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Embodying Ethics, Performing Pluralism: Volunteerism Among Ismailis in Houston, TX (2003)

Abstract

Muslims in America reflect the diversity of cultures, ethnicities, traditions, and practices that constitutes the global Muslim community. They engage with the American context in which they are situated in a multiplicity of ways. Drawing on ethnographic fieldwork conducted in the summer of 2003, I explore how voluntarism among Shia Imami Nizari Ismaili and Sunni Muslims in Houston, Texas provides a lens to examine how they negotiate pluralism within their communities and in American society, and how they manage the intersection of religion,...

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Multifaith Community Rallies Behind Muslim Mosque Project in Voorhees

October 14, 2003

Source: The Philadelphia Enquirer

http://www.philly.com/mld/inquirer/news/local/7006772.htm

On October 14, 2003 The Philadelphia Inquirer reported that the formation this month of a local pro-mosque group in Voorhees, the Coalition for Multi-Faith Democracy, has "drawn the Anti-Defamation League in New Jersey and the Interfaith Freedom Foundation in California to its cause. The coalition - made up of more than a dozen Roman Catholics, Methodists, Unitarians and...

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Residents Protest Building of Mosque in Athens

October 14, 2003

Source: The Christian Science Monitor

http://www.csmonitor.com/2003/1014/p07s02-woeu.html

On October 14, 2003, The Christian Science Monitor ran an article on the controversy surrounding the proposal to build a mosque in Peania, a suburb of Athens [Greece], to serve the country's Muslim population and visitors during the 2004 Summer Olympics. The article highlighted the mayor of Peania's resistance to the plan: "[local mayor Paraskevas] Papacostopoulos has sought court...

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FBI Revokes Award to Michigan Arab Leader

October 14, 2003

Source: Detroit Free Press

http://www.freep.com/news/locway/hamad9_20031009.htm

On October 14, 2003 Detroit Free Press reported that "after pressure from a pro-Israeli group and columnist, the FBI rescinded an award it had planned to give to a prominent Arab-American leader this week and raised questions about his connections with men the government wants to deport. Imad Hamad, who heads the local branch of the American-Arab Anti-Discrimination Committee, had been...

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Not Simply Fast, but Also Fasting: Muslim Cross-Country Runner Inspires during Ramadan

October 14, 2003

Source: Los Angeles Times

http://www.latimes.com/features/religion/la-sp-hssondcol14oct14,1,1473144.story?coll=la-news-religion

On October 14, 2003 the Los Angeles Times discussed the challenges ahead for high school cross-country runner Mehdi Taieb-Brahim, a top Muslim athlete who will soon face the challenge of running long distances without water before and after his races as he observes Ramadan. The holy month will...

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Aal al-Bait University Educates for Religious Tolerance

October 13, 2003

Source: The Taipei Times

http://www.taipeitimes.com/News/edit/archives/2003/10/13/2003071530

On October 13, 2003 The Taipei Times ran an article from The Observer that reported, "In a part of the world often associated in the West with bigoted fundamentalism, Aal al-Bait University has a 'special mission,' says its president, Salman al-Badur: 'To teach students academic subjects; and to create Islamic moderation, Islamic tolerance.' Established in...

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10th Session of the Islamic Summit Conference Meets in Malaysia

October 13, 2003

Source: BBC News

http://news.bbc.co.uk/2/hi/asia-pacific/3186782.stm

On October 13, 2003 the BBC News ran a story on the Islamic Summit Conference in Malaysia, "the biggest gathering of Muslim nations in three years," which said "the Islamic world faces 'unprecedented' dangers" in the current global situation: "[Abdelouahed Belkeziz, secretary-general of the Organisation of the Islamic Conference] said the 11 September attacks on the United States two years ago had...

