Bosnia's Islamic Revival

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JOY IN MODESTY: Devout Muslims such as Husic, right, and her friends are changing Sarajevo's face

The four women chatting at an outdoor restaurant in an old cobblestone courtyard would draw little notice in Tehran, perhaps, or Beirut or Amman. But with their heads wrapped in tight scarves, concealing every strand of hair, they stand out against the secular traditions of modern Sarajevo. Friends since childhood, the four women, all 23, laugh when asked how their mothers reacted after they became intensely religious and began wearing head scarves. "It was very strange for them," says Saudina Husic, a student of Arabic and Persian, her legs covered by a pea-green robe that matches her veil. "But they are...

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