Reza Aslan on the Muslim American Identity

By My Nguyen, Student Intern of CHASS College Computing
April 7, 2008

Reza Aslan, Assistant Professor of Creative Writing and Religious Studies, is featured in the inaugural issue of Elan, a magazine for young Muslim professionals, ('Elan' means 'announcement' in Arabic, Farsi and Urdu), with a story titled Reza Aslans Vision for the New Muslim American Identity.

Aslan says in the article that among his greatest passions is providing young people a space to discuss and rediscover their identity and artistic endeavors as the new generation of Muslims.

He has helped launch two projects toward that effort, BoomGen and Mecca.com.

Co-founded by Aslan and started by Muslims in the diaspora, BoomGen is a multimedia medium that provides young Muslims from around the world a means to collaborate artistically and communicate across forums about their futures.

Mecca.com, a Myspace for Muslims, gives Muslims around the world a place to discuss, share ideas, and conceive solutions for the issues that the younger generation must deal with.

Professor Aslan has degrees in Islam from Harvard University and Religious Studies from University of California, Santa Barbara, as well as an MFA in Fiction from the University of Iowa, where he was named Truman Capote Fellow in Fiction.  He is currently working on his Ph.D. at University of California, Santa Barbara, and is the author of the New York Times bestseller, No god but God: The Origins, Evolution, and Future of Islam, which has been translated into half a dozen languages, shortlisted for the Guardian (UK) First Book, and nominated for a PEN USA award for research non-fiction.


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