"I think Muslims, particularly young Muslims in the Middle East, are growing more and more comfortable in defining themselves in nationalistic terms."
"It is very important to understand that religion is an ever-malleable thing."
"The way that Reza Aslan looks at it is that religion is part of the world."
Reza Aslan is inspired by a calling.
Aslan describes himself as a bridge between Islam and the West.
"I'd like to think of myself in some ways as a public intellectual."
A scholar of religions, and writer.
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