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Sotomayor Has Mixed Record On Church-State Disputes

July 14, 2009

Author: Adelle M. Banks

Source: Religion News Service

http://pewforum.org/news/display.php?NewsID=18393

As a federal judge, Sonia Sotomayor sided with Santeria prisoners who wanted to wear religious beads and Muslim inmates who wanted to break the fast during the holy month of Ramadan.

At the same time, she ruled against Muslims who wanted a Muslim crescent and star added to post office holiday displays that featured Christmas and Hanukkah...

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Ethnic Violence In China Draws Muted Response From Many Muslim Nations

July 13, 2009

Author: Josef Federman

Source: The Chicago Tribune

Wire Service: AP

http://www.chicagotribune.com/news/nationworld/sns-ap-ml-china-protest-muslims,0,2172448.story

The riots in China's Xinjiang region and subsequent crackdown on the Muslim Uighur minority have drawn a muted response from many Muslim countries that may be wary of damaging lucrative trade ties with Beijing or...

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Women Take Lead In Building Mosque In Turkey

July 13, 2009

Author: Ivan Watson

Source: CNN

http://www.cnn.com/2009/WORLD/europe/07/13/turkey.mosque.women/index.html

There is a shiny addition among the Ottoman mosques and palaces that make up Istanbul's stunning skyline: the metallic, mirrored dome of the new Sakirin Mosque, a Muslim place of worship built with a woman's touch.

For what may be the first time in history, women have been at the forefront of the construction of a...

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'We Are Afraid the Taliban Will Find Us'

July 13, 2009

Author: Declan Walsh

Source: The Guardian

http://www.guardian.co.uk/world/2009/jul/13/swat-valley-refugees-sikhs-taliban

Flight from the Taliban has been a bittersweet experience for Darsha Singh, a turbaned Sikh farmer sitting on the steps of an ancient, glittering shrine just outside Pakistan's North-West Frontier province.

For two months he has been living at the Panja Sahib gurdwara, an ornate temple that is...

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Multifaith Picnic Feasts On Diversity

July 13, 2009

Author: Florence Dethy

Source: The Toledo Blade

http://toledoblade.com/apps/pbcs.dll/article?AID=/20090713/NEWS16/907130334

Joseph Zielinski is proud to be an American.

In America, he said, if you choose to be open to new ideas, to be open to new cultures, "we'll give you all you can handle."

And yesterday evening, in the spirit of camaraderie and brotherly love, almost 100 people of myriad faith...

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Local Imam's Life In Limbo As He Faces Deportation to Iran

July 13, 2009

Author: Jared Goyette

Source: The Miami Herald

http://www.miamiherald.com/news/breaking-news/story/1140140.html

As the political crisis in Iran turns toward a slow boil, a North Miami Beach imam is closely watching events unfold there. U.S. authorities could deport him at any moment to the Islamic republic, a country he has never visited.

Foad Farahi, 34, a doctoral student at Florida International University, will be part of a...

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Jerusalem Mayor Navigates Sacred City’s Religious Politics

July 13, 2009

Author: Michele Chabin

Source: Religion News Service

http://www.religionnews.com/index.php?/rnstext

When Jerusalem Mayor Nir Barkat decided in June to open a municipal parking lot that had been closed on Saturdays, the Jewish Sabbath, his office said he was simply being practical.

Extra parking is needed to help ease lines of double-parked cars near the Old City that have become an impenetrable maze for emergency vehicles and “an issue of...

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Muslim Americans Encouraged, Hopeful After Obama

July 12, 2009

Author: Wendell Marsh

Source: Reuters

http://www.reuters.com/article/domesticNews/idUSTRE56C00D20090713

Iraqi Americans Wasan Alqaisi and Sumer Majid made a Fourth of July family picnic of kebab -- served on hamburger buns with slices of American cheese.

Celebrating Independence Day in the U.S. capital, the two Muslim women were doing what generations of Americans have done before them: blending their faith and lifestyle with...

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Arrests Raise Concerns Over Egypt’s Tolerance

July 11, 2009

Author: Matt Bradley

Source: The National

http://www.thenational.ae/article/20090712/FOREIGN/707119872/1002

More than 300 Shiite Muslims are believed to still be in the custody of Egyptian security forces more than two weeks after they were detained last month.

Since the arrests on June 23 and 24, few among Egypt’s small community of Shiite Muslims know the identities or whereabouts of those who have been arrested, nor...

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A Call to Jihad, Answered In America

July 11, 2009

Author: Andrea Elliott

Source: The New York Times

http://www.nytimes.com/2009/07/12/us/12somalis.html?_r=1&emc=tnt&tntemail0=y

The Carlson School of Management rises from the asphalt like a monument to capitalist ambition. Stock prices race across an electronic ticker near a sleek entrance and the atrium soars skyward, as if lifting the aspirations of its students. The school’s plucky motto is “Nowhere but here....

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Some Urumqi Mosques Defy Shutdown

July 10, 2009

Author: Staff Writer

Source: BBC News

http://news.bbc.co.uk/2/hi/asia-pacific/8143554.stm

Some mosques in the western Chinese city of Urumqi have opened their doors to worshippers, in spite of an earlier order for them to stay closed.

At least two mosques opened after crowds gathered outside. It was not immediately clear if the authorities had sanctioned the move.

Urumqi, capital of the Xinjiang region, remains tense after days...

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Muslim Women Lead Protests In Restive West China

July 10, 2009

Author: Staff Writer

Source: Beliefnet

Wire Service: AP

http://blog.beliefnet.com/news/2009/07/muslim-women-lead-protests-in.php

The petite Muslim woman with the sky blue head scarf began by complaining that the public washrooms were closed at a crowded mosque on Friday - the most important day of the week for Islamic worship.

When a group gathered around her on the sidewalk, Madina Ahtam...

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