education | December 02, 2012

"Exhilarating": A Student Review Of Reza Aslan's Middle East Class

Reza Aslan's Religion and Politics in the Middle East class is "exciting and, admittedly, a bit exhilarating," says a student at New York's Drew University.  As he writes in a glowing review in the school's newspaper, the experience of being taught by the bestselling author fulfilled much more than just a degree requirement. One of the books on the syllabus was Aslan's No God But God, in which the internationally acclaimed scholar of religions describes the history of the Islamic faith. The student, and Opinions Editor at the university newspaper, said both the book and the material Aslan covered in the class was "fascinating." He writes that "it was a true honor to have been able to be one of Reza Aslan’s students and learn from him this fall semester, as I’m sure the rest of my classmates would agree." Aslan will be teaching another class next spring, called The Art of Protesting.

Aslan has also authored How to Win a Cosmic War, is a contributing editor to The Daily Beast, and is a member of many prominent foreign relations and policy councils. He also edited two literary anthologies: Tablet and Pen: Literary Landscapes from the Modern Middle East, and Muslims and Jews in America: Commonalities, Contentions, and Complexities. He writes and lectures with passionate conviction and uses his strong educational background to discuss the complex relationship between the Eastern and Western world. He appears regularly on The Daily Show with Jon Stewart and The Colbert Report, where he speaks about Islam, the Middle East, and Muslim Americans with a voice that is authoritative, witty, and infectiously optimistic.

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