IN ANOTHER'S SHOES
How would you like to be "nun for a day?" A Reuters writer tried it and offers this report. Is this a serious way to learn about another religion or simply more monk-eying around?
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WHO ARE THE 'PROGESSIVE' MUSLIMS?
I have written a lot about Islam since 9/11 -- for both personal and professional reasons, as many of you know.
Professionally my task has been to help readers understand the religion that the hijackers claimed as an excuse for the terrorism of that day. Personally, I had to try to understand why anyone would want to kill my own nephew, a passenger on the first plane to hit the World Trade Center.
In this process, it has become clearer and clearer to me that Islam is in a struggle for its own heart and soul. One group of Muslims seeking to redirect the anger and hatred of the so-called Islamists, those violent and radical people who follow the likes of Osama bin Laden, call themselves progressive Muslims.
But who are these folks and what do they believe?
An interesting recent answer is found in one of the "Sightings" columns from the Martin Marty Center. The Sightings essays arrive in my e-mail box each week (except this week, when Sightings is on vacation and I'm teaching a writing class in New Mexico).
I commend this piece to you as a way of trying to understand the complicated dynamics of Islam in the world today.
Tell me what you learned from it that you didn't already know.
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