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    so much as that he was a Muslim

    Does "so much as that he was a Muslim" mean "(Jandali made Mona's grandparents unhappy because he was Middle-Eastern,) but they were unhappier because he was a Muslim too"?
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    Mona Simpson (Jobs's biological sister), notes that her maternal grandparents were not happy that their daughter was dating Jandali: "it wasn't that he was Middle-Eastern so much as that he was a Muslim. But there are a lot of Arabs in Michigan and Wisconsin. So it's not that unusual."


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    Re: so much as that he was a Muslim

    The sentence means the grandparents were not unhappy she was dating a Middle-Easterner; rather, they were unhappy she was dating a Muslim.
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    Re: so much as that he was a Muslim

    No, it means that it was being a Muslim that made them unhappy; they were not unhappy that he was Middle-Eastern.

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