Like many people in America and around the world, Talal Asad experienced the events of September 11, 2001, largely through the media and the emotional response of others. For many non-Muslims, ""the suicide bomber"" quickly became the icon of ""an Islamic culture of death"" & mdash; a conceptual leap that struck Asad as problematic. Is there a ""religiously-motivated terrorism?"" If so, how does it differ from other cruelties? What makes its motivation ""religious""? Where does it stand in relation to other forms of collective violence?Drawing on his extensive scholarship in the s.