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139 out of 170 people found this review helpful.

Wow! Ignorance abounds!

Just to set matters straight here folks; Aslan was raised Christian and converted to the Muslim faith. More importantly, he has a PHD in spiritual studies. So essentially, he studies religions of ALL TYPES and writes about them. So his personal choice of religion is irr...
Just to set matters straight here folks; Aslan was raised Christian and converted to the Muslim faith. More importantly, he has a PHD in spiritual studies. So essentially, he studies religions of ALL TYPES and writes about them. So his personal choice of religion is irrelevant to this book. If you want to discredit the man, read the book and present credible evidence that he's wrong. "But, he's Muslim" doesn't tell us anything about the quality of the information in his book.

posted by Anonymous on July 28, 2013

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104 out of 225 people found this review helpful.

Here's some truths behind this author that he and no other media

Here's some truths behind this author that he and no other media source have bothered to point out, that you as a reader should be aware of:

Reza Aslan has four degrees. In 1995, he got a BA in religion, in religious studies. In 1999, a Masters in world religions from ...
Here's some truths behind this author that he and no other media source have bothered to point out, that you as a reader should be aware of:

Reza Aslan has four degrees. In 1995, he got a BA in religion, in religious studies. In 1999, a Masters in world religions from Harvard. In 2002, a Masters in fine arts in fiction. In 2009, a PhD in sociology. So he’s studied us. He’s learned how to write fiction, and he's learned how to speak the religious language. But there’s no history degree. He’s not a PhD in religions, and he’s not a fully-credited historian. It’s possible that his Harvard theology degree included some history credits, but it’s not the same, not even on the same planet as an expert with a PhD in the history of religions.

Currently, he's teaching at UC Riverside, in the department of Creative Writing. He also teaches at the University of Southern California in Public Diplomacy. He’s also a contributor to The Daily Beast. But what's most notable is that he is an assistant professor at Drew University, and what he’s teaching is something fantastic. He’s teaching people about Middle Eastern revolution.

He isn't who the media says he is (or who they allow him to say he is), and he’s not about what the detractors say either. The media said he’s got a PhD in Gospel history. He doesn’t. He’s a Muslim -- not exactly. He is a Muslim, but that isn't what motivated him to write the book. It begins with his productions of Aslan Media. What is he teaching at Drew University? He’s teaching the art of revolution “on the art of protest in the Middle East", examining protest literature, film, art, and music. He’s producing literature and media.

Who is Aslan Media? Well, they’re operating under the fiscal sponsorship of this group, the Levantine Cultural Center. Who are they? Well, they’re partners with CODEPINK on the founding committee of a project called Narrative 4. What’s Narrative 4? That’s a project dedicated to creating social change, and that’s a project of the Tides Center. He’s also a board director on the National Iranian American Council. So who is he, really? He’s a radical Progressive. He's also hardcore anti-Israel. He wants to change our understanding of history and our relationship to God to create social change. That’s what he’s been teaching (occasionally) at Drew University. At least when he’s a visiting professor at Drew University, the class knows what they’re walking into, to witness the art of protest in literature, film, art, and music.

Just thought you might be interested to know some of this information before you read the book for yourself. There's more... but you can do your own homework. For myself, I wasn't really impressed. The author has made claims that he doesn't accept the Gospels as a reliable source because they were written 30 or 40 years after Jesus' death. That's a logical point to make, but how are we supposed to take his book any more seriously 2,000 years later -- when he's not even a true historian???

posted by Loverien on August 2, 2013

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