Islam

After the Mullahs

March 19, 2008

Author: Staff Writer

Source: The Economist

http://www.economist.com/world/asia/displaystory.cfm?story_id=10881298

THE moustaches have ousted the beards. While Parliament met this week in Islamabad to debate who should be prime minister nationally, at the provincial level in the North West Frontier (NWFP), a deal has been done. Later this month, the Awami National Party (ANP), a secular Pushtun outfit, will take over the provincial...

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Gadhafi Celebrates Prophet's Birthday

March 19, 2008

Author: ALFRED de MONTESQUIOU and Godfrey Olukya

Source: AP

http://ap.google.com/article/ALeqM5gEoBixN6lIls6zpQ35lG1y8FGTNgD8VGO00G0

In his drive to spread Libyan and Islamic influence in Africa, Moammar Gadhafi inaugurated a huge new mosque in this predominantly Christian country Wednesday, with several African heads of state attending and scores of Arab journalists flown in for the occasion.

Packed in Kampala's soccer...

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Southern Thailand Hotel Bombing Spurs Security Warnings

March 18, 2008

Author: Simon Montlake

Source: The Christian Science Monitor

http://www.csmonitor.com/2008/0318/p99s01-duts.html

Recent attacks in Thailand's restless Muslim-dominated south have rattled Thailand's new government, which called an emergency meeting March 21 with security chiefs. Two people died in a blast Saturday outside a luxury hotel in Pattani Province that is popular with Thai government officials, visiting foreign diplomats, and reporters. A...

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Bennett Criticizes Media’s Ignorance of Islam

March 18, 2008

Author: Sheba Ali

Source: New University

http://www.newuniversity.org/checkDB.php?id=6683

Managing Editor of the Washington Post Philip Bennett gave an hour-long lecture entitled “Covering Islam: A Challenge for American Journalism” on Monday, March 3. The event was sponsored by the Center for the Study of Democracy as a part of the 2007-08 Chancellor’s Distinguished Fellows Series.

“[The] United States news media has...

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Muslim Community Leader Honored

March 17, 2008

Author: Matthew Artz

Source: Inside Bay Area/The Argus

http://www.insidebayarea.com/argus/localnews/ci_8600813

It's not easy keeping up with Moina Shaiq.

One day after state Sen. Ellen Corbett named the 49-year-old Fremont resident Woman of the Year, she was up at the crack of dawn, attending a fundraising breakfast for the Tri-City Homeless Coalition, which she serves as vice president.

From there, it was off to a volunteer...

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Bishop Speaks of 'Christian UK'

March 17, 2008

Author: Staff Writer

Source: BBC News

http://news.bbc.co.uk/2/hi/uk_news/england/kent/7300387.stm

An Anglican bishop who received threats after comments about Islamic extremism has spoken on the importance of the UK's Christian heritage.

The Bishop of Rochester, the Rt Rev Dr Michael Nazir-Ali, was threatened after claiming Islamic extremism made some places "no-go areas" for non-Muslims.

In an exclusive interview, he...

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Muslims Denounce Attack on Priest

March 17, 2008

Author: Staff Writer

Source: BBC News

http://news.bbc.co.uk/2/hi/uk_news/england/london/7301382.stm

Muslim leaders have condemned an attack on an Anglican clergyman calling the assault "cowardly and despicable".

Canon Michael Ainsworth, 57, was beaten by youths described as Asian in the grounds of St George-in-the-East, Shadwell, east London, on 5 March.

Mr Ainsworth suffered cuts, bruises and two black eyes when he...

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Turkish Islamic-Oriented Party Faces Closure Bid Amid Tensions with Secularists

March 17, 2008

Author: Staff Writer

Source: The International Herald Tribune

Wire Service: AP

http://www.iht.com/articles/ap/2008/03/17/europe/EU-GEN-Turkey-Secularism.php

Turkey's Islamic-oriented government is considering legal ways to stop the country's chief prosecutor from disbanding the party on charges of undermining secularism, a party official said Monday.

Prime Minister Recep Tayyip...

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Vandals Break Windows at Islamic Center Here

March 16, 2008

Author: Staff Writer

Source: ST. LOUIS POST-DISPATCH

http://www.stltoday.com/stltoday/news/stories.nsf/laworder/story/70B7B1E997D142808625740F000696A0?OpenDocument

Seven windows were broken during the weekend at an Islamic religious center in an apparent act of vandalism, police said. They said it was the third act of vandalism in less than a year at the Imam Hussin Foundation building in the...

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Spain’s Many Muslims Face Dearth of Mosques

March 16, 2008

Author: VICTORIA BURNETT

Source: The New York Times

http://www.nytimes.com/2008/03/16/world/europe/16spain.html

As prayer time approached on a chilly Friday afternoon and men drifted toward the mosque on North Street, Hocine Kouitene hauled open its huge steel doors.

As places of worship go, the crudely converted garage leaves much to be desired, said Mr. Kouitene, vice president of the Islamic Association for Union and Cooperation...

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Are Muslim Enclaves No-Go Areas, Forcing Other People Out, asks Historian John Cornwell

March 16, 2008

Author: John Cornwell

Source: The Sunday Times

http://www.timesonline.co.uk/tol/comment/faith/article3537594.ece

Allahu akbar, Allahu akbar (Allah is the greatest, Allah is the greatest). Ash-hadu alla ilaha illa-llah (I bear witness that there is none worthy of worship but Allah).

The call to prayer resounds across the rooftops before dawn, bringing echoes of the Levant to provincial Luton and its 30,000 Muslims. But for...

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