In Hartford, Thousands Gather To Celebrate Islam

July 6, 2008

Author: Matt Burgard

Source: The Hartford Courant,0,890224.story

A woman wearing a burqa sat on a bench Saturday at the Connecticut Convention Center in Hartford, the fabric across her face revealing only her eyes.

Next to her, a group of children chatted on cellphones and shrieked merrily over the sound of chanting music calling the assembled masses to prayers.

At the annual Islamic Circle of North America Convention, the traditional mixes easily with the modern.