There are supposed to be thunderstorms tonight. The rain is already steady, but not overwhelming. The days are shutting down earlier.
I’ve just finished Reza Aslan’s No god but God The Origins, Evolution and Future of Islam. If you want to have some sense of what historical forces lie behind the world we currently inhabit, to be able to think coherently about recent events in Iran, Iraq and Afganistan you need to read this book.
Partisans will find much to bicker over, but his long view of the history of Islam, coupled with his clarity and optimism makes a welcome antidote to all of the tit for tat violence that wracks the world.