Reza Aslan has been unceremoniously removed from the CNN. The Believer, is going to be thrown to the dustbin by the cable network. There is no denying that it is a major loss for Aslan who has put in substantial efforts and resources on the series.
A tweet from the Iranian born author and broadcaster triggered the hasty decision from the leading television network to drop him with a short message wishing Aslan good luck for the future.
Reza Aslan in tweet had called Donald Trump “a piece of s—” and “an embarrassment to mankind”. While announcing his firing, CNN, in a statement said that it will scrap his “Believer” on the network. “CNN has decided to not move forward with production on the acquired series ‘Believer with Reza Aslan…We wish Reza and his production team all the best, the statement said.”
Aslan’s family came to the United States from Tehran in 1979, fleeing the Iranian Revolution. He grew up in the San Francisco Bay Area. In the early 1990s, Aslan taught courses at De La Salle High School in Concord, California.
Aslan holds a BA in religious studies from Santa Clara University, a Master of Theological Studies (MTS) from Harvard Divinity School, a Master of Fine Arts (MFA) in fiction writing from the University of Iowa’s Writers’ Workshop, and a PhD in sociology from the University of California, Santa Barbara. His 2009 dissertation, titled Global Jihadism as a Transnational Social Movement: A Theoretical Framework, discussed contemporary Muslim political activism. In August 2000, while serving as the Truman Capote Fellow at the Iowa Writers’ Workshop, Aslan was a visiting faculty member in Islamic and Middle Eastern Studies at the University of Iowa.
Aslan is married to Jessica, an entrepreneur and investor. Her work over the last decade has focused on financial inclusion, the sharing economy, and social justice. She is best known as a cofounder of Kiva, the world’s first p2p microlending website. Kiva lets internet users lend as little as $25 to individual entrepreneurs, providing them affordable capital to start or expand a small business. Since its founding in October 2005 Kiva has facilitated over $880M in loans worldwide.
39-year old Jessica currently teaches Social Entrepreneurship at the Marshall School of Business at USC. She is also an independent consultant on social impact initiatives, and an investor and advisor with the Collaborative Fund. She also recently served as Walt Disney Imagineering’s first Entrepreneur in Residence, focusing on projects related to corporate citizenship, the sharing economy, and happiness.
Before this, Jessica was a Cofounder and CEO of ProFounder, a pioneering crowdfunding platform for U.S. entrepreneurs which later joined forces with GOOD to create new tools and experiences for their community of creators.