Islam

Planned Muslim Center Encounters Resistance in California

September 7, 1999

Source: Los Angeles Times

On September 7, 1999, the Los Angeles Times reported that plans for the Islamic Center of Southern California to build a 400-student grade school in Rancho Santa Margarita, CA have met a great deal of local resistance. The process of making the school a reality had been going fine until June, when community sentiment turned against the project. Protests have mostly targeted projected increased traffic - the Islamic Center's own studies have indicated that school-related traffic would be more than one-third of the traffic capacity...

Read more about Planned Muslim Center Encounters Resistance in California

Annual Convention of the Islamic Society of North America

September 3, 1999

Source: Chicago Sun-Times

On September 3, 1999, the Chicago Sun-Times reported that 25,000 Muslims, including Hakeem Olajuwan and Cat Stevens, will gather in Chicago for the annual convention of the Islamic Society of North America at McCormick Place. The event will attract 10,000 of the Chicago area's 300,000 Muslims. The opening night features an address by Cardinal Francis George, leader of 2.3 million Catholic in Cook and Lake Counties. The event comes after a report on Tuesday, August 31st from the Council on American-Islamic Relations that notes an...

Read more about Annual Convention of the Islamic Society of North America

First Graduation of the School of Islamic and Social Sciences

September 2, 1999

Source: The Washington Post

On September 2, 1999, The Washington Post reported that the School of Islamic and Social Science located in Leesburg, Virginia, the only graduate school of its kind in the United States, held its first graduation of 14 students on Saturday, August 28th. The school's founder and president, Taha Jabir Alalwani, stated the purpose of the school's education: "The main message...is to build a bridge between Islam and the West...to understand the values of the founders of this beautiful country." The school emphasizes the historic and...

Read more about First Graduation of the School of Islamic and Social Sciences

Georgetown University Names First Muslim Chaplain

August 28, 1999

Source: The New York Times

On August 28, 1999, The New York Times reported that Georgetown University appointed Imam Yahya Hendi as its first Muslim chaplain. Hendi, who served as chaplain at the National Naval Medical Center and the National Institutes of Health, began work on August 10th at Georgetown. Hendi is also a doctoral student in philosophy and comparative religions at Temple University in Philadelphia. Rev. Adam Bunnell, the Georgetown chaplain who is in charge of the campus ministry, estimates that between 5 and 8 percent of the Georgetown...

Read more about Georgetown University Names First Muslim Chaplain

News Article Generates Controversy in American Muslim Community

August 28, 1999

Source: Star Tribune

On August 28, 1999, the Star Tribune of Minneapolis published a response by Ibrahim Hooper, Washington, D.C. National Communications director for the Council on American-Islamic Relations (CAIR), to a second article written by Daniel Pipes, director of Philadelphia-based Middle East Forum, in the August 24th issue of the Star Tribune. Hooper challenges several of the claims that Pipes makes in his article. First, Hooper calls Pipes' distinction between patriotic and chauvinist Muslims spurious. Second, Hooper states that CAIR has...

Read more about News Article Generates Controversy in American Muslim Community

News Article Generates Controversy in American Muslim Community

August 24, 1999

Source: Star Tribune

On August 24, 1999, the Star Tribune of Minneapolis published a rebuttal by Daniel Pipes to an article by Ibrahim Hooper of CAIR that was published on August 14th in the Star Tribune. Hooper's August 14th article was a response to an article Pipes wrote that appeared in the August 1st edition of the Star Tribune. Pipes contends that CAIR has apologized for Hamas and Osama bin Laden and has promoted terrorism, intimidated "patriotic Muslims who disagree with CAIR's chauvinist agenda," permitted a "potential unindicted...

Read more about News Article Generates Controversy in American Muslim Community

Islamic Society of Central Florida

Information about this center is no longer updated. This data was last updated on 25 October 2006.

