Includes bibliographical references (p. 355-444) and index.
A newspaper challenged. Pre-9/11: conventions of religion coverage, institutional memory -- Civil religion in America -- Interfaith relations -- Trauma around New York City -- Consolers, heroes, survivors -- Place and time: sacred and secular -- Religious functions of media coverage -- Islam observed. Islam in the eyes of The Times -- US Muslims -- The Islamic threat -- Who is truly Muslim? -- Fanaticism and Islam worldwide -- Western Europe's Muslims -- Sharia and gender -- The arts in portraying a religion -- Religious worlds at war. Afghanistan and the Taliban -- The Jewish angle -- Israel -- War in Iraq -- Meanings of 9/11. Justifications and significations -- Relativism, patriotism, and their perils -- "Clash of civilizations" -- The Times beyond the Times -- The Times of Thomas L. Friedman -- The Battle of Lepanto redux.