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British Muslim Leaders Issue Joint Statement Against Terrorism

June 23, 2006

Source: BBC News

http://news.bbc.co.uk/2/hi/uk_news/england/west_midlands/5111092.stm

On June 23, 2006 BBC News reported, "Islamic leaders across Birmingham have issued a joint message against terrorism in a bid to tackle mistrust of Muslims in the UK. Leaders of the 150 mosques in the city have backed the statement, which comes in response to the police raid in London's Forest Gate this month. The religious edict makes clear the killing of innocent...

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Country's Major Muslim Groups Commit to Moderate Islam Campaign

June 22, 2006

Source: People's Daily/Xinhua

http://english.people.com.cn/200606/22/eng20060622_276303.html

On June 22, 2006 the Xinhua reported, "Indonesia's to largest Muslim organizations Nadhlatul Ulama and Muhammadiyah say they are committed to campaigning for moderate Islam to counter the emergence of militant groups, a local newspaper said Thursday. They pledged that they would not seek strict religious formalism in pluralist Indonesia -- meaning the upholding of...

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School Board Considering Continuation of Muslims' Early Release on Fridays

June 22, 2006

Source: The Washington Post

http://www.washingtonpost.com/wp-dyn/content/article/2006/06/21/AR2006062101818.html

On June 22, 2006 The Washington Post reported, "The Howard County school board has agreed to consider continuing a policy that has allowed Muslim students to leave school 20 minutes early on Fridays to attend prayer services. The five-member board voted Tuesday night not to accept changes proposed by a policy review committee...

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Red Cross Admits Israel into Organization, Adopts Optional Emblem

June 22, 2006

Source: The Boston Globe

Wire Service: AP

http://www.boston.com/news/world/europe/articles/2006/06/22/red_cross_admits_israeli_society_optional_emblem_adopted/

On June 22, 2006 the Associated Press reported, "The Red Cross admitted Israel to the worldwide humanitarian organization today, ending decades of exclusion linked to the Jewish state's refusal to accept the...

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Differences Shape Experiences of Being Muslim in America, Europe

June 22, 2006

Source: The Economist

http://www.economist.com/world/displaystory.cfm?story_id=7081343

On June 22, 2006 The Economist reported, "Having narrowly escaped with his life from the theocrats of his native Iran, Afshin Ellian likes the relaxed, cerebral atmosphere of Leiden, the Dutch town where he now teaches law. But this 40-year-old professor is disillusioned by a Europe which he says has become too soft-minded in its dealings with Islam. It is a sign of the...

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Government Criticized for Ignoring Muslim Advice After 7/7 Bombings

June 21, 2006

Source: Islamic Republic News Agency

http://www.irna.ir/en/news/view/menu-234/0606215654141731.htm

On June 21, 2006 the Islamic Republic News Agency reported, "The British government is coming under growing criticism for not listening to Muslim advice following last year's London bombings. After the attacks on London's transport system on July 7, 2005, Prime Minister Tony Blair set up seven Muslim task forces for consultations. But seven months after the...

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Anger Sparked Over Hindu Temple Razings

June 21, 2006

Source: Al-Jazeera

http://english.aljazeera.net/NR/exeres/F6C679EF-A63D-495C-B5B6-BF2C4079E98F.htm

On June 21, 2006 Al-Jazeera reported, "The destruction of Hindu temples by Malaysian authorities is inflaming religious tensions. Rights groups and politicians say that anger is growing among the country's minority Hindu community as temples, many of historic value, are bulldozed at the rate of at least one every few weeks to make way for new...

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Islamic Conference of Foreign Ministers Affirms Religious Tolerance

June 21, 2006

Source: Azeri-Press Information Agency (APA)

http://en.apa.az/news.php?id=11241

On June 21, 2006 the Azeri-Press Information Agency (APA) reported, "The 33rd Session of the Islamic Conference of Foreign Ministers (June 19-21) in the Azerbaijani capital, Baku, was over today. The session adopted 27-item Baku Deceleration: 'The challenges facing the humanity in the 21st century, in particular recent threats confronting Islam compel us to further unite around our values and to display...

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Oslo Plans to Ban Hijab in Schools

June 21, 2006

Source: All Headline News

http://www.allheadlinenews.com/articles/7003986573

On June 21, 2006 All Headline News reported, "Adding to the list of European countries, the Norwegian capital also plans to ban the Muslim headdress in Oslo's schools. Oslo's city council have been told by lawyers at the Ministry of Education that the ban wouldn't be illegal under Norwegian law. According to a report by Reuters, the council wants to ban the burqa or niqab, which covers the face...

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Op/Ed: “Overcoming Distorted Perceptions” by Javeed Akhter

June 21, 2006

Source: Chicago Tribune

http://www.chicagotribune.com/news/opinion/chi-0606210196jun21,0,2954652.story

On June 21, 2006 the Chicago Tribune published an Op-Ed by Javeed Akhter, an Oak Brook physician and a founding member of International Strategy and Policy Institute, a Chicago-based Muslim-American think tank. Akhter writes: "A longtime friend told me that she recently had to defend Muslims at a family gathering. One of her relatives was...

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American Muslims Relying More on Secular Courts Over Shari'ah Courts

June 21, 2006

Source: Courier-Post

Wire Service: AP

http://www.courierpostonline.com/apps/pbcs.dll/article?AID=/20060621/NEWS01/60621039/1006

On June 21, 2006 the Associated Press reported, "When Amira Attia, a 33-year-old pharmaceuticals worker, and Ashraf Amin, a 35-year-old hospital research assistant, got married in 2002, they pledged their love for each other. They also pledged that if the marriage went sour...

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