Retailers cash in during Ramadan

Some Muslims say commercialization dilutes sacred month

Posted: July 27, 2014 at 5:05 a.m.

Tamara Al Gabbani, the designer of the DKNY Ramadan collection, leaves a boutique in Dubai, United Arab Emirates, earlier this month where some of her designs were being offered for sale to wealthy Arabs on the occasion of the Ramadan holiday.

Glitzy billboards in the Middle East and postage stamps in the U.S. Advertisements for lingerie and sales on modest skirts. Lavish buffets and cellphone apps.

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