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Town Swears in First Muslim Mayor

May 13, 2008

Author: Staff Writer

Source: BBC News

http://news.bbc.co.uk/2/hi/uk_news/england/humber/7397953.stm

The first Muslim mayor in the Humber region has been sworn in.

Councillor Jawaid Ishaq MBE, 62, replaced Tony Ellerby as the Mayor of North Lincolnshire in a ceremony at the Plowright Theatre in Scunthorpe.

He said: "I come from a tiny village in Kashmir and I'm proud to have come this far in British politics.
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Turkey's Religious Authority To Open Turkish - Islamic Center in The States

May 12, 2008

Author: Staff Writer

Source: Turkish Press

http://www.turkishpress.com/news.asp?id=230624

Turkey`s religious affairs authority plans to establish a Turkish-Islamic cultural center that would work as a think tank organization, top Muslim cleric of the country said on Friday.

Ali Bardakoglu, head of Turkish Religious Affairs Dept., said that the center would bring together Turkish students, businessmen and academics living in United States and...

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Muslim Clinics Fill Health Care Needs

May 11, 2008

Author: ALEXIS GRANT

Source: The Houston Chronicle

http://www.chron.com/disp/story.mpl/headline/metro/5771549.html

Elena Lopez needed diabetes medication and was due for a medical exam, but the 64-year-old had no health insurance.

So her daughter, Rosa Ramirez, took Lopez to the Ibn Sina Foundation community clinic in southwest Houston, where she paid a small fee to see a doctor on a walk-in basis.

"Otherwise, I...

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Muslim Police Group to Tackle Anti-Islam Prejudices

May 10, 2008

Author: Lucinda Cameron

Source: The Scotsman

http://news.scotsman.com/scotland/Muslim-police-group-to-tackle.4070298.jp

A MUSLIM Police Association is to be established in Scotland, it was revealed yesterday.

The group, headed by Strathclyde Police, will aim to encourage recruitment and retention among Muslims, improve understanding of the faith and tackle "Islamophobia".

PC Amar Shakoor, who was Scotland's...

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Islamic Group Files Hate-Crime Complaint Against Newspaper

May 10, 2008

Author: Arielle Godbout

Source: Canwest News

http://www.canada.com/edmontonjournal/news/story.html?id=c24eff78-a452-4297-bbf4-ba117f38a68e

A Halifax Islamic group has filed a complaint with the police and the Human Rights Commission of Nova Scotia over an editorial cartoon published in a local newspaper.

The Centre for Islamic Development filed the complaints because the cartoon creates "an...

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500 Workers of Islamic Party Arrested in Tamil Nadu

May 9, 2008

Author: Staff Writer

Source: Thaindian News

http://www.thaindian.com/newsportal/uncategorized/500-workers-of-islamic-party-arrested-in-tamil-nadu_10046881.html

About 500 workers of the Tamil Nadu Muslim Munnetra Kazhagam (TMMK) attempting to pray in a disused 200-year-old mosque inside the fort here were arrested Friday, Vellore District Collector D.P. Yadav said. “Over 2,000 police...

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Young Video Makers Try to Alter Islam’s Face

May 8, 2008

Author: NEIL MacFARQUHAR

Source: The Los Angeles Times

http://www.nytimes.com/2008/05/08/us/08video.html

When Ali Ardekani started fishing around on the Internet a couple of years ago for video blogs about Muslims, he did not like what he found: either the world’s 1.3 billion Muslims were depicted as bloodthirsty zealots, or they were offering defensive explanations as to why they were not.

“Arabic sounds foreign and scary...

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Islam in Europe: Power Wars Spell Dead-End for French Muslim Council

May 8, 2008

Author: Staff Writer

Source: AFP

http://afp.google.com/article/ALeqM5gkUlK4_SRmWJdZ-be1CU9tSJIOXg

Five years after it was set up by Nicolas Sarkozy, France's official Muslim council has hit a wall: hamstrung by infighting, critics accuse it of failing the country's five million Muslims while giving fundamentalists a stronghold in French public life.

President Sarkozy created the French Council for the Muslim Religion (CFCM)...

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McCain's Pastor Problem: The Video

May 8, 2008

Author: David Corn

Source: Mother Jones

http://www.motherjones.com/washington_dispatch/2008/05/john-mccain-rod-parsley-pastor-problem.html

During a 2005 sermon, a fundamentalist pastor whom Senator John McCain has praised and campaigned with called Islam "the greatest religious enemy of our civilization and the world," claiming that the historic mission of America is to see "this false religion destroyed...

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Churchgoing on its Knees as Christianity Falls out of Favour

May 8, 2008

Author: Ruth Gledhill

Source: The Times

http://www.timesonline.co.uk/tol/comment/faith/article3890080.ece

Church attendance in Britain is declining so fast that the number of regular churchgoers will be fewer than those attending mosques within a generation, research published today suggests.

The fall - from the four million people who attend church at least once a month today - means that the Church of England, Catholicism...

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Saudi Prince Gives Universities £16m for Study of Islam

May 8, 2008

Author: Richard Garner

Source: The Independent

http://www.independent.co.uk/news/education/education-news/saudi-prince-gives-universities-16316m-for-study-of-islam-822827.html

Two of the country's best known universities are to set up research centres aimed at promoting a better understanding of Islam.

Cambridge and Edinburgh universities will share a £16m...

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African Finance: Turning Towards Mecca

May 8, 2008

Author: Staff Writer

Source: The Economist

http://www.economist.com/finance/displaystory.cfm?story_id=11333069

CHINA is not the only financial powerhouse with its hungry eye on Africa. Flush with oil wealth, the Gulf states, too, are spying profitable opportunities among the hundreds of millions of Muslims who live just a hop across the Red Sea. Africa's economies are growing fast, thanks in large part to the commodities boom. Although...

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No Joke! Stand-Up Comedians Battle Intolerance

May 7, 2008

Author: Ralph Dannheisser

Source: News Blaze

http://newsblaze.com/story/20080507071303tsop.nb/newsblaze/TOPSTORY/Top-Stories.html

A Muslim, a Christian, a Jew, a Hindu and a Sikh walk into a hotel ballroom.

The opening line of a joke?

No, but in this case it was the start of a full evening of stand-up comedy aimed - its creators say - at easing religious tensions through laughter "and a healthy...

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