Islam

Obama Sets Islamic Visit as a Priority

August 29, 2008

Author: Anne Davies

Source: The Sydney Morning Herald

http://www.smh.com.au/news/us-election/obama-sets-islamic-visit-as-a-priority/2008/08/28/1219516662977.html

If elected, Barack Obama will visit a major Islamic capital during the first 12 months of his presidency, as part of his strategy to more actively engage with the Middle East, his national security adviser, Greg Craig, revealed Wednesday...

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Ministers Recruit Young Muslims as Advisers in Latest Bid to Combat Islamic Extremism

August 29, 2008

Author: Ian Drury

Source: The Daily Mail

http://www.dailymail.co.uk/news/article-1050266/Ministers-recruit-young-Muslims-advisers-latest-bid-combat-Islamic-extremism.html

Twenty young Muslims are to become personal advisers to three Cabinet ministers in an attempt by the Government to tackle Islamic extremism.

Labour says the group, aged 16 to 25, will keep...

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Exhibition Sheds Further Light on Islam

August 28, 2008

Author: Staff Writer

Source: Seychelles Nation Online

http://www.nation.sc/index.php?art=13217

Efforts to make Islam more popular as a religion in Seychelles have gathered speed.

A week of activities was set on its way on Monday and continued on Tuesday with the opening of an exhibition at the National Library, held to shed more light on the religion and what it hopes to achieve.

The exhibits, mainly posters, have been designed to answer a...

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Poll: Muslims Positive About Globalization, Trade

August 27, 2008

Author: Staff Writer

Source: Yahoo News/PRNewswire-USNewswire

http://news.yahoo.com/s/usnw/20080828/pl_usnw/poll__muslims_positive_about_globalization__trade

Contrary to the common assumption that Muslims view globalization as a threat to their society, a new poll of predominantly Muslim countries finds that globalization is generally viewed positively. The poll was conducted by WorldPublicOpinion.org in six...

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How a Shia Ritual Ended in Court

August 27, 2008

Author: Caroline Cheetham

Source: BBC News

http://news.bbc.co.uk/2/hi/uk_news/7583845.stm

A Muslim has been found guilty of child cruelty after forcing two boys to beat themselves during a religious ceremony. The practice has caused controversy in Britain, but this is the first case of its kind to be brought before a UK court.

Husayn - the grandson of the Prophet Muhammad - and members of his family were slaughtered during the battle of Karbala...

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Museum Head Apologizes for Treatment of Woman Wearing Islamic Veil

August 27, 2008

Author: Staff Writer

Source: Reuters

http://www.iht.com/articles/2008/08/27/europe/veil.php

The head of one of the most prestigious museums in Venice apologized Wednesday to a Muslim woman who had been asked by a guard to leave the building because she was wearing a veil over her face.

The episode, which has kindled controversy in the Italian media and arguments between politicians, occurred Sunday in Venice's Ca' Rezzonico museum, which...

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Danish Publisher Hopes to Publish 'Inflammatory' Islam Novel

August 26, 2008

Author: Staff Writer

Source: The Guardian

http://www.guardian.co.uk/books/2008/aug/26/jewelofmedina.islam.controversy

A Danish publisher is in negotiations to buy Sherry Jones's novel about the child bride of Muhammad, which was dropped by Random House in America and pulled from bookshops in Serbia.

The Jewel of Medina tells the story of Aisha, one of Muhammad's wives, from the age of six to 18 when Muhammad dies. It...

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Islamic School Hopes Sun Rises on Plans for Expansion

August 26, 2008

Author: Rosemary Kubera

Source: Columbus Local News

http://www.snponline.com/articles/2008/08/26/multiple_papers/news/allhlsunri_20080825_1023am_6.txt

Sunrise Academy, the private K-8 Islamic school located in Hilliard, is filled to capacity this school year and looking to expand.

"We are in the process of looking for two buildings: one for a high school and one to purchase on the East Side to...

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US Muslims, Arabs Becoming Political Faithful

August 22, 2008

Author: Jeff Karoub

Source: The Associated Press

http://www.examiner.com/a-1550219~US_Muslims__Arabs_becoming_political_faithful.html

Faced with a choice of White House hopefuls they fear are not entirely sympathetic to their issues, American Muslims are stepping up their activism to unprecedented levels in hopes they can influence the upcoming administration in its infancy.

The efforts stem in part from...

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Buffets Resolves Headscarf Dispute

August 22, 2008

Author: Julie Forster

Source: Pioneer Press

http://www.twincities.com/ci_10279393?nclick_check=1

A Muslim teenager initially denied employment at an Old Country Buffet restaurant in Fridley for wearing a headscarf has been hired by the company, a local advocacy group said Friday.

After explaining to a manager during an initial job interview that she wore the headscarf for religious reasons, Maryam Abdi, 16, was turned away. The manager...

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Attack Forces Indonesian Christians Off Campus

August 22, 2008

Author: Sarah Schonhardt

Source: The Associate Press

http://ap.google.com/article/ALeqM5i7NVlbnN8MRMDVCUTbiPCIj_IrsQD92N6EGO0

Hundreds of Christian theology students have been living in tents since a mob of angry Muslim neighbors stormed their campus last month wielding bamboo spears and hurling Molotov cocktails.

The incident comes amid growing concern that Indonesia's tradition of religious tolerance is under threat...

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Frankfort Township Assessor Paul Ruff Stands by E-mail on Islam, Immigrants

August 20, 2008

Author: Mary Owen

Source: The Chicago Tribune

http://www.chicagotribune.com/news/local/chi-assessor-email_both_21aug21,0,4041765.story

Despite outrage from the local Muslim community, a Frankfort Township official did not apologize Wednesday for circulating an e-mail with anti-Islamic sentiments.

"The e-mail's basic message was that people coming to this country should adapt," Township Assessor Paul Ruff...

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