Islam

Arabic-Language Site Launched by Thai Government to Reach Out to Muslims

September 7, 2006

Source: International Herald Tribune

Wire Service: AP

http://www.iht.com/articles/ap/2006/09/07/asia/AS_GEN_Thailand_Arabic_Web_Site.php

On September 7, 2006 the Associated Press reported, "The Thai government on Friday will launch its first-ever Arabic-language Web site to reach out to the Arab and Muslim world, the Foreign Ministry said. The site, http://www.thai2arab.com, was designed by the Foreign...

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San Antonio Muslims Move Beyond Isolation to Civic Engagement

September 6, 2006

Source: San Antonio Express News

http://www.mysanantonio.com/news/metro/stories/MYSA090606.1A.muslim.35ad9e5.html

On September 6, 2006 the San Antonio Express News reported, "A block away from such commercial icons as Haverty's and Home Depot sits a typical house on a secluded 2-acre property with a basketball hoop standing on an asphalt parking lot. Here, on Friday afternoons, South Asian Muslims re-create the atmosphere of their native...

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Lancaster Vice Mayor's "Joke" Becomes Lesson in Understanding

September 6, 2006

Source: Antelope Valley Press

http://www.avpress.com/n/06/0906_s1.hts

On September 6, 2006 Antelope Valley Press reported, "Lancaster's Vice Mayor Ed Sileo took a tour of Palmdale's mosque Tuesday - asking questions, listening intently and learning what it is to be forgiven. The invitation was extended from Chaplain Abdul-Wahab Omeira and Kamal M. Al-Khatib to create dialogue and understanding with the recently re-elected councilman who was elevated to the council's second-highest...

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An Interview with New ISNA President, Ingrid Mattson

September 5, 2006

Source: Belief Net

http://www.beliefnet.com/story/198/story_19898_1.html

Recently Belief Net reported, "When the Islamic Society of Northern American (ISNA) elected Ingrid Mattson, the director of the Islamic chaplaincy program at the Hartford Seminary and vice president of ISNA, as its president last week, Muslims and non-Muslims took note. Mattson is the first female to head the organization, which is the largest, most inclusive Muslim group in North America, with a...

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MPAC Asks LA Board of Supervisors to Support Award for Muslim American Leader

September 5, 2006

Source: Muslim Public Affairs Council Press Release

http://www.mpac.org/article.php?id=412

On September 5, 2006 a Muslim Public Affairs Council Press Release reported, "The Muslim Public Affairs Council today sent a letter to the Los Angeles County Board of Supervisors, on behalf of Dr. Maher Hathout, urging them to support the L.A. Commission on Human Relations decision to honor the renowned Muslim American leader with its prestigious John Buggs Award for excellence in human...

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Conservative Muslims Seek Isolation in America

September 5, 2006

Source: The Washington Post

http://www.washingtonpost.com/wp-dyn/content/article/2006/09/04/AR2006090401107.html?referrer=email

On September 5, 2006 The Washington Post reported, "Twelve girls sat in rows at the front of the community room in Silver Spring's Muslim Community Center, calming their nerves with giggles and girl talk. In their sweaty hands, they held prepared speeches. On their heads, they wore scarves in a...

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Cheyenne Muslims Comment on the Lack of Post-9/11 Backlash

September 5, 2006

Source: KGWN

Wire Service: AP

http://www.kgwn.tv/home/headlines/3823836.html

On September 5, 2006 the Associated Press reported, "Mohammed Salih is dean of the Laramie County Community College department of business and technology. He's a native of Sudan and came to Cheyenne in 1969. Salih says people treat him and other Muslims as part of the community, and says that the terrorist attacks had nothing to do with religion. Soon after the 9/...

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Jews, Jains, Hindus, Sikhs, and Muslims Hail Decision Prohibiting Exams on Religious Holidays

September 5, 2006

Source: New York Daily News

http://www.nydailynews.com/news/local/story/449389p-378270c.html

On September 5, 2006 the New York Daily News reported, "A Queens state senator and an array of clergy yesterday hailed a new law that prohibits the state Education Department from scheduling statewide exams during religious holidays. 'The law is now on your side,' declared state Sen. John Sabini (D-Queens). The law was spurred after statewide English exams for...

