Reza Aslan is a religious scholar and the author of several books including the #1 New York Times Best Seller “Zealot: The Life and Times of Jesus of Nazareth,” “No god but God: The Origins, Evolution, and Future of Islam,” and now a new book “An American Martyr in Persia: The Epic Life and Tragic Death of Howard Baskerville.” Aslan is also a TV and film producer whose projects have included executive producing “Of Kings and Prophets” on ABC and the documentary series “The Secret Life of Muslims.” 

Some Iranian Americans have criticized Aslan and even suggested he is pro-regime when it comes to the fundamentalist regime that rules the nation. Aslan denies the allegation and recently told the Los Angeles Times that he’s the target of a disinformation campaign. “The only one who benefits is the regime,” he told the Times. “They have to have the diaspora in disunity and chaos, especially among people with a public voice like mine.”

During this podcast, Aslan discusses protests underway in Iran, his hopes for Iran, and the parallels between current events in Iran and the revolution he describes in his new book.

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