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Jomo Kenyatta Sentenced to Seven Years Hard Labor

Kenyatta was an African political leader and the first president of an independent Kenya. His activities were an integral part of the movement to liberate Kenya from British colonial rule. In 1953, British leaders sentenced Kenyatta to 7 years' imprisonment for his suspected involvement with the Mau Mau guerrilla organization. Released in 1961, he participated in negotiations with the British to write a new constitution for Kenya, which became independent in 1963. What was the “Kiambu Mafia”?



Tay al-Ard

Tay al-Ard, literally translated to mean “folding up of the earth,” is the name for thaumaturgical teleportation in the mystical form of Islamic religious and philosophical tradition. Some explain the concept as traversing the earth without moving, while others explain that it is the earth which is displaced under the traveler's feet. Tay al-Ard is a common concept in Sunni, Shia, and Sufi belief, though each group interprets it slightly differently. What Quranic verses allude to such travel?

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Betty Ford

Betty Ford, born Elizabeth Ann Bloomer, was a dancer and fashion model. In 1948, she married Gerald Ford, Jr., who would become the 38th president of the US. Shortly after becoming First Lady, she underwent a mastectomy for breast cancer and became a spokeswoman for early detection. In 1978, she sought treatment for alcoholism and addiction to analgesic drugs. After her recovery, she established the Betty Ford Center for the treatment of chemical dependency. Where is the center located?

Last updated on Tuesday, 8th April 2008

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