Sunday, April 19, 2009

Internationally Acclaimed Writer and Scholar Reza Aslan to Return to Speak on May 7

How To Win a Cosmic War: God, Globalization and the End of the War on Terror
A Community Conversation with Reza Aslan
Part of Project Interfaith's 2008-2009 Community Conversations Annual Speaker Series

Thursday, May 7, 2009
7:00 pm (Doors open at 6:30 pm)
Countryside Community Church
8787 Pacific Street
Omaha, Nebraska

Internationally acclaimed writer and scholar Reza Aslan returns to Omaha to discuss his newest book How to Win a Cosmic War: God, Globalization, and the End of the War on Terror (available in April 2009), an in-depth study of the ideology fueling al-Qa‘ida, the Taliban, and like-minded militants throughout the Muslim world, and an exploration of religious violence in Judaism, Christianity, and Islam. Surveying the global scene from Israel to Iraq and from New York to the Netherlands, Aslan argues that religion is a stronger force today than it has been in a century. At a time when religion and politics are increasingly sharing the same vocabulary and functioning in the same sphere, Aslan asserts that we must strip the conflicts of our world–in particular, the War on Terror–of their religious connotations and address the earthly grievances that always lie behind the cosmic impulse. Join us for this engaging evening with Reza Aslan.

This program is jointly presented by Project Interfaith, the Center for Faith Studies at Countryside Community Church, and the Islamic Center of Omaha. This program is open to the public and is offered at no charge by the three co-sponoring organizations. Space is limited. Pre-registration for this event is strongly suggested. For more information and to register, visit For questions or to register by phone, please contact Project Interfaith at (402) 933-4647 or by emailing or you may contact Cyndi Kugler at the Center for Faith Studies, (402) 391-0350 x 121.

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