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mam Feisal Abdul Rauf, right, leads the prayers during an Iftar ceremony hosts by Dubia Scholl of Government in Dubai, United Arab Emirates,Tuesday Aug. 31, 2010. AP Photo/Kamran Jebreili

New York imam: Mosque fight about Muslim role


DUBAI, United Arab Emirates (AP) -- The imam leading plans for an Islamic center near the site of the Sept. 11 attacks in New York said the fight is over more than "a piece of real estate" and could shape the future of Muslim relations in America.

The dispute "has expanded beyond a piece of real estate and expanded to Islam in America and what it means for America," Imam Feisal Abdul Rauf told a group Tuesday that included professors and policy researchers in Dubai.

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