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Whirling dervishes perform at the Galata Whirling Dervish Hall, founded in 1491 by the Ottomans, in Istanbul, Turkey, on the second day of Muslims' holy month of Ramadan, late Tuesday, Aug. 2.
Ammar Awad / Reuters
A Palestinian man hangs decorations for the upcoming holy month of Ramadan outside his home in Jerusalem's Old City July 31. Muslims around the world abstain from eating, drinking and conducting sexual relations from sunrise to sunset during Ramadan, the holiest month in the Islamic calendar.
From Syria to Libya and Egypt, the uprisings and unrest gripping the Arab world have cast a pall on the start of Ramadan, the Muslim holy month when the traditional focus on piety will likely be eclipsed by more unrest.
Food prices — part of the economic hardships that catalyzed the ouster of the Egyptian and Tunisian leaders — are still climbing. And protesters have shown little patience for conciliatory gestures by governments after decades of empty promises.
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Yusuf Ahmad / Reuters
A worker checks printing paper for the Koran near the Sunan Ampel mosque in Surabaya, Indonesia East Java province, on July 27.
I found it interesting that the owner of this printing press said demand for the Koran doubles ahead of the month of Ramadan. I'm curious how demand for other holy books stack up around other holidays like Passover and Easter.
Hatem Moussa / AP
Palestinian boys play with fireworks in celebration of the Muslim holy fasting month of Ramadan in the Shati refugee camp in Gaza City on Aug. 12, 2010. Devout Muslims refrain from eating, drinking and smoking from dawn to dusk during Ramadan, a time of heightened religious fervor.