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Overcoming Muslim Stereotypes

January 10, 2008

Author: Shauna Staveley

Source: Arlington Advocate

http://www.wickedlocal.com/arlington/homepage/x1925658856

ARLINGTON, MASS. - Ali S. Asani, Harvard professor of the practice of Indo-Muslim languages and culture, said he knows how to end dehumanization in society — particularly of Muslims.

The solution is death of cultural and religious illiteracy, and the birth of a truly pluralistic society, he said on Nov. 5 at the Dialogue...

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Terror Suspect Barred from Teaching at His Islamic School

January 9, 2008

Author: Stewart Bell

Source: National Post

http://www.nationalpost.com/news/story.html?id=224337

A Federal Court judge has refused to allow an Egyptian man linked to the deadly 1998 bombings of the U.S. embassies in Kenya and Tanzania to teach at the Toronto Islamic school he founded.

The judge also prohibited Mahmoud Jaballah, believed to be a member of the Egyptian Al-Jihad terrorist group, from holding Arabic and Koranic classes in the...

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Bush Endorses Turkey's Bid to Join EU, Calls it a 'Constructive Bridge' Between West and Islam

January 8, 2008

Author: Staff Writer

Source: The International Herald Tribune

Wire Service: AP

http://www.iht.com/articles/ap/2008/01/08/america/US-Turkey.php

President Bush gave Turkey's bid to join the European Union a glowing endorsement on Tuesday and called the Islamic nation a "constructive bridge" between the West and the Muslim world, offering a much-needed boost to U.S.-Turkish relations.

"I think Turkey...

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Sacked Imam Wins £17,500 Payout

January 7, 2008

Author: Staff Writer

Source: BBC News

http://news.bbc.co.uk/2/hi/uk_news/england/tyne/7175819.stm

An imam who claimed he was unfairly dismissed from a Newcastle mosque has won an £17,500 settlement.

Hamidur Rahman took the Shahjalal Mosque in Sceptre Street, Elswick, to an employment tribunal after he was sacked for misconduct in July 2006.

Lawyers believe it is the first time an imam has successfully claimed against a...

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Poll: Pakistanis Want Islamic Democracy

January 7, 2008

Author: Staff Writer

Source: TVNZ

http://tvnz.co.nz/view/page/536641/1536260

Most Pakistanis want their country to be a democratic Islamic state but are deeply distrustful of the United States and its war on terrorism, according to a poll released.

Funded by the US Institute of Peace, or USIP, the poll was taken in the nuclear-armed nation before President Pervez Musharraf's six-week state of emergency and the assassination of former Prime Minister...

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Suspected Islamic Militants Kill 8 Tribal Elders Working to Broker Truce in Northwest Pakistan

January 7, 2008

Author: SADAQAT JAN

Source: The Star Tribune

Wire Service: AP

http://www.startribune.com/world/13491256.html

Suspected Islamic militants fatally shot eight tribal leaders involved in efforts to broker a cease-fire between security forces and insurgents in Pakistan's volatile northwest, authorities said Monday.

The men were killed in separate attacks late Sunday and early Monday in South Waziristan, a mountainous...

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Germany: Anti-Islam Party Created

January 7, 2008

Author: Staff Writer

Source: The Trumpet

http://www.thetrumpet.com/index.php?q=4659.2915.0.0

Germans are watching a new political party gaining support in parts of the nation for its stance against the building of mosques in German cities, Spiegel Online reported last Thursday.

The nation’s first anti-Islam party’s nucleus is in Cologne, where Muslims are planning to complete a 170-foot-high mosque in 2009. Muslim planners chose...

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Approval Given to Extend Mosque

January 7, 2008

Author: Staff Writer

Source: BBC News

http://news.bbc.co.uk/2/hi/uk_news/england/suffolk/7174942.stm

Permission has been given for a mosque in Suffolk to be extended.

The Ipswich mosque, which has occupied a former fire station in Bond Street since the 1980s, is to be extended into neighbouring Upper Orwell Street.

With the mosque full, the community had been forced to pray in a car park at Friday prayers, said Mahbub...

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In Response to M.T.A.’s ‘Say Something’ Ads, a Glimpse of Modern Fears

January 7, 2008

Author: WILLIAM NEUMAN

Source: The New York Times

http://www.nytimes.com/2008/01/07/nyregion/07see.html?_r=1&scp=6&sq=muslims&oref=slogin

After 9/11, the Metropolitan Transportation Authority coined the slogan, “If you see something, say something,” and put it on posters encouraging subway and bus riders to call a police counterterrorism hot line if they encountered anything suspicious. Then, last July,...

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Bishop Says Islamic Extremism Creates UK 'No-Go Areas'

January 7, 2008

Author: Staff Writer

Source: The Sydney Morning Herald

Wire Service: Reuters

http://www.smh.com.au/news/world/bishop-says-islamic-extremism-creates-uk-nogo-areas/2008/01/07/1199554522464.html

A Church of England bishop has said Islamic extremism has turned some areas of Britain into "no-go areas" for non-Muslims, drawing ire from the Muslim community, which...

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Abused Muslim Women in U.S. Gain Advocates

January 6, 2008

Author: NEIL MacFARQUHAR

Source: The New York Times

http://www.nytimes.com/2008/01/06/us/06muslim.html

CHICAGO — After enduring seven years of beatings from her husband, a young Yemeni-American woman recently fled to a local shelter, only to find that the heavy black head scarf she wore as an observant Muslim provoked disapproval.

The shelter brought in a hairdresser, whose services she accepted without any misgivings. But once her...

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Woman Artist Gets Death Threats over Gay Muslim Photos

January 6, 2008

Author: Matthew Campbell

Source: Times Online

http://www.timesonline.co.uk/tol/news/world/europe/article3137510.ece

THE Dutch were debating the limits of freedom of expression last week after an artist who photographed gay men wearing masks of the prophet Muhammad was forced into hiding and her work removed from a museum exhibit.

Speaking on the telephone from an unspecified location in the Netherlands last week, the...

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Donor Cancels Islamic Chair for Temple

January 5, 2008

Author: Kathy Boccell

Source: The Philadelphia Inquirer

http://www.philly.com/philly/education/20080105_Donor_cancels_Islamic_chair_for_Temple.html

Last spring, an Islamic group came to Temple University with an extremely generous offer: $1.5 million for an endowed chair in Islamic studies to honor religion professor Mahmoud Ayoub.

But after months of talks, the deal fell apart when trustees and...

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