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Small-town Values, Big City Heart

November 11, 2006

Author: Sandy Naiman

Source: Toronto Sun

http://torontosun.com/News/World/2006/11/06/2253210-sun.html

On the morning of Sept. 11, 2001, Azhar Qureshi and his wife sat in the Credit Valley Hospital waiting room, their daughter in surgery, watching as the World Trade Center was hit.

"I remember the shock and thinking to myself, 'Don't let it be a Muslim name,'" the 45-year-old information technologist said.

When it was, he...

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Jewish-Muslim Incident in Brooklyn Rocks Ethnic Balance

November 10, 2006

Author: Nathaniel Popper

Source: Independent Press Association

http://www.indypressny.org/article.php3?ArticleID=3006

The Voice of America recently beamed a story around the world about the Midwood section of Brooklyn, presenting the neighborhood as a model of ethnic harmony where Orthodox Jews rub shoulders with Pakistani Muslims. Until recently, one shining example of the inter-ethnic cooperation was the Dunkin’ Donuts/Baskin-Robbins under...

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Muslim’s Election Is Celebrated Here and in Mideast

November 10, 2006

Author: Neil MacFarquhar

Source: The New York Times

http://www.nytimes.com/2006/11/10/us/politics/10muslims.html?_r=1&oref=slogin

Keith Ellison wore his religion lightly on the campaign trail, mentioning it only when asked.

Keith Ellison, speaking in Minneapolis, said Thursday that he would serve “from a standpoint of improving the quality of civil and human rights for all people in America.” Mr....

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Thai Govt Tries to Quell Muslim Insurgency

November 10, 2006

Author: RUNGRAWEE C. PINYORAT

Source: Houston Chronicle

Wire Service: AP

http://www.chron.com/disp/story.mpl/ap/world/4325079.html

Tears flowed as the poor Muslim farmer recalled the day one of her seven children disappeared after evening prayers.

Now, a year later, Rosamoh Sulong simply wants to know if her son, the family breadwinner, is alive.

"I'm hopeful that the prime minister will help...

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The Right to Vote Stirs Muslim's Soul

November 9, 2006

Author: Robert L. Jamieson, Jr.

Source: Seattle Post-Intelligencer

http://seattlepi.nwsource.com/jamieson/291720_robert09.html

The quest to find a place in Seattle where Election Day counts took me south on Rainier Avenue.

I headed through Columbia City to South Brandon Street and hung a left.

There it was on the right, a white clapboard building with a sign in red letters: Maka Mini Market.

Inside, the man...

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Tree-Planting Marks Lost Burial Mounds

November 9, 2006

Author: Katya Cengel

Source: The Courier-Journal

http://www.courier-journal.com/apps/pbcs.dll/article?AID=/20061109/NEWS01/61109028

As traffic swirled past the little park on the corner of Fifth Street and Muhammad Ali Boulevard Thursday morning, Chief Arvol Looking Horse prayed.

Outfitted with a feather headdress "an offering of tobacco in one hand, a smoldering cedar smudge bundle, used for purification, in...

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First Muslim Congressman Elected

November 8, 2006

Source: BBC News

http://news.bbc.co.uk/2/hi/americas/6127234.stm

Keith Ellison, a Democrat, has become the first Muslim to be elected to the US Congress by winning a Minnesota seat in the House of Representatives.

He overcame personal attacks emphasising his past association with Louis Farrakhan, leader of the radical Nation of Islam group.

The 43-year-old lawyer sought to play down the issue of his religion and ran on a populist platform.

He has...

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Ellison Breaks Ground as Muslim, Black

November 8, 2006

Author: Aron Kahn

Source: Pioneer Press

http://www.twincities.com/mld/twincities/15957666.htm

Keith Ellison was a minor figure as a two-term state representative from Minneapolis. Now, across the nation and the world, he might become Minnesota's best-known voice.

The 43-year-old fiery stump speaker, an easy winner Tuesday in the 5th Congressional District, becomes Minnesota's first black congressman and America's first Muslim on Capitol...

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Muslim Women Leaders Launch Global Movement to Empower Muslim Women

November 8, 2006

Author: Daisy Khan

Source: The American Muslim

http://theamericanmuslim.org/tam.php/features/articles/muslim_women_leaders_launch_global_movement_to_empower_muslim_women/0011550

Manhattan, New York - Over one hundred Muslim women religious leaders, human rights activists, scholars and artists from around the world will meet in New York City on November 17th to 19th to...

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BNP Leader Defends Views on Islam

November 8, 2006

Source: BBC News

http://news.bbc.co.uk/2/hi/uk_news/england/bradford/6129820.stm

The leader of the British National Party has told a court the idea Islam has a tolerant and moderate strand is "a politically correct nonsense".

Nick Griffin, 47, denies two charges of stirring racial hatred.

The charges arose from speeches made in Keighley which were secretly filmed for a BBC documentary on the party in 2004.

Mr Griffin, of Powys, mid...

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From Tunis to Tehran, the Great Veil Debate

November 8, 2006

Author: Dan Murphy

Source: The Christian Science Monitor

http://www.csmonitor.com/2006/1108/p01s04-wome.html

CAIRO - When former British Foreign Secretary Jack Straw insisted last month that female Muslim constituents show their faces when meeting with him, he set off a fiery debate about whether the face-covering niqab should be allowed in Britain's multicultural society.

But often forgotten amid such controversies in Europe - which tend...

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In Spain, Dismay at Muslim Converts Holding Sway

November 7, 2006

Author: Geoff Pingree and Lisa Abend

Source: The Christian Science Monitor

http://www.csmonitor.com/2006/1107/p04s01-woeu.html

MADRID - When Abdennur Prado adopted Islam in 1998, he had no idea that he would become a spokesperson for the Spanish Muslim community. As a young writer, Mr. Prado, whose parents were non-practicing Catholics, was a confirmed atheist. But during a spiritual crisis in his early 20s, he came across the Koran.

"I was...

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Malaysian Hindu Sangam Concerned With Temple Evictions

November 7, 2006

Author: Datuk A. Vaithilingam

Source: Hinduism Today

http://www.hinduismtoday.com/hpi/2006/11/7.shtml#1

KUALA LUMPUR, MALAYSIA, November 7, 2006: Datuk A. Vaithilingam, President of the Malaysia Hindu Sangam writes:

"The Malaysia Hindu Sangam is very much saddened with the approach on Hindu temples issue by certain government and private sector authorities. Recently the Semenyih Local Council authorities demolished a Muneeswarar Temple...

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Italy Government Seeks Veil Ban

November 7, 2006

Author: Christian Fraser

Source: BBC News

http://news.bbc.co.uk/2/hi/europe/6125302.stm

Italy is to put forward draft new legislation to ban the Islamic veil that covers the face.

Vice-premier Francesco Rutelli says current laws are insufficient.

The niqab and the burka have aroused concerns, not least because Italy has a law - intended to foil terrorism - against wearing masks in public.

Mr Rutelli has now entered the...

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