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Lynda Hausfeld

The Girl in the Foyer

Scenario one: It is Sunday in a city that has been steeped in Islam for almost half a millennium. In this particular neighborhood the mosque’s minaret towers over hundreds of homes that line its placid streets. Loudspeakers protruding from the portentous pylons pronounce the Islamic call to prayer into every residential courtyard; indeed, it enters the ears of every person within the sound’s reach. Five times a day Muslims here respond and confess that there is no other God but Allah, and Muhammad is his prophet. But not all people in this community are Muslim. A humble, valiant band of…

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