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Beijing to Iran – from Asian to Islamic cultures

Beijing to Iran – from Asian to Islamic cultures

This trip is my own personal jihad for enlightenment. Unlike the commonly viewed definition for jihad (holy war), I am going back to the arabic roots of this word as meaning striving or effort. Of course I should note that my quest for “enlightenment” is not really to the highest spiritual level, although that would definitely be nice. But in using this term, I am referring more to my gaining a better understanding of Islam through meeting people and learning about their lives and dreams and viewpoints.

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