Islam

Muslim Women's Law Firm Breaks Down Stereotypes

August 1, 2008

Author: Noreen S. Ahmed-Ullah

Source: Newsday.com/The Chicago Tribune

http://www.newsday.com/topic/chi-relig_muslim-lawyersaug01,0,3948580.story?track=rss-topicgallery

In what may be the nation's only law firm composed solely of Muslim women, the attorneys represent the ethnic and religious diversity within the Islamic faith: Some cover their hair, some don't. Some are Sunni; others are Shiite, and at...

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Turkey's Rulers Survive Secularist Challenge

July 31, 2008

Author: Ernesto Londoño

Source: The Washington Post

http://www.washingtonpost.com/wp-dyn/content/article/2008/07/30/AR2008073001309.html?sub=AR

Turkey's highest court decided Wednesday not to outlaw the nation's Islamic-rooted ruling party, handing Prime Minister Recep Tayyip Erdogan a narrow victory and frustrating Turks intent on protecting the secular character of the government.

Addressing...

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US Commission Urges Bush to Speak Out on Religion in China

July 31, 2008

Author: Chris Herlinger

Source: Ecumenical News International

http://www.eni.ch/featured/article.php?id=2137

An independent U.S. commission that has government backing has urged President George W. Bush to speak out publicly on religious freedom and human rights when he attends the forthcoming summer Beijing Olympic Games.

Officials of the U.S. Commission on International Religious Freedom issued the call on Wednesday 30 July, and said the...

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Attacks in India Raise Spectre of Renewed Religious Strife

July 30, 2008

Author: Jonathan Manthorpe

Source: The Vancouver Sun

http://www.canada.com/vancouversun/news/business/story.html?id=7b418e59-1e74-4550-b778-bf6342c9afe9

India has been the target of a concerted effort in the past few days and weeks to stir up the kind of bloody religious and communal strife all too common in recent history.

On Friday, eight bombs exploded in Bangalore, India's southern...

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Religious Coexistence Promoted in Children's Book

July 30, 2008

Author: Sharon J. Doyle

Source: Middle East Online

http://www.middle-east-online.com/english/culture/?id=27170

Was there ever a "once upon a time" when we were more tolerant and open towards those we perceive as different?

There was a golden age in Spain 1,000 years ago when Jews, Christians and Muslims lived in mutual harmony. Now, however, there are indications of an increasing global intolerance within and between nations. We are...

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Islamic Group Seeks New Look at U.S. Wiretapping

July 29, 2008

Author: Staff Writer

Source: The Associated Press

http://seattlepi.nwsource.com/local/372693_wiretap30.html

A defunct Islamic charity has gone back to court to ask a federal judge to reconsider his dismissal of its challenge to warrantless wiretapping by the Bush administration.

The judge dismissed the lawsuit by the Al-Haramain Islamic Foundation this month, but said attorneys could file an amended complaint if they can prove they...

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School and Religious Symbol Cases

July 29, 2008

Author: Staff Writer

Source: BBC News

http://news.bbc.co.uk/2/hi/uk_news/7530726.stm

A teenager from south Wales has won her claim that she was discriminated against because she was not allowed to wear a religious bangle to school.

Sarika Singh was told she was breaking the uniform's 'no jewellery' policy, and had been excluded from school for nine months.

But the High Court agreed with her that it was an expression of her Sikh faith...

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Interfaith Youth Movement Growing Worldwide

July 29, 2008

Author: Mohamed Elshinnawi

Source: VOA News

http://www.voanews.com/english/AmericanLife/2008-07-29-voa37.cfm

In many societies around the world where religious differences have boiled into armed conflict, young people are at particular risk. Often, they are recruited by religious extremists to join in terror campaigns against rival religious communities. But as we hear from in this report written by VOA's Mohamed Elshinnawi, a growing...

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One Third of British Muslim Students Say it's Acceptable to Kill for Islam

July 28, 2008

Author: Staff Writer

Source: The Evening Standard

http://www.thisislondon.co.uk/news/article-23522144-details/One+third+of+British+Muslim+students+say+it's+acceptable+to+kill+for+Islam/article.do

Nearly one third of Muslim students believe it can be acceptable to kill in the name of religion, according to a survey published yesterday.

It also found...

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Islam: Secularists Raise Tension as Turkish Court Prepares Landmark Judgment on Ruling AKP

July 28, 2008

Author: Robert Tait

Source: The Guardian

http://www.guardian.co.uk/world/2008/jul/28/turkey.islam

A senior Turkish prosecutor has raised tensions on the eve of a landmark court case that could leave Turkey without a government and deeply divided by warning that it is in danger of an "intolerant" Islamic takeover.

In an interview with the Guardian, Omer Faruk Eminagaoglu, chairman of the association of judges and prosecutors (Yarsav)...

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Protesting Hindus Clash with Police in Jammu, 30 Injured

July 28, 2008

Author: Staff Writer

Source: The Taipei Times

http://www.taipeitimes.com/News/world/archives/2008/07/28/2003418733

At least 30 people were injured in India-administered Kashmir’s summer capital of Jammu on Saturday when Hindu protestors clashed with police to protest the cancelation of transfer of land for a popular Hindu pilgrimage.

Jammu, a Hindu majority region in the mostly Muslim state has been observing a shut-...

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