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Press: Where no religious reporter had gone before

by Andrew Brown

AN EXCELLENT SCOOP this week. Riazat Butt, in Mecca, has been sending back stories that only Sir Richard Burton might have got among earlier religious writers.

Going on the Hajj as a Muslim woman is a whole lot easier if you are, in fact, a Muslim woman. Her vivid reportage made the front page of Monday’s Guardian, while the website has been carrying a video diary. That is surely the way that religious coverage is going to move in the future.

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