October 11, 2012
Mayer Theatre, 7:30 PM
Reza Aslan ’95 is a writer, scholar of religions, media entrepreneur, and one of the most articulate and candid political commentators on Islamic issues.
Born in Tehran and raised in San Jose, Aslan speaks for a generation of Muslims who eschew the fundamentalist stereotype and want to usher in a new era of Islamic democracy. Extremism is winding down, he says, yet media coverage suggests the opposite.
He is the author of the international bestseller No god but God: The Origins, Evolution, and Future of Islam. He also wrote How to Win a Cosmic War, edited the 2011 anthology Tablet & Pen: Literary Landscapes from the Modern Middle East, and is a contributing editor to The Daily Beast. Aslan appears regularly in the media, including on The Daily Show with Jon Stewart and The Colbert Report.
Aslan serves as a member of many prominent foreign relations and policy councils, and on the boards of directors for numerous educational, cultural, and peacekeeping organizations.
In the corporate realm, Aslan is president and CEO of Aslan Media Inc., a media company focused on the Greater Middle East and its diaspora communities. He is also president of AppOvation Labs, a mobile applications company. He has degrees in religion from Santa Clara University, Harvard, and UC Santa Barbara, as well as a master of fine arts from the University of Iowa.
He lives in Los Angeles with his wife (author and entrepreneur Jessica Jackley) where he is associate professor of creative writing at the University of California, Riverside.
Join us for a conversation with Aslan, followed by a book signing.