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Headscarf Ban Sparks Debate Over Kosovo's Identity

August 23, 2010

Author: Mark Lowen

Source: BBC News

http://www.bbc.co.uk/news/world-europe-11065911

The home of Florinda Zeka in central Kosovo is an idyllic spot, surrounded by undulating hills.

The silence of the countryside is broken only by the family chickens wandering idly through the garden.

But for the last few months, life for this 17-year-old has been anything but peaceful.

She was forced to leave school when she donned the hijab - or...

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Muslim Employee Rejects Disney's Hat Alternative

August 23, 2010

Author: Sarah Tully

Source: The Kansas City Star/Orange County Register

http://www.kansascity.com/2010/08/23/2169500/muslim-employee-rejects-disneys.html

A Muslim employee is refusing to wear a hat and bonnet that Disney provided in place of a head scarf, which she wants to leave on at work for religious reasons. 

Imane Boudlal, a restaurant hostess at Disney's Grand Californian Hotel, last week in a press...

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Proposed Muslim Center Draws Opposing Protests

August 22, 2010

Author: Michael Grynbaum

Source: The New York Times

http://www.nytimes.com/2010/08/23/nyregion/23protest.html?ref=religion_and_belief

Around noon on Sunday, Michael Rose, a medical student from Brooklyn, approached some of the hundreds of protesters who had gathered near ground zero to rally against a mosque and Islamic center planned for the neighborhood.

Mr. Rose, 27, carried a handwritten sign in favor of the...

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Teenage Summer, the Fasting Version

August 20, 2010

Author: Susan Dominus

Source: The New York Times

http://www.nytimes.com/2010/08/21/nyregion/21bigcity.html?ref=religion_and_belief

Why was Jay Mustafic, 14, wearing slippers over his tube socks the other afternoon on a basketball court in his neighborhood in Ridgewood, Queens?

The slippers — technically more like slides — are to ward off temptation. For a teenage boy who is fasting during Ramadan on...

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Muslim Prayers Welcome At Pentagon Chapel

August 19, 2010

Author: Tom Cohen

Source: CNN

http://www.cnn.com/2010/US/08/18/pentagon.chapel.islam/index.html?hpt=T2

Less than 100 feet from where a hijacked airplane slammed into the Pentagon, Muslim military personnel bring prayer rugs on weekday afternoons for group worship.

On Fridays, a local imam conducts a service in the Pentagon Memorial Chapel built after the September 11, 2001, terror attacks by al Qaeda that killed 184...

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Business Caters to Muslim Immigrants Seeking to Fulfill Ritual Animal Sacrifices

August 19, 2010

Author: Kevin Sieff

Source: The Washington Post

http://www.washingtonpost.com/wp-dyn/content/article/2010/08/16/AR2010081603263.html?hpid=sec-religion

In a barn in Mount Airy, Ali Manguera pinned a 69-pound goat to the concrete floor, pointed the animal's head toward Mecca -- some 7,000 miles east of this rural Maryland farm -- and slit its throat in a single, expert motion.

Manguera knows...

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In Tenn., Mosque Location Isn't The Issue: Religion Is

August 19, 2010

Author: Blake Farmer

Source: NPR

http://www.npr.org/templates/story/story.php?storyId=129302961

Many of the opponents of a proposed Islamic center near the World Trade Center site have made the case that an Islamic center is fine — just not there. But in other parts of the country, people are saying, "Not here, either." A new Islamic center is going up near Nashville, Tenn., and as in New York, the proposal has fractured the...

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In This Town, Open Arms for a Mosque

August 18, 2010

Author: Peter Applebome

Source: The New York Times

http://www.nytimes.com/2010/08/19/nyregion/19towns.html?_r=1&ref=religion_and_belief

In the boiling caldron of American outrage, here’s one to throw in the pot.

In this faded industrial town on the Erie Canal, the old United Methodist church downtown is being turned into a mosque, the old roof topped with minarets, the crescent moon and star of Islam on...

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Muslim Employee: Disney Banned Her Head Scarf

August 18, 2010

Author: Gillian Flaccus

Source: The Houston Chronicle

Wire Service: AP

http://www.chron.com/disp/story.mpl/ap/nation/7159135.html

A Muslim woman who works as a hostess at a Disneyland restaurant alleged Wednesday the theme park would not allow her to appear in front of customers while wearing her head scarf.

Imane Boudlal, 26, appeared outside the resort's Grand Californian Hotel after filing a...

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New Florence Mosque Draws Criticism

August 17, 2010

Author: Staff Writer

Source: WLWT

http://www.wlwt.com/r/24667769/detail.html

A new mosque that is set to be built in Florence is coming under fire.

Organizers said the mosque will be built on a 5.5 acre site on Cayton Road, near the Florence Mall.

City officials said someone is passing out fliers denouncing the mosque and calling on residents to get the city to stop the project

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