I Am Reza Aslan, Ask Me Anything: A Discussion Of East-West Relations
Here are a few of the most provocative responses that Dr. Aslan gave during the event:
- On the next generation of political movements: "I expect that with the next generation we are going to see a lot more politically active Muslims in the US demanding a seat at the table."
- On having a hybrid identity in The United States: "This is one of the few countries in the world where being hyphenated is celebrated. So revel in BOTH cultures."
- On a new ideology for the Arab world: "What I'm actually starting to see is a revival, not of Pan-Islamism, but of Pan-Arabism, thanks to the Arab Spring. There is a sense of "we are all in this together" about the revolutions and post-revolutionary experiences that is fascinating."
- On the balance of power in the Middle East: "A safe, secure, [economically] prosperous, democratic Egypt could change the face of the Middle East forever."