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Two Questions at the Heart of Bin Laden’s Jihad: Lawrence Wright

Sept. 9 (Bloomberg) -- When Osama bin Laden began his war on America in 1996, he was posing two questions. The first was: What is Islam?

Al-Qaeda’s definition of the faith is one that is permanently in conflict with nonbelievers -- a category that includes all Muslims who don’t subscribe to the narrow fundamentalism of bin Laden and his cohort. Measured by its body count, the real Clash of Civilizations was waged inside Islam itself.