Pin It
Favorite

Reza Aslan 

How to end the "war on terror"? Realize Islamofascists are fighting a war over the next world, not this one.

click to enlarge art14909.jpg

How do you win a cosmic war? You don’t. You prevent it. In his book How to Win a Cosmic War (re-titled Beyond Fundamentalism in paperback), Aslan describes how religious fanatics are fighting a heavenly war on earth. That is, religion and political conflict don’t really go well together. Aslan offers possible solutions, such as resolving the Palestinian-Israeli conflict, fighting a smarter “War on Terror” (and not calling it that in the first place) and — yes — exporting such American values as accepting religious plurality and democracy.

Odd fact: Aslan, an Iranian-American, came to the U.S. from Iran at the age of 8. The year was 1979, the year of the Iranian Islamic Revolution.

Fiction or nonfiction? Despite his being known primarily for journalism — his profundity on the Daily Beast, and his two books, No God but God and Beyond Fundamentalism — Aslan considers himself a novelist. In fact, he decided to become a writer after reading Dostoevsky’s The Brothers Karamazov, and received a Master of Fine Arts from the University of Iowa, where he was named the Truman Capote Fellow in Fiction.

Quirky quote: “Jon Stewart for president. Wait a minute, I don’t think they let Jews be president.”

Most likely to be heckled by: Fundamentalists (Christian, Muslim, whatever); suicide bombers.

But who is this man? “My citizenship is American, my nationality, Iranian; my ethnicity, Persian; my culture, Middle Eastern; my religion, Muslim.”

One reviewer said: “Writing with a critical sense of urgency, Aslan wants us to bring struggles between religious outlooks down from the skies. … As much as we must oppose those who kill in the name of God, we need to understand the desperation of those who seek the strong sense of identity derived from linking the quest for God with the desire for nationhood.” — Alan Wolfe, Slate.com

Reza Aslan discusses religion and politics on Thursday, April 15, at 7 pm at the Doubletree Hotel, 322 N. Spokane Falls Ct.

  • Pin It

Speaking of Books, get Lit

Latest in Arts & Culture

  • A Sort of Homecoming
  • A Sort of Homecoming

    Julia Keefe's path to this year's Lionel Hampton Jazz Festival headlining stage started as a Spokane middle-schooler
    • Feb 23, 2017
  • THE 2017 OSCARS
  • THE 2017 OSCARS

    Your personal ballot for this year's Academy Awards
    • Feb 23, 2017
  • Paving the Way
  • Paving the Way

    Women weren't admitted at Gonzaga until 1948; a new on-campus exhibit shows how they shaped its culture for modern times
    • Feb 23, 2017
  • More »

Readers also liked…

Comments


Comments are closed.

Today | Fri | Sat | Sun | Mon | Tue | Wed
Campus Pioneers: The First 25 Years of Women at Gonzaga

Campus Pioneers: The First 25 Years of Women at Gonzaga @ Gonzaga University

Every other day

All of today's events | Staff Picks

More by Nicholas Deshais

  • Rehab Reality
  • Rehab Reality

    Toys are stacked on the front porch of the Isabella House, but the kids are nowhere to be seen. Inside the front door and behind a red, velvety curtain in the imposing 113-year-old house on the edge of Coeur d’Alene Park in Browne’s Addition, their playroom is also abandoned.
    • Jun 3, 2013
  • Studying Spokane
  • Studying Spokane

    One third-year med student relishes his time at UW East
    • Apr 2, 2013
  • Ever Ready
  • Ever Ready

    What happens after you dial 911?
    • Apr 2, 2013
  • More »

Most Commented On

  • Partisan Pagans

    The political divide is even splintering Spokane's witches
    • Feb 2, 2017
  • Finding the Words

    The sounds of 8,000 people taking to the streets of Spokane
    • Jan 26, 2017
  • More »

Readers also liked…

  • Blind Faith
  • Blind Faith

    In a vacant lot by the railroad tracks, an unlikely friendship is found
    • Jan 7, 2016
  • Parallel Parking
  • Parallel Parking

    The drive in Spokane to build parks that fit into parking spaces
    • Jul 15, 2015
  • Time Traveling
  • Time Traveling

    Distilled: Waiting, smoking, not smoking and drinking my way across the country
    • Aug 26, 2015

© 2017 Inlander
Website powered by Foundation