Islam

Muslim Comedians Know Their Audience

May 25, 2006

Source: Orange County Weekly

http://www.ocweekly.com/culture/comedy/looking-for-muslims-in-the-comedy-world/25186/

On May 25, 2006 Orange County Weekly reported, "You had to wait almost two hours at the Second Annual Entertainment Night for Civil Rights before the funny men of the Muslim comedy group Allah Made Me Funny stopped skewering their own and started sticking it to the United States. Then it got good. 'Looking for Comedy in...

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Bosnian Muslims in Atlanta Build on their Dreams

May 24, 2006

Source: The Atlanta Journal-Constitution

http://www.ajc.com/search/content/auto/epaper/editions/yesterday/atlanta_world_44372b8f730bc06e003e.html

On May 24, 2006 The Atlanta Journal-Constitution reported, "As the sun beats down through the trees, the adhan, or Muslim call to prayer, wafts through the nondescript house on Centerville Highway in Snellville. Upstairs, about 18 men and women, Bosnians who resettled in...

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Chechnya Becomes Home to Sufi Revival

May 24, 2006

Source: The New York Times

http://www.nytimes.com/2006/05/24/world/europe/24grozny.html

On May 24, 2006 The New York Times reported, "Three circles of barefoot men, one ring inside another, sway to the cadence of chant. The men stamp in time as they sway, and grunt from the abdomen and throat, filling the room with a primal sound. One voice rises over the rest, singing variants of the names of God. The men stop, face right and walk counterclockwise, slowly at...

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Opinion: "Is Islam Misunderstood in America?" By Mohamed Elshinnawi

May 24, 2006

Source: VOA News

http://www.voanews.com/english/2006-05-24-voa33.cfm

On May 24, 2006 VOA News published an opinion piece by Mohamed Elshinnawi, "A new survey of U.S. public attitudes toward Muslim-Americans and Islam finds that a majority of Americans -- 55 percent -- regard Muslim-Americans favorably, but that smaller numbers -- only 41 percent -- have favorable impressions of Islam as a religion. The study by the Washington, D.C.-based Pew Research Center indicates...

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Minnesota Democrat May Become First Muslim in Congress

May 24, 2006

Source: The Hill

http://www.thehill.com/thehill/export/TheHill/News/Campaign/052406.html

On May 24, 2006 The Hill reported, "With a fast-growing U.S. population estimated around 5 million, Muslims are increasing their voice in local and national politics every year. But thus far they haven’t had one of their own in a national position of power in Congress, the Cabinet or the Supreme Court. He didn’t know it at the time, but Keith Ellison...

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London Conference to Explore Islam in the West

May 24, 2006

Source: IBN.net/Islamonline.net

http://news.ibn.net/newsgen.asp?url=lconf

On May 24, 2006 Islamonline.net reported, "London will play host to a three-day conference to be attended by 140 Muslim academics and community leaders from 25 European countries to develop a moderate image of Islam in the West and improve integration of Muslim minorities. 'We believe that Islam can contribute in a very positive way to European society to the benefit of both Muslims and non-Muslims,'...

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Despite Years of Curriculum Overhaul, Saudi Textbooks Still Preach Intolerance

May 24, 2006

Source: The New York Times

http://www.nytimes.com/2006/05/24/world/24saudi.html

On May 24, 2006 The New York Times reported, "Despite years of work aimed at changing Saudi Arabia's public school curriculum, the country's latest textbooks continue to promote intolerance of other religions, a new study said Tuesday. A first-grade student is taught that 'Every religion other than Islam is false'; the teacher instructed to 'Give examples of false religions, like Judaism,...

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2,500 Indonesian Youth Pray Together for Peace in Interfaith Service

May 23, 2006

Source: catholic.org/UCA News

http://www.catholic.org/international/international_story.php?id=19942

On May 23, 2006 UCA News reported, "About 2,500 young people from six religions took part in an interfaith prayer service held to reinforce the climate of interreligious harmony in North Sulawesi province. The Interfaith Youth Celebration held May 15 was organized by the recently formed Interfaith Youth Forum of North Sulawesi. It took place at the...

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Opinion: "How One School District Found Religion" by Emile Lester and Patrick S. Roberts

May 22, 2006

Source: USA Today

http://news.yahoo.com/s/usatoday/20060522/cm_usatoday/howoneschooldistrictfoundreligion

On May 22, 2006 USA Today published an opinion piece by religion professors Emile Lester and Patrick S. Roberts: "In 2000, the religiously diverse community [of Modesto in Northern California] took a risk and, in an almost unheard-of undertaking for a public school district, offered a required course on world religions and...

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Confucianists Seek Religious Status in China

May 22, 2006

Source: United Press International

http://www.wpherald.com/print.php?StoryID=20060522-101524-8088r

On May 22, 2006 the United Press International reported, "Confucianists in Hong Kong are seeking inclusion among religions recognized by the Chinese government, on a par with Buddhism, Taosim, Christianity and Islam.

Tong Yun-kai, president of Hong Kong's Confucian Academy, is leading the campaign to register Confucianism as a major Chinese religion...

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Two Buddhist Women Teachers Attacked in School in Southern Thailand

May 22, 2006

Source: Boston Globe

Wire Service: Reuters

http://www.boston.com/news/world/asia/articles/2006/05/22/schools_in_muslim_thai_south_closed_after_attack/

On May 22, 2006 Reuters reported, "More than 100 government schools in Thailand's rebellious Muslim far south were closed on Monday after villagers abducted and beat two women Buddhist teachers, leaving one in a coma, officials said....

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Muslims in Jakarta March in Favor of Anti-Pornography Bill

May 22, 2006

Source: todayonline.com

Wire Service: AP

http://www.todayonline.com/articles/119743.asp

On May 22, 2006 the Associated Press reported, "Up to 100,000 people jammed streets in the Indonesian capital yesterday, shouting slogans and hoisting banners in support of a proposed anti-pornography law that critics fear will erode the mostly Muslim nation's secular traditions. The protesters, who arrived in buses organised by mosques and conservative...

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