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Best-Selling “Zealot” Author Reza Aslan to Speak at Drexel May 7

Reza Aslan

April 1, 2014 — Best-selling author and religion scholar Reza Aslan will join Drexel University on Wednesday, May 7 as the fourth lecturer in the College of Arts and Sciences’ Distinguished Lecture Series. Previous lecturers in the series include neuroscientist David Eagleman, acclaimed author Sir Salman Rushdie and media maven Arianna Huffington.

In a talk based on his number one New York Times bestseller “Zealot: The Life and Times of Jesus of Nazareth,” Aslan will sift through centuries of mythmaking to shed new light on one of history’s most influential and enigmatic characters, Jesus Christ.

Zealot by Reza Aslan

Balancing the Jesus of the Gospels against the historical sources, Aslan’s book describes a man full of conviction and passion, yet rife with contradiction. He explores the reasons why the early Christian church preferred to promulgate an image of Jesus as a peaceful spiritual teacher rather than a politically conscious revolutionary. And he grapples with the riddle of how Jesus understood himself, the mystery that is at the heart of all subsequent claims about his divinity. The discussion will include a question-and-answer session.

The Fourth Annual Distinguished Lecture will take place at 6 p.m. in the Main Auditorium in Drexel’s Main Building (3141 Chestnut St.). The event is free and open to the public. Tickets are required and are available here. For questions, please contact Jennifer Yusin at jyusin@drexel.edu.


Aslan also is the author of the internationally acclaimed “No god but God: The Origins, Evolution, and Future of Islam,” which was named one of the 100 most important books of the last decade by Blackwell Publishers, as well as “How to Win a Cosmic War,” and is a regular contributing editor to The Daily Beast.



Aslan frequently appears on television shows including Comedy Central's “The Daily Show with Jon Stewart” and “The Colbert Report.” He also gained attention for an appearance on the FOXNews.com show “Spirited Debate” – in which the anchor repeatedly questioned how Aslan, a Muslim, could write a book about the founder of Christianity – that went viral.

Aslan is the president and chief executive officer of Aslan Media Inc., which manages BoomGen Studios, a unique media company focused entirely on entertainment about the Greater Middle East and its Diaspora communities. He holds degrees in religion from Santa Clara University, Harvard and U.C. Santa Barbara, as well as a master of fine arts from the University of Iowa, where he was named the Truman Capote Fellow in Fiction.


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