aslan’s new spiritual adventure series on CNN, Believer. Aslan puts faith into provocative action, and is already making headlines for it. In each episode of Believer, the six-part television... Continue Reading →
religion | Jan 4th, 2017

Reza Aslan’s New CNN Series Believer Is a Deep Dive into the Religious Unknown

The newest show from Reza Aslan is almost here. The six-part series Believer follows Aslan as he travels the globe meeting the true adherents, religious rebels, fanatics, and gurus behind the fringes of some of the world’s major religions. And it’s coming to CNN this Spring—check out the first... Continue Reading →
religion | Nov 18th, 2016

An Interfaith Couple Explains Trump to Their Kids — Reza Aslan & Jessica Jackley Choose Tolerance

As an interfaith, interracial family, Reza Aslan and Jessica Jackley were at a loss to explain Trump’s win to their young kids. But their eldest child already knew exactly what to say: “The way we defeat bad guys is by loving them so they become good guys.” Reza Aslan is a NYT bestselling author... Continue Reading →
religion | Dec 1st, 2015

Understanding the Muslim Experience: Aslan, Farsad, Tariq, Sharma, & Ali

The following thinkers, artists, and leaders are speakers committed to dispelling the pernicious and violent myths of Islamophobia. They report on the realities of Islam and its nearly two billion believers. And they capture the actual experience of millions of Muslim Americans, creating... Continue Reading →
religion | Sep 21st, 2015

The Fearless Filmmaker: Introducing New Speaker Parvez Sharma

In his critically acclaimed documentaries, as in his powerful keynotes, Parvez Sharma documents the most important conflicts facing Islam today. Remarkably, he does so as both a Muslim artist and as an openly gay man. He’s thus uniquely situated to report on both sweeping ideological policies and... Continue Reading →
religion | Jan 13th, 2015

How to be a Moderate Muslim: Speaker Wajahat Ali in Salon

Earlier this week, speaker Wajahat Ali addressed Islamophobia in the aftermath of the Charlie Hebdo attacks with a satirical piece in Salon on the "mythical moderate Muslim." Ali, who is the co-host of Al Jazeera America's The Stream, often speaks on the Muslim American experience and is the author... Continue Reading →
religion | Oct 1st, 2014

Does Islam Promote Violence? Reza Aslan Confront Religious Essentialism on CNN

Speaker Reza Aslan—who impressed everyone on the Internet last year for his incredibly calm, intelligent responses during a surreal Fox News interview where he was repeatedly challenged about why he, as a Muslim, would write a book about Jesus—went viral again this week after an appearance on CNN.... Continue Reading →
religion | Dec 11th, 2013

#1 Bestseller Zealot to Hit the Big Screen: Reza Aslan's Major Film Deal

It's been a busy week for religions speaker Reza Aslan. Lionsgate announced it has acquired feature film rights to Aslan's #1 New York Times bestselling book Zealot: The Life and Times of Jesus of Nazareth, which Salon calls "a vivid, persuasive portrait of the world and societies in which Jesus... Continue Reading →
religion | Oct 15th, 2013

Close The Gap: Speaker Reza Aslan On The Chasm Between History & Religion

Reza Aslan, the highly requested religions speaker, is still generating a lot of buzz thanks to his book, Zealot: The Life and Times of Jesus of Nazareth. Recently, he gave a presentation at the UN Committee Lecture at the New Canaan Library (check out the video, embedded above) and was a guest on... Continue Reading →
religion | Sep 9th, 2013

More Reviews: Zealot, by Reza Aslan, is a "Groundbreaking" Work

Why a Muslim would write a book about Jesus? That's what Fox News repeatedly asked religions speaker Reza Aslan in a controversial interview in July. Emily Nussbaum, of the New Yorker, says that Aslan handled the surreal line of questioning "with remarkable calm.” His professionalism in the... Continue Reading →
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