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August 12, 2010 / Wendy Joan

A Tale of Two Fasts

The start of Ramadan brings us rich stories of eating and not eating.

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In Egypt, Turning Back the Clock for Ramadan, Morning Edition:

“Ramadan celebrations are especially famous in Egypt. But this year, the Egyptian government has added a new twist to the holiday by turning back the clock just for Ramadan. That way, people end their fast an hour earlier than they would otherwise, even though the total number of hours they fast will not change.”

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Promised Land, This American Life: “For millenia, people have tried to reach a spiritual promised land by fasting. Jesus did it. The Buddha did it. Monks and saints and new age gurus have done it. And now, on the radio, This American Life contributor David Rakoff tries it. He does a 20-day fast, to find out if it brings him any form of enlightenment.”

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