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Dr. David Dzaka


The New York Times nearly burst its seams with commentary following the terrorist attacks of September 11, 2001, as the self-proclaimed "capital of the world" discussed the meaning of the tragedy in its signature publication. One such opinion article on November 2 addressed the role of religion in the attacks, arguing that such tragic actions and other radical political projects derive from a sickness at the heart of many people's Islamic belief and concluding, "The restoration of religion to the sphere of the personal, its depoliticization, is the nettle that all Muslim societies must grasp in order to become modem" ("Yes, This is About Islam", A.25). These remarks would seem fairly standard in a newspaper like the New York Times given the American enthusiasm for maintaining a distinct church and state and resultant desire to recommend this model to the international community.