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Muhammad Ali: The American Muslim

In 1964, Cassius Marcellus Clay Jr. changed his name to Muhammad Ali to reflect the growing influence of his Muslim faith on his life. Ali was one of the most high-profile Americans at the time to convert from Christianity to Islam, which caused quite a controversy, but over the years his relationship with his faith changed quite dramatically. Ali later said he embraced the Islamic religion because it gave him the chance to be free, and to feel a racial pride he said he couldn’t as a...

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