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Dudley residents look on as attorney Jason Talerman, right, and civil engineer Imad Zrein present the Muslim cemetery plan for Corbin Road at a packed public hearing on Thursday evening. (Jesse Costa/WBUR)closemore
Dudley residents look on as attorney Jason Talerman, right, and civil engineer Imad Zrein present the Muslim cemetery plan for Corbin Road at a packed public hearing on Thursday evening. (Jesse Costa/WBUR)

Dealing with the dead is a duty shared by people across all religions and cultures. But even cemeteries can be the source of division. In the rural town of Dudley, Massachusetts, a proposal for a new Muslim cemetery located on old farmland has caused a bitter response and unloosed the kind of anger and resentment that are rocking the country.

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