SPOTLIGHT: THE MEANING OF MUHAMMAD ALI
Today marks the start of the Muslim holy month of Ramadan. Later this week, the man who for decades was the world's most famous Muslim, and arguably its most famous person of any religion or race, will be laid to rest in an Islamic ceremony in the heartland of the American South. More than 35 years after his last boxing match, 14 years after the 9/11 attacks, and nearly eight years after the election of Barack Obama, the death of Muhammad Ali is an occasion to reshuffle the proverbial deck in the ways we think and talk about the front page of our times: the United States and the world, African-Americans, global Islam, sports, fame, faith — and more. That he became a figure of global unity and understanding after he hung up his gloves, is a testament to the character of the man. The Israeli newspaper Haaretz recalled when Ali tried, in vain, to save the life of the Jewish reporter Daniel Pearl, taken hostage by al-Qaeda. But what makes his widely-lauded humanitarian acts even more powerful was that he'd first risen to prominence by disturbing the status quo with a singular self-confidence fused by both physical and intellectual prowess. Even as he is eulogized, before the burial in his hometown of Louisville, Kentucky, Ali's complicated life is a reflection of our complicated times. But also a reminder that doing good is at least as important as being great. Muhammad Ali's story is one that transcends and endures. We tracked down print newspapers around the world (from 23 countries!) that featured his passing on their front pages. Have a look here.
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