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Professor William Miles, “The Rabbi of Timbuktu,” will speak at an event held by Canton’s B’nai Tikvah Adult Education at 8 p.m. Oct. 16 via Zoom.

Until joining the Peace Corps after college and being sent to rural Niger in West Africa, Miles had no idea that his Jewish education would facilitate his entrée into a traditional Islamic society. But from the outset, his religious studies proved to be a great asset.

“Even before we had finished our Peace Corps training in Niamey, Niger’s capital,” said Miles, a professor in the Political Science Department at…

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