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New Policy at the Pool: Swimwear Policies Amended to Accommodate Muslim Women

September 4, 2006

Source: Detroit Free Press

http://www.freep.com/apps/pbcs.dll/article?AID=/20060904/NEWS05/609040349

On September 4, 2006 the Detroit Free Press reported, "Jumanah Saadeh is your typical American teen: She digs rock, loves the TV show 'Lost' and shoots hoops with her friends. But as an observant Muslim, the 14-year-old Ann Arbor girl believes Islam requires her to cover her hair and body while in public -- even while swimming. So when her seventh...

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New Zealand's Green Party: "State Schools Should Advance Religious Tolerance"

September 4, 2006

Source: Scoop Independent News

http://www.scoop.co.nz/stories/PA0609/S00067.htm

On September 4, 2006 Scoop Independent News reported, "Green MP Keith Locke has concerns that Christian prayers in state school assemblies do not take account of the greater diversity in religious belief that is evident among New Zealanders today. Mr Locke, the Green Party's Human Rights Spokesperson, was responding to the decision to ditch the proposed guidelines for teaching religion in...

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In Assisi, an International, Interfaith Meeting and Prayer for Peace

September 4, 2006

Source: International Herald Tribune

Wire Service: AP

http://www.iht.com/articles/ap/2006/09/04/europe/EU_REL_Italy_Religious_Summit.php

On September 4, 2006 the Associated Press reported, "Global terrorism and violence carried out in the name of God show no sign of letting up, Pope Benedict XVI said Monday as he appealed to hundreds of religious leaders [in Assisi] to use their faiths to bring about peace...

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In London, Police Community Engagement Program Invites Tariq Ramadan, Representatives of Diverse Faiths, for Counter-Terror Hearings

September 4, 2006

Source: eGov Monitor

http://www.egovmonitor.com/node/7409

On September 4, 2006 eGov Monitor reported, "'Counter-Terrorism: The London Debate' is the [Metropolitain Police Authority]'s programme of community engagement to counter terrorism. The third hearing in the programme will be held on Thursday 7 September 2006, when invited representatives from faith groups will be able to recount their experiences of terrorism and counter-terrorism to the MPA. Toby Harris, chair of the MPA...

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Opinion: "Islam Does Not Mean Terrorism" by Southern Methodist University Journalism Teacher

September 4, 2006

Source: The Dallas Morning News

http://www.dallasnews.com/sharedcontent/dws/dn/opinion/viewpoints/stories/DN-bartamain_04edi.ART.State.Edition1.3e010ca.html

On September 4, 2006 The Dallas Morning News ran an opinion piece by Carolyn Barta who teaches journalism at Southern Methodist University, "Events have once again hoisted radical Islam to the top of the news - with the Israeli-Hezbollah war...

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UK Religious Leaders to Hold Conference on Honor Killings

September 4, 2006

Source: BBC News

http://news.bbc.co.uk/2/hi/uk_news/5311244.stm

On September 4, 2006 BBC News reported, "Of 500 Hindus, Sikhs, Christians and Muslims questioned, a 10th said they would condone the murder of someone who disrespected their family's honour. Figures show 13 people die every year in honour killings, but police and support groups believe it is many more. Religious leaders said they would hold a national conference on the issue. Honour killing is a brutal...

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Louisville House Transformed into Bosniak-American Islamic Center

September 3, 2006

Source: The Courier-Journal

http://www.courier-journal.com/apps/pbcs.dll/article?AID=/20060903/NEWS01/609030596

On September 3, 2006 The Courier-Journal reported, "Since moving to Louisville seven years ago, Zenita Bekric has visited many of her friends' places of worship. But until yesterday, Bekric, a 20-year-old Bosnia native, was never able to repay the favor. When friends asked where she worships, she would reply, 'Well, there's...

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