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India's All-Important Muslim Vote

April 19, 2009

Author: Suvojit Bagchi

Source: BBC News

http://news.bbc.co.uk/2/hi/south_asia/7998819.stm

The Indian government's "war against terror" may cost the Congress party dearly in the election.

Arrests and alleged extrajudicial killings of Muslim youths have angered many in the Islamic community.

"People in power have branded us as terrorists and used us as a vote bank, this cannot go on," said the all-powerful cleric of Delhi's Jama...

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Indonesia’s Poor Welcome Sea Refugees

April 18, 2009

Author: Peter Gelling

Source: The New York Times

http://www.nytimes.com/2009/04/19/world/asia/19indo.html?_r=1&emc=tnt&tntemail0=y

The only solace for the almost 200 men living in a squalid refugee camp here is the freedom they now have to pray.

“In Myanmar, if we pray, we are killed,” said Alam Shah, 38, a member of the Rohingya Muslim minority, who fled the predominantly Buddhist Myanmar last year...

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How a Reviled Women's Law Went From a Magazine to a Maelstrom

April 17, 2009

Author: Jessica Leeder

Source: The Globe and Mail

http://www.theglobeandmail.com/servlet/story/LAC.20090417.AFGHAN17ART22272/TPStory/TPInternational/Asia/

The law that exploded Afghan women's rights onto the world stage began in obscurity two years ago, when it was published as a proposal in a magazine for Shia clerics.

From there, it was circulated to the Ministry of Justice, where it...

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Jordan’s Evangelicals Hope Centre Leads to Recognition

April 16, 2009

Author: Staff Writer

Source: The National

http://www.thenational.ae/article/20090416/FOREIGN/371299798/1011/NEWS

The dedication of the the World Baptist Alliance’s new baptism centre at Bethany-Beyond-the-Jordan last month was more than just an ordinary religious celebration.

For many of the country’s nearly 10,000 evangelicals, it was seen as a step towards governmental recognition of them as a Christian...

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Istanbul's First Female Mosque Designer

April 16, 2009

Author: Staff Writer

Source: BBC News

http://news.bbc.co.uk/2/hi/europe/7985351.stm

Among the dozens of mosques in Istanbul stands a radical exception.

It is not only different in design but is also the first to be designed by a woman.

Known for designing hotels and bars, Zeynep Fadillioglu said she wanted to create something contemporary.

She spoke to the BBC's Sarah Rainsford as they walked through the building.

Man Responds to Mosque Criticism

April 16, 2009

Author: Staff Writer

Source: BBC News

http://news.bbc.co.uk/2/hi/uk_news/england/staffordshire/8001751.stm

A Muslim man behind plans for a mosque in Lichfield says he is disappointed by some people's reaction to the idea.

More than 2,500 people have signed up to a Facebook group objecting to plans to build a mosque for Islamic worshippers in the Staffordshire city.

Mosque proposer Abdul Salam said the Muslim...

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Women Protesters Against 'Marital Rape' Law Spat On And Stoned In Kabul

April 16, 2009

Author: Tom Coghlan

Source: The Times Online

http://www.timesonline.co.uk/tol/news/world/asia/article6098614.ece

A group of Afghan women who braved an enraged mob yesterday to protest against an “abhorrent” new Afghan law had to be rescued by police from a hail of stones and abuse.

The protest by about 200 women, unprecedented in recent Afghanistan history, was directed at the Shia Family Law passed last month by...

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Duke Opens Center for Muslim Community

April 15, 2009

Author: Andrea Fereshteh

Source: The Durham News

http://www.thedurhamnews.com/need_to_know/story/195295.html

More than 100 faculty, staff, students and members of the Muslim community from Duke and the Triangle gathered Thursday for the official opening of a Muslim Life center at Duke.

For Duke's Muslim Chaplain Abdullah Antepli, the gray clapboard house at 406 Swift Ave. represents "one of the most happy, joyous moments of my life...

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Nigeria Muslims' 'Easter Attacks'

April 14, 2009

Author: Staff Writer

Source: BBC News

http://news.bbc.co.uk/2/hi/africa/7998797.stm

Police in Nigeria say they have made 120 arrests following clashes when Muslim youths allegedly attacked a Christian procession on Easter Monday.

Sectarian violence erupted in the towns of Gwada and Minna in the state of Niger when Christians were attacked and churches set on fire.

Scores of people were reportedly taken to hospital with injuries.
...

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Islam Awareness Week Addresses Common Misconceptions

April 14, 2009

Author: Shannon Montanez

Source: The Maneater Student Newspaper

http://www.themaneater.com/stories/2009/4/14/islam-awareness-week-addresses-common-misconceptio/

The Muslim Student Organization sponsored its annual Islam Awareness Week last week with events to create appreciation for the Muslim religion.

The group started the week off by setting up a "Taste of Islam" on Monday on Lowry Mall. The...

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Pakistan Passes Swat Sharia Deal

April 13, 2009

Author: Staff Writer

Source: BBC News

http://news.bbc.co.uk/2/hi/south_asia/7996560.stm

Pakistan's President Asif Ali Zardari has signed a controversial bill introducing Islamic Sharia law to the Swat region, say reports.

The move comes after parliament passed a resolution urging Mr Zardari to honour a promise made to the Taleban.

The implementation of Islamic justice was agreed in February in return for an end to the Taleban...

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A Black Imam Breaks Ground In Mecca

April 11, 2009

Author: Robert F. Worth

Source: The New York Times

http://www.nytimes.com/2009/04/11/world/middleeast/11saudi.html?em

Two years ago, Sheik Adil Kalbani dreamed that he had become an imam at the Grand Mosque in Mecca, Islam’s holiest city.

Waking up, he dismissed the dream as a temptation to vanity. Although he is known for his fine voice, Sheik Adil is black, and the son of a poor immigrant from the Persian Gulf....

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