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Internationally acclaimed Middle Eastern religious scholar to speak Wednesday

Linfield College will host Reza Aslan on Wednesday, Feb. 24, at 7:30 p.m. in the Richard and Lucille Ice Auditorium on the Linfield campus in McMinnville. The lecture, “How to Win a Cosmic War: God, Globalization and the End of the War on Terror,” is free and the public is invited.

Aslan is an internationally acclaimed writer and religious scholar who is a contributing editor at the Daily Beast (thedailybeast.com) and a regular news commentator.

His first book, No god but God: The Origins, Evolution, and Future of Islam, is a New York Times bestseller and has been translated into 13 languages.

The New York Times Book Review called it “wise and passionate,” and the Sunday Independent said the book is “a revelation, an opening up of knowledge too long buried.” The Los Angeles Times named it best nonfiction book of the year and the Financial Times named it best book of the year in politics and religion.

Aslan’s most recent book, How to Win a Cosmic War: God, Globalization and the End of the War on Terror, examines the ideology that fuels al-Qa‘ida, the Taliban and like-minded militants throughout the Muslim world, and explores religious violence in Christianity, Judaism and Islam.

“Aslan makes the case that the War on Terror is an unwinnable one exactly because it is the wrong war to fight,” writes Jim Wallis, author of The Great Awakening. “A battle between good and evil fails to address the underlying social and political roots of conflict and terror.”

“Reza Aslan shows why he is one of America’s leading analysts of the confusing and frightening forces that confront us,” writes Jon Meacham, author of American Lion: Andrew Jackson in the White House. “It is Aslan’s great gift to see things clearly, and to say them clearly, and in this important new work he offers us a way forward.”

Aslan serves as editorial executive of Mecca.com and is cofounder and chief creative officer of BoomGen Studios, the first motion picture company focused entirely on entertainment about the Greater Middle East and its Diaspora communities. He is a member of the Council on Foreign Relations and the Pacific Council on International Policy.

Born in Iran, Aslan is the first young Muslim intellectual to come on the scene in years. He brings a new, passionate and much-needed perspective to the national discussion about the War on Terror, and presents Islam as an ever-evolving faith and culture that is in the midst of a cataclysmic internal battle for reform and modernization.

The lecture is sponsored by the Edith Green and Gordon Frazee Lecture Funds. The endowed lectures honor Edith Green, a Linfield College trustee who served in Congress for two decades, and Gordon Frazee, who served Linfield for 32 years as chaplain and professor of religion.

Linfield College is located at 900 SE Baker Street in McMinnville. For more information visit rezaaslan.com or myspace.com/rezaaslan, or contact Dawn Nowacki at (503) 883-2276 or dnowacki@linfield.edu.

Reza Aslan

No god but God

How to Win a Cosmic War

The Daily Beast