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    The purveyors of Islam

    Life, Kong Rithdee, Published on 30/06/2015

    » At the age of 12, after finishing Prathom 6, Shakireen Malilee left normal education to study to become a hafiz. Originally from Prachuap Khiri Khan, he moved to an Islamic boarding school in Min Buri, a Bangkok suburb, and devoted himself to the ancient art of memorising the Koran. Every day for eight hours, Shakireen recited from Islamic holy scripture and committed each word, each verse, each page, each chapter into his young brain. After four years, he had memorises the entire book, roughly equivalent of memorising every single word of a 500-page tome. At 16, he achieved the rare honour of being called a hafiz.

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    Interpreting the legend

    Life, Kong Rithdee, Published on 21/11/2014

    » O INHABIT A TORTURED SOUL, Gaspard Ulleil lost weight and arrived on the first day of shooting for Saint Laurent "in a body that wasn't mine". The classy, strong-jawed French actor, 30, adds: "It's important, because it helped me to transcend something and meet the character."

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