Is Reza Aslan considering a run for political office? This recent TEDx talk sure sounds like it.
Aslan wrote the best-selling ‘No God But God,‘ by far the most readable introduction to the history of Islam, and his recent anthology of 20th-century Middle East literature, ‘Tablet & Pen,’ is a fixture on my bedside table.
Like any good politico, he starts out all rosy-eyed. Bear with him. He draws clear parallels between prejudice in the U.S. against Jews and against Catholics — both groups seen at one time as un-American, foreign, “other” — and the current politically manipulated wave of Islamophobia. And he draws the clear conclusion: anti-Muslim zealots are so angry because they know they’re on the losing side of American history.
As they say in the Middle East, “from your lips to God’s ears.”
See what you think: