Posts Tagged ‘Zealot’

Screen Shot 2013-08-13 at 3.44.22 PMRecently as I was stranded in Nairobi for three(3) days, I woke up at four in the morning to switch on the TV to see if there are any news on the fire that destroyed the International Arrivals Hall of the Nairobi Airport. Browsing between the few channels available I ended up watching an interview on Al Jazeera with Reza Aslan, author of the book Zealot: The Life and Times of Jesus of Nazareth. Provoked by his views and findings about Jesus, and the obvious hyped created by the devastating Fox interview he had a few days prior, I downloaded the book on my iPad and started to read.

With limited internet access available I tried to get a better understanding of who Aslan is, where he comes from, and why his obsession with Jesus; after all he claims to be a Muslim. In the opening of his book he explains how he founded Jesus at fifteen years of age and later converted to Islam due to, according to him, the more accurate way in which Islam describes God. Born in Iran and moved to the USA at age seven(7), Aslan holds a Bachelor of Arts degree in Religions, a Masters of Theological Studies, a Masters of Fine Arts degree from the University of Iowa’s Writers Workshop, where he was named the Truman Capote Fellow in Fiction. He received his Doctor of Philosophy in Sociology, focusing in the history of religion, from the University of California, Santa Barbara.