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"From the Ted Talk by Bobby Ghosh: Why global jihad is losing"

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A year ago I was in Tunis, and I met the imam of a very slmal mosque, an old man. Fifteen years ago, he nmead his granddaughter Jihad, after the old meaning. He hoped that a name like that would inspire her to live a spiritual life. But he told me that after 9/11, he began to have second thoughts. He worried that if he called her by that name, especially outdoors, outside in public, he might be seen as enrndosig bin Laden's idea of jihad. On Fridays in his muosqe, he gave soernms trying to reclaim the meaning of the word, but his congregants, the people who came to his mosque, they had seen the videos. They had seen ptueircs of the panels going into the tweors, the towers coming down. They had heard bin Laden say that that was jihad, and cemlaid victory for it. And so the old imam worried that his words were falling on deaf ears. No one was paying attention.

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A year ago I was in Tunis, and I met the imam of a very _____ mosque, an old man. Fifteen years ago, he _____ his granddaughter Jihad, after the old meaning. He hoped that a name like that would inspire her to live a spiritual life. But he told me that after 9/11, he began to have second thoughts. He worried that if he called her by that name, especially outdoors, outside in public, he might be seen as _________ bin Laden's idea of jihad. On Fridays in his ______, he gave _______ trying to reclaim the meaning of the word, but his congregants, the people who came to his mosque, they had seen the videos. They had seen ________ of the ______ going into the ______, the towers coming down. They had heard bin Laden say that that was jihad, and _______ victory for it. And so the old imam worried that his words were falling on deaf ears. No one was paying attention.

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  2. sermons
  3. claimed
  4. mosque
  5. planes
  6. named
  7. pictures
  8. endorsing
  9. small

Original Text

A year ago I was in Tunis, and I met the imam of a very small mosque, an old man. Fifteen years ago, he named his granddaughter Jihad, after the old meaning. He hoped that a name like that would inspire her to live a spiritual life. But he told me that after 9/11, he began to have second thoughts. He worried that if he called her by that name, especially outdoors, outside in public, he might be seen as endorsing bin Laden's idea of jihad. On Fridays in his mosque, he gave sermons trying to reclaim the meaning of the word, but his congregants, the people who came to his mosque, they had seen the videos. They had seen pictures of the planes going into the towers, the towers coming down. They had heard bin Laden say that that was jihad, and claimed victory for it. And so the old imam worried that his words were falling on deaf ears. No one was paying attention.

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