Celebrating centrist Muslims

A review of Raymond William Baker

There’s some good news amid the gloom of global terrorism—namely, the little-known world of wasatiyya, or centrist, Islam.


The Torah, the Gospel, and the Qur’an, by Anton Wessels

Anton Wessels emphasizes points of convergence among the Abrahamic religions, even assimilating their scriptural perspectives into a single story. It's an audacious wager, and not without dangers.


How to Read the Qur’an, by Carl W. Ernst

In the decade since 9/11, it seems as though every trade publisher and university press has brought forth a guide to the Qur’an for the perplexed. Carl Ernst eschews the usual method for books of this sort.


American Dervish, by Ayad Akhtar

Spring books

This debut novel features ten-year-old Hayat Shah, a first-generation Pakistani American, who is attempting to find his identity as a Muslim.