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Are Conservative Muslim Tablighi Jamaat Pacifists or Extremists?

For the second time in a week, at least 1 million devotees of the ultraorthodox Islamic movement Tablighi Jamaat are gathering in Bangladesh for the Bishwa Ijtema, one of the world's largest annual Muslim gatherings. Unlike other religious movements in the Muslim world, Tablighis, as Tablighi Jamaat adherents are called, say they avoid debates over politics, economics and relations with the West. Nor are they interested in charitable works like building schools and clinics. Their...

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