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It all begins this way.

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Submitted by Arrow (United States), Dec 31, 2013 at 23:09

This is how Islam begins in a newly converted community - Starts off as a hybrid religion that has little to do with what you call 'normative' Islam. Eventually it hardens into Normative Islam over a few generations - by the 22 century they will be spawning Salafi Radicals - Mark my words.

Read about the conversion of Turks to Islam in the early Medieval- initially they retained many pagan customs, but now you see hardcore fanatics.

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Syncretism is, as you say, not unusual. It was especially evidence in Africa. But I know of no incidence like this NoI one, where a wholly unconnected version of "Islam" started a population on the way to Islam. I believe it is unique to the United States.

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