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New Look at Islam

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photoSince 9-11, America's and the word's focus has been on the fight against terrorism. But there's been another global battle going on — this one inside Islam itself.

It's a conflict between vastly different interpretations of Islam, of its roots, its future, the depth of influence the religion should have on daily Muslim life. It's a profound battle between radical, traditional Islam and progressive, reform-minded Islam.

Religious scholar Reza Aslan calls this battle the "Islamic Reformation". So far, like the Christian reformation centuries ago, it's been violent and bloody and it has spread beyond the borders of the Muslim world.

Hear a conversation with Aslan about the internal Islamic struggle that is unfolding as the U.S. fights its war on terror.


Reza Aslan, author of "No God But God: The Origins, Evolution, and Future of Islam"

Fawaz Gerges, professor of International Affairs and Middle Eastern Studies at Sarah Lawrence College, author of "America and Political Islam: Clash of Interests or Clash of Cultures?" and the forthcoming, "The Far Enemy: How and Why Jihad Went Global"

This program aired on May 10, 2005.


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