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43-year-old imam Ahmet Muhsin Tuzer had already courted controversy in the late 1990s when he wed a Christian woman from Romania. Pictured together on Sept. 25, 2013, Tuzer and his wife Mara, say they now practice Sufism, a Mystical branch of Islam, from the rural mosque in Pinarbasi, Turkey that doubles as their home.

T.J. Thomson

T.J. Thomson

T.J. Thomson is an award-winning photojournalist, designer, and writer. He is the 2013 recipient of the Great Plains Journalism Awards' Student Photographer of the Year title and his work has been published by the Associated Press, The Washington Post, The Huffington Post and The Omaha World-Herald, among others. He is pursuing a doctoral degree in visual communication at the Missouri School of Journalism and has worked for Religion News since 2013.

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