Phone: 407-273-8363
Email: ISCF@aol.com
Website: http://www.iscf.org
[flickr_set id="72157621818483463"] [flickr_set id="72157621818484005"]

History

The Islamic Society of Central Florida is 24 or 25 years old. The present building was constructed in 1985 after a number of objections filed by local residents were overcome. The area at that time was remote; neighbors wanted to...
Read more about Islamic Society of Central Florida

Hispanic American Conversions to Islam

August 19, 1999

Source: The Christian Science Monitor

On August 19, 1999, The Christian Science Monitor published an article on the small but growing trend of Hispanic American conversions to Islam. Elizabeth Chawki, one of the approximately 15,000 Hispanic American converts to Islam, converted to Islam from her Christian heritage because she perceived a more direct connection to God, and she appreciated the sense of "brotherhood and sisterhood," the daily structure of life, and the inclusion of much of Jewish and Christian teachings. Benny Garcia, brother of Elizabeth...

Read more about Hispanic American Conversions to Islam

New Book Explores Muslim Values in America

August 19, 1999

Source: The Christian Science Monitor

On August 19, 1999, The Christian Science Monitor published an article on a new book, Islam in America (Columbia University Press), authored by Jane Smith, professor of Islamic Studies at Hartford Seminary in Connecticut and co-director of its Center for the Study of Islam and Christian-Muslim Relations. She states that many Muslim organizations in the United States "are searching for the essence of Islam" and are also involved in "determining the nature and authenticity of an indigenous American Islam." In a...

Read more about New Book Explores Muslim Values in America

News Article Generates Controversy in American Muslim Community

August 14, 1999

Source: Star Tribune

On August 14, 1999, the Star Tribune of Minneapolis published Hooper's reply to PIpes' August 1st commentary. Hooper points out that Daniel Pipes has a history of a "troubling bigotry toward Muslims." Citing several quotes from the writings of Pipes and commentaries on his work, Hooper shows that Pipes has a controversial stance toward Muslims. In 1983, a Washington Post book review states that Pipes displays, "a disturbing hostility to contemporary Muslims...he professes respect for Muslims but is frequently contemptuous of...

Read more about News Article Generates Controversy in American Muslim Community

News Article Generates Controversy in American Muslim Community

August 1, 1999

Source: Star Tribune

On August 1, 1999, the Star Tribune published an article written by Daniel Pipes, director of the Middle East Forum, on the situation of Islam in America. Pipes separates the American Muslim community - "immigrants and native-born converts alike" - into two categories: integrationists and chauvinists. The integrationists have no problem being patriotic Americans while holding fast to their Muslim beliefs. Many of these integrationists "present Islam as the fulfillment of American values and see Muslims as a very positive force to...

Read more about News Article Generates Controversy in American Muslim Community

Pluralism Project Affiliates Map Religious Diversity of Northern Ohio

July 31, 1999

Source: Akron Beacon Journal

On July 31, 1999 Akron Beacon Journal featured an article on the research of Northern Ohio's religious diversity by Pluralism Project affiliates. The "growth in religious diversity has been examined by two Kent State University researchers... Dr. David Odell-Scott, associate professor of philosophy... and Dr. Surinder M. Bhardwaj, a professor of geography... received a 1998 grant through the Pluralism Project at Harvard University to map the religious diversity of Northern Ohio... As a result of that work, the researchers have...

Read more about Pluralism Project Affiliates Map Religious Diversity of Northern Ohio

Dar al Islam in New Mexico

July 31, 1999

Source: The Toronto Star

On July 31, 1999, The Toronto Star published an article on Dar al Islam, a Muslim village begun in 1977 by American and European converts who wanted to live amid the Native American pueblos in northern New Mexico. The village, which was constructed in Abiquiu, New Mexico, boasts an adobe mosque as its centerpiece. Completed in 1981 and situated on 1,600 acres, the mosque and adjoining madrassah include vaulted ceilings, domes, archways, gardens, courtyards, and a library. The Dar al Islam community of several dedicated families...

Read more about Dar al Islam in New Mexico

Pages