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By day, the 43-year-old imam Ahmet Muhsin Tuzer, pictured Sept. 25, 2013, leads prayers from his mosque in the tiny hamlet of Pinarbasi in southern Turkey. By night the imam fronts a rock band which has raised eyebrows among conservative religious authorities. But a ruling this month says the imam may keep on rocking.

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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