American-Iranian writer stirs Jesus debate in US

Reza Aslan, the author of a controversial book on Jesus Christ, is now working on a movie based on his book.

American-Iranian writer stirs Jesus debate in US

World Bulletin / News Desk

Reza Aslan, a 41-year-old Iranian-American academic in religious studies shot to fame this year with his novel “Zealot: The Life and Times of Jesus of Nazareth.”

Now, he has announced, that he is working on writing a pilot script based on the book for cable TV network FX after securing a movie deal.

Aslan is deemed to be a controversial figure by many in the US, after portraying Jesus Christ in a very human nature in his book - more as a rebel than a divine preacher.

Interestingly, Aslan, who fled to the US with his family at the age of seven to escape from the violence of the 1979 Iran revolution, converted to Christianity when he was just 15, after accompanying his friends to a church camp. However, later on in life, when he began studying religions in more detail, he reverted back to Islam after concluding that Jesus was not the son of God, but a simple prophet.

The Creative Writing teacher at University College Riverside, who also possesses a doctorate in Sociology, co-founded the “transmedia company” Boomgen Studios in 2006 to challenge stereotypes about Islam and the Middle East, as well as an online forum called Aslan Media to initiate original conversations about the Middle East.

His former Christian mentor at Santa Clara University, Father Paul G. Crowley, told the Los Angeles Times that Aslan “destroys peoples’ stereotypes about Islam.”

Calling Aslan a “Real American product,” Crowley further complimented his former student saying, “He had the freedom to become an Evangelical here and then he had the freedom to question that. And then he had the freedom to reclaim the Christian tradition in his own way.”

The film based on his book, which was praised extensively for its fluid writing style and remained the Los Angeles Times bestsellers list for 16 weeks, is expected to be a hit.

Güncelleme Tarihi: 11 Ocak 2014, 17:14