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Pakistan turns to science, infuriating moonsighting mullahs

The starting of the 9th and holiest month within the Muslim calendar -- in addition to the Eid holidays and the mourning month of Muharram -- is determined by the sighting of the new moon. In Pakistan a cleric-led "moonsighting committee" declares when the fasting must start, but for decades it has faced disputes over the accuracy of its choice.

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