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The Muslim Dead

By Matthew Yglesias  

"The Muslim Dead"

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On a non-jokey note regarding Newt Gingrich’s proposed Lower Manhattan Mosque Exclusion Zone, a correspondent writes “there were at least 12 people of Bangladeshi origin who died during the 9/11 attack in New York, and most of them were Muslim U.S. citizens.” It’s also worth observing that there’s a small-but-non-trivial decades-old Muslim-American community in Lower Manhattan that today most obviously manifests itself in the strip of “Indian” restaurants on 6th Street between 1st and 2nd Avenues that are, in fact, generally owned by Bangladeshi Muslims. All in all, it seems that around 60 of the victims were Muslims.

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