Chechen President Calls for Women to Wear Head Scarves, Latest Nod Toward Islamic Tradition

November 21, 2007

Author: Musa Sadulayev

Source: San Diego Union-Tribune

Wire Service: AP


The president of Chechnya has called for all women to cover their heads with scarves, the latest in a series of his unofficial orders toughening social customs for women in the violence-wracked, mainly Muslim Russian region.


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Synagogue's Hospitality Rankles Church

November 10, 2007

Source: CBS News

Wire Service: AP


(AP) The Archdiocese of St. Louis and a Jewish Reform congregation are on the same side when it comes to advocating for immigrants and the poor, often finding common ground in a zeal for social justice. But when the Central Reform Congregation offered its synagogue for Sunday's ordination of two women in a ceremony...

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A View to Transcend Religious Borders

November 2, 2007

Author: Staff Writer

Source: The Australian


KHALID Khreis is an optimist. Sort of. The Jordanian artist and museum director is confidently talking up the power of art to transcend borders, promote understanding between cultures and allow potential enemies to see each other as dignified fellow humans worthy of respect, even admiration. Is he optimistic, then...

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Cherie's Cautious Criticism

October 31, 2007

Author: Emily Buchanan

Source: BBC News


Cherie Blair has dedicated much of her career as a barrister to the field of human rights, and has long campaigned on the issue of women's equality.

Her lecture though was an unusual one for her in arguing so forcefully against the role religion can play in perpetuating prejudice. Mrs Blair is herself a committed Roman Catholic.


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The Awakening

October 30, 2007

Author: Victoria Cheng

Source: The Buddhist Channel


SOMERVILLE, MA (USA) -- Sitting in a dusty house on Hill Street in the deep winter months of 2003, surrounded by rubble and collapsing ceiling panels, the Rev. Youngju Kim wondered whether she would ever fulfill the task that had been entrusted to her: to establish a Buddhist temple in the Boston area that would provide a sanctuary of...

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In Search of 'Truth over Fear'

October 24, 2007

Author: Matt Gunderson

Source: The Boston Globe


Anti-Islamic sentiment in the country swelled in the aftermath of the terror attacks of Sept. 11, 2001. But for Mary Lahaj, Muslim chaplain at Brigham and Women's Hospital in Boston, those energies had been taking root on US soil for decades prior.

She remembers the telephone calls...

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Muslims to Wear Pink Hijabs for Breast-Cancer Awareness

October 20, 2007

Source: Star-Telegram


After years of watching non-Muslims warily eye her religious attire, Hend El-Buri joked with some veiled friends that it might finally break the ice if they all wore bright pink hijabs to their University of Missouri classes one day.

The wardrobe whim has evolved into a national campaign involving thousands of other Muslim students, aiming to tear down social barriers and raise money...

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Sayeeda Warsi Drives Tory Push for Support among Asians

October 16, 2007

Author: Staff Writer

Source: Yahoo!News

Wire Service: IANS


Buoyed by higher ratings than Labour in recent opinion polls, the Conservative party hopes that the party will enlist more support from Britain's Asian community with the recent appointment of Sayeeda Warsi as the first Muslim in the shadow cabinet.

Warsi took her seat in the House of Lords Monday as Baroness...

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Teen Plays Soccer in Scarf after Ban

October 15, 2007


Source: The Tampa Tribune


PALM HARBOR - Iman Khalil was just another girl taking the soccer field Sunday, running alongside teammates and keeping a close eye on the ball. Occasionally, the 15-year-old tucked the back of her white head scarf into her red and white jersey.

A day earlier, teammates, parents and even members of an opposing team had lobbied a referee to let Khalil...

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Japanese Sect Raided over Death

October 15, 2007

Author: Staff Writer

Source: BBC News


Hundreds of police officers have raided a Japanese religious sect and arrested 20 people over a fatal attack on one of its members, according to reports.

Members of the mainly female Kigenkai group were detained after the death of 63-year-old restaurateur Motoko Okuno.

Reports claim she died last September after being beaten for...

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FBI Investigating Bakersfield Mosque Attack as Hate Crime

October 10, 2007

Source: The Mercury News


BAKERSFIELD, Calif.—The FBI has joined local authorities in an investigation of a weekend attack on a mosque as a hate crime.

Deputies say the incident at the Islamic Center of San Joaquin Valley left windows broken, cars smashed and two worshippers with minor injuries.

Witnesses report that two intoxicated men entered the women's section of the mosque early Saturday morning and disrupted an...

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Ban Teachers from Religious Dress, Quebec Group Says

October 9, 2007

Author: Zosia Bielski

Source: The National Post


The group that 12 years ago fought vehemently for the rights of students who wore a hijab in Quebec's public schools is now trying to ban their teachers from wearing the Islamic headscarf and other "ostentatious" religious symbols while at work.

The Quebec Council...

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