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SAL Presents: An Evening with Reza Aslan SAL Presents: An Evening with Reza Aslan TUE, NOV 14, 2017, 7:30 PM Susan Brotman Auditorium at McCaw Hall Co-Presented by The Seattle Times  


To purchase Student and/or Grand Patron single tickets to this event, please call the SAL Box Office at 206.621.2230 x10.

Aslan will be in attendance at the pre-event reception.

“Islam doesn't promote violence or peace. Islam is just a religion, and like every religion in the world, it depends on what you bring to it. If you're a violent person, your Islam, your Judaism, your Christianity, your Hinduism, is going to be violent.” – Reza Aslan

“I believe in God, which means I am open to some absurd possibilities. But I understand the power of that faith, and I understand the metaphor of that belief.” – Reza Aslan

"Aslan is steeped in the history, languages and scriptural foundation of the biblical scholar and is a very clear writer with an authoritative, but not pedantic, voice" – The Seattle Times on Zealot

Reza Aslan will present an original, multi-media talk about his new book, god. All tickets except students include a copy of the book.

Dr. Reza Aslan is an internationally acclaimed writer and scholar of religions. His first book, No god but God: The Origins, Evolution, and Future of Islam, was an international bestseller and has been translated into thirteen languages and named by Blackwell as one of the hundred most important books of the last decade. He is also the author of How to Win a Cosmic War: God, Globalization and the End of the War on Terror (published in paperback as Beyond Fundamentalism), as well as the editor for Tablet & Pen: Literary Landscapes from the Modern Middle East. Aslan is the founder of Aslan Media, a company devoted to creating forums and encouraging discourse about the Greater Middle East.

His most recent book, Zealot, a meticulously researched biography that challenges long-held assumptions about Jesus, was a #1 New York Times Bestseller and sold over 450,000 copies worldwide. In God, Aslan’s forthcoming book, he uses the same layered prose and thoughtful, accessible scholarship to show a history of a particular view of God and, in the process, reflects on how intense belief has shaped humanity's history. At a time when historical discussions and understandings of religion are reaching international flash points, this unique book sheds new light on the enigmatic history of belief. Aslan is an incredible scholar who writes in lucid, accessible prose and who isn't afraid to be controversial.

Born in Iran, Aslan now lives in Los Angeles, where he is an associate professor of creative writing at the University of California, Riverside.

Selected Works:

No God but God: The Origins, Evolution, and Future of Islam (2005)
Beyond Fundamentalism (2009)
Caravanserai: Traces, Places, Dialogue in the Middle East (2012)
Zealot: The Life and Times of Jesus of Nazareth (2013)
God: The Human Quest to Make Sense of the Divine (Forthcoming in 2017)