Ronen Bergman writes in the New York Times of a possible evolution in Al-Qaeda's thinking regarding suicide bombing. Tracking the ideological vicissitudes of one of the world's murkiest organizations (to us here in the West, at least) is no mean task, but French scholar Gilles Kepel (pictured) is one of the best at it. His previous books (Jihad: The Trail of Political Islam, The War for Muslim Minds: Islam and the West, and Al Qaeda in its Own Words) constituted big leaps for our understanding of how radical Islamists see the world, but his latest offering takes a somewhat different tack. Beyond Terror and Martyrdom: The Future of the Middle East goes beyond the solid analysis contained in previous works to offer a more opinionated solution to the seeming impasse between Islam and the West. The main thrust of the new book is Kepel's declaration that the competing ideologies that have dominated the first years of the new century--America's "War on Terror" and jihadists' "myth of martyrdom"--are outmoded, outworn, and useless in today's geopolitical landscape. Kepel instead urges readers to seek alternate terms for the dialogue between Islam and the West, ones that could provide the basis for a more constructive engagement. Provocatively, he suggests that it may well be Europe, with its expanding and restless Muslim populations, that provides the playing field on which a new mode of interaction is tried and tested. We shall see.