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Muslim population growing (slowly) in Michigan’s Upper Peninsula

The Muslim Student Association at Michigan Tech University is trying to raise money to build a mosque in Houghton.
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The Muslim Student Association at Michigan Tech University is trying to raise money to build a mosque in Houghton.

Islamaphobia has been rampant in the dark corners of the internet for a long time. It rears its head in real life as well, and as close as Dearborn, where we've seen armed protestors stand outside mosques and libraries protesting "radical Islam" or simply voicing their anti-Muslim sentiment. 

But there's a small enclave of Muslims in the Upper Peninsula that says they've been welcomed, and feel safe there. 

Dr. Ossama Abdelkhalik? is a faculty in the Department of Mechanical Engineering at Michigan Tech University in Houghton. He's also an advisor for the Muslim Student Association there. 

Abdelkhalik joined us today to talk about life for practicing Muslims in Houghton.

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