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In this Nov. 23, 1988, file photo, former world heavyweight boxing champ Muhammad Ali prays with a class of Muslim boys at Dafaalah el Sa'em Mosque in Khartoum, Sudan. (Abder Raouf, File/AP)
In this Nov. 23, 1988, file photo, former world heavyweight boxing champ Muhammad Ali prays with a class of Muslim boys at Dafaalah el Sa'em Mosque in Khartoum, Sudan. (Abder Raouf, File/AP)
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As his family and friends get ready to bury Muhammad Ali this week, Here & Now is taking a deeper look at various aspects of the boxer's life and legacy.

Ali, a three-time world heavy weight boxing champion, nicknamed - and self-proclaimed - "The Greatest," was also probably the most famous American Muslim. Born Cassius Clay, Ali converted to Islam, to the Nation of Islam, in 1964, and later became a conscientious objector during the Vietnam War.

Here & Now's Robin Young talks with Zaheer Ali, researcher and lecturer in American history with a focus on Islam and black America, about how Ali shaped America's view of Islam, and how Islam shaped America's view of Ali.

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This segment aired on June 7, 2016.

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