Asia Society Texas Center

Authors & Asia: Reza Aslan on “God: A Human History”

Wednesday, Dec. 6, 2017 – Wednesday, Dec. 6, 2017

06:30 AM – 07:45 PM


Please note that this program takes place off-site at The Ballroom at Bayou Place, 500 Texas Avenue, Houston, TX 77002. The Ballroom is located on the second floor of Bayou Place in Houston’s Theater District. Garage parking is available, as well as valet services. MetroRail stops are within walking distance.

Brazos Bookstore and Asia Society Texas Center present Reza Aslan, reading from his book God: A Human History. Aslan is an internationally renowned writer, commentator, professor, producer, and scholar of religions. His books, including his #1 New York Times bestseller, Zealot: The Life and Times of Jesus of Nazareth, have been translated into dozens of languages around the world. He is also a recipient of the prestigious James Joyce Award. His most recent title explores humanity’s quest to make sense of the divine and sounds a call to embrace a deeper, more expansive understanding of God. There will be a cash bar, and admission includes a hardcover copy of God: A Human History. All unclaimed books must be picked up by December 20 at Brazos Bookstore. Additional copies of God and Aslan’s other books will be available for purchase at the event.


6:30 pm | Doors Open and Registration
7:30 pm | Program

Praise for God: A Human History

“Breathtaking in its scope and controversial in its claims, God: A Human History shows how humans from time immemorial have made God in their own image, and argues that they should now stop. Writing with all the verve and brilliance we have come to expect from his pen, Reza Aslan has once more produced a book that will prompt reflection and shatter assumptions.”
Bart D. Ehrman, author of How Jesus Became God

“Reza Aslan offers so much to relish in his excellent ‘human history’ of God. In tracing the commonalities that unite religions, Aslan makes truly challenging arguments that believers in many traditions will want to mull over, and to explore further. This rewarding book is very ambitious in its scope, and it is thoroughly grounded in an impressive body of reading and research.”
Phillip Jenkins, author of Crucible of Faith

About the Author

Reza Aslan is an internationally renowned writer, commentator, professor, producer, and scholar of religions. In addition to his role as a Consulting Producer on the acclaimed HBO series The Leftovers, Aslan is also the host and Executive Producer of two other original television programs: Rough Draft with Reza Aslan (premiered on Ovation), and CNN’s documentary series, Believer. He also served as an Executive Producer on the ABC drama Of Kings and Prophets, and on the Emmy-nominated documentary series The Secret Life of Muslims. His book Zealothas been optioned by Lionsgate and producer David Heyman with a script co-written by Aslan and Oscar-nominated screenwriter, James Schamus.

Aslan’s first book, international bestseller No god but God: The Origins, Evolution, and Future of Islam, has been translated into 17 languages, and was named one of the 100 most important books of the last decade by Blackwell Publishers. He is also the author of Beyond Fundamentalism: Confronting Religious Extremism in a Globalized Age (originally titled How to Win a Cosmic War), as well as editor of two volumes: Tablet and Pen: Literary Landscapes from the Modern Middle East, and Muslims and Jews in America: Commonalties, Contentions, and Complexities.

Business & Policy Programs Endowed by

Huffington Foundation

Bank of America, Muffet Blake, ConocoPhillips, ExxonMobil, United Airlines, and Vinson & Elkins LLP are presenting sponsors of Business and Policy programs, with lead support from Nancy C. Allen, BP America, Nancy T. Chang, Anne and Albert Chao, Eagle Global Advisors, and Wells Fargo. Generous funding also provided by the Friends of Asia Society Texas Center, a premier group of individuals and organizations committed to bringing the best in public programming.


  • Tuesday - Friday, 11:00 am - 6:00 pm
    Saturday & Sunday, 10:00 am - 6:00 pm
    Closed Mondays and major holidays
  • Free Hours: Admission to the building and Grand Hall exhibition is free. Admission to the Louisa Stude Sarofim Gallery is free for Asia Society members; $8 for nonmembers.

Directions & Parking

  • The Ballroom at Bayou Place, 500 Texas Avenue, Houston, TX 77002

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