Islam

Editorial: Between Hope and Despair

June 2, 2003

Source: The Charlotte Observer

http://www.charlotte.com/mld/observer/news/5994249.htm

On June 2, 2003 The Charlotte Observer printed an editorial by Akbar S. Ahmed stating that "if you appear in the U.S. media with a Muslim name like mine, you live suspended between hope and despair, compassion and anger, acceptance and prejudice, inclusion and exclusion... You are blindly associated with the actions of Muslims all over the world, and your religion itself appears to...

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Texas Department of Public Safety Reports Hate Crime Statistics

June 2, 2003

Source: Star-Telegram

http://www.dfw.com/mld/startelegram/news/local/5995368.htm

On June 2, 2003 the Star-Telegram reported that "fewer Arabs and Muslims in Texas were targets of hate crimes last year, compared with 2001, when a record number of such crimes were reported, according to recently released state figures... Nevertheless, hate crimes reported last year against Arabs and Muslims in Texas were nearly four times higher than pre-Sept. 11 numbers, the Texas...

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First Graduates from Islamic School in Minnesota

June 2, 2003

Source: The Associated Press

http://www.duluthsuperior.com/mld/duluthsuperior/news/5994883.htm

On June 2, 2003 The Associated Press reported that "three high school graduates made history over the weekend, becoming the first to graduate from an Islamic school in Minnesota... Sumaiya Mamdani, Amber Salem and Malik Harfi graduated from Al-Amal School in Fridley on Saturday, joining more than 4,000 private school and 70,000 public school seniors in Minnesota...

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Interfaith Center of Greater Harrisburg Celebrates Anniversary, Discuss Hinduism

June 2, 2003

Source: The Patriot-News

http://pennlive.com/news/patriotnews/index.ssf?/xml/story.ssf/html_standard.xsl?/base/news/1054546228199250.xml

On June 2, 2003 The Patriot-News reported that "Dr. Mukund Kulkarni smiled when he told his audience of Christians, Baha'is and Islamic believers that Hinduism is a faith without a single founder, specific theological system or single system of morality... There was little...

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Book Review: Black Pilgrimage to Islam

June 1, 2003

Source: Journal of the American Academy of Religion

On June 1, 2003 the Journal of the American Academy of Religion published a book review of Black Pilgrimage to Islam by Robert Dannin. The review stated that Dannin "sets out to correct the sometimes lopsided accounts of Islam in black America by narrating the stories of Muslims such as Wali Akram, who founded the First Cleveland Mosque in the 1930's, and Daoud Ghani, who helped to establish a Muslim communal farm in upstate New York during the same period. In addition, readers encounter detailed...

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Update: Florida Woman Fights to Wear Veil in Driver's License Photo

May 31, 2003

Source: The Boston Globe

On May 31, 2003 The Boston Globe reported that "Sultaana Freeman, a Muslim... is fighting for the right to wear a veil that covers most of her face on her driver's license... in court... in Orlando, Fla. The state, which Freeman is suing for revoking her license, contends that allowing such photos could endanger public safety."

Interfaith Programs in Hawaii

May 31, 2003

Source: Honolulu Advertiser

http://the.honoluluadvertiser.com/article/2003/May/31/il/il13afaith.html/?print=on

On May 31, 2003 the Honolulu Advertiser reported the "one of the most visible trends in the faith community is interfaith tolerance. Witness: The Interfaith Open Table is going strong; the newly created Believers All Network continues to grow; and an evening program May 13 titled 'Finding Common Ground: An Evening of Spiritual...

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Update: Interfaith Habitat for Humanity Project

May 31, 2003

Source: The Toledo Blade

http://www.toledoblade.com/apps/pbcs.dll/article?AID=/20030531/NEWS10/105310143

On May 31, 2003 The Toledo Blade reported that "one of the most vivid images to emerge from a MultiFaith Habitat for Humanity project to be dedicated tomorrow was that of an Orthodox Jewish woman and a Muslim woman wearing a head scarf carrying a board together as they cleaned the construction site... Nobody snapped a photograph of the...

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Muslim Woman Fights to Wear Veil in Driver's License Photograph

May 30, 2003

Source: Orlando Sentinel

http://www.orlandosentinel.com/news/local/orange/orl-asecveil30053003may30,0,131194.story?coll=orl%2Dnews%2Dheadlines

On May 30, 2003 the Orlando Sentinel reported that "Orange Circuit Judge Janet Thorpe said she would rule next week on the Muslim woman's quest to reinstate her drivers license -- with a photo of her face covered by the veil... [Sultaana] Freeman, 35, reaffirmed...

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Christians, Muslims, and Jews Come Together for "Celebration of Abraham"

May 30, 2003

Source: Oregon Live

http://www.oregonlive.com/printer/printer.ssf?/base/news/1054296009267860.xml

On May 30, 2003 Oregon Live reported that "since the Sept. 11 attacks, Oregonians have held interfaith services, forums and dinners in order to better understand religions other than their own... For those who chose to spend Memorial Day at a camp that had the feel of a casual college seminar, just showing up was a way to reject the proposition...

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Civil Rights Group Speak Out against Intrusive Tactics Used by the Department of Homeland Security

May 29, 2003

Source: San Francisco Chronicle

http://www.sfgate.com/cgi-bin/article.cgi?file=/chronicle/archive/2003/05/29/BA263626.DTL

On May 29, 2003 the San Francisco Chronicle reported that "with mounting concern that Arab and Muslim U.S. citizens returning from overseas trips may be facing broader and more frequent questioning by customs agents, a civil rights group spoke out Wednesday against what it views as increasingly intrusive tactics...

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