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Middle East expert to speak on ‘The Future of Islam’ Nov. 16

Reza Aslan, an expert on Islam and the Middle East, will present “The Future of Islam” at 7:30 p.m. Thursday, Nov. 16, in the Shriver Center Heritage Room. His talk is part of the Center for American and World Cultures’ (CAWC) “Intersecting Lives” lecture series.

Aslan, a research associate at the University of Southern California’s Center on Public Diplomacy, is a Middle East commentator for NPR’s “Marketplace” and Muslim affairs analyst for CBS News.

He has written for the Los Angeles Times, New York Times, Slate, Boston Globe, Washington Post and the Nation, among other publications, and has appeared on “Meet The Press,” “Hardball,” “The Daily Show,” “Real Time with Bill Maher” and “Nightline.”

His first book, the internationally acclaimed No god but God: the Origins, Evolution, and Future of Islam established Aslan, a native of Iran, as “the most dynamic voice of liberal Islam in the United States.” The book is described as a call to reform and a proposal to end the religious battle between East and West.

While serving as the Truman Capote Fellow at the Iowa Writers’ Workshop in 2000, he was named visiting professor of Islamic studies at the University of Iowa, becoming the first full-time professor of Islam in the history of the state.

Aslan’s talk, free and open to the public, is sponsored by the CAWC with support from Miami’s Etheridge Center for Reflective Leadership. For more information, contact the CAWC at 9-8309.

Date Published: 11/09/2006
Volume: 26   Number: 9


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