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Duke Adds Muslim Religious Leader

June 17, 2008

Author: Yonat Shimron

Source: News Observer

http://www.newsobserver.com/lifestyles/religion/story/1110613.html

In a sign of the changing makeup of its students, Duke University has hired its first imam, or Muslim religious leader, becoming one of only a handful of universities in the United States that have full-time Muslim clergy.

Abdullah Antepli, a native of Turkey who is completing his doctoral work at Hartford Seminary...

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Muslims Launch U.S.-Wide Census

June 17, 2008

Author: Omar Sacirbey

Source: USA Today

http://www.usatoday.com/news/religion/2008-06-16-muslim-census_N.htm

A team of Islamic advocacy groups and statistical organizations will start a nationwide census of American mosques this summer that organizers hope will paint a more accurate picture of the size and ethnic composition of U.S. Muslims.

One of the challenges will be finding all the venues where Muslims pray. Many...

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Junior, High School Textbooks Lack Accuracy on Islam, Report Says

June 17, 2008

Author: Josh Kowalkowski

Source: The Boston Examiner

http://www.examiner.com/a-1444884~Junior__high_school_textbooks_lack_accuracy_on_Islam__report_says.html

Misinformation, errors and disputed definitions about Islam abound in some junior and high school textbooks, a new report concludes.

“Outright textbook errors about Islam are not the main problem,” according to the June...

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China Braces for High-Security Torch Leg in Muslim West

June 16, 2008

Author: Staff Writer

Source: Associated Free Press

http://afp.google.com/article/ALeqM5j1JohR3ZIqu6o0JcJXMa9hD6Q_xw

China braced Monday for a high-security Olympic torch relay leg through restive Xinjiang, where Beijing's rule of the remote western region is deeply unpopular among its millions of Muslims.

The torch was to arrive in the Xinjiang capital Urumqi in the evening ahead of its transit through the city centre on...

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Two-Wife Muslim May Have to Quit Denmark

June 16, 2008

Author: Staff Writer

Source: Russia Today

http://www.russiatoday.ru/features/news/26232

An Iraqi man living in Denmark has been told that if he doesn't divorce one of his two wives, he will have to leave the country. The unnamed interpreter worked with Danish forces in Iraq before going to Denmark to escape the horrors of war.

The ultimatum presents the man with a tough choice: whether to break with his religious traditions and stay in Denmark,...

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Muslim Stylist Wins £4,000 Payout

June 16, 2008

Source: BBC News

http://news.bbc.co.uk/2/hi/uk_news/england/london/7457794.stm

The owner of a hair salon has been ordered to pay £4,000 compensation to a Muslim stylist who was turned down for a job because she wears a headscarf.

Bushra Noah accused Sarah Desrosiers of religious discrimination when she failed to offer her a job at her Wedge salon in King's Cross, central London.

An employment tribunal panel dismissed the 19-year-old's claim but...

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Jews, Muslims Face Challenges in Military Burials

June 16, 2008

Author: Jonathan D. Rubin

Source: Religion News Service/Beliefnet

http://blog.beliefnet.com/news/2008/06/jews-muslims-face-challenges-i.php

There seems to be a striking symmetry on the rolling green hills of Arlington National Cemetery -- rows upon rows of identical white limestone markers, perfectly spaced in every direction.

But underground, Muslims are laid to rest on their right side, facing Mecca, according to...

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ICG Fears Religious Strife in Indonesia

June 16, 2008

Author: Staff Writer

Source: DAWN

Wire Service: Reuters

http://www.dawn.com/2008/06/17/int7.htm

There is a growing risk of conflict between Muslims and Christians in Indonesia’s Papua, partly fuelled by migration and a growth in fundamentalism, International Crisis Group said in a report on Monday.

Twice last year in Papua, two provinces on the western half of New Guinea island, communal tensions almost erupted...

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Preaching Peace and Tolerance in the Face of Persecution

June 14, 2008

Author: Carla Power

Source: The Times

http://www.timesonline.co.uk/tol/comment/faith/article4132236.ece

On the day that Hadhrat Mirza Masroor Ahmad was made caliph of the Ahmadiyya Muslims he was terrified. “That day made me very embarrassed,” he says, recalling the moment five years ago when the sect elected him Khalifa, leader of the worldwide community. Trained as an agricultural economist in his native Pakistan, and only...

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Muslim Comedy Show Fights Racism with Laughter

June 14, 2008

Author: Fanou Filali

Source: France 24

http://www.france24.com/en/20080614-australia-Salam-Cafe-comedy-show-racism-muslim

Ever since the September 11, 2001 attacks in the US and the 2005 racial riots in Cronulla, a southern suburb of Sydney, things haven’t been easy for Muslims in Australia. Targeted for their religious beliefs and often misrepresented in the mainstream media, Australian Muslims have felt under...

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Religious Clashes Erupt in India

June 13, 2008

Author: Subir Bhaumik

Source: BBC News

http://news.bbc.co.uk/2/hi/south_asia/7452132.stm

At least 40 people have been injured in religious clashes on a remote delta island in India's eastern state of West Bengal, police say.

Fifteen of those injured in the clashes on Sagar island, at the confluence of the Ganges and the sea, were policemen.

Supporters of the Hindu nationalist Rashtriya Swayamsevak Sangh(RSS) and local Muslim...

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Watchdog Panel Concerned Textbooks at a Saudi-Run Academy Promotes Violence

June 13, 2008

Author: Ashly McGlone

Source: Religion News Service/Beliefnet

http://blog.beliefnet.com/news/2008/06/watchdog-panel-concerned-textb.php

A federal religious freedom watchdog panel says it has reviewed textbooks used in a Saudi-run school in northern Virginia and confirmed that they contain passages that promote violence and intolerance.

The U.S. Commission on International Religious Freedom said Wednesday (June 11) that...

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