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Best-Selling Author Reza Aslan to Speak "On the State of Middle Eastern Affairs"

Reza Aslan, author of the international bestseller, No god but God: The Origins, Evolution, and Future of Islam (2005), and CBS Middle East analyst and columnist at The Daily Beast, will discuss Islam, Iran and the Israel/Palestine conflict in a lecture, “On the State of Middle Eastern Affairs.” This talk, which is free and open to the public, will be held at Pomona College on Tuesday, April 14 at 7 p.m.

Aslan’s first book, No god but God (2005), has been translated into thirteen languages and was short-listed for the Guardian First Book Award in the UK and nominated for a PEN USA award for research nonfiction. According to Newsweek International editor Fareed Zakaria, “This is a fascinating book. Reza Aslan tells the story of Islam with one eye on faith and another on history. The result is a textured, nuanced account that presents a living, breathing religion shaped by centuries of history and culture.” The New York Times Book Review praised Aslan’s book as “wise and passionate…an incisive, scholarly primer in Muslim history and an engaging personal exploration.”

His book How to Win a Cosmic War: God, Globalization, and the End of the War on Terror will be released later this month, followed by the edited anthology Words Without Borders: Writings from the Middle East in 2010.

Among his numerous affiliations, Aslan is a member of the Council on Foreign Relations and the Pacific Council on International Policy. He serves on the board of directors for the Ploughshares Fund, which gives grants for peace and security issues, and Abraham's Vision, an interfaith peace organization. He also teaches creative writing at UC Riverside.

This event is sponsored by the Pomona Student Union, and will be held in Pomona College’s Edmunds Ballroom (Smith Campus Center, 170 East Sixth Street, Claremont). For further information, call (909) 621-8514.