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Medill Belief and Public Life

Obeying Allah Behind Bars

Letters from Prisoners Shed Light on Incarcerated Muslim Life
By Matthew Streib, August 23, 2007
Image: Prison Map
For this part of the project, letters were sent across the country, asking Muslim inmates to describe their experiences behind bars. In this interactive map, you can read some of the letters yourself, some of which are inspiring, some depressing, and some full of hope.

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Students from Medill School at Northwestern University spent eight months examining the connection between belief and public life in the United States, a pursuit that carried them everywhere from tattoo parlors to much more traditional venues and yielded an abundance of revealing stories.

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