Ten surprising Jews and Muslims

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These colourful characters were selected to contradict the simplistic stereotypes some people hold of Jews and Muslims.

The rappers

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Mos Def aka Yasiin Bey

While there are many Muslim rappers, Mos Def is arguably the most famous of them all. Aged 19 he took shahada after a combination of investigating Islam, self-reflection and contact with Muslim rappers like Ali Shaheed Muhammad and Q-Tip. Twenty years after he first took shahada he changed his moniker from Mos Def to the Islamic name Yasiin Bey and began to include Arabic prayers and influences in music.

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Shyne

Moses Michael Levi, a.k.a Jamal Michael Barrow, a.k.a Shyne is an infamous rapper that was convicted for attempted murder in a club shooting involving Puff Daddy and Jennifer Lopez. Despite his notoriety as a gangster he is also the son of Dean Barrow, the current prime minister of Belize. During his 9 year incarceration Shyne (who claims Jewish descent) converted to orthodox Judaism and following his release from prison continued his career as a rapper, while simultaneously immersing himself in Jewish study. He moved to Jerusalem to study chasidus in religious schools and now studies scripture 12 hours a day, which he fits around his rapping career.

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Ten surprising Jews and Muslims