Muhammad Ali and Islam

This is a fascinating article from Sightings on Muhammad Ali as a religious figure -- a point often glossed quickly over in obituaries. When Americans think of Ali, we do not think "Muslim" first. Yet, obviously, his very name invokes the Prophet of Islam. The article explores how his choice of religion, among other aspects of his life and personality outside of his sport, led him to become a defining American figure: both anti-American and more American at the same time.

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