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Hindu Activists to March to Ayodhya Despite Government Bans

October 13, 2003

Source: AlertNet news

http://www.alertnet.org/thenews/newsdesk/SP36308.htm

On October 13, 2003 AlertNet news ran a Reuters article reported that "thousands of Indian Hindu activists, defying a government ban, are packing buses and trains headed to the town of Ayodhya to demand a temple be built over the ruins of a mosque...About 20,000 hardliners are expected for Friday's rally from Gujarat state alone, where more than 1,000 people, mostly Muslims, were...

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Islamic Center Opens its Doors to Athens Interfaith Communities

October 13, 2003

Source: redandblack.com

http://www.redandblack.com/vnews/display.v/ART/2003/10/13/3f89ff9d25033

On October 13, 2003 the University of Georgia newspaper redandblack.com reported that "the Al-Huda Islamic Center opened its doors to the Athens community Saturday in an effort to enhance the knowledge and understanding of Islamic culture among its neighbors... A slide show and various videos concerning Islamic issues acquainted visitors with a world some...

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Senator Schumer Denounces Wahhabism

October 13, 2003

Source: Newsday

http://www.newsday.com/news/nationworld/nation/ny-usschu1013,0,1315578.story

On October 13, 2003 Newsday reported that "Sen. Charles Schumer, who has denounced the Saudi Arabian government for two years as weak on terrorism, is now attacking a new target: the Saudi state religion, which he says promotes terrorism and is making 'dramatic inroads' in the United States... At hearings and news conferences, Schumer is publicizing...

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Arrests of Prominent Muslim-Americans Creates Unease in Communities

October 12, 2003

Source: Muslim Public Affairs Coucil

On October 12, 2003 The Muslim Public Affairs Council released a statement regarding the charges against Abd al-Rahman Al-Amoudi, the founder of the American Muslim Council who was recently arrested and charged with accepting illegal funds from the Libyan government. The statement emphasized that Al-Amoudi was "taken into custody for violations of the law that were unrelated to the War on Terror or to any alleged involvement with terrorism. " It added that "the targeting of individuals or organizations by law...

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Arrests of Prominent Muslim-Americans Creates Unease in Communities

October 12, 2003

Source: Al-Jazeera

http://english.aljazeera.net/NR/exeres/B646604D-E0DD-4FF6-9AD4-276D6B9DF

On October 12, 2003 Al-Jazeera reported that "a recent series of arrests and federal investigations into alleged terrorist-related activities involving Muslim Americans are casting an even larger shadow of suspicion over the US Islamic community." According to representatives from several of the largest Muslim advocacy organizations, Muslims are facing a new...

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Oklahoma Sixth Grader Suspended over Muslim Head Covering

October 11, 2003

Source: Reuters

http://www.cnn.com/2003/EDUCATION/10/11/scarf.reut/

On October 11, 2003 Reuters reported that "an 11-year-old Oklahoma girl has been suspended from a public school because officials said her Muslim head scarf violates dress code policies. Board officials met Friday to discuss the fate of suspended sixth-grader Nashala "Tallah" Hern, who was asked to leave school in the eastern Oklahoma town of Muskogee on October 1 because she refused to remove her head...

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German States May Pass Laws to Ban Headscarfs in Response to High Court Decision

October 10, 2003

Source: The Christian Science Monitor

http://www.csmonitor.com/2003/1010/p06s01-woeu.html

On October 10, 2003 The Christian Science Monitor reported that "following a decision by Germany's highest court, allowing teacher Fereshta Ludin to wear her head scarf in class as long as there are no state laws against it...a majority of German states, including Berlin, have announced plans to pass such laws.

In the debate that has ensued, politicians and Muslim...

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Christian and Muslim Leaders Protest Ordinance Banning "Forced Conversions"

October 10, 2003

Source: BBC News

http://news.bbc.co.uk/2/hi/south_asia/2318001.stm

On October 10, 2003 the BBC News reported that "Christian and Muslim leaders in the southern Indian state of Tamil Nadu are planning a day of protest and fasting later this month, over new rules banning what are termed 'forced religious conversions.' The ordinance prohibits conversions under inducements including the offer of cash, or the threat of divine displeasure...After an emergency meeting of...

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