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Buddhist Monk Killed In South Thai Violence

June 11, 2009

Author: Martin Petty

Source: Reuters

http://www.reuters.com/article/latestCrisis/idUSSP361306

A Buddhist monk was killed and another seriously injured when they were gunned down while collecting alms as more violence erupted in Thailand's restive south, police said on Friday.

The attack was the latest in a recent flare-up of bloody violence in the Muslim-majority region near the Malaysian border, where nearly 3,500 people have been...

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Sikhs Continue to Face Conflict At the Hands Of the Taliban

June 10, 2009

Author: Aftab Mughal

Source: The Sikh Times

http://www.emgonline.co.uk/news.php?news=5554

Sikhs and other non-Muslims living in Pakistan are facing huge challenges at the hands of the Taliban,

The Bara-based Lashkar-e-Islam (LI, an Islamic militant group) has imposed jizya, an Islamic tax, on the non-Muslim communities, including Sikhs, Hindus and Christians living in the Khyber Agency, a tribal region of North West Frontier Post (NWFP) near...

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Debate Erupts Over Muslim School In Virginia

June 10, 2009

Author: Theo Emery

Source: The New York Times

http://www.nytimes.com/2009/06/11/us/11fairfax.html?_r=1&emc=tnt&tntemail0=y

For years, children’s voices rang out from the playground at the Islamic Saudi Academy in this heavily wooded community about 20 miles west of Washington. But for the last year the campus has been silent as academy officials seek county permission to erect a new classroom building and move hundreds...

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Somali Rage At Grave Desecration

June 9, 2009

Author: Mohamed Mohamed

Source: BBC News

http://news.bbc.co.uk/2/hi/africa/8077725.stm

Since they began to capture large swathes of southern Somalia, radical Islamists have been undertaking a programme of destroying mosques and the graves of revered religious leaders from the Sufi branch of Islam.

The destruction of non-approved religious sites started last year when they began to knock down an old colonial era church in the town of Kismayo....

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Muslim Groups Disagree That Relations With FBI Are 'Very Good'

June 9, 2009

Author: Salvador Hernandez

Source: The Orange County Register

http://www.ocregister.com/articles/fbi-muslim-mueller-2457464-organizations-local#

Local Muslim organizations disagreed Tuesday with FBI Director Robert Mueller's assertion that relations between the groups and the agency are "very good."

Despite continued concerns from Muslim organizations about the FBI's use of informants and surveillance in U.S....

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Blair Charity Launches Interfaith School Programme

June 9, 2009

Author: Paul Lauener

Source: Reuters

http://in.reuters.com/article/southAsiaNews/idINIndia-40173620090608

Former British Prime Minister Tony Blair launched a project on Tuesday to get schoolchildren of different religions and countries talking to each other using video-conferencing.

The "Face to Faith" initiative, undertaken by the Tony Blair Faith Foundation, will involve more than 1,000 secondary school students in Asia,...

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Mosque's 1st Female Leader Tackles Stereotypes

June 9, 2009

Author: David Yonke

Source: The Toledo Blade

http://toledoblade.com/apps/pbcs.dll/article?AID=/20090609/NEWS10/906090363/-1/OPINION04

Toledo mosque Masjid Saad has elected a female president, the first woman to hold the leadership position at the 30-year-old mosque.

Salmenna Sediqe, a businesswoman and mother of five, was elected last month and will serve a one-year term as president of the mosque on...

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Documentary Explores Women’s Role In Islamic World

June 9, 2009

Author: Cecelia Mason

Source: West Virginia Public Broadcasting

http://www.wvpubcast.org/newsarticle.aspx?id=9946

When Morgantown native Asra Nomani walked through the front door of the local mosque - something women were not allowed to do - she created tension in the community. Her story is now a PBS documentary premiering Wednesday.

Journalist and Morgantown native Asra Nomani saw Islamic extremism up close when her friend and former Wall...

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U.S. Justice Department: N.J. Woman Fired for Wearing Muslim Head Scarf

June 8, 2009

Author: Joe Ryan

Source: The Star-Ledger

http://www.nj.com/news/index.ssf/2009/06/us_justice_department_nj_woman.html

The Justice Department filed a lawsuit today accusing Essex County officials of illegally firing a Muslim corrections officer for refusing to remove her head scarf.

The suit, filed in federal court in Newark on behalf of Yvette Beshier, asks for a court order forcing the county to accommodate...

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Recent Violence In Churches Exposes Lack Of Security, Experts Say

June 8, 2009

Author: Manya A. Brachear

Source: The Chicago Tribune

http://www.chicagotribune.com/news/nationworld/chi-church-safety-08-jun08,0,5828362.story

Dr. George Tiller wore a bulletproof vest as he handed out bulletins in his church's lobby on May 31. But it wasn't enough to save the abortion provider when a man aimed a gun at his head and pulled the trigger.

Fortunately for the other members of Reformation...

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French, U.S. Imams Talk About Being Muslim Military Chaplains

June 8, 2009

Author: Staff Writers

Source: Reuters

http://blogs.reuters.com/faithworld/2009/06/08/french-us-imams-talk-about-being-muslim-military-chaplains/

Both are Muslims. Both are chaplains. Both are in the military. But one is French and one is American. That alone ensured there would be enough to talk about when Mohamed-Ali Bouharb and Abu- hena Saifulislam met in Paris to discuss their work with...

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First Accredited Islamic College Planned for US

June 7, 2009

Author: Riazat Butt

Source: The Guardian

http://www.guardian.co.uk/world/2009/jun/07/islamic-college-us-zaytuna-institute

The first accredited Islamic college in the US is being planned by an influential Muslim body hoping to produce "a generation of indigenised scholars".

The management committee from the Zaytuna Institute, which is dedicated to classical Muslim scholarship, last week recommended launching...

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Some Militants Respond Positively to Obama Outreach to Muslims, Others Warn He Is Deceptive

June 7, 2009

Author: Karin Laub

Source: The Orlando Sentinel

Wire Service: AP

http://www.orlandosentinel.com/news/nationworld/sns-ap-ml-obama-undercutting-extremists,0,1114653.story

From Lebanese guerrillas to Saudi preachers, Islamic extremists have warned followers not to be taken in by President Barack Obama's conciliatory words — a sign that some may be nervous about...

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