Women

Deepa Mehta's 'Water' Goes From Being Banned to Oscar Nomination

January 28, 2007

Author: Sandip Roy

Source: New American Media

http://news.newamericamedia.org/news/view_article.html?article_id=645ddebf5e4c7f6712f75261ca0766e8

Deepa Mehta’s film Water has been nominated for an Academy Award for Best Foreign Film. It’s the third in a trilogy following Fire and Earth. It looks at a colony of widows set in a sacred city whose lives are upturned by a new widow, a child, in...

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Mosques Enlisted to Battle Taboo

January 26, 2007

Author: BETTYE WELLS MILLER

Source: The Press-Enterprise

http://www.pe.com/localnews/inland/stories/PE_News_Local_D_cancer27.23e2b83.html

Inland mosques and public health researchers in Los Angeles hope to improve breast cancer awareness among Muslim women through local educational programs and a broader study of attitudes about the disease.

Muslim women get breast cancer less frequently than the general...

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"Hindu Women Have Won Esteem Despite Bias," a Commentary by Vasudha Narayanan

January 23, 2007

Author: Vasudha Narayanan

Source: The Washington Post

http://newsweek.washingtonpost.com/onfaith/vasudha_narayanan/2007/01/hearing_voices_of_women_poets.html

Hindu women have been both empowered and subjugated by their religious structures. Yes, there have been terrible crimes against women, as in most religions. And yet, it may be argued that within the Hindu traditions women have also created...

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Court Upholds Ban on Muslim Teachers Wearing Head Scarves in German State

January 15, 2007

Source: International Herald Tribune

Wire Service: AP

http://www.iht.com/articles/ap/2007/01/15/europe/EU-GEN-Germany-Head-Scarf-Ban.php

MUNICH, Germany: A court on Monday upheld a ban on Muslim teachers wearing head scarves in the schools of a German state under a law that says teachers' attire must be in line with "western Christian" values.

A Berlin-based Islamic association had complained about the...

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"Rites and Rights: the Mosque Movement From Mecca to Main Street," a Commentary by Margot Badran

January 9, 2007

Author: Margot Badran

Source: The American Muslim

http://theamericanmuslim.org/tam.php/features/articles/rites_and_rights_the_mosque_movement_from_mecca_to_main_street/0012597

Women are flocking to mosques around the world. Now, during Ramadan, they are packing mosques nightly in many countries for tarawwih or the recitation of the Qur’an. It has not always been easy, or...

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On Aussie Beaches, Burqa Plus Bikini Equals Burqini

January 9, 2007

Author: Nick Squires

Source: The Christian Science Monitor

http://www.csmonitor.com/2007/0109/p01s04-woap.html

CRONULLA, AUSTRALIA – It's a sweltering day, and the beach is packed with suntanned bodies. Girls in swimsuits lounge on the sand while their boyfriends cradle surfboards. Mecca Laalaa is the lone exception. Instead of a barely there bikini, she's in a burqini - a top-to-toe two-piece lycra suit complete with hijab, or Islamic head...

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Spate of Thefts Prompts Burqa Ban in Some Indian Jewelry Shops

December 28, 2006

Source: The China Post

Wire Service: AP

http://www.chinapost.com.tw/latestnews/20061228/43357.htm

Pune, India: Muslim women wearing the head-to-toe Islamic robe, or burqa, could be banned from shopping at jewelry stores in this western Indian city after a series of thefts carried out by burqa-clad robbers, jewelers said Thursday.

The Pune Jewelers Association has applied to police for permission to bar people who cover their...

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Bulgarian Muslims Wonder What EU Entry Holds

December 26, 2006

Author: Tsvetelia Ilieva

Source: The Washington Post

http://www.washingtonpost.com/wp-dyn/content/article/2006/12/26/AR2006122600797.html

SMOLYAN, Bulgaria (Reuters) - Like most Bulgarians, Salikh Kutsov hopes joining the European Union will bring prosperity to his town. But the Muslim carpenter wonders if his future wife would be happy wearing a headscarf in the EU.

The 27-year-old carpenter has been told...

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In Thai Widows' Village, Loss Unites 2 Faiths

December 17, 2006

Author: Kim Barker

Source: Chicago Tribune

http://www.chicagotribune.com/news/nationworld/chi-0612170430dec17,1,7561863.story?coll=chi-newsnationworld-hed

ROTAN BATU, Thailand -- This gated community looks like a typical suburban subdivision, filled with identical two-story homes, potted plants and yellow plastic garbage bins. Children ride bicycles. Women ask their neighbors for a can opener...

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Among China's Muslims, a Long-Standing Tradition of Women Prayer Leaders

December 16, 2006

Source: Herald-Tribune

Wire Service: AP

http://www.iht.com/articles/ap/2006/12/17/asia/AS_FEA_REL_China_Muslim_Women_Imams.php

WUZHONG, China: At a tiny courtyard mosque tucked down a back alley in China's Muslim heartland, Wang Shouying leads other Muslim women in prayers and chants.

Every day, Wang dons a green velvet robe and white scarf and preaches to dozens of women at the Little White Mosque...

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Moving Beyond Tradition

December 10, 2006

Source: The Indianapolis Star

http://www.indystar.com/apps/pbcs.dll/article?AID=/20061210/LOCAL/612100485

Ingrid Mattson's recent election as president of the Islamic Society of North America gave the organization headquartered in Plainfield a national spotlight it's never known.

The white, Canadian-born woman who grew up Catholic before converting to Islam in 1987 has appeared on CNN and NPR, been written up in The New York Times and was...

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"The Elephant in the Room at the WISE Conference," a Commentary by Pamela K. Taylor

December 10, 2006

Author: Pamela K. Taylor

Source: The American Muslim

http://theamericanmuslim.org/tam.php/features/articles/the_elephant_in_the_room_at_the_wise_conference/0012228

Attending the WISE conference organized by the ASMA society in late November was a tremendous experience. It was humbling to be sitting next to women from around the globe who had done so much, spoken out so fearlessly, and risked...

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