I was attending a joint International Student Club meeting between two colleges. I first met a muslim girl. She was from China of all places! Admittedly I was taken aback; although I know the Chinese people are more religious than its government lets on, you generally don't associate western religions. Least of all Islam. Also her dress was only modest when compared to some of the other girls who were there. Really the only reason the topic came up at all was because we weren't sure whether the hotdogs were all beef. She had a shy but cheerful personality. While she and I were chatting a gentleman from Iran came up and joined the conversation. He wasn't Muslim, but rather belonged to one of the region's minor ethnic religions. We had a whole long conversation about how English has names for countries which are completely different from the term natives use (eg "Japan" is actually "Nihon"). He seemed like a really upbeat guy. Happily conversing with women and men alike. He did seem unsure about the degree of the holocaust, but wasn't at all bothered by the fact that I identify as ethnically Jewish. And that's it. Just two pleasant people who came to a party to have fun.