Reza Aslan born on May 3, 1972 is an Iranian-American scholar of religious studies, writer, and television host most famously known for his books on religion:Zealot: The Life, Beyond Fundamentalism: Confronting Religious Extremism in the Age of Globalization,Times of Jesus of Nazareth and God: A Human History and No God but God: The Origins, Evolution, and Future of Islam.
Reza Aslan Bio: Age, Early Life, Parents
Aslan’s family came to the United States from Tehran in 1979 fleeting the Iranian revolution, so he spent the majority of his childhood growing up in the San Francisco Bay Area, a period of life about which he stated that he “spent the 1980s pretending to be Mexican” due to the amount of discrimination faced by Iranian Americans at the time. He attended Del Mar High School in San Joseand graduated in 1990 after which he became a teacher himself at De La Salle High School in Concord, California. He then continued his studies and gained a B.A. in religious studies from Santa Clara University, a Master of Theological Studies from Harvard Divinity School, a Master of Fine Arts in fiction writing from the University of Iowa’s Writers’ Workshop as well as a PhD in sociology from the University of California, Santa Barbara.
Born in Iran Aslan is a natural speaker of Farsi, in addition to English as well as a learner of Greek in order to facilitate his studies on ancient texts. Although Aslan was born into a Shia Muslim family, he converted to evangelical Christianity at the age of 15 and later converted back to Islam the summer before attending Harvard, a move for which The Guardian called him “a Shia by persuasion” in 2015. He later clarified his stance on religion by saying “It’s not that I think Islam is correct and Christianity is incorrect. It’s that all religions are nothing more than a language made up of symbols and metaphors to help an individual explain faith.”
Reza Aslan Career Details
His first publication “The Struggle for Islam’s Soul” came out in 2006 starting off his career as a writer, which he followed with 7 additional publications, most recently in 2017. Aside from writing books himself, Aslan is a reader at heart, advising everyone to read more, regardless of genre and he listed books like “The Blind Owl” by Sadegh Hedayat, “The Day the Leader Was Killed” by Naguib Mahfouz and “A Mind at Peace” by Ahmet Hamdi Tanpinar among his favorites. Although a conservative, Aslan has been critical of President Donald Trump and his divisive policies going as far as calling him a “lying conniving scumbag narcissistic sociopath piece of shit.” on Twitter.
Little is known about Reza Aslan’s life outside his career, including what car he drives or the things he enjoys eating, but he does seem to enjoy art in all its forms including painting and sculptures, and yet still to him art through writing remains something special. His work in the TV medium includes his role as Consulting Producer on the acclaimed HBO series The Leftovers and the upcoming Chuck Lorre comedy United States of Al. On top of that he is the host and producer of two different television series: Rough Draft with Reza Aslan on Topic, and the documentary series Believer on CNN. He also seems dedicated to educating people about his birthplace as in 2006, Aslan co-founded BoomGen Studios, an entertainment brand for creative content from and about the Middle East which also publishes its work in the United States.
Reza Aslan Net Worth And Body Measurements
Standing at 1,76m in height and around 86kg,Aslan still lives in the Bay area to this day, although it not known exactly where or what his residence looks like, however considering his $3 million net worth it should be safe to say that housing costs are probably not a problem for him. Aslan was previously engaged to journalist Amanda Fortini, but their engagement ended in 2008 and 3 years later in 2011 he married entrepreneur and author, Jessica Jackley, the couple now having three sons. Currently at age 48, Aslan’s future career looks bright as he is now a professor of creative writing at the University of California, Riverside and a board member of the National Iranian American Council, while still continuing his work as a writer and attending events all over the world covering his books and the topics of religion.