Women

Women Go Beyond Faith for Common Good

December 9, 2006

Author: Rebecca Rakoczy

Source: The Atlanta Journal-Constitution

http://www.ajc.com/search/content/living/faithandvalues/stories/2006/12/09/relinterfaith1209a.html

A candle is lit. A brass bowl is struck. The ringing sound echoes in a simple cinder-block office as eight women of different beliefs -- including a "fallen-away" Catholic, a secular humanist and an agnostic -- contemplate what they're grateful...

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Sitcom’s Precarious Premise: Being Muslim Over Here

December 7, 2006

Author: NEIL MacFARQUHAR

Source: The New York Times

http://www.nytimes.com/2006/12/07/arts/television/07mosq.html?pagewanted=1&_r=1

TORONTO — The handsome, clean-cut young man of evidently Pakistani or Indian origin is standing in an airport line, gesticulating emphatically as he says into his cellphone, “If Dad thinks that’s suicide, so be it,” adding after a pause, “This is Allah’s plan...

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Love of Diversity Drives Muslims’ Christmas Charity

December 7, 2006

Author: Sandra Oey

Source: Ottawa Citizen

http://www.canada.com/ottawacitizen/news/story.html?id=e4ce9800-7588-4d84-b1d9-9680ff7cbf3e&k=92474

This is not the first time the Ottawa Muslim Women’s Organization is having a food drive, but it is the first time they’re doing it for Christmas.

The organization has purposely chosen to hold the event during the Christian holiday season,...

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ISLAMIC FEMINISM: OXYMORON OR REALITY? BARCELONA CONFERENCE 2006.

November 30, 2006

Author: Naila Tiwana

Source: Muslim Wake Up!

http://www.muslimwakeup.com/main/archives/2006/11/islamic_feminis_1.php

In early November of 2006, the present day modern, cosmopolitan city of Barcelona, with its parallel Andalusian character, exuding undeniable cross-culture vibrancy, buzzed with the intellectual powwow of “Islamic Feminism”.

The Congress of Islamic Feminism was founded as a movement by the...

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School Sacks Woman after Veil Row

November 24, 2006

Source: BBC News

http://news.bbc.co.uk/2/hi/uk_news/england/bradford/6179842.stm

A Muslim classroom assistant suspended by a school for wearing a veil in lessons has been sacked.

Aishah Azmi, 23, was asked to remove the veil after the Church of England school in Dewsbury, West Yorks, said pupils found it hard to understand her.

Last month, an employment tribunal ruled Mrs Azmi had not been discriminated against, but awarded her £1,100 for "...

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European Muslim Women: Spirituality and Responsibility Discussed at WISE Conference

November 23, 2006

Author: IlhamAllah Chiara Ferrero

Source: The American Muslim

http://theamericanmuslim.org/tam.php/features/print/european_muslim_women_spirituality_and_responsibility/

The theme of women’s spirituality is arousing increasing interest and not only in the Islamic world, where, for example, the great Muslim women saints of the past still today provide us with valuable food for reflection. At...

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Egypt Minister in Headscarf Row

November 21, 2006

Author: Heba Saleh

Source: BBC News

http://news.bbc.co.uk/2/hi/africa/6169170.stm

Egyptian Culture Minister Farouk Hosni is under pressure to resign after saying that wearing the Islamic headscarf was "regressive".

In parliament, 130 MPs have signed a petition calling for confidence to be withdrawn from the minister.

Mr Hosni will now have to appear before two parliamentary committees to answer a number of questions.

Mr...

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A Bid to Bring the Female Voice to Islamic Law

November 21, 2006

Author: Ben Arnoldy

Source: The Christian Science Monitor

http://www.csmonitor.com/2006/1121/p01s04-ussc.html

For centuries, devout Muslims have looked to the fatwa - an opinion based on religious reasoning of a learned individual or committee - for direction on how to resolve moral dilemmas ranging from the mundane to the sublime. And for centuries, Muslim women have conceded the ground, for the most part, to the men who issue these opinions.
...

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Bridgewater Sangat Explores Sikh Art

November 20, 2006

Author: Neha Singh Gohil

Source: Sikh News Network

http://www.sikhnet.com/sikhnet/news.nsf/NewsArchive/1666B41A3FEF9D508725722C00654A23

Amidst a flurry of paint around a table covered with brushes, palettes and watercolor, Jagdeep Singh, 4, sat quietly, intensely staring at the piece of paper in front of him. As others yelled over him, asking for more paint or different colors, he critiqued what he had wrought. In a...

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Buddhist Writer and Teacher Cheri Huber Says we all have Plenty of Reasons to Give Thanks

November 20, 2006

Author: David Ian Miller

Source: The Buddhist Channel/San Francisco Gate

http://www.buddhistchannel.tv/index.php?id=9,3453,0,0,1,0

It's Thanksgiving, time for another nationwide gratitude wake-up call. On this one day each year, Americans feel free -- or some might say compelled -- to openly express thanks for life's blessings. On the other 364 days, we are left in peace to mumble and grumble about the minor annoyances of life, interspersed with...

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Auction Raises Money for Muslim Domestic Violence Victims

November 19, 2006

Source: News 8 Austin

http://www.news8austin.com/shared/print/default.asp?ArID=175138

An art auction on Saturday helped some Central Texas women picture a better life. A nonprofit that primarily serves the Muslim community hosted the art and silent auction to benefit victims of domestic abuse.

Central Texas Muslimaat says domestic violence plagues all races and ethnic groups, but may be especially difficult for Muslim women to come forward and seek...

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Dutch Muslims Condemn Burqa Ban

November 18, 2006

Source: BBC News

http://news.bbc.co.uk/2/hi/europe/6160620.stm

Dutch Muslims have criticised a government proposal to ban women from wearing the burqa or veils which cover the face in public places.

Dutch Muslim groups say a ban would make the country's one million Muslims feel victimised and alienated.

The Dutch cabinet said burqas - a full body covering that also obscures the face - disturb public order and safety.

The decision comes days ahead of...

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Preserving One Culture, Adopting Another

November 18, 2006

Author: ZAK MAZUR

Source: West Bend Daily News/Greater Milwaukee Today

http://www.gmtoday.com/news/local_stories/2006/Nov_06/11172006_13.asp

An India native living in this city, Harpreet Kaur is a minority even in her homeland.

Kaur is a member of the 19 million strong Sikh faith, which represents just a sliver of India’s more than one billion residents.

Kaur came to America in 1994 when she moved to...

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