The exchange about the absurdity of creeping shariah was a missed opportunity. Rather than dwell on the absurdity of imposing shariah, why not use that time to actually explain what in fact is the shariah?
Here is a pretty crisp and clean explanation in the Huffington Post: What is Shariah? And why does it matter?
I look forward reading Ahmed's book and what should be an interesting discussion among Muslim intellectuals about the book (though I have to admit I was a little put off by the author's list of who's who of who praised the book). I am particularly interested in whether or not he addresses the tensions that exist between blackamerican Muslim and immigrant Muslim communities over who gets to define what Islam means in America. Unfortunately, Robert's selection of who appears on bhtv to speak about Islam (few of them have been American born Muslims, and I daresay none have been African Americans) illustrates the widespread presumption that foreignness is the only authentic representation of Islam in America.