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Some Muslims in U.S. Quietly Engage in Polygamy

May 27, 2008

Author: Barbara Bradley Hagerty

Source: National Public Radio

http://www.npr.org/templates/story/story.php?storyId=90857818

Although polygamy is illegal in the U.S. and most mosques try to discourage plural marriages, some Muslim men in America have quietly married multiple wives.

No one knows how many Muslims in the U.S. live in polygamous families. But according to academics researching the issue, estimates range from 50,000 to...

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Educational Opportunities Grow for the Women of Lodi's Muslim Community

May 27, 2008

Author: Keith Reid

Source: Recordnet

http://www.recordnet.com/apps/pbcs.dll/article?AID=/20080527/A_NEWS/805270325

Nuna Migbel has long dreamed of earning a college degree, something she has in common with many Muslim women her age, she said.

A 40-year-old Lodi resident, Migbel waited more than 20 years to enroll at San Joaquin Delta College, where she has passed English learner courses and has enrolled in general...

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State to Consider Muslim School-Dress Code

May 20, 2008

Author: Katherine Donnelly and Ralph Riegel

Source: Independent.ie

http://www.independent.ie/national-news/state-to-consider-muslim-schooldress-code-1380624.html

SCHOOL dress codes in an increasingly culturally diverse Ireland will be the subject of a national consultation process in the autumn.

Education Minister Batt O'Keeffe yesterday said he had asked Junior Minister Conor Lenihan, who has...

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Hijab No Threat to Quebec, Report Says

May 20, 2008

Author: Jeff Heinrich

Source: National Post/CanWest News Service

http://www.nationalpost.com/news/story.html?id=525580

The Muslim head scarf is no real threat to Quebec values and most women in the province wear it by choice, not out of coercion, concludes a commission on the integration of immigrants after a year of study costing $5-million.

In the final draft of their report -- which was submitted to the provincial government yesterday...

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Buddhist Head Temple Consecrated

May 19, 2008

Author: Christine Morente

Source: The Mercury News

http://www.mercurynews.com/religion/ci_9308551

Her Holiness Shinso Ito was the picture of quiet dignity as her followers cheered - and gleefully took her picture at a respectful distance.

When she walked past, they bowed - a sign of reverence for Shinnyo-en's first female leader.

The 66-year-old's task Sunday morning was to consecrate the Japanese Buddhist order's new U.S. Head Temple...

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Bahá’í-Inspired Development Program Highlighted at U.N. Meeting

May 19, 2008

Author: Staff Writer

Source: Baha'i World News Service

http://www.bahaiworldnews.org/story/633

A Bahá’í-inspired program that has trained thousands of people in Honduras and Colombia to contribute to rural development was highlighted as a model for sustainable development at a major U.N. meeting this month.

The program, known as SAT -- an acronym for Sistema de Aprendizaje Tutorial (Tutorial Learning System) -- was presented in a three-hour...

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Row Over Denmark Court Veil Ban

May 19, 2008

Author: Thomas Buch-Andersen

Source: BBC News

http://news.bbc.co.uk/2/hi/europe/7409072.stm

Danish diplomats to Muslim countries are preparing themselves for another wave of anti-Danish protests after the government announced it would bar judges from wearing headscarves and similar religious or political symbols in courtrooms.

Although the ban will include crucifixes, Jewish skull caps and turbans as well as headscarves, the move is seen as being...

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Plucky Granny Fights for Inheritance Rights of SA’s Muslim Wives

May 18, 2008

Author: Biénne Huisman

Source: The Times

http://www.thetimes.co.za/PrintEdition/News/Article.aspx?id=768294

Soft-spoken Fatima Hassam has become the unlikely champion of thousands of South African Muslim women who are left destitute and desperate when their husbands die.

After slaving in her husband’s shop for 36 years of married life and bearing him four children, Fatima, 61, was heartbroken when she found he was...

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"Overturning Same-Sex Marriage Ban was Interfaith Triumph," a Commentary by Rev. Mike Young

May 17, 2008

Author: The Rev. Mike Young

Source: Star Bulletin

http://starbulletin.com/2008/05/17/features/onfaith.html

On Thursday, the California Supreme Court overturned the state's ban on same-sex marriage.

I couldn't be more delighted. I've been marrying same-sex couples without benefit of legal documents for more than 30 years. I'm looking forward to the day when I can do it with marriage license in hand.

The California court held...

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Muslim and Jewish Students Win Advanced Degrees from Catholic Union

May 14, 2008

Author: Manya A. Brachear

Source: Chicago Tribune

http://www.chicagotribune.com/news/local/chi-interfaithmay15,0,439350.story

As a teen, Sarah Bier traveled from Chicago to Israel to learn more about Judaism. But her journey to the Holy Land, marred by religious violence from beginning to end, ultimately led her to explore other faiths as well.

Syafa Almirzanah chose to pursue similar studies after growing tensions...

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Fashion Students Designing Stylish Cloaks for Muslim Women

May 13, 2008

Author: Staff Writer

Source: The Dallas Morning News

Wire Service: AP

http://www.dallasnews.com/sharedcontent/dws/dn/religion/stories/051408fealivcloak.246de41.html

The assignment for Virginia Commonwealth University fashion students: design an abaya, an enveloping cloak worn by Muslim women, that is stylish yet acceptable in Arab countries.

The results: elaborately...

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States Divided on Approach to Polygamous Sect

May 5, 2008

Author: Faye Bowers

Source: The Christian Science Monitor

http://www.csmonitor.com/2008/0505/p02s01-usju.html?page=1

It was a showdown, of sorts, over how far states should go to keep tabs on the Fundamentalist Church of Latter Day Saints, the group known to endorse multiple wives for men and motherhood for underage girls. In a public spat, officials from Arizona and Utah squared off last week against a US senator who suggested that the two...

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Imams Condemn Islamic Teacher

May 3, 2008

Author: Natalie O'Brien

Source: The Australian

http://www.theaustralian.news.com.au/story/0,25197,23637358-5006789,00.html

ANGRY Muslim groups have attacked the University of Western Sydney over an Islamic studies course they claim is too sexually explicit, promotes lesbianism and derides the Koran as misogynistic.

Students, community members and the Australian National Imams Council have complained about the content...

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