Western culture isn't always what it's cracked up to be. Comparative studies of Judeo-Christian versus Eastern religions and philosophies reveal much greater depth and breadth in some areas of Shintoism, Taoism, Hinduism, Confucianism, and Buddhism.
These are exciting times as the freedom to self-determine is allowing a myriad of identities to arise. My personal belief is that the binary will survive and be strengthened as the borders of the two main categories become softened and the codes that determine qualification are loosened.
The Islamic calendar does not begin with the year of Muhammad's birth, nor does it begin with the commencement of revelation to Muhammad. Rather, it begins with this purposeful move of the Prophet Muhammad from Mecca to Medina.
For American reporters and editors, Pakistan only exists in the context of security concerns: the Taliban, terrorism, fundamentalist Islam, and the war in Afghanistan. Outside of this context, there is no Pakistan.