Looking for Its Luther

No god but God
The Origins, Evolution, and Future of Islam
Reza Aslan
Random House, $25.95, 336 pp.

Although it may not have felt like it, September 11 was just fallout. According to Reza Aslan, the West, with its great commercial center in downtown New York City, was “merely a bystander” in an ongoing conflict raging within Islam. This struggle has left a crater at the center of his religion that is so huge its creation generated a cloud of dust that we mistook for—and misnamed—the epicenter. In short, we’ve all been wrong about the location of ground zero.

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Scott Korb is a writer and editor living in Brooklyn. He is the coauthor with Peter Bebergal of The Faith Between Us: A Jew and a Catholic Search for the Meaning of God (Bloomsbury).