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Reza Aslan
Author of How to Win a Cosmic War

"How to Win a Cosmic War"
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Wed., Feb. 17, 2010, 7:00pm - 9:00pm
Location: Hansen Hall, Dole Institute of Politics
*Co-sponsored by the Dole Institute of Politics, the Center for Global and International Studies, Religious Studies Department, the College of Liberal Arts and Sciences, and the Hall Center for the Humanities.

One of the nation's most respected experts on Islam and the Middle East, Reza Aslan has degrees in Religion from Santa Clara University, Harvard University and the University of California, Santa Barbara, as well as an MFA from the University of Iowa, where he was named the Truman Capote Fellow in Fiction. He is the author of the internationally acclaimed bestseller No god but God: the Origins, Evolution, and Future of Islam (2006), which The New York Times lauded as a "grippingly narrated and thoughtfully examined...literate, accessible introduction to Islam," and the recently released How to Win a Cosmic War (2009).

Aslan brings a passionate, and much-needed perspective to the national discussion regarding Islam. In his lectures and writings, he masterfully explores the intricate interplay between faith and politics in the Muslim world, presenting Islam as an ever-evolving faith and culture that is currently in the midst of a cataclysmic internal battle for reform and modernization. He explains with great lucidity the different sects and schism within Islam and demonstrates the variety of ways in which the religion has been understood and interpreted by Muslims and Westerners throughout history.

A columnist for The Daily Beast, Aslan's work has appeared in the Los Angeles Times, The New York Times, The Boston Globe, The New York Review of Books, Prospect Magazine (UK), Slate Magazine and The Nation. He has also appeared on numerous news programs, including Meet the Press and Hardball with Chris Matthews.
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