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A row in Switzerland over whether Muslim boys should be obliged to shake hands with female teachers refuses to go away.

The row erupted after a school in Therwil in the Swiss Canton of Basel-Country ruled that Muslim boys would no longer have to shake hands with female teachers.

The school reached their decision after two Syrian brothers - the sons of an imam - argued that being made to do so went against Islamic teachings which prohibit physical contact with a person of the opposite sex, aside from immediate family members.


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