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Britain Funding Islamic Studies at Universities

June 8, 2007

Author: Thomas Wagner

Source: Houston Chronicle

Wire Service: AP

http://www.chron.com/disp/story.mpl/life/religion/4874027.html

LONDON — Prime Minister Tony Blair this week announced $2 million in funding to back Islamic studies at British universities, urging the public to listen to the religion's moderate scholars rather than to its radicals.

Blair's government hopes the funding will lead...

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Feature: New York is Hell for Young Osama

June 8, 2007

Author: Chris Reiter

Source: Reuters

http://www.alertnet.org/thenews/newsdesk/N06394027.htm

NEW YORK, June 8 (Reuters) - After years of being taunted as "bin Laden" and "terrorist" at school, Osama Al-Najjar attempted suicide last July at the age of 15.

Now 16, he is an extreme example of the difficulties facing some Arabs in New York, the city hit hardest by the attacks of Sept. 11, 2001.

"They destroyed everything nice in...

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Shaping Islam In America: 10 Young Muslim Visionaries

June 7, 2007

Source: The Islamica Magazine

http://www.islamicamagazine.com/issue-19/shaping-islam-in-america.html

10 Young Muslim Visionaries

Introduction

There is no shortage of discussion about what is wrong with Muslims and the Islamic world these days. From our perspective, it is also important to take time to acknowledge the good that comes from Muslims inspired by their faith. For this reason Islamica decided to profile a series of individuals...

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Muhammad Second Most Popular Name

June 6, 2007

Author: Staff Writer

Source: BBC News

http://news.bbc.co.uk/2/hi/uk_news/6727101.stm

Muhammad is the second most popular name for baby boys in Britain, new research has found.

According to The Times, the name is now second only to Jack and is likely to rise to number one by next year.

The newspaper says the name - if all 14 different spellings are included - was shared by 5,991 new-born boys during last year.

The name's...

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15 Schools Agree to Provide Arabic and Islamic Studies

June 6, 2007

Author: Siham Al Najami

Source: Gulfnews.com

http://archive.gulfnews.com/articles/07/06/06/10130394.html

Dubai: Fifteen schools in Dubai confirmed they will immediately work on providing Arabic and Islamic studies in their curriculum, the Knowledge and Human Development Authority (KHDA) said in a release.

A survey by the School Agency, the first body created by KHDA, had revealed that 15 private schools were not offering Arabic and...

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Interfaith Conference on Islam Begins in UK

June 5, 2007

Author: Staff Writer

Source: Dawn

http://www.dawn.com/2007/06/05/int7.htm

LONDON, June 4: The two-day interfaith conference on ‘Islam and Muslims in the World Today’ began here on Monday with Prime Minister Tony Blair emphatically declaring that the voices of extremism are no more representative of Islam than the use, in times gone by, of torture to force conversion to Christianity, represented the true teachings of Christ.

He said Islam...

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University Plans to Add Footbaths

June 5, 2007

Source: Detroit Free Press

http://www.freep.com/apps/pbcs.dll/article?AID=/20070605/NEWS02/706050424/1004

DEARBORN: University plans to add footbaths

In order to accommodate its growing Muslim student population, the University of Michigan-Dearborn plans to install footbaths in its restrooms, officials said Monday.

The move comes after an increasing number of students were found washing their feet in restroom sinks before...

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Security Agency Enlisting Muslims to Rebut Radicals

June 5, 2007

Author: Matthai Chakko Kuruvila

Source: San Francisco Chronicle

http://www.sfgate.com/cgi-bin/article.cgi?file=/c/a/2007/06/05/MNGPOQ7IRT1.DTL

After nearly six years of intense law enforcement scrutiny of Muslims in the United States, Homeland Security Secretary Michael Chertoff is reshaping his agency's approach to Muslims and invited four prominent Muslims to help the agency prevent homegrown radicalism.

The...

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Turkish Women Raise Voice for Secularism

June 5, 2007

Author: Emma Ross-Thomas

Source: Dawn

Wire Service: Reuters

http://www.dawn.com/2007/06/05/int9.htm

ISTANBUL: Turkish women are on the street protesting as never before as the fight to preserve Turkey’s secular status gives them a louder political voice that could translate into parliamentary seats in this summer’s elections.

Women have dominated recent rallies in Turkish cities against the ruling Islamist-...

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What Does it Mean to be British?

June 5, 2007

Author: Lucy Rodgers

Source: BBC News

http://news.bbc.co.uk/2/hi/uk_news/6723325.stm

Communities Secretary Ruth Kelly will set out plans for a national "Britain" day to celebrate Britishness and promote stronger national ties.

So what does it mean to be British? A conference on Islam and Muslims has been considering this question.

Religious leaders taking part this week in the two-day debate on Islam And Muslims In The World Today in...

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"Clash of Civilizations a Dangerous Idea," a Commentary by Eboo Patel

June 4, 2007

Author: Eboo Patel

Source: The Washington Post

http://newsweek.washingtonpost.com/onfaith/guestvoices/2007/06/clash_of_civilizations_a_dange.html

The first assignment I give the graduate students in my class at Chicago Theological Seminary is Samuel Huntington’s The Clash of Civilizations. I figure it is only fair for them to do a thorough reading of perhaps the most prevalent theory of our times....

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More UK Imams Needed, Says Blair

June 4, 2007

Source: BBC News

http://news.bbc.co.uk/1/hi/uk_politics/6718235.stm

Tony Blair says he wants more Muslim imams trained in UK universities, to reduce reliance on imams from overseas.

There are concerns that imams from another country may not understand British society or speak good English.

He also pledged a £1m boost for Islamic studies at university after a report criticised the quality of teaching.

He told a London conference politicians must...

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British Academics Stand Up for Muslim Students

June 2, 2007

Source: Belief Net

Wire Service: AP

http://www.beliefnet.com/story/219/story_21948_1.html

London - A union of British academics voted unanimously to reject a government plan to tackle Islamic extremism in universities, likening the initiative to "witch hunts" that would single out Muslim students.

The University and College Union, which represents more than 120,000 British academics, agreed to the motion Wednesday at its inaugural...

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