I have just read a book which is relatively new - The World Is Flat by Thomas L. Friedman. Well worth a read. Discusses religion in one chapter. Basically discusses how technology, fiber-optic cables, computing , outsourcing etc is flattening the world and how China and India are really benefitting. It discusses how knowledge and truth are becoming more freely available and having a flattening effect.
Talks about how accepting change and not living in a cloistered narrow world will benefit us all. Tal;ks abouyt hwo Arab world is thus falling even further behind and why there is so much outrage and humiliation on the muslim street. They have to cahnge and thin outside the box to benefit. I also could not stop thinking about the WTS as I was reading the book.