Sep 17 2013

Conversation with Reza Aslan on His New Book, Zealot

A new and controversial book by religious scholar Reza Aslan called simply, Zealot, has topped the best seller list, in no small part because of a Fox News interview that, embarrassingly for Fox, questioned Aslan’s scholarship based on his Islamic faith. But the book itself merits the fame Fox has lent it – Reza Aslan distills decades of historical study into the historical Jesus Christ to reveal a portrait of a revolutionary teacher who challenged the brutality and oppression of Rome, was killed for it, and, posthumously spawned one of the world’s most important organized religions.

Uprising host Sonali Kolhatkar spoke recently with Reza Aslan.

Watch a video of the interview here:

Bipasha Shom recorded this interview.

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One Response to “Conversation with Reza Aslan on His New Book, Zealot”

  1. Randy Rockon 01 Oct 2013 at 12:29 pm

    Hi Sonali – Great Interview and Thank You!

    When Prof. Azan speaks about that Rome, a gigantic world power at the time of Christ generally had no or very, very little interest with Judea then why did Rome fight back when Judea kicked them out. If indeed Rome had no or very little interest in that area then indeed the Roman government would have just washed the hands over the loss of that government and went onto to business as usual however, they did not. The Roman government must have had some interest in keeping the Judean government in line, probably for trade routes, which is more than a very little interest. It might have been to show the neighboring nations not to mess with Rome, or else, which would be very interesting and parallel the US current government’s empire building