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Not So Little Mosque on the Danforth

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Many (most?) Toronto churches have removed their steeples for fear of lightening strikes, collapse and rising insurance premiums. A minaret soars above the Danforth, unconcerned about such worldly matters.

The Danforth is one of the best strips for showing off Toronto’s ethnic [and religious] diversity. Halal grocers thrive in the vicinity of the mosque. Greektown occupies a few blocks. Allen’s Irish Pub is an institution. Ethiopian and Moroccan restaurants thrive, along with Asian restaurants and shops manned by Carribeans and newcomers from Eastern Europe. Don’t forget the Italian men’s clubs. They’ve probably been here as long as anybody.

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3 comments

1 Brian Hickey { 02.15.12 at 3:00 pm }

Islam is not an ethnicity.

2 Bill { 02.15.12 at 3:28 pm }

Quite true, Brian. The others aren’t either, are they? Greek, Italian, Irish, Ethiopian and Moroccan are nationalities. Eastern Europeans are a population, I suppose, of part of a continent… and Asians inhabit a whole continent. I guess we use the phrase “ethnic diversity” in the name of brevity. I’ll add “religious” and leave it at that.

3 Brian Hickey { 02.15.12 at 9:59 pm }

Actually some are. Greeks, Italians and the Irish, like the Danish, Serbian and Polish peoples are considered separate and largely homogeneous ethnic groups (not to be confused with subdivisions of the human race like Caucasian, Oriental, Negro etc.) that share common traits (body type for example). Ethiopian and Moroccan societies are made up of many tribal groups which may differ. Morocco for example consist of Berbers and Arabs within many tribes and so are not ethnically homogeneous like Poles. Egyptians however are an ethnic group as all are Arabs but only some (90%) are Muslim, the rest being Coptic Christians. It is ethnic diversity that brings us those interesting restaurants.

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