Islam

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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Hindu Tribals Being Prevented from Cremating Their Dead in Pak's NWFP

May 7, 2008

Author: Staff Writer

Source: Daily India/ANI

http://www.dailyindia.com/show/237768.php/Hindu-tribals-being-prevented-from-cremating-their-dead-in-Paks-NWFP

Muslims are reportedly not allowing Hindu tribals living in Kurram, Hangu, Orakzai and Kohat tribal areas to perform the last rites of their dead at the 'Shamshan Ghat' approved by the Britishers in the pre-Independence era.

The...

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Arab-American Leader Wants Apology from McCain Campaign over Severed Ties to Finance Committee

May 6, 2008

Author: Staff Writer

Source: International Herald Tribune

Wire Service: AP

http://www.iht.com/articles/ap/2008/05/06/america/NA-POL-US-Elections-McCain-Arab-Leader.php

A group of Arab-American and Muslim leaders said Monday they want John McCain's campaign to apologize for cutting ties with an Lebanese-American businessman serving on the Republican presidential candidate's...

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U.S. Officials Urged to Avoid Linking Islam, Jihad with Terrorism

May 6, 2008

Author: SHAUN WATERMAN

Source: United Press International

http://www.upi.com/International_Security/Emerging_Threats/Analysis/2008/05/06/analysis_us_drops_islam_in_terror_talk/9370/

U.S. officials are being advised in internal government documents to avoid referring publicly to al-Qaida and other terrorist groups as Islamic or Muslim, and not to use terms like jihad or mujahedin,...

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Avoiding Caricature in an American Sitcom About Islam

May 6, 2008

Author: Joe Rhodes

Source: International Herald Tribune

http://www.iht.com/articles/2008/05/05/arts/aliens.php

Two summers ago, when Moses Port and David Guarascio, both television writers, pitched their unorthodox and potentially controversial premise for "Aliens in America" - a comedy built around a Pakistani Muslim exchange student who moves in with a somewhat reluctant family in small-town Wisconsin - they were pleased to discover that studio...

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Islamic Funeral Home Gets Burnsville Council OK

May 6, 2008

Author: JOY POWELL

Source: Star Tribune

http://www.startribune.com/local/south/18713219.html

In response to a growing Muslim population in the south metro, the Islamic Institute of Minnesota plans to open a funeral facility in Burnsville that will be used to prepare the dead for burial.

The City Council on Monday night unanimously approved a conditional use permit for the institute to buy a building just off Hwy. 13 at 12th Avenue.
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Imams Condemn Islamic Teacher

May 3, 2008

Author: Natalie O'Brien

Source: The Australian

http://www.theaustralian.news.com.au/story/0,25197,23637358-5006789,00.html

ANGRY Muslim groups have attacked the University of Western Sydney over an Islamic studies course they claim is too sexually explicit, promotes lesbianism and derides the Koran as misogynistic.

Students, community members and the Australian National Imams Council have complained about the content...

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Murrah Building Bombing Shaped Muslim Organization

May 3, 2008

Author: Carla Hinton

Source: The Oklahoman

http://newsok.com/murrah-building-bombing-shaped-muslim-organization/article/3238171/

The Council on American-Islamic Relations was a fledgling organization less than a year old when its co-founder, Nihad Awad, received an urgent telephone call from Oklahoma City in April 1995.

It was just days after a truck bomb blew apart the Alfred P. Murrah Federal Building....

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