September 11, 2001. The intense, dramatic images are seared into our collective memory. Several years later, a proposal to build an Islamic mosque and cultural center on the World Trade Center site ignited a national controversy that has smoldered ever since. Today there are plans to build a 43-story luxury condominium instead. As we hear in this encore essay by Bill Miles, what has become known as 9/11 has produced a complicated legacy of ideological and political challenges and, most importantly, continues to teach us profoundly important lessons about tolerance.
Bill Miles, who lives with his family in Seekonk, Massachusetts, is professor of political science at Northeastern University in Boston. His books include Paradox in Paradise, Zion in the Desert, Scars of Partition,and My African Horse Problem. His most recent book, as contributing co-editor, is In the Shadow of Moses.