Welcome to the Islamic Reformation

CSID Monthly Lecture Series

Welcome to the Islamic Reformation:  The Struggle to Define the Faith and Practice of Islam. By Reza Aslan

The Center for the Study of Islam and Democracy (CSID) cordially invites you to the November Monthly Lecture delivered by Mr. Reza Aslan on Monday, November 21, 2005 (10:00 – 11:30 a.m.) At the National Endowment for Democracy, De Toqueville Meeting Room, 1101 15th Street, NW, Suite 800, Washington, DC 20005. RSVP by Sunday, November 20th to Layla Sein: sein@islam-democracy.org.



Brief Summary:


The violence and bloodshed we are witnessing in large parts of the Islamic world are not he result of a war between Islam and the West, but of an internal struggle between Muslims over nothing less than who has the authority to define Islam: the individual or the institution. Welcome to the Islamic Reformation.


Reza Aslan, author of “No God but God”, earned a Bachelor of Arts in Religion from Santa Clara University, a Master of Theological Studies from Harvard University, a Master of Fine Arts in Fiction from the University of Iowa, and is currently a Doctoral Candidate in History of Religions at the University of California, Santa Barbara. Until recently, he was both Visiting Assistant Professor of Islamic and Middle East Studies at the University of Iowa and the Truman Capote Fellow in Fiction at the Iowa Writers Workshop. He has served as a legislative assistant for the Friends Committee on National Legislation in Washington D.C., and was elected president of Harvards Chapter of the World Conference on Religion and Peace, a United Nations Organization committed to solving religious conflicts throughout the world. He has written for the Los Angeles Times, the New York Times, Slate, Boston Globe, the Washington Post, and the Nation and has appeared on Meet The Press, Hardball, The Daily Show, and Nightline. No god but God is his first book. Born in Iran, he now lives in Santa Monica and New Orleans.