Reza Aslan Profile

Interesting profile of Reza Aslan over at the L.A. Times.

In the eyes of Los Angeles-based religious scholar Reza Aslan, Khomeini’s rise is a metaphor for the hijacking of his faith by power-hungry demagogues, self-serving clergy and the radical fundamentalists behind the Sept. 11 terrorist attacks. In Aslan’s new book, “No god but God,” he has become the latest of an emerging group of scholars who are turning to the Koran and the origins of Islam to oppose what they see as its misuse.

If you haven’t read No god but God, I really urge you to. It’s an excellent re-examination of the history of Islam and an inspiring argument for reform.