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The April edition of Vanity Fair magazine covered a story that gets very little play in the US and in Europe. &quotDaughters; of France, Daughters of Islam" explores the hardships facing Muslim women raised in a secular society, who are drawn back, many involuntarily, into a strict religious culture. Educated alongside the mainstream population, they-re forced and tricked into arranged marriages under the threat of being disowned or murdered. They have little or no recourse to the police, since no laws cover their situation. KCRW General Manager Ruth Seymour expands on the story in a conversation with Marie Brenner, who authored the Vanity Fair story; Sebastian Rotella, Paris Bureau chief of the Los Angeles Times; and William Boston, a Berlin-based freelance who writes for the Christian Science Monitor and Time magazine.

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