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FRIENDLY FACE OF ISLAM: As president of the Islamic Society of Santa Barbara, Nabil Alshurafa has made it his job to be more interactive in the community by feeding the homeless, responding to calls from school kids who want to meet “real Muslims,” and being more outspoken about the positive attributes of his faith. Of Palestinian heritage, the New York-born, Kuwait- and California-raised 26-year-old is also proud of his society’s diversity, explaining, “We try to present a space for everyone.”

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