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In Syria, Converting For Sake of Politics

Last Sunday, Munir al-Sayed, a middle-aged Sunni Arab from the northern city of Aleppo, quietly did something he had done only once before in his life, without telling his wife or his friends. Slipping into a Shiite shrine on a business trip to Damascus, Sayed removed his shoes in respect, padded across the tiled floor in his stocking feet and bowed his head in prayer — not as a Sunni, but as a Shiite. Surrounded by Shiites, the 42-year-old Sunni lawyer prayed with hands pressed to his sides as Shiites do, rather than with hands crossed in front of him, as Sayed’s family and other Sunnis have done for generations. Full Story

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