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Most of the time when I met people for my project photographing and interviewing Muslims, we spent at least two hours together. With Mariam Kandil, it was about a half-hour. I'm not sure why, but for her, there just wasn't much to say about being a Muslim in New England. She likes her community. She likes her school, MIT. She likes her major, cognitive studies. She likes her religion. It is simple for her, just a happy person living life. ''I just want people to know that Muslims and Muslim Americans are normal people like you and me. Especially women, a lot of the stuff you see in the media – oh, those oppressed Muslim women – that's not true. There are so many of us here at MIT, Harvard, and BU, all over the place. A lot of us are studying science and math and history, everything you can think of, so we're just normal people.''
Mariam Kandil // Cambridge
Most of the time when I met people for my project photographing and interviewing Muslims, we spent at least two hours together. With Mariam Kandil, it was about a half-hour. I'm not sure why, but for her, there just wasn't much to say about being a Muslim in New England. She likes her community. She likes her school, MIT. She likes her major, cognitive studies. She likes her religion. It is simple for her, just a happy person living life. ''I just want people to know that Muslims and Muslim Americans are normal people like you and me. Especially women, a lot of the stuff you see in the media – oh, those oppressed Muslim women – that's not true. There are so many of us here at MIT, Harvard, and BU, all over the place. A lot of us are studying science and math and history, everything you can think of, so we're just normal people.''