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Can Women Find Unique Ways Out of War?

March 7, 2008

Author: Mark Sappenfield

Source: The Christian Science Monitor

http://www.csmonitor.com/2008/0307/p04s01-wogn.html

Sakena Yacoobi well knows the hardships of Afghan women, caught between a war and the hopelessness of poverty and illiteracy.

Yet on International Women's Day Saturday, the Afghan educator will not ask the world to help Afghan women. Instead, she will ask Afghan women to help the world.

In a time of growing conflict...

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Islam Gives London Finance Markets Edge

March 6, 2008

Author: JANE WARDELL

Source: AP

http://ap.google.com/article/ALeqM5ivJGBkGjotf38frGIdEK98-Tm4pAD8V850NO5

After taking a battering from the global credit crisis, London has a potential ace up its sleeve as it seeks to restore its reputation as a global financial center — its premier position in the Islamic banking industry.

The British government will decide next week if it will issue a sovereign Islamic bond, or...

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Leaders of Other Faiths to Meet Pope Benedict on US Trip

March 6, 2008

Author: Staff Writer

Source: Star Tribune

Wire Service: AP

http://www.startribune.com/lifestyle/faith/16335451.html

Representatives of five non-Christian faiths will meet with Pope Benedict XVI during his first U.S. visit as pontiff next month.

The 45-minute event on April 17 at the Pope John Paul II Cultural Center in Washington will include a papal address, greetings from the faith leaders and a...

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Imam MP to Back Muslims

March 5, 2008

Author: Jibril Adan

Source: allAfrica/The East Africa Standard

http://allafrica.com/stories/200803041134.html

ODM nominated MP and Muslim preacher, Sheikh Mohamed Dor, will become the first Imam in Kenya's Parliament.

Dor and Ms Safia Abdi were selected by the National Muslim Leaders Forum (Namlef) for the ODM nominations and would be sworn-in on Thursday.

Dor told The Standard yesterday in Mombasa that he would continue his work as...

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Author Chips Away at Hollywood Stereotypes of Arabs, Muslims

March 5, 2008

Author: Maureen Simpson

Source: McClatchy Newspapers

http://www.popmatters.com/pm/news/article/55822/author-chips-away-at-hollywood-stereotypes-of-arabs-muslims/

George Clooney asked him to work as a consultant on two films - including “Syriana” - and national news programs and networks such as “The Today Show,” “Nightline” and CNN have featured the Hilton...

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Muslims, Vatican to Establish Permanent Dialogue

March 5, 2008

Author: Staff Writer

Source: Dawn

http://www.dawn.com/2008/03/06/int10.htm

The Vatican and Muslim leaders agreed on Wednesday to establish a permanent official dialogue to improve often difficult relations and heal wounds still open from a controversial papal speech in 2006.

A joint statement said the first meeting of “The Catholic-Muslim Forum” will take place from Nov 4 to 6 in Rome with 24 religious leaders and scholars from each side....

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French Muslims Promote 'Cool Islam'

March 5, 2008

Author: Robert Pigott

Source: BBC News

http://news.bbc.co.uk/2/hi/europe/7266729.stm

I met Medine in the coastal town of Le Havre, in a scaled-down version of France's notorious banlieues.

Medine was here - hunched into a parka against the chill sea breeze - to practise in the municipal dance hall.

He was brought up in the bleak tower blocks that overshadow the place, and was once a member of the disenchanted Muslim youth who preached...

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DMC Employee's Lawsuit Alleges Religious Harassment

March 5, 2008

Author: Catherine Jun

Source: The Detroit News

http://www.detnews.com/apps/pbcs.dll/article?AID=/20080305/METRO/803050452/1361

A fired Muslim employee has filed a lawsuit against the Detroit Medical Center alleging religious and ethnic harassment before being unlawfully terminated.

The announcement was made this morning at the Michigan office of the Council on American-Islamic Relations in Southfield this morning...

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Dutch PM Seeks French Help Over Anti-Islam Film

March 5, 2008

Author: Staff Writer

Source: Yahoo!News

Wire Service: Reuters

http://news.yahoo.com/s/nm/20080305/film_nm/dutch_dc

Dutch Prime Minister Jan Peter Balkenende asked France Wednesday to show solidarity with his country if there is any fallout over an anti-Islamic film made by a Dutch right-wing politician.

Dutch parliamentarian Geert Wilders, who has called for the Koran to be banned, has made a film in which...

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Justice Department Taking Steps to Charge Sami Al-Arian

March 4, 2008

Author: Staff Writer

Source: The New York Sun

http://www.nysun.com/article/72228

The Justice Department is taking the first steps toward what could be another criminal prosecution of a former Florida college professor and prominent Palestinian Arab activist, Sami Al-Arian. One of Al-Arian's attorneys, Jonathan Turley, said a hearing was held in federal court yesterday in Alexandria, Va., after prosecutors summoned Al-Arian before a grand jury there. Al-Arian has...

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Repressive Decree Withdrawn, but Work on New Religion Law Speeded Up

March 4, 2008

Author: Felix Corley

Source: Forum 18

http://www.forum18.org/Archive.php?article_id=1096

The Presidential Administration has rejected for now a harsh new Decree which would have brought in sweeping controls on religious activity. But Kanat Murzakhalilov, Deputy Head of the State Agency for Religious Affairs, told Forum 18 News Service that his agency hopes to present a final draft of a controversial new Religion Law to the government by the end of...

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Jewish Representative Body Welcomes Muslim Call to Dialogue

March 4, 2008

Author: Press Release

Source: PR-inside/IJCIC

http://www.pr-inside.com/jewish-representative-body-welcomes-muslim-r468622.htm

March 3, 2008 - In an historic first, the International Jewish Committee for Interreligious Consultations (IJCIC), that represents world Jewry to other world religions, has issued a call for dialogue between Muslims and Jews. The statement follows the recent call to peace, dialogue and understanding...

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