Women

Muslim Woman Found Dead in Burned Remains of Home

October 8, 2002

Source: The Associated Press

http://www.sltrib.com/10082002/nation_w/5151.htm

On October 8, 2002 The Associated Press reported that "an autopsy revealed that the Muslim woman found dead in the burned out remains of her home had been killed before the fire was set, police said Monday. The death of 37-year-old Angie Abdullah was a homicide, but no evidence was found to suggest the woman was a victim of a hate crime, police Lt. Rich Schnebly said. Police found no evidence of...

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Stories of Young Women's Conversions

October 7, 2002

Source: The St. Petersburg Times

http://www.sptimes.com/2002/10/07/Floridian/Young__female_and_Mus.shtml

On October 7, 2002 The St. Petersburg Times reported that "every year, about 20,000 people in the United States convert to Islam, in addition to those who convert in prison, according to a study conducted last year by the Council on American-Islamic Relations. Of these converts, there are more women than men, the majority of them young and...

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Rental-Car Company Sued Over Hijab Prohibition

October 3, 2002

Source: The Associated Press

On October 3, 2002 The Associated Press reported that :The Equal Employment Opportunity Commission has sued a rental car agency, accusing it of discriminating against a Muslim woman who was told she couldn't wear a head scarf at work. The lawsuit against Alamo Rent-A-Car and its Florida-based parent, ANC Rental Corp., is based on a complaint by Bilan Nur of Phoenix."

U.S. Department of Health and Human Services Funds Grant to Counsel Muslim Women

October 2, 2002

Source: Washington Post

http://www.washingtonpost.com/wp-dyn/articles/A30047-2002Oct1.html

On October 2, 2002 Washington Post reported that "search-and-seizure operations carried out [by federal agents] at Muslim homes and organizations across Northern Virginia... [were] aimed at gathering information on possible financial links to Middle Eastern terrorist groups. But while much about the operation remains murky, one aspect is drawing increased attention...

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California Hindu Man Allegedly Insults and Attacks Muslim Girl

September 29, 2002

Source: Mercury News

http://www.bayarea.com/mld/mercurynews/news/editorial/4175623.htm

On September 29, 2002 Mercury News reported that "nearly a month after a Hindu man allegedly tried to rape a Muslim girl while spewing hateful epithets, many Bay Area Indo-American Muslims and Hindus are still divided over the significance of the crime. Within the somewhat estranged communities, the meaning of the Palo Alto incident has transcended the facts stated by...

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One Woman's Conversion Story: From Arguing to Understanding

September 28, 2002

Source: The Arizona Republic

http://www.arizonarepublic.com/arizona/articles/0928b2profile28.html

On September 28, 2002 The Arizona Republic reported on "Deedra Abboud, the new president of the Council on American Islamic Relations of Arizona, [who] was raised Christian in Arkansas... She remembers arguing with Muslims about their faith. 'I would verbally attack them,' Abboud said. Your religion oppresses women, she would tell them. Making women cover...

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Web Site to Highlight Architecture of Islamic World

September 25, 2002

Source: The Associated Press

On September 25, 2002 The Associated Press reported that "an Islamic spiritual leader has united with Harvard, MIT and six Middle Eastern universities to create a Web site its creators hope will advance architecture throughout the Islamic world. The site, Archnet.org, includes 600,000 archived images, counts 6,000 members in 110 countries and links architecture schools around the world, eliminating the need for education centers in the developing world to build big libraries. The site...

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House and Senate to Amend Charitable Choice Legislation to Prohibit Discrimination and Proselytizing

September 25, 2002

Source: The Boston Globe

On September 25, 2002 The Boston Globe reported that a "coalition of civil rights groups and liberal House Democrats has mounted an aggressive lobbying campaign to block President Bush's faith-based initiative in the Senate unless the bill explicitly prohibits religious charities from discriminating when hiring. Representative Barney Frank, a Newton Democrat, is leading the unusually personal effort by House lawmakers to influence the language in a Senate bill that is aimed at spurring charitable giving and increasing grant...

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Book Review: In Search of Grace

September 22, 2002

Source: The Boston Globe

On September 22, 2002 The Boston Globe printed a book review that stated, "the religious quest for a 'divine power' with 'cosmic answers' is the engine propelling Kristin Hahn's uplifting road narrative In Search of Grace. Hahn, a Los Angeles-based film producer and coauthor of the acclaimed travelogue Anthem, recently crisscrossed our land participating in the worship practices of over a dozen religions."

Young Female Athletes Negotiate Requirements of Muslim Faith and Sports

September 13, 2002

Source: The Plain Dealer

On September 13, 2002 The Plain Dealer featured an article on the Farley-Samad family of Shaker Heights, Ohio. The four sisters all played sports at Shaker Heights High, and negotiated the requirements of their Muslim faith through their athletic careers. The girls had "letters of exemption from the Ohio High School Athletic Association" (OHSAA) so they could wear their hijab during games.  "Even when they are playing sports - a combination of basketball, track, cross country and volleyball for each - they wrap up their hair and...

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Looking for Heros in Texas

September 11, 2002

Source: The Houston Chronicle

On September 11, 2002 The Houston Chronicle printed an editorial which stated, "my heroes have become those who make meaningful public effort toward dialogue, who find strength and vitality in variations, who do not live by fear. And there seem to be more of these people visible in Texas this year, because we are desperate for them. Consider the Texas Folklife Festival in San Antonio. Lebanese dancers annually aligned with German polka bands. Why did it suddenly give us goose bumps, after 30 years of celebrations? Consider...

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California Hindu Man Allegedly Insults and Attacks Muslim Girl

September 6, 2002

Source: San Jose Mercury News

http://www.bayarea.com/mld/mercurynews/news/local/4015294.htm

On September 6, 2002 the San Jose Mercury News reported that "prosecutors charged an East Palo Alto man Thursday with assault with the intent to rape a 15-year-old girl... but they did not charge him with a hate crime... Palo Alto police reported that the suspect, 18-year-old Sanjay Nair, who is Hindu, made comments...

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California Hindu Man Allegedly Insults and Attacks Muslim Girl

September 5, 2002

Source: San Jose Mercury News

http://www.bayarea.com/mld/mercurynews/news/local/4006790.htm

On September 5, 2002, the San Jose Mercury News reported that "Palo Alto police arrested Sanjay Nair, 18, of East Palo Alto, for allegedly raping a 15-year-old girl.. The incident has been labeled a hate crime because of comments police say that Nair, who is Hindu, made before and during the alleged rape... Nearly a dozen organizations...

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Cathedral of Our Lady of Angels to Open in Los Angeles

September 4, 2002

Source: Los Angeles Times

On September 4, 2002 the Los Angeles Times reported that "for [Cardinal Roger M. Mahony] and many others, Monday's cathedral dedication will be a celebration of the living church and the 5 million Roman Catholics who constitute Southern California's largest religious group. It is a church revived and enriched by immigrants and challenged by the need to accommodate more than 50 cultures and languages. More than 80% of the archdiocese's Catholics are Latino and Asian--and Asian Catholics now outnumber whites, according to...

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Gay and Lesbian Jewish Congregations

September 1, 2002

Source: Reconstructionism Today

On September 1, 2002 Reconstructionism Today reported on "a congregation serving the lesbian, gay, bisexual, transgendered, and questioning (GLBTQ) community... [and the] quarter-century-old umbrella organization, The World Congress of Gay, Lesbian, Bisexual, and Transgendered Jewish Organizations: Keshet Ga'avah. Jewish organizations serving the needs of the queer community have learned that these needs are as diverse as those of other Jews."

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