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Local Muslim leaders reject Iraq extremists' call to arms
by Beth Reese Cravey
A Northeast Florida Muslim leader decried as "silly" an extremist group's recent call for Muslims worldwide to help build an Islamic state in conquered territory in Iraq and Syria.
Most Muslims will "not react favorably," said Parvez Ahmed, board member of the Islamic Center of Northeast Florida and an associate professor of finance at the University of North Florida.
"It's a silly utopian concept devoid of intellectual logic or jurisprudence," he said. "The vast majority of Muslims actually live in democracy and want to live in democracy."
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