Islam

Muslim Women's League Responds to Amina Wadud Leading Prayers

March 18, 2005

Source: Muslim Women's League Press Release

http://www.mwlusa.org/responses/womanledprayer.htm

On March 18, 2005 Muslim Women's League Press Release reported, "Dr. Amina Wadud, noted Muslim scholar, will deliver the sermon and then lead the congregational prayer at an undisclosed location in New York City. This event has sparked international debate among Muslims, many of whom oppose female leadership in public Islamic worship, as well as many who support such...

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Amina Wadud Leads Islamic Prayers

March 18, 2005

Source: Beliefnet

Wire Service: RNS

http://www.beliefnet.com/story/162/story_16273_1.html

On March 18, 2005 Beliefnet/RNS reported, "female professor led an Islamic prayer service Friday with men in the congregation despite sharp criticism from Muslim religious leaders in the Middle East who complained that it violated centuries of tradition. Amina Wadud, a professor of Islamic studies at Virginia Commonwealth University, led the...

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Tampa Teacher Set to be Fired for Harassing Muslim Student

March 18, 2005

Source: Tampa Bay Online

http://news.tbo.com/news/MGBDEMUD46E.html

On March 18, 2005 Tampa Bay Online reported, "a substitute teacher accused of harassing a Muslim student at Greco Middle School will be fired from the Hillsborough County school district. The school board is expected to approve the termination of Shari Deanna Wilson at its next meeting April 5, said Joe Trumbach, manager of noninstructional professional standards. Wilson was under investigation by the district...

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Esther’s Tomb Visited by Purim Pilgrims, and Others Too

March 18, 2005

Source: The Forward

http://www.forward.com/main/article.php?ref=eliassian200503161124

On March 18, 2005 The Forward reported, "Though the holiday of Purim is celebrated by Jews worldwide, the story, based as it is in Persia, has special resonance for the Jews of Iran. Recent decades have proved difficult for Persian Jews, many of whom fled the country after the 1979 Islamic Revolution. From a community of about 100,000, now an estimated 25,000 to 35,000...

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New Organization Seeks to Unite Muslims Under Kremlin�s Watchful Eye

March 17, 2005

Source: The Washington Times

Wire Service: UPI

http://www.washtimes.com/upi-breaking/20050317-042309-6926r.htm

On March 17, 2005 United Press International reported, "A new organization is seeking to unite, with the blessings of the Kremlin, members of the historically Islamic ethnic communities of the Russian Federation, a development that will undermine the powers of the existing Muslim spiritual directorates but may create...

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Fifth German State Allows Teaching of Islam in Schools

March 16, 2005

Source: IslamOnline.net

http://www.islam-online.net/English/News/2005-03/16/article04.shtml

On March 16, 2005 IslamOnline.net reported, "After years of reluctance, the German state of Baden-Wurttemberg has approved teaching Islamic subjects in its schools as of the school year 2006-07. 'The Muslim students in Baden-Wurttemberg will be allowed to study Islamic subjects in German,' Ali Demir, the chairman of the Islamic Council in the state, said in...

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Transit Authority's Crackdown on Headgear Not Consistent

March 15, 2005

Source: New York Daily News

http://www.nydailynews.com/news/local/story/289986p-248265c.html

On March 15, 2005 the New York Daily News reported, "the Transit Authority may be cracking down on workers wearing turbans, but the agency is ignoring secular headgear - everything from Russian-style winter hats to Mets caps to do-rags, a federal survey has found. Conducting surveillance at subway stations, bus stops and terminals, the Justice Department, which has...

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Bush Nominates Hughes to Help Change Islamic Perception of US

March 15, 2005

Source: The Washington Post

http://www.washingtonpost.com/wp-dyn/articles/A34885-2005Mar14.html

On March 15, 2005 The Washington Post reported, "declaring that the United States 'must do a better job of engaging the Muslim world,' Secretary of State Condoleezza Rice introduced former presidential adviser Karen Hughes yesterday as the Bush administration's choice for a State Department post designed to change Islamic perceptions about America. Hughes,...

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US Muslims Shift Identity in Post-9/11 World

March 14, 2005

Source: BBC News

http://news.bbc.co.uk/1/hi/programmes/this_world/4347061.stm

On March 14, 2005 BBC News reported, "there is a stirring in Muslim communities. A new breed of activists driven by anger and injustice against Muslims, both at home and abroad, is on the move. The US election in 2004 captured the attention of Muslim Americans like never before and brought them back into politics The war on terror at home, the invasion of Iraq and the Abu...

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