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Why Morocco Offers a Startling Snapshot of Religious Coexistence

MARRAKECH, Morocco — To an outsider, nothing seemed normal about this night, as Muslims were welcomed by the Jewish community to celebrate Ramadan at their synagogue, the members of the two faiths meeting in stark contrast when set against the religious conflicts that plague the region. But to the Jews and Muslims of Marrakech, this was a Ramadan tradition, as 100 of them gathered at sunset for Iftar, the dinner that breaks the daily fast during the Muslim holy month. Before the Muslims could eat, however, first they had to pray. Here, they did so while standing before the ark that holds the sacred To ...