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U.S. Responds to Earthquake in India

February 8, 2001

Source: The Boston Herald

On February 8, 2001, The Boston Herald reported that "the local Indian community plans to adopt families, villages and schools in the earthquake-ravaged Gujarat region and target donations and long-term support...The groups decided to pool their efforts in order to get the most for each dollar raised...The meeting of 22 Indian social organizations in Cambridge Sunday brought together Hindus, Moslems, Jains and Sikhs, and people from diverse Indian regions and ethnic groups." One local group, Hindu Swayansewak Sangh, has raised...

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Islamic Institute of Knowledge (CJ)

Information about this center is no longer updated. This data was last updated on 11 October 2009.

Phone: 313-584-2570
Email: Islamicinst@starmail.com
Website: http://www.iiok.org
Research conducted by The University of Michigan-Dearborn Pluralism Project.

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The Islamic Institute of Knowledge is located in Dearborn Michigan, a middle-and working-class suburb of Detroit. The center sits along a commercial strip containing ethnic...
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Muslim Student's Style of Head Covering Is Controversial

February 3, 2001

Source: The Washington Post

On February 3, 2001, The Washington Post published an article on the controversy caused by 16-year-old Theheerah Ahmad's decision to start wearing a hajib, a Muslim head covering. "Roger Dallek, the principal of Theheerah's school, Gar-Field High in Woodbridge, told her that the scarf, which covers only her hair, did not meet accepted standards of dress for Muslim women...Unless there is a religious reason, Prince William County students are not routinely allowed to wear hats or head coverings indoors. Theheerah said she was told...

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Clashes over Muslim Religious Practices Cause Tensions at Work

February 2, 2001

Source: The Atlanta Journal and Constitution

On February 2, 2001, The Atlanta Journal and Constitution reported on "a line of workplace clashes accompanying an increase in metro Atlanta's Muslim population. At least 50,000 Muslims live in metro Atlanta, but advocates say the real number is higher...Muslims have quit or been fired in the past two years for having beards, wearing long skirts and head wraps or asking to take five-minute prayer breaks -- habits and practices that Islam asks of its followers." One example was the case of Shaheed Carter. After he...

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CAIR Supports Bush's Faith-based Initiative

January 29, 2001

Source: Council on American-Islamic Relations

On January 29, 2001, the Council on American-Islamic Relations expressed its support for President Bush's faith-based initiative program. CAIR Executive Director Nihad Awad said that "Muslim individuals and groups in cities around America work daily to provide free medical care, housing for the homeless and the abused, rehabilitation for prison inmates, as well as social services and relief for victims of natural disasters. In this vital work, the government should act as a supporter, not as an obstacle to overcome....

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New School Provides Alternative for Muslim Students

January 29, 2001

Source: The Oregonian

http://www.oregonlive.com/news/oregonian/news_week.ssf?/news/oregonian/01/01/lc_21islam29.frame

On January 29, 2001, The Oregonian reported on the Islamic School of the Muslim Educational Trust in Tigard. "Arabic, the universal language of Islam,...is part of the curriculum at the school, founded to provide a solid academic background while guiding students with Islamic principles...The school opened with...

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U.S. Responds to Earthquake in India

January 28, 2001

Source: The Oregonian

http://www.oregonlive.com/news/oregonian/news_week.ssf?/news/oregonian/01/01/lc_12quake28.frame

On January 28, 2001, The Oregonian reported on Indian families in the Northwest who are trying to learn what happened to their relatives in the recent 7.9-magnitude earthquake in India, and who feel helpless to relieve the suffering. "Oregon and Southwest Washington are home to thousands of people from India,...

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Project Explores Healing and African-descended Spirituality

January 28, 2001

Source: Africana.com

http://www.africana.com/DailyArticles/index_20010128.htm

On January 28, 2001, Africana.com reported on "a groundbreaking $750,000 research venture called the Boston Healing Landscape Project. Funded by the Ford Foundation...and implemented by the Department of Pediatrics at Boston University School of Medicine, the project's main focus will be examining communities of African descent in the Boston area and exploring how people use alternative and...

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New Magazine Created for Muslim Women

January 27, 2001

Source: The Houston Chronicle

On January 27, 2001, The Houston Chronicle reported on Azizah, a new magazine for Muslim women founded by a threesome at WOW Publishing. Founder Tayyibah Taylor wants the magazine to create a feeling of identity for American Muslim women. "Editors choose articles to inspire the contemporary Muslim woman. The premiere edition includes stories on handicapped accessibility in mosques and a profile of a Muslim woman who is a family court judge in Baltimore, Md. But the pages also offer traditional women's magazine fare."

Company Clashes with Muslim Employees Over Prayer Practices

January 26, 2001

Source: The Atlanta Journal and Constitution

On January 26, 2001, The Atlanta Journal and Constitution reported that last week 31 "Somali Muslims walked off their jobs at the Sylvest Farms of Georgia plant, saying their boss told them they couldn't leave the processing line to say a five-minute prayer at sunset, as required by their religion...Company officials refused to pay them [their last paychecks] unless they signed a form saying they quit voluntarily. Most refused to sign." Sylvest executives said that if they let that many people leave at the same...

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Muslims and Others Challenge a Ban of Masks

January 24, 2001

Source: Chicago Sun-Times

On January 24, 2001, the Chicago Sun-Times reported that Muslims and others "filed a federal lawsuit, seeking class action status," against a Chicago ordinance that bans people from wearing masks in public. The plaintiffs complained that the 1922 ordinance "violates their freedom of speech and religion...Officials speculated the ordinance may have been aimed at keeping the Ku Klux Klan out of the city during the group's heyday...But activists who regularly attend protests wearing bandanas, Palestinians wearing the kaffiyah, a type...

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Hispanics Converting to Islam

January 7, 2001

Source: The Washington Post

On January 7, 2001 The Washington Post reported that "in growing numbers, Hispanics, the country's fastest-growing ethnic group, are finding new faith in Islam, the nation's fastest-growing religion. Moved by what many say is a close-knit religious environment and a faith that provides a more concrete, intimate connection with God, they are replacing Mass with mosques...The steadily increasing number of Latino Muslims illustrates how deeply rooted Islam has become in the national landscape -- even spreading to communities not...

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Growing Numbers of Hispanic Converts to Islam

January 7, 2001

Source: The Washington Post

On January 7, 2001, The Washington Post reported the conversion of thousands of Latinos nationwide to Islam. Hispanics are "the country's fastest-growing ethnic group," and Islam is "the nation's fastest-growing religion." There are 1 billion Muslims worldwide, and "the Muslim population in the United States is estimated at more than 4 million, nearly six times the number in 1970." The American Muslim Council, an advocacy group in Washington, estimates that 25,000 of these are Hispanic. "The largest communities are in New York...

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New Hampshire Focuses on Holistic Health

January 1, 2001

Source: India New England News

In January, 2001, India New England News reported on Saraswati Mandiram, the Institute of Holistic Health, Music, Yoga, Science and Philosophy, in New Hampshire. It celebrated the official anniversary of the Baghavad Gita, a text which "is central to the institute's teachings. Holistic health...does not just focus on the physical self but also on the health of the spirit, mind and emotions. One of the institute's stated goals is to provide a place of worship...that will 'explore and promote the good in both Eastern and Western...

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