Women

Court Bans Veiled Terror Suspect

March 3, 2008

Author: Staff Writer

Source: BBC News

http://news.bbc.co.uk/2/hi/europe/7275392.stm

An Austrian court has excluded a young Muslim woman from the start of her trial on terrorism charges because she refused to remove her full-face veil.

The suspect, identified as Mona S, is charged, along with her husband Mohamed M, with links to al-Qaeda and posting a threatening video on the internet.

The presiding judge ordered the woman to be...

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Muslim Woman Forced to Leave Gretna Mall

March 1, 2008

Author: Staff Writer

Source: Sun Herald

Wire Service: AP

http://www.sunherald.com/218/story/404015.html

A Muslim housewife says her civil rights were violated when a security guard forced her to leave a shopping mall when she refused to take her religious headscarf off.

The Council on American-Islamic Relations, a Washington-based Muslim civil liberties group, made the incident public Friday. The group has asked...

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Morality, Justice and Women's Rights: a Portrait of Islam for the 21st Century

February 27, 2008

Author: Suna Erdem

Source: The Times

http://www.timesonline.co.uk/tol/comment/faith/article3448827.ece

Turkey's highest religious authority is preparing to publish a groundbreaking guide to Islam for the modern world, putting the words of the Prophet Muhammad into context for a sweeping reinterpretation of the religion.

The Presidency of Religious Affairs in this Muslim, but strongly secular, country has commissioned a...

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Turkish Appeal Against Scarf Law

February 27, 2008

Author: Pam O'Toole

Source: BBC News

http://news.bbc.co.uk/2/hi/europe/7267519.stm

Turkey's main pro-secular opposition party has asked the Constitutional Court to overturn a reform allowing headscarves in universities.

The Republican People's Party said the reform violated the secular principles of Turkey's constitution.

The reform - approved by parliament earlier this month - has prompted major controversy in Turkey.

Many...

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US Muslim Women Seek Active Faith Role

February 27, 2008

Author: Robert Pigott

Source: BBC News

http://news.bbc.co.uk/2/hi/americas/7265021.stm

See the Akhtar family at a weekend lunch, and the renewal of Islam in America seems inevitable and irresistible.

Shahid and Mino Akhtar were born in Pakistan and, like their son and three daughters, they are devout Muslims who attend the mosque regularly.

Meeting them at their house in a quiet tree-lined street in Emerson, New Jersey, it soon seems...

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Rialto Muslim Woman's Headscarf Lawsuit Allowed to Move Forward

February 25, 2008

Author: IMRAN GHORI

Source: The Press-Enterprise

http://www.pe.com/localnews/inland/stories/PE_News_Local_D_scarf26.3e7c803.html

A lawsuit accusing San Bernardino County of violating a Rialto Muslim woman's rights by forcing her to remove her headscarf was allowed to proceed by a federal judge Monday.

U.S. District Court Judge Virginia Phillips denied a motion by the county's attorneys seeking to have part of the...

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For Muslim Students, a Debate on Inclusion

February 21, 2008

Author: NEIL MacFARQUHAR

Source: The New York Times

http://www.nytimes.com/2008/02/21/education/21muslim.html?

Amir Mertaban vividly recalls sitting at his university’s recruitment table for the Muslim Students Association a few years ago when an attractive undergraduate flounced up in a decidedly un-Islamic miniskirt, saying “Salamu aleykum,” or “Peace be upon you,” a standard Arabic greeting, and asked to sign up...

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America's Muslim Population is Gaining a Hispanic Accent

February 9, 2008

Author: SHERRI DAY

Source: St. Petersburg Times

http://www.sptimes.com/2008/02/09/Hillsborough/America_s_Muslim_popu.shtml

Before the women can begin, they must pray.

Propped up by pillows, they sit in a circle on the floor, cup their hands upward and close their eyes.

"Give us clarity, Allah," a woman intones. "Give us truth and honesty. And, help us to succeed in our humble mission."

The women...

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First Woman to Lead Nation of Islam Mosque to Speak

February 5, 2008

Author: NIRAJ WARIKOO

Source: Detroit Free Press

http://www.freep.com/apps/pbcs.dll/article?AID=/20080205/NEWS02/80205020/1004#articlecomments

Ava Muhammad, the first woman to head a mosque in the Nation of Islam, is scheduled to speak today about the presidential election at Wayne County Community College District in Detroit.

Muhammad is the national spokeswoman for the Nation of Islam and its...

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Scouts Have Faith

February 4, 2008

Author: CHRISTINA M. WOODS

Source: The Wichita Eagle

http://www.kansas.com/news/local/story/301275.html

After serving apple-chicken salad in pastry shells, cucumber tea sandwiches, smoked salmon and asparagus crustini, summer berry tarts, pink lemonade with kiwi, and tea, members of Danah Salem's Girl Scout troop did a lively rendition of the Macarena dance.

There was a purpose to this dance, the grand finale of the troop's mother-daughter...

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