Reza Aslan is an internationally renowned writer and scholar of religions whose books (including his #1 New York Times Bestseller Zealot: The Life and Times of Jesus of Nazareth) have been translated into dozens of languages all over the world. He is the Co-Founder and Chief Creative Officer of BoomGen Studios, the premier entertainment brand for creative content from and about the Middle East. Aslan is the Executive Producer of the ABC series Of Kings and Prophets, BoomGen Studios’ Television debut.
Aslan serves as Consulting Producer for HBO’s “The Leftovers,” and is the host and Executive Producer of CNN’s newest original series “Believer.” His talk show Rough Draft with Reza Aslan, which features lively conversations with the best authors, poets, screenwriters, showrunners, and journalists, premiers on the Ovation channel February 28, 2016.
Aslan’s degrees include a Bachelor of Arts in Religious Studies from Santa Clara University (Major focus: New Testament; Minor: Greek) , a Master of Theological Studies from Harvard University (Major focus: History of Religions), a PhD in the Sociology of Religions from the University of California, Santa Barbara, and a Master of Fine Arts from the University of Iowa, where he was named the Truman Capote Fellow in Fiction.
He lives in Los Angeles with his wife, author and entrepreneur, Jessica Jackley and their three sons.