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Relief for Gujarat Riot Victims

May 23, 2008

Author: Staff Writer

Source: BBC News

http://news.bbc.co.uk/2/hi/south_asia/7416073.stm

The Indian government has announced an $80m relief package for the victims of anti-Muslim riots in the western state of Gujarat in 2002.

The package is expected to benefit the families of 1,169 people who were killed in the riots, say officials.

Over 2,500 people, who were wounded, will also be compensated.

More than 1,000 people,...

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Board Extends Saudi School's Lease

May 22, 2008

Author: Kirstin Downey

Source: Washington Post

http://www.washingtonpost.com/wp-dyn/content/article/2008/05/21/AR2008052102650.html

The Fairfax County Board of Supervisors extended the lease of county-owned property to a private Islamic school funded by the Royal Embassy of Saudi Arabia.

The Islamic Saudi Academy on U.S. Route 1 in southern Fairfax County has attracted attention in the past year because of...

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State to Consider Muslim School-Dress Code

May 20, 2008

Author: Katherine Donnelly and Ralph Riegel

Source: Independent.ie

http://www.independent.ie/national-news/state-to-consider-muslim-schooldress-code-1380624.html

SCHOOL dress codes in an increasingly culturally diverse Ireland will be the subject of a national consultation process in the autumn.

Education Minister Batt O'Keeffe yesterday said he had asked Junior Minister Conor Lenihan, who has...

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Hijab No Threat to Quebec, Report Says

May 20, 2008

Author: Jeff Heinrich

Source: National Post/CanWest News Service

http://www.nationalpost.com/news/story.html?id=525580

The Muslim head scarf is no real threat to Quebec values and most women in the province wear it by choice, not out of coercion, concludes a commission on the integration of immigrants after a year of study costing $5-million.

In the final draft of their report -- which was submitted to the provincial government yesterday...

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State Orders Charter School to Correct 2 Areas Tied to Islam

May 20, 2008

Author: SARAH LEMAGIE

Source: Star Tribune

http://www.startribune.com/local/south/19076119.html?location_refer=Outdoors

An Inver Grove Heights charter school must change the way it handles issues related to Muslim prayer in school and busing for after-school religious instruction or face repercussions, the Minnesota Department of Education said Monday.

Tarek ibn Ziyad Academy, a public school with mostly Muslim...

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Muslim Student Union Hosts Palestine Awareness Week

May 19, 2008

Author: Paul Backus

Source: New University

http://www.newuniversity.org/main/article?slug=muslim_student_union_hosts154

Defying expectations, there was minimal conflict between Anteaters For Israel and Muslim Student Union at UC Irvine during the Muslim Student Union’s annual “Never Again? The Palestinian Holocaust” awareness week from Monday, May 12 through May 15.

As in previous years, the week...

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Row Over Denmark Court Veil Ban

May 19, 2008

Author: Thomas Buch-Andersen

Source: BBC News

http://news.bbc.co.uk/2/hi/europe/7409072.stm

Danish diplomats to Muslim countries are preparing themselves for another wave of anti-Danish protests after the government announced it would bar judges from wearing headscarves and similar religious or political symbols in courtrooms.

Although the ban will include crucifixes, Jewish skull caps and turbans as well as headscarves, the move is seen as being...

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Plucky Granny Fights for Inheritance Rights of SA’s Muslim Wives

May 18, 2008

Author: Biénne Huisman

Source: The Times

http://www.thetimes.co.za/PrintEdition/News/Article.aspx?id=768294

Soft-spoken Fatima Hassam has become the unlikely champion of thousands of South African Muslim women who are left destitute and desperate when their husbands die.

After slaving in her husband’s shop for 36 years of married life and bearing him four children, Fatima, 61, was heartbroken when she found he was...

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U.S. Soldier Uses Quran for Target Practice; Military Apologizes

May 18, 2008

Author: Staff Writer

Source: CNN

http://www.cnn.com/2008/WORLD/meast/05/17/iraq.quran/index.html

A soldier used the Quran -- Islam's holy book -- for target practice, forcing the chief U.S. commander in Baghdad to issue a formal apology on Saturday.

Maj. Gen. Jeffrey Hammond, commander of U.S. forces in Baghdad, flanked by leaders from Radhwaniya in the western outskirts of Baghdad, apologized for the staff sergeant who was a...

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U.S. Not at War with Islam Faith, Bush Says

May 17, 2008

Author: Jon Ward

Source: The Washington Times

http://www.washingtontimes.com/article/20080517/NATION/104450158/1002

President Bush yesterday told students in Israel he hasn't done enough to dispel the idea that the United States is at war with Islam, but also blamed the "poisonous" state-run TV stations in the Middle East for mischaracterizing him.

During an extended conversation with about 12 college and high school...

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An Innovative Approach to Hindu-Muslim Dialogue

May 16, 2008

Author: Mudassir Rizwan

Source: Two Circles

http://www.twocircles.net/2008may15/innovative_approach_hindu_muslim_dialogue.html

55 year-old Syed Abdullah Tariq runs an Islamic group based in Rampur, a town in western Uttar Pradesh, that focuses on dialogue with Hindus. An engineer by training, he was one of the chief disciples of the late Maulana Shams Naved Usmani, a noted Islamic scholar who had also a deep knowledge of...

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New York Imam Forges Close Ties with City's Jews

May 16, 2008

Author: Tom Heneghan

Source: Reuters

http://www.reuters.com/article/domesticNews/idUSL1319001520080516

New York's largest mosque, the Islamic Cultural Center (ICC) on East 96th Street in Manhattan, is getting applause from an unexpected quarter -- the city's influential Jewish community.

Rabbis who've spoken there call it an open and welcoming community. The Jewish Theological Seminary and the ICC are planning a joint soup...

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Dutch Cartoonist Arrested, Released for Anti-Muslim Drawings

May 16, 2008

Author: Staff Writer

Source: Deutsche Welle

http://www.dw-world.de/dw/article/0,2144,3340581,00.html

A Dutch Internet cartoonist was arrested and then released again on suspicion of publishing work that is discriminatory against Muslims and people of color, Amsterdam police disclosed on Friday, May 16.

A police spokesman said authorities searched the cartoonist's home, that the arrest took place Wednesday, and the artist was released a...

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