Women

One Woman's Interfaith Journey

January 4, 2008

Author: Gail Katz

Source: ReadtheSpirit.com

http://www.readthespirit.com/explore/2008/01/073-one-womans.html

As an interfaith activist, I’m often asked why I spend so much of my time and energy devoted to so many of these initiatives. So when David Crumm asked me to mull this over for ReadTheSpirit, I tried to trace the journey that I have traveled from the time I was a small girl growing up in a post-war secular Jewish family until...

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Sikh Federation Urges Sikhs in Punjab to Unite on Turban Issue

January 3, 2008

Author: Staff Writer

Source: PunjabNewsline

http://www.punjabnewsline.com/content/view/7618/38/

Sikh Federation (UK) urges Sikh leadership in Punjab to unite and take up Dastaar issue during French President’s India visit

The Sikh Federation (UK) has called on the entire Sikh leadership in Punjab not to miss the opportunity of exerting pressure regarding the dastaar issue prior on the French President, Nicholas Sarkozy visiting India...

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Gay Muslims Pack a Dance Floor of Their Own

January 1, 2008

Author: NICHOLAS KULISH

Source: The New York Times/Berlin Journal

http://www.nytimes.com/2008/01/01/world/europe/01berlin.html

Six men whirled faster and faster in the center of the nightclub, arms slung over one another’s shoulders, performing a traditional circle dance popular in Turkey and the Middle East. Nothing unusual given the German capital’s large Muslim population.

But most of the people filling the dance...

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Fundamentalist Regimes Post Grave Threats to Women

December 19, 2007

Author: Eileen Connelly

Source: The Catholic Telegraph

http://www.catholiccincinnati.org/tct/dec1407/120707fundamentalist.html

ARCHDIOCESE — This past June, Sister of Charity of Cincinnati Louise Akers, co-coordinator of the congregation’s Office of Peace, Justice and Integrity of Creation, was among the participants at a large international forum held in Villepinte, a small town north of Paris, France.

The...

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Calgary Imam Says Islam, Family Violence Don't Mix; Goes on Hunger Strike

December 19, 2007

Author: Staff Writer

Source: The Candaian Press

http://canadianpress.google.com/article/ALeqM5hHVfIlRrXn9ncgH0mnIQUq0BNSkQ

An imam from Alberta was planning to go on a weekend hunger strike to bring attention to domestic violence and how it is completely against the teachings of Islam.

Any violence involving families is "absolutely un-Islamic," Syed Soharwardy of the Calgary Islamic Centre said Friday.

"We...

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Father Says He Killed Daughter in Canadian Hijab Case

December 11, 2007

Author: Staff Writer

Source: Reuters

http://www.reuters.com/article/worldNews/idUSN1151774720071211

A Canadian teenager who was said to have clashed with her father about whether she should wear a traditional Muslim head scarf died of injuries late on Monday, and her father told police he had killed her.

Aqsa Parvez, 16, was found without a pulse in her home in the Toronto suburb of Mississauga earlier on Monday. She was...

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Peer Criticises Muslim 'Hotheads'

December 11, 2007

Author: Staff Writer

Source: BBC News

http://news.bbc.co.uk/2/hi/uk_news/politics/7138641.stm

Muslim peer Baroness Warsi has hit out at Muslim "hardliners and hotheads" who use Islam to argue against voting and equal rights for women.

The Conservative shadow minister for community cohesion said it was crucial to distinguish between social demands and genuine religious requirements.

She urged Muslims not to allow such...

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Team Wrapped up in Headscarf Debate

December 9, 2007

Author: DANIEL MACISAAC

Source: Edmonton Sun

http://www.edmontonsun.com/News/Edmonton/2007/12/09/4715542-sun.html

Sixteen-year-old Sheena Alami calls the flap over Islamic hijab headscarves that has sidelined her Edmonton soccer team shocking.

"I was really disappointed that this whole issue was taking place in Canada because we're supposed to be a multicultural society accepting of different cultures and religions," she...

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Muslim Woman Sues for Being Forced to Remove Headscarf in US Jail

December 6, 2007

Source: International Herald Tribune

http://www.iht.com/articles/ap/2007/12/06/america/NA-GEN-US-Muslim-Headscarf-Lawsuit.php

LOS ANGELES: A Muslim woman arrested for riding a commuter train without a valid ticket has filed a federal lawsuit in the United States, claiming her religious freedom was violated when she was forced to remove her headscarf when she was taken to jail.

Jameelah Medina also said she was intimidated by a...

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To Muslim Girls, Scouts Offer a Chance to Fit In

November 28, 2007

Author: NEIL MacFARQUHAR

Source: The New York Times

http://www.nytimes.com/2007/11/28/us/28girlscout.html?_r=1&oref=slogin

MINNEAPOLIS — Sometimes when Asma Haidara, a 12-year-old Somali immigrant, wants to shop at Target or ride the Minneapolis light-rail system, she puts her Girl Scout sash over her everyday clothes, which usually include a long skirt worn over pants as well as a swirling head scarf.

Girls from...

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Oral Histories Pay Tribute to Muslim Women

November 23, 2007

Author: Clem Richardson

Source: New York Daily News

http://www.nydailynews.com/ny_local/2007/11/23/2007-11-23_spotlight_on_city_people_oral_histories_.html

The gallery at Harriet's Alter Ego is a small, spare space in the rear of a delightfully stylish women's clothing and accessory store on Brooklyn's Flatbush Ave., blocks from Grand Army Plaza. Nsenga Knight is making history there.

The...

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Jewish Women's Magazine Launches

November 23, 2007

Author: ANNIE GROER

Source: Houston Chronicle

http://www.chron.com/disp/story.mpl/life/religion/5324480.html

Pass a magazine stand these days and you're likely to see Martha Stewart Living, Oprah at Home, Southern Accents, Country Living, Cottage Living.

Make room for Jewish Living, a lifestyle magazine aimed at well-educated Jewish women, ages 25 to 54, with children at home and a household income conservatively pegged at $125,...

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