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A walk around Isfahan

I was in Iran for the first time in December 2008 and January 2009, one of my traditional Christmas/New-Year getaways, hoping to escape these awkward festivities. However, many people stillΒ wished me “merry Christmas” or “a happy new year”, with someΒ Iranians … Continue reading

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Things not to do in Muslim countries, # 2

Don’t climb the pulpit in a mosque and pretend to be an imam! Luckily, not many people were listening to me and my sermon at Vakil Mosque in Shiraz, Iran. Another rule: if you pretend to be an imam, at … Continue reading

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Things not to do in Muslim countries, # 1

Don’t go to a mosque to steal the Quran! Obviously, I didn’t steal any books. But ever the bibliophile, I needed to take a closer look. (I did however take a prayer stone with me from Hakim Mosque.)

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A welcome alternative to flag-burning

When I was in Kosovo in February 2009 for the first anniversary of Kosovo’sΒ independence, I spotted this car draped is US flags in front of a mosque in the Southern (i.e. Kosovar) part of Mitrovica: Of all the countries I … Continue reading

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