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Pennsylvania High School Rescinds Ban On Muslim Scarves

February 18, 2009

Author: Diane Macedo

Source: Fox News

http://www.foxnews.com/story/0,2933,495804,00.html

A Pennsylvania high school is permitting Muslim students to wear scarves known as kaffiyehs in school just a day after ordering two students to remove them for class.

Gateway High School officials met with parents Wednesday after seniors Mohammad Al-Abbasi, 18, and Ahmad Al-Sadr, 17, left school Tuesday after refusing to take off the checkered scarves,...

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Muslim-Christian Relations Threatened By Spate Of Kidnappings In Mindanao

February 17, 2009

Author: Staff Writer

Source: Business World Online

http://www.bworldonline.com/BW021709/content.php?id=075

An interfaith group has warned that the series of kidnappings is threatening Muslim-Christian relations in Southwestern Mindanao.

The Inter-Religious Solidarity Movement for Peace, a loose movement of Islamic, Protestant and Roman Catholic leaders, said the abductions undermine inter-religious goodwill and solidarity from years of...

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Muslim Women Face Serious Crisis, UN Official Says

February 16, 2009

Author: Staff Writer

Source: AFP

http://www.taipeitimes.com/News/world/archives/2009/02/16/2003436221

Muslim women around the world are facing a “growing crisis” as Islamic governments fail to honor commitments to end inequality and violence against them, a senior UN official said.

Yakin Erturk, the UN’s rapporteur on violence against women, said at a weekend conference that women must demand their...

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Islamic Law to Be Imposed In Parts Of NW Pakistan

February 16, 2009

Author: Riaz Khan

Source: The Associated Press

http://www.philly.com/philly/wires/ap/news/world/20090216_ap_islamiclawtobeimposedinpartsofnwpakistan.html

The government agreed to impose Islamic law and suspend a military offensive across a large swath of northwest Pakistan on Monday in concessions aimed at pacifying a spreading Taliban insurgency there.

The announcement came after talks...

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Saudi Arabia Appoints First Female Minister

February 16, 2009

Author: Julian Borger

Source: The Guardian

http://www.guardian.co.uk/world/2009/feb/16/saudi-cabinet-woman-minister

An expert on girls' education became Saudi Arabia's first woman minister on Saturday as part of a wide-ranging cabinet reshuffle by King Abdullah that swept aside several bastions of ultra-conservatism.

Nora bint Abdullah al-Fayez, a US-educated former teacher, was made deputy education minister in charge...

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Thousands Of Shi'ite Muslims March In Dearborn

February 15, 2009

Author: Niraj Warikoo

Source: Free Press

http://www.freep.com/article/20090215/NEWS02/90215044

Thousands of Shi'ite Muslims trudged through snow-covered sidewalks in Dearborn Sunday afternoon in a procession to remember the death of a Muslim leader killed in 7th century Iraq.

The 2-mile procession featured colorful flags in honor of Imam Hussain, the grandson of Islam's prophet, religious songs, and cries of "We support you, Oh Hussain...

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Prisoners Find Direction In Muslim Faith

February 15, 2009

Author: Krista J. Kapralos

Source: The Everett Herald

http://www.tdn.com/articles/2009/02/15/breaking_news/doc49985fcf8d372913895068.txt

The announcement rang out across the open courtyards of the Monroe Correctional Complex.

"Movement is now open."

Men wearing baggy navy-blue sweatshirts and loose-fitting pants or jeans drifted from one building to the next. They ambled along, laughing with one...

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Islamic Women Seek Recognition Of Their Rights

February 15, 2009

Author: Sabrina Tavernise

Source: International Herald Tribune

http://www.iht.com/articles/2009/02/15/asia/women.php

The religious order banning women from dressing like tomboys was bad enough. But the fatwa by Malaysia's leading clerics against yoga was the last straw.

"They have never even done yoga!" said Zainah Anwar, head of a Malaysian women's rights group called Sisters in Islam.

Anwar argues that the edict, issued late...

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Starting At Home, Iran’s Women Fight for Rights

February 12, 2009

Author: Nazila Fathi

Source: The New York Times

http://www.nytimes.com/2009/02/13/world/middleeast/13iran.html?_r=1&hp

In a year of marriage, Razieh Qassemi, 19, says she was beaten repeatedly by her husband and his father. Her husband, she says, is addicted to methamphetamine and has threatened to marry another woman to “torture” her.

Rather than endure the abuse, Ms. Qassemi took a step that might never have...

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Anti-Islamist Politician Geert Wilders Vows to Defy Ban By Entering Britain

February 12, 2009

Author: Emily Gosden

Source: The Times Online

http://www.timesonline.co.uk/tol/news/politics/article5712737.ece

A far-right Dutch politician will attempt to defy a government ban on his entering Britain today, amid a diplomatic row over his right to visit.

Geert Wilders, an anti-Islamist, will fly in to Heathrow to attend a screening of his film Fitna at the House of Lords hosted by the UKIP peer Lord Pearson of Rannoch....

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