Women

Veil Makes Islam Women Faceless

October 25, 2006

Author: Cathy Young

Source: Seattle Post-Intelligencer

http://seattlepi.nwsource.com/opinion/289808_cathyyoung25.html

Britain has been in turmoil over veils in recent days, after a school in Yorkshire suspended a Muslim teacher's assistant for wearing "niqab" -- a form of the traditional veil that leaves only a slit for the eyes.

Further stoking the flames, House of Commons leader Jack Straw revealed that in meetings with...

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Storytellers Emerge at Ecumenical Gathering of Women

October 24, 2006

Author: Daphne Mack

Source: Episcopal News Service

http://www.episcopalchurch.org/3577_78878_ENG_HTM.htm

More than 200 people gathered for the "Women in Religion in the 21st Century" conference, held October 17-19 at the Interchurch Center in New York City, to hear the history of various faith traditions and share stories of the strength, courage and vision of women.

The conference featured speakers, presenters and moderators who...

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Latina Muslim Converts Gather to Share and Forge their Newfound Faith, Friendship

October 23, 2006

Author: Barbara Karkabi

Source: Houston Chronicle

http://www.chron.com/disp/story.mpl/life/religion/4279586.html

When Zulayka Martinez left the Roman Catholic Church and converted to Islam six years ago, she was happy and at peace with her decision. But she felt like an outsider in her new faith.

Looking back, she realizes her problem was more of a cultural and language barrier. Most members of Houston mosques were of Arab or...

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Book Clubs Bind Jews, Christians, and Muslims

October 21, 2006

Author: Johnny Diaz

Source: The Boston Globe

http://docs.google.com/View?docid=dcxpw8vw_1jqjgz5

NEWTON -- The 14 women sitting in an outdoor hut, or sukkot , for the Jewish harvest holiday may not be related, but they call themselves the Daughters of Abraham or spiritual sisters. They're gathered in a tight circle discussing sukkot and one of this month's book club picks -- "The Ornament of the World: How Muslims, Jews , and Christians Created a...

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Taking on the Veil: West Looks to Assimilation

October 20, 2006

Author: Mark Rice-Oxley

Source: The Christian Science Monitor

http://www.csmonitor.com/2006/1020/p01s03-woeu.html

Until recently, Rahmanara Chowdhury turned few heads on the street. Shrouded under a full-face Islamic veil, or niqab, she went about her business untroubled. "Occasionally, you get called 'ninja,' but I got used to that," she says.

But in recent weeks, she has noticed a change. "In public, I'm a lot more self-conscious, even...

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Tunisia Moves Against Headscarves

October 20, 2006

Author: Heba Saleh

Source: BBC News

http://news.bbc.co.uk/2/hi/africa/6053380.stm

The Tunisian authorities have launched a campaign against the Islamic veil worn by some women to cover their hair.

Police are applying with renewed vigour a decree dating back to 1981 which prohibits women from wearing Islamic headscarves in public places.

In recent days, senior officials have hit out at what they describe as sectarian dress worn by...

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'Jerusalem Women,' Touring as Partners for Peace, Fault Israeli Policies

October 20, 2006

Author: Ruth Walker

Source: Harvard University Gazette

http://www.news.harvard.edu/gazette/2006/10.19/05-peace.html

"I am coming here to say, help us. America is involved in this conflict, and is feeding it. Wherever you stand, stand for justice."

That was the contention and the directive of Ghada Ageel, a third-generation Palestinian Muslim refugee, at the Harvard Divinity School Friday (Oct. 13).

She was there as part...

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Islam Counts on Soccer Mom to Soften Fears

October 20, 2006

Author: Stephanie Simon

Source: Detroit Free Press

http://www.detnews.com/apps/pbcs.dll/article?AID=/20061020/LIFESTYLE04/610200319/1041/LIFESTYLE04

The new president of the Islamic Society of North America lives in an Illinois suburb.

Ingrid Mattson had given up God. She'd stopped saying her rosaries and taking communion. She was an atheist, abroad in Paris before her senior year of college....

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Ecumenical Conference will Explore Women in Religion, Leadership Roles

October 16, 2006

Author: Daphne Mack

Source: Episcopal News Service

http://www.episcopalchurch.org/3577_78663_ENG_HTM.htm

More than 60 female religion educators, leaders, activists and scholars representing various faiths from around the world are set to make their voices heard at the "Women in Religion in the 21st Century" conference, held October 17-19 in New York City.

Speakers, presenters and moderators from Christian, Jewish, Muslim, Baha'i, Buddhist...

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Debate about Veils is 'Healthy'

October 16, 2006

Source: BBC News

http://news.bbc.co.uk/2/hi/uk_news/6055340.stm

MPs and Muslim leaders have said the debate surrounding women wearing the veil is "healthy".

They said honest debate helped to break down barriers between Muslims and other sections of British society.

Government ministers were also right to give their views on British Muslims, they said.

Their comments came after the Muslim Council of Britain (MCB) said recent pronouncements by...

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The Woman who has Embraced 25 Million Around the World Comes to Cuddle Britain

October 11, 2006

Author: Arifa Akbar

Source: The Independent

http://news.independent.co.uk/uk/this_britain/article1834348.ece

Her devotees include film stars, US senators and world leaders who come from far and wide to be hugged by the smiling Indian lady known simply as Amma.

Yesterday, the spiritual leader who has spent three decades embracing her followers, swapped A-listers for the ordinary British public at the less than glittering venue...

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Rushdie Criticizes Muslim Veils

October 10, 2006

Source: Beliefnet

Wire Service: AP

http://www.beliefnet.com/story/201/story_20107_1.html

Prime Minister Tony Blair and author Salman Rushdie praised a British official on Tuesday for raising the difficult issue of whether Muslim women visiting his office should remove their veils.

The comment by Jack Straw, a former foreign secretary who now is leader of the House of Commons, has plunged Britain into a debate over Islamic...

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Jewish, Muslim Women Live Together to Seek Peace, Understanding

October 9, 2006

Source: International Herald Tribune

Wire Service: AP

http://www.iht.com/articles/ap/2006/10/09/america/NA_GEN_US_Peace_Dorm.php

About a dozen women students, including a handful of Muslims and Jews, are