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Muslim Council of Britain Seeking to Mobilize Muslim Voters in General Election

February 20, 2005

Source: The Guardian

http://www.guardian.co.uk/religion/Story/0,2763,1418614,00.html

On February 20, 2005 The Guardian reported, "The Muslim Council of Britain is to take the unprecedented step of mobilising the country's one million Muslim voters through a card listing 10 key questions they should ask prospective MPs at the general election.

The questions range from what the candidate's party has done to promote faith schools, its attitude to the...

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Update: Settlement Results in Changed Dress Code for Religious Adherents at Omaha Pools

February 18, 2005

Source: The IBS Network

http://www.theomahachannel.com/news/4213044/detail.html

On February 18, 2005 The IBS Network reported, "the city of Omaha settled a lawsuit filed by a woman who said she was discriminated against at a city swimming pool. Lubna Hussein and the American Civil Liberties Union alleged religious and civil rights violations, saying the city discriminated against her at Deer Ridge swimming pool. She was turned away twice. Hussein's religion does not...

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Mayan Indians in Chiapas Convert to Islam in Significant Numbers

February 18, 2005

Source: Arab News

http://www.arabnews.com/?page=4&section=0&article=59185&d=18&m=2&y=2005&pix=world.jpg&category=World

On February 18, 2005 the Arab News reported, "Despite the predominance of Catholic Christianity in Mexico, Islam has established itself on the edge of [San Cristobal de las Casas], a little way off from the town’s beautiful and plentiful churches. Some 300 people from the Tzotzil Mayan community...

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NYC Passes Bills to Allow Headscarves and Turbans

February 18, 2005

Source: Hindustan Times

http://www.hindustantimes.com/news/181_1247123,0005.htm

On February 18, 2005 the Hindustan Times reported, "New York City became the first place in the US on Wednesday when it introduced two bills aimed to allow wearing of turbans or Muslim hijab in its services and put in place emergency measures to deal with racial crimes as happened after 9/11. Various ethnic, religious, immigrant and civil rights organisations had lobbied with city...

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Milwaukee Filmmakers Capture Coming of Age as Muslims in America

February 17, 2005

Source: Journal Sentinel

http://www.jsonline.com/onwisconsin/movies/feb05/301659.asp

On February 17, 2005 the Journal Sentinel reported, "Qudsia Sethi and Allyson Bahr are working together on an independent film inspired by Sethi's childhood. If their dream comes true, someday the film could be shown at the Oriental Theatre... The story is fiction but is inspired by [Sethi's] own experiences as the daughter of a Pakistani father who married an American convert...

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Panel Bridges Muslims and Christians at Dekalb University

February 17, 2005

Source: Northern Star

http://www.star.niu.edu/articles/?id=5435

On February 17, 2005 the Northern Star reported, "in its discussion panel Wednesday night, the Muslim Student Association sought to build bridges between Islamic and Christian faiths. The panel, titled 'Building Bridges Between Neighbors,' addressed a need for education and unity of faiths to coincide with Muslim Awareness Week. Keynote speakers included Rita Root, reverend for the Federated Church of Sycamore, and...

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Islamic Ethics Used to Enhance Environmental Sustainability and Eco-Tourism in Zanzibar

February 17, 2005

Source: BBC News

http://news.bbc.co.uk/2/hi/africa/4271519.stm

On February 17, 2005 the BBC News reported, "The Koran is not widely known as a source of guidance on environmental and conservation issues, but that has not stopped one development organisation in Tanzania from using it to help conserve an island marine park. Religious leaders have been asked to promote conservation messages using the texts of the Koran - an approach which has proved a great deal more...

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Bank Offers Shari’ah Compliant Accounts for Muslims

February 16, 2005

Source: Hindustan Times

http://www.hindustantimes.com/news/5983_1244743,00430005.htm

On February 16, 2005 the Hindustan Times reported, "Lloyds TSB has this week launched its debut Islamic banking current account, offering Shahriah-compliant retail banking products to customers. The Lloyds TSB Islamic Current Account, according to the bank, is to help cater for the banking needs of Britain's two million or so Muslims. Gordon Rankin, current accounts director...

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"Friendly" Troops Deployed to Predominately Muslim South

February 15, 2005

Source: IslamOnline.net

http://www.islamonline.org/English/News/2005-02/15/article06.shtml

On February 15, 2005 IslamOnline.net reported, "Thailand's cabinet approved Tuesday, February 15, the creation of a 12,000 soldier-strong infantry division to be permanently based in the predominantly Muslim southern provinces to foster what it termed better relations between the military and Muslim residents.

'This regiment is not to combat but to...

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Islamic Leaders in Houston Disavow Allegations of Extremism

February 15, 2005

Source: Houston Chronicle

http://www.chron.com/cs/CDA/ssistory.mpl/metropolitan/3039915

On February 15, 2005 the Houston Chronicle reported, "local Islamic leaders say Houston's Muslim community does not practice the radical, anti-democratic theology preached in some books and pamphlets that a human rights group said were found in two local mosques... In a recent report, Washington, D.C.-based Freedom House said the Saudi government has distributed in U.S....

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Sikhs in France Calling Upon India to Aid in Religious Symbol Ban

February 15, 2005

Source: Hindustan Times

http://www.hindustantimes.com/news/5983_1243404,00430005.htm

On February 15, 2005 the Hindustan Times reported, "Sikhs in France are still waiting for the Indian government to intervene urgently and effectively so that their children can attend schools with their turbans. A total of 256 students have been affected since the French government legislated to ban all religious headgears in government schools. Initially, the ban was directed...

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Jews, Christians and Muslims in Chico to Gather for Abraham Celebration

February 15, 2005

Source: Chico Enterprise-Record

http://www.chicoer.com/Stories/0,1413,135~25088~2712227,00.html

On February 15, 2005 the Chico Enterprise-Record reported, "anyone with an interest is welcome to share a meal and learn about three religions Sunday at Chico's Celebration of Abraham. The event will be from 5 to 7:30 p.m. at Faith Lutheran Church. Participants will hear brief talks on Judaism, Christianity and Islam along with selections from sacred music and...

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Christian Population Boom in NE India Possibly Linked to Muslim Migrants from Bangladesh

February 15, 2005

Source: The Times of India/Press Trust of India

http://www1.timesofindia.indiatimes.com/articleshow/1020962.cms

On February 15, 2005 the Press Trust of India reported, "The National Commission for Minorities (NCM) on Monday said there was 'abnormally high' growth of Christian population in the North-East and this could be due to illegal Bangladeshi Muslim migrants reporting themselves as Christians. NCM chairman S Tarlochan Singh said that scientific...

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