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Veil Makes Islam Women Faceless

October 25, 2006

Author: Cathy Young

Source: Seattle Post-Intelligencer

http://seattlepi.nwsource.com/opinion/289808_cathyyoung25.html

Britain has been in turmoil over veils in recent days, after a school in Yorkshire suspended a Muslim teacher's assistant for wearing "niqab" -- a form of the traditional veil that leaves only a slit for the eyes.

Further stoking the flames, House of Commons leader Jack Straw revealed that in meetings with...

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U.S. Muslims Are Leaning Democratic

October 25, 2006

Author: Bethe Dufresne

Source: The Day

http://www.theday.com/re.aspx?re=bd05cf80-66c5-4f9f-bdb2-0dd2529b96a1

A survey released Tuesday by the Council on American-Islamic Relations shows Muslim voters to be religiously diverse, well-integrated into American society, highly educated, politically active and gravitating toward the Democratic Party.

Forty-two percent of Muslims surveyed said they belonged to the Democratic...

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Man Battles to Have Confiscated Feathers Returned

October 25, 2006

Author: Andres R. Martinez

Source: The Monitor

http://www.themonitor.com/SiteProcessor.cfm?Template=/GlobalTemplates/Details.cfm&StoryID=16052&Section=Local

McALLEN - The turkey feathers in Robert Soto’s porcupine brocade are nothing more than placeholders for the two golden eagle feathers they replaced.

Soto’s eagle feathers were confiscated by a U.S. Fish and Wildlife...

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Russian Muslims Celebrate Eid

October 24, 2006

Source: The Hindu

http://www.hindu.com/thehindu/holnus/003200610240313.htm

Muslims in Russia, who constitute over 12 per cent of the population in Russia on Monday celebrated Eid-ul-Fitr amid growing xenophobia and racial intolerance in the post-Communist society.

Amid tight security arrangements thousands of Muslims gathered in Moscow's main mosque on Monday morning for Eid Namaz led by the Russian Mufti Ravil Ghainuttdin.

In his message, President...

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Violence Casts Shadow on Muslim Holiday

October 23, 2006

Source: Beliefnet

Wire Service: AP

http://www.beliefnet.com/story/202/story_20230_1.html

Women in southern Lebanon wept at the graves of loved ones killed in the Israel-Hezbollah war, while many Iraqis stayed home amid fears of violence Monday at the start of a major holiday marking the end of Ramadan.

The three-day holiday of Eid al-Fitr is customarily celebrated with family gatherings, presents and lunchtime feasts, but fighting...

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Latina Muslim Converts Gather to Share and Forge their Newfound Faith, Friendship

October 23, 2006

Author: Barbara Karkabi

Source: Houston Chronicle

http://www.chron.com/disp/story.mpl/life/religion/4279586.html

When Zulayka Martinez left the Roman Catholic Church and converted to Islam six years ago, she was happy and at peace with her decision. But she felt like an outsider in her new faith.

Looking back, she realizes her problem was more of a cultural and language barrier. Most members of Houston mosques were of Arab or...

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West Point Dedicates Space to Muslim Worship

October 23, 2006

Source: Army Times

Wire Service: AP

http://www.armytimes.com/story.php?f=1-292925-2304993.php

Muslims at the U.S. Military Academy numbered just two in 2001. This year, there are 32. Now West Point has opened its first space dedicated to Muslims, a worship hall complete with a pulpit facing Mecca. The space officially opened Thursday.

“I knew the Army had a policy of religious tolerance, but I didn’t know it was to...

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A Muslim Pope Luther?

October 23, 2006

Author: Martin Marty

Source: Martin Marty Center

http://marty-center.uchicago.edu/sightings/archive_2006/1023.shtml

Philippus Aureolus Theophrastus Bombastus von Hohenheim, a.k.a. Paracelsus, was challenged by authorities who called him the Luther of medicine. "Why do you call me a medical Luther?... I leave it to Luther to defend what he says, and I will be responsible for what I say." I thought about P.A.T.B.v.H. this week while...

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Muslim Could Be a 1st in Congress

October 23, 2006

Author: Joseph Williams

Source: The Boston Globe

http://www.boston.com/news/nation/articles/2006/10/23/muslim_could_be_a_1st_in_congress/

While there is no such thing as a sure thing in politics, congressional candidate Keith Ellison is a good bet to join the freshman class of 2006 in the US House of Representatives.

If he does, Ellison, who is the Democratic nominee in an overwhelmingly Democratic...

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Beloved Ramadan Traditions Fall Victim to Iraq's Dangers

October 22, 2006

Author: Amit R. Paley

Source: The Washington Post

http://www.washingtonpost.com/wp-dyn/content/article/2006/10/21/AR2006102100334.html

Ramadan, the Muslim holy month, is drawing to a close. But for many Iraqis, it never really began. One by one, 1,000-year-old rituals have fallen by the wayside this year, lost to the sectarian violence that has paralyzed this city.

There was majinah , an Iraqi version of...

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A Buddhist Temple in Russia Celebrates 10th Founding Anniversary

October 20, 2006

Source: The Buddhist Channel

http://www.buddhistchannel.tv/index.php?id=3,3315,0,0,1,0

Gaden Shedrup Choekhorling, the main Buddhist temple in Elista, Kalmykia, turned 10 on 6 October 2006 and the day was declared as a national holiday by the President of Kalmykia.

The main Buddhist temple was opened on 5 October 1996 and consecrated by His Holiness the Dalai Lama on 30 November 2004.

Mr. Tashi, Representative of His Holiness the Dalai Lama in...

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Parvez Ahmed and Nihad Awad: Reject the Political Muslim-Bashing Smears

October 20, 2006

Source: Star Tribune

http://www.startribune.com/562/story/754239.html

Attacks on Keith Ellison's congressional campaign fit a disturbing pattern that has been seen across the nation this year.

There has been much sound and fury in certain circles about the American Muslim community's support for Keith Ellison and his campaign to represent Minnesota's Fifth Congressional District. A handful of right-wing bloggers, agenda-driven commentators and political operatives have...

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Tunisia Moves Against Headscarves

October 20, 2006

Author: Heba Saleh

Source: BBC News

http://news.bbc.co.uk/2/hi/africa/6053380.stm

The Tunisian authorities have launched a campaign against the Islamic veil worn by some women to cover their hair.

Police are applying with renewed vigour a decree dating back to 1981 which prohibits women from wearing Islamic headscarves in public places.

In recent days, senior officials have hit out at what they describe as sectarian dress worn by...

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