Lesley Hazleton is a British-American author whose work focuses on the intersection of politics, religion, and history, especially in the Middle East. I initially heard about her from a Ted Talk that she gave called, “On Reading the Quran” that went viral. I am extremely thankful to host a podcast where I can bring on wonderful and interesting people like Lesley to share her amazing work with you all. She joins us this episode to talk about her background, and what lead her to end up writing a book on the Prophet Muhammad (pbuh) and the Shia Sunni split.
About Lesley Hazleton
A psychologist by training and Middle East reporter by experience, British-born Lesley Hazleton has spent the last ten years exploring the vast and often terrifying arena in which politics and religion, past and present, intersect. She’s written about the history of the Sunni/Shi’a split, as well as books on two of the Bible’s most compelling female figures: Mary and Jezebel.
Her latest book is The First Muslim, a new look at the life of Muhammad, the founder of Islam. In researching her book, she sat and read the full Koran again — exploring the beauty and subtlety in this often-misquoted holy book.
Links Mentioned In This Episode
- The Accidental Theologist
- Lesley Hazleton Twitter
- On Reading the Quran (Ted Talk)
- The Doubt Essential to Faith (Ted Talk)