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Born in a sufi family in India before Partition, Shabbir Mansuri was chosen by his father to go to the United States, and do all the things that Americans do. Several decades later he was invited by the US consulate at a local hotel as an American citizen and founder of the Institute of Religion and Civics to head a talk titled 'religion, media and politics in the United States'.

"As far as editorial content is concerned, [the] print media in the United States is very pro-Muslim," he said talking about this one time when controversy sparked about designating an area for ablution (wudhu) at the Michigan Universities especially for Muslims.

"The Los Angeles Times protected the decision in the name of freedom of religion."


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