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Asra Nomani Leads a "Moral Jihad" for Women's Rights in Islam

May 11, 2004

Source: The Post-Gazette

http://www.post-gazette.com/pg/04132/314380.stm

On May 11, 2004 The Post-Gazette reported on Asra Nomani, an American Muslim reporter at the Wall Street Journal, and "her moral jihad against the leadership of the Islamic Center of Morgantown, which she has taken to the editorial pages of The Washington Post and The New York Times. By her account, puritanical Arabs, whom she labels Wahhabis, a disputed and pejorative term for the strict strain of...

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Opinion: Muslims Need Allies In Establishing Institutions and Identity

May 10, 2004

Source: The Guardian

http://www.guardian.co.uk/comment/story/0,3604,1213031,00.html

On May 10, 2004 The Guardian ran an opinion piece by Madeleine Bunting on Muslim immigrants' need for allies in their the establishment of their identity in a new society. She writes, "The struggle by Muslims to establish their own institutions and identity in this country, in the face of hostility and suspicion, is comparable to that of the Catholics at the time of the Irish...

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Prayer Breakfast Snub Brings Muslim Leader into the News

May 10, 2004

Source: The Oregonian

http://www.oregonlive.com/news/oregonian/index.ssf?/base/news/1084190134254120.xml

On May 10, 2004 The Oregonian reported, "The question took Shahriar Ahmed by surprise. The president of Bilal Mosque in Beaverton was looking for an elevator at Providence St. Vincent Medical Center when a security guard approached him: 'Aren't you the guy who was disinvited from the prayer breakfast?' A week earlier, organizers of...

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After Arson, Muslims at Georgia Mosque Vow to Rebuild

May 9, 2004

Source: The Associated Press

http://www.accessnorthga.com/news/ap_newfullstory.asp?ID=37431

On May 9, 2004 The Associated Press reported, "Two signs have hung in front of the Islamic Center of Savannah since a fire destroyed the building last August with an optimistic message for the community: 'God Bless America. We will rebuild.' And members of the mosque have been working hard to do that and also rebound from reports that an arsonist was responsible for...

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New Mosque to Open in New Orleans

May 9, 2004

Source: The Times-Picayne

http://www.nola.com/news/t-p/index.ssf?/base/news-4/1084094857180320.xml

On May 9, 2004 The Times-Picayne reported, "A new, larger mosque in Kenner will soon be a reality for the nonprofit Jefferson Muslim Association. On Saturday, ground will be broken on a seven-acre site at 25th and Iowa Streets in Kenner that will house a new school, mosque and gymnasium... The new mosque will accommodate 1,500 people: 1,000 men...

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Government Instructs Imams to Address Women's Rights, "Honor Killings"

May 9, 2004

Source: Chicago Tribune

http://www.chicagotribune.com/news/nationworld/chi-0405090408may09,1,7819440.story?coll=chi-newsnationworld-hed

On May 9, 2004 the Chicago Tribune reported, "Turkey's young governing party, with roots in political Islam, has confounded critics and some supporters alike by transforming the nation's 70,000 mosques into bully pulpits from which preachers advocate women's rights and other...

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Opinion: Eton College's Appointment of Imam is Laudable

May 9, 2004

Source: The Week

http://www.the-week.com/24may09/lastword_home.htm

On May 9, 2004 The Week ran an opinion piece by Jon Stock. He writes, "At a time of growing international tension between Islamic and Christian faiths, last month's news that Eton College, arguably the most traditional school in the West, has appointed its own Imam should have its 1300 pupils tossing their summer boaters into the air with joy. It certainly gave me hope in these troubled times. Monawar...

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How Far Should Schools Go to Accomodate Muslim Students?

May 9, 2004

Source: The First Amendment Center

http://www.firstamendmentcenter.org/commentary.aspx?id=13311

On May 9, 2004 The First Amendment Center reported, "It isn’t easy being a Muslim in America these days. The statistics are chilling. Last year anti-Muslim violence, discrimination and harassment in the United States increased by nearly 70%, according to a report released last week by the Council on American-Islamic Relations. That’s why Muslim students...

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Muslims Feel Threatened Over Prayer Controversy

May 9, 2004

Source: The International Herald Tribune

http://www.iht.com/articles/518546.html

On May 9, 2004 The International Herald Tribune reported, "For the population of Hamtramck, a city of 23,000 near Detroit, the battle of the loudspeaker, which the City Council approved Tuesday, has revealed a crossfire of religious, ethnic and lifestyle grievances, aggravated by the lingering memories of Sept. 11, 2001, which left many Muslims here feeling they were under suspicion. . Once an enclave...

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Teens Sentenced for Vandalizing Mosque in TX

May 9, 2004

Source: The Daily Sentinel

http://www.dailysentinel.com/hp/content/gen/ap/TX_Mosque_Vandalism.html

On May 9, 2004 The Daily Sentinel reported, "Two of three teenagers who desecrated a mosque in this West Texas city have been sentenced to probation and will pay a portion of $12,000 in restitution to the Islamic Center of the South Plains. The boys, 14 and 15, are considered the least culpable suspects, said Matt Powell, Lubbock County's assistant...

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Petition Aims to Halt Prayer Call in Michigan

May 8, 2004

Source: The Detroit Free Press

http://www.freep.com/news/locway/call8_20040508.htm

On May 8, 2004 The Detroit Free Press reported, "A petition drive began Friday to stop a new law that will allow mosques in Hamtramck to broadcast the Muslim call to prayer over loudspeakers. Organizers say they are certain they'll get the required 552 signatures to force the City Council to reverse its April 27 decision. 'There are some people, including Muslims, who don't want the...

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