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  • 'Not an Islam I can recognize'; a Muslim scholar discusses the Paris attacks

    'Not an Islam I can recognize'; a Muslim scholar discusses the Paris attacks
    As I spoke with Khaled M. Abou El Fadl, I could hear his dogs barking in the background. Being a dog lover — some Muslims believe dogs are impure — is one of the least of the supposed offenses that has made the UCLA professor the subject of denunciation and threats. He is an American lawyer and an Islamic jurist, a professor of Islamic law at UCLA, and the head of its Islamic studies program. His latest book, "Reasoning with God: Reclaiming Shari'ah in the Modern Age," explains what sharia, or Islamic law, is and isn't, and what it means for contemporary Islam. His scholarly critique of Islamist terrorism and Wahhabi extremism make him an important guide in understanding last week's violent events in France.
  • Identity theft hits close to home

    Now it's my turn to be a statistic. Not that kind. I'm still here and writing. So far, anyway. Let me check my in-box -- nope, no pink slip. So where was I? Oh, right. A statistic. Add me to the thousands of victims of identity theft (313,982...

    Timothy Naftali: Nixon's checker

    Timothy Naftali is the kind of learned guy you'd want on your team when you play "Trivial Pursuit" -- a game that, like Naftali, originated in Canada. But for years, his home and his career have been in and about the United States -- books and studies...

    Patt Morrison Asks: Blue blood, Peter O'Malley

    Patt Morrison Asks: Blue blood, Peter O'Malley
    In 1938, after voters recalled L.A.'s crooked mayor, Frank Shaw, it's said that someone planted a sign on the City Hall lawn: "Under new management." The new ownership of the Dodgers needs no sign. The purchase, by a Chicago financial service company at a...

    Patt Morrison Asks: James Cameron, a man overboard

    Patt Morrison Asks: James Cameron, a man overboard
    The Challenger Deep, a fissure in the Mariana Trench in the Pacific Ocean, lies farther below the Earth's surface than Mt. Everest reaches above it. And James Cameron, the science-enthralled director and underwater explorer, made it his Lindbergh moment,...