Women

Cairo Campus Veil Ban Struck Down

June 10, 2007

Author: Staff Writer

Source: BBC News

http://news.bbc.co.uk/2/hi/middle_east/6737993.stm

A court in Egypt has ruled that the American University of Cairo cannot ban women from wearing the niqab - the full Islamic face covering - on campus.

The ruling comes after a lengthy legal battle between the university and a female student, who was told she had to remove the niqab for security reasons.

Supporters of the niqab greeted the...

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Muslim Women’s Association Hosts White Plains Talk by Faith Club

June 7, 2007

Author: Gary Stern

Source: The Journal News

http://www.thejournalnews.com/apps/pbcs.dll/article?AID=/20070607/NEWS02/706070368/1018/NEWS02

WHITE PLAINS - The Faith Club started small, uncertain, frightened.

Its three members - one Jew, one Christian, one Muslim - had shaky holds on their own faiths (and mostly apprehension about the other two).

But they were living in the post-9/11 world...

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Turkish Women Raise Voice for Secularism

June 5, 2007

Author: Emma Ross-Thomas

Source: Dawn

Wire Service: Reuters

http://www.dawn.com/2007/06/05/int9.htm

ISTANBUL: Turkish women are on the street protesting as never before as the fight to preserve Turkey’s secular status gives them a louder political voice that could translate into parliamentary seats in this summer’s elections.

Women have dominated recent rallies in Turkish cities against the ruling Islamist-...

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A Quiet Revolution in Algeria: Gains by Women

May 26, 2007

Author: MICHAEL SLACKMAN

Source: The New York Times

http://www.nytimes.com/2007/05/26/world/africa/26algeria.html

ALGIERS, May 25 — In this tradition-bound nation scarred by a brutal Islamist-led civil war that killed more than 100,000, a quiet revolution is under way: women are emerging as an economic and political force unheard of in the rest of the Arab world.

Women make up 70 percent of Algeria’s lawyers and 60...

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Women on Frontline of Religious Divide, says Amnesty

May 23, 2007

Source: Middle East /times

http://www.metimes.com/storyview.php?StoryID=20070523-081419-7328r

LONDON -- Women have become key victims of growing religious intolerance fueled by a growing clash between the West and the Muslim world, human rights group Amnesty International said Wednesday.

"In an environment of fear and religious fundamentalism, governments have backtracked on their promise to promote gender equality," said Amnesty chief Irene Khan in...

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When Women Rub Minds On Muslim/Christian Relationship

May 21, 2007

Author: Halima Musa

Source: All Africa

http://allafrica.com/stories/200705210969.html

The thousands of lives lost across the country over the past two decades in the course of crises presumed to be religious has become an issue of great concern not only to the government but to all stakeholders including non-governmental organisations (NGOs).

There is virtually no area in all the six geo-political zones in Nigeria that has not witnessed one or...

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Islamic Headscarf's Comeback Reveals Bosnian Divisions

May 17, 2007

Source: Turkish Press

http://www.turkishpress.com/news.asp?id=176488

SARAJEVO - After being banned for decades by Yugoslav communist rulers, the Islamic headscarf is making a comeback to the streets of post-war Bosnia, exposing deep ethnic divisions.

Although still a minority in Bosnian society, women choosing to don the headscarf have become a common sight on the streets of the capital Sarajevo, unlike before the 1992-1995 war when it was a rarity.

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Anger at Somali Face Veil Burning

May 9, 2007

Source: BBC News

http://news.bbc.co.uk/2/hi/africa/6638841.stm

Two hand grenades have gone off in the Somali capital, Mogadishu, where government soldiers were confiscating and burning face veils worn by women.

A BBC correspondent says one woman was injured in the explosions at a junction near the city's main Bakara market.

Eyewitnesses say soldiers were ordering women in burkas to remove their face veils on Tuesday, but the operation was later stopped by their...

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Interfaith Dialogue Over the Net from June

May 8, 2007

Source: Gulf News

http://www.gulfnews.com/region/Syria/10123765.html

Dubai: An interfaith dialogue between Muslim Syrian women and Christian and Jewish Americans will be launched next month by Syrian Islamic teacher and preacher Huda Habash, reports Al Arabiya.net.

Habash, who has been teaching women the Quran for over 25 years at Al Zahra mosque in Damascus, said that in the next six months, some of her veiled students will have audio visual conversations over the...

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