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Interesting Information: Interview: Reza Aslan, Author Of ‘Zealot’ : NPR

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Interesting Information:  September 3, 2013

Historical Jesus

Yes, I’ve been listening to a lot of NPR, especially FRESH AIR, as I’ve been cutting up my quilting stash.  I am happy to report that I am fifteen minutes away from being done with that task.  YEAH!!!

Terry Gross interviewed Reza Aslan recently about his book on the historical Jesus–who was, apparently, a Zealot, or part of an historical movement that sought to make radical change in his world.

Aslan, an Iranian, came to the US when he was around 16–escaping from Iran with his family.  He converted to Evangelical Christianity at 16 and set off on a spiritual and educational journey that has filled his life.  From Wikipedia:  Aslan holds a Bachelor of Arts degree in religions from Santa Clara University, a Master of Theological Studies degree from Harvard Divinity School, and a Master of Fine Arts degree from the University of Iowa‘s Writers’ Workshop, where he was named the Truman Capote Fellow in Fiction. Aslan also received a Doctor of Philosophy in Sociology, focusing in the history of religion, from the University of California, Santa Barbara.[7][8][9] His dissertation was titled “Global Jihadism as a Transnational Social Movement: A Theoretical Framework”.[10]  

Aslan is now a professor of Islamic Studies at the University of Iowa.  Sometime before Harvard, he returned to being a Muslim.

Whatever you think of Aslan or the historical Jesus (versus the spiritual Jesus of metaphor),  Terry Gross’s interview is fascinating from many angles.  You can hear the interview and read all the comments following it at this url.   And, yes, there was a flamboyant Fox interview that went virile–where the interviewer was trying, unfairly, to create a sensational event and where Aslan made more claims about his historical credentials than maybe could be made.  (But blended degrees like Aslan has can contain a ton of historical work–which criticizers might not fully realize.)

Have fun.  I think the book would be an interesting read.  If only my read pile wasn’t so out of control…

Interview: Reza Aslan, Author Of ‘Zealot’ : NPR.

Written by louisaenright

September 3, 2013 at 3:15 pm

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