Below you'll find more information on some of the topics touched on in Bill Moyers' conversation with Martin Amis. You can also find more information on religion in the news in our main Resources section. Plus you can explore freedom and tolerance and faith and politics and other matters in our Perspectives section.
Mohamed Atta's writings
THE WASHINGTON POST and Bob Woodward won a Pulitzer Prize for reporting which included a breaking story on writings by one of the key organizers of the September 11 attacks. Recently THE NEW YORKER published Martin Amis' fictional account of the last days of that conspirator.
The system of succession in Islam that combined both religion and state under the rule of one caliph. Learn more about the height of The Caliphate from PBS' EMPIRES: ISLAM.
Read American author Mailer's sometimes controversial writings on the post 9/11 world.
Headscarf cases in Europe
The BBC looks at the growing number of legal cases surrounding religious garb and assimilation in Europe.
Sayyid Qutb and Muslim Brotherhood
Martin Amis refers to the time Egyptian writer and educator Sayyid Qutb spent in the United States 1949. This NPR report reflects on his subsequent critical writings on American culture. Qutb joined the Muslim Brotherhood in 1952. He was executed in 1954. According to THE ECONOMIST, "The Society of the Muslim Brothers is certainly the oldest of modern Islamist movements."
Explore the history of the way the world reacts to the changing of the calendar in PBS' FRONTLINE" APOCALPYSE NOW. The site presents historical writings from ancient to modern times, the trancript of a roundtable discussion and a an apocalyptic chronology.