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Burning the Koran in the U.S.A

Americans often fail to understand the ways in which domestic debates about Islam resonate beyond borders. In the Middle East, U.S. cultural quarrels can at times appear to be needlessly confusing. On other occasions they threaten to provoke real confrontation. The behavior ofTerry Jones — the pastor of Florida’s Dove Church, who is planning to burn copies of the Quran on the anniversary of the Sept. 11 attacks — and thebickering over the cultural center near Ground Zero provide two examples of how America’s clashes over Islam play out in unexpected ways.Full article HERE

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