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Arab Muslims in Brooklyn Find Power in the Voting Booth

October 18, 2008

Author: James Estrin

Source: The New York Times

http://www.nytimes.com/2008/10/19/nyregion/19muslim.html?em

As they pressed their foreheads to the sidewalk in front of the Islamic Center of Bay Ridge, a group of Arab men finished their noon prayers on a recent Friday. Unable to squeeze inside the mosque, they worshiped alongside a bright red table that held voting literature and buttons that said, “I’m Arab and I vote.”...

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TV Series Covers Touchy Subject of Interfaith Relationships

October 18, 2008

Author: Staff Writer

Source: Institute for War and Peace Reporting

http://www.iwpr.net/?p=syr&s=f&o=347250&apc_state=henh

A recent TV series has broken taboos by tackling the sensitive topic of Christian-Muslim relationships in Syria.

“Not a Mirage” was a mini-series shown during the Muslim fasting month of Ramadan, which this year coincided with September. The drama, focusing on the secret marriage of a Muslim man and a...

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MPAC Organizes Phone Banking Efforts in Critical Last Weeks of Presidential Election

October 17, 2008

Author: Staff Writer

Source: Muslim Public Affairs Council

http://www.mpac.org/article.php?id=719

As part of its "Rock the Muslim Vote" initiative, the Muslim Public Affairs Council will be organizing phone banking efforts in cities across the country as the presidential election enters its crucial last stage.

Volunteers will be calling registered Muslim American voters in the key battleground states of Virginia, Ohio, and Pennsylvania to encourage...

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Muslim Home Buyers Forbidden by Their Religion to Pay Interest Turn to Christian Charity

October 17, 2008

Author: Staff Writer

Source: The Associated Press

http://www.foxnews.com/story/0,2933,440201,00.html

Mohamed Nurhussien faced the usual challenges of a low-income worker trying to buy a home, with one big difference: As a Muslim he was forbidden by his religion to pay interest.

The 54-year-old Eritrean immigrant with five children thought his only option was to save enough money to purchase a home outright, with cash earned from his job at a...

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From a Communist Area to a Mosque in Germany

October 17, 2008

Author: Melissa Eddy

Source: The Seattle Times

Wire Service: AP

http://seattletimes.nwsource.com/html/nationworld/2008277010_mosque17.html

The first mosque with a minaret and a dome in Germany's formerly communist east opened Thursday as police corralled protesters behind a roadblock three blocks away.

As police blocked off the street, the Ahmadiyya Muslim community celebrated the...

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Muslim, Christian Religious Leaders Blame ‘Human Greed' for Financial Crisis

October 16, 2008

Author: Staff Writer

Source: Middle East Online

http://www.middle-east-online.com/english/culture/?id=28338

The Archbishop of Canterbury Rowan Williams blamed "human greed" for the international financial crisis after a meeting of Christian and Muslim religious leaders on Wednesday.

The conference in Cambridge, central England, was also attended by the second most senior figure in the Church of England, Archbishop of York John...

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Woman to Lead UK Muslim Prayers

October 16, 2008

Author: Natalie Hancock

Source: BBC News

http://news.bbc.co.uk/2/hi/uk_news/england/oxfordshire/7673845.stm

A woman is to lead a congregation of men and women in an Islamic prayer service for the first time in the UK.

Muslim scholar Professor Amina Wadud is to give the sermon - or khutbah - at the start of a conference on Islam and feminism at Wolfson College in Oxford.

The move has provoked opposition as the...

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Muslim DVD Rattles Voters in Key Battleground States

October 15, 2008

Author: Deborah Feyerick and Sheila Steffen

Source: CNN

http://www.cnn.com/2008/US/10/14/muslim.dvd/index.html

On a Sunday morning just weeks before the presidential election, Priscilla Linsley opened her local Denver newspaper and discovered a DVD inside.

"I was shocked at the content and horrified that this had been in my Sunday paper," said Linsley, a 74-year-old Democrat, who watched about half of the video before throwing it in the...

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'Rock the Muslim Vote' Forums Draw Candidates for Discussion About Key Issues

October 14, 2008

Author: Staff Writer

Source: Muslim Public Affairs Council

http://www.mpac.org/article.php?id=717

Last weekend, the Muslim Public Affairs Council took part in three election townhall forums on the East and West Coasts in an effort to educate Muslim American voters on key issues.

The forums also allowed attendees the opportunity to engage with candidates running for local, state, and national offices as well as representatives from the presidential...

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Youthful Voice Stirs Challenge to Secular Turks

October 14, 2008

Author: Sabrina Tavernise

Source: The International Herald Tribune

http://www.iht.com/bin/printfriendly.php?id=16925923

High school hurt for Havva Yilmaz. She tried out several selves. She ran away. Nothing felt right.

"There was no sincerity," she said. "It was shallow."

So at 16, she did something none of her friends had done: She put on an Islamic head scarf.

In most Muslim countries, that would be a nonevent. In...

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In Indonesia, Many Rooting for an Obama Victory

October 14, 2008

Author: Michael Sullivan

Source: NPR

http://www.npr.org/templates/story/story.php?storyId=95600966

Indonesia is the world's most populous Muslim-majority nation, and a place where America's image has been badly tarnished by the wars in Iraq and Afghanistan. But Indonesians are keenly interested in the outcome of the U.S. presidential election, and they have a soft spot for Democrat Barack Obama, who spent part of his childhood there.
...

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Top Philippine Court Rejects Muslim Autonomy Deal

October 14, 2008

Author: Oliver Teves

Source: The Associated Press

http://www.boston.com/news/world/asia/articles/2008/10/14/top_philippine_court_rejects_muslim_autonomy_deal?mode=PF

The Philippine Supreme Court threw out on Tuesday a proposed accord to grant minority Muslims expanded autonomy after Christian protests and renewed fighting convinced the government to abandon the deal.

The court...

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Indian Muslim Leaders Slam Government on Crackdown

October 14, 2008

Author: Rina Chandran

Source: Reuters

http://www.washingtonpost.com/wp-dyn/content/article/2008/10/14/AR2008101400739.html

Hundreds of Islamic leaders in India demanded Tuesday that the government protect their community from persecution, saying Muslims were being unfairly targeted in a police crackdown after bombings across the country.

Communal politics has surfaced as an issue ahead of a general election...

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