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Could you help me understand what the exact meaning of the second sentence here is? I find the italic part the most bewildering: "That sentence would or should probably cause a double-take for right."

The Metropolitan Museum of Art in New York has just opened a magnificent exhibition of Islamic art of the Seljuqid period. That sentence would or should probably cause a double-take for right at the artistic and intellectual heartland of this beleaguered empire, Americans are celebrating one of the highest summits of Islamic civilization at a time when US Muslims are subject to one of the ugliest phases of Islamophobia in their recent history.

  • It would be better if they had put an extra comma in: "cause a double-take, for right at the [...] heartland" ... – Hellion May 21 '16 at 4:31
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Double-take for right doesn't mean anything because you've spliced together two pieces of two different constituents and asked what the result means. It doesn't.

To better understand this sentence, you need to read for as meaning because, and you should probably put a comma before it.

That sentence would or should probably cause a double-take, because right at the artistic and intellectual heartland. . . .

That's how you need to read it.

Also, do a double-take means "to react with surprise"

  • +1 I hope my edit is welcome. And thank you for correcting my mistake earlier. – NVZ May 21 '16 at 4:43

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