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Palestinian Boy’s Gift For Music

Nine-year-old Mahmoud Kohail lives in Gaza City. Like many children who lived through the conflict with Israel, he suffers from post-traumatic stress disorder – but not when he plays his instrument.

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Iraqi Musician: Rahim Alhaj

The World’s Marco Werman speaks with Iraqi musician Rahim Alhaj about his new recording “Little Earth,” and why the consequences of the wars in Iraq will always lend a melancholy to his music.

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A Living Legend: Omar Pene

The World’s Marco Werman introduces us to one of Senegal’s most under-recognized musicians, singer Omar Pene.

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Religious Search Engines Yield Tailored Results

If you like what the Internet has to offer but are concerned that your Web searches may lead you to content that's offensive to your religious beliefs, there's a solution for that. You can now use one of several search engines that cater to religious users.

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Exibit Celebrates Muslim Contributions

Reporter Matthew Brunwasser toured a new exhibition in Istanbul, Turkey examining the technological innovations of Muslim civilization.

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Singing Lessons for Muezzins

With thousands of mosques broadcasting the call to prayer five times a day, it only takes one muezzin singing with a froggy voice to make life miserable for neighbors. To make it easier on the ears – and nerves – of local residents, the city’s chief religious official has set up singing lessons. From Istanbul, Matthew Brunwasser reports.

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Master of Calligraphy Shares His Craft

Every other Wednesday, on a leafy cul-de-sac in Arlington, Virginia, students trickle in and out of the home studio of Mohamed Zakariya, who teaches Islamic calligraphy. Reporter Bruce Wallace went to a recent lesson at Zakariya’s home to see and hear the master at work.

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Muslim Holidays in Public Schools

In U.S. cities where Muslim populations are growing fast, families are pushing to make their holidays part the calendar in schools. Some cities have adopted the idea – but in the nation’s largest school system – New York City – the debate continues. Lily Jamali reports from New York.

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Denial: A Memoir of Terror

Jessica Stern is perhaps best known for her work interviewing terrorists about their motivations, research that culminated in the acclaimed book Terror in the Name of God: Why Religious Militants Kill. She’s now written a very different book called Denial: A Memoir of Terror.  It is a deeply personal account of the childhood traumas that have shaped her life and work.

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Eco-Islam in Africa

Green is the color commonly associated with Islam and some scholars say the Qur'an also commands Muslims to be green in the modern environmental sense. In East Africa, a development project using Islamic ethics has taught locals the Qur'anic imperatives of conserving natural resources. Some say eco-Islam has taken root. From Pemba Island in Tanzania, Matthew Brunwasser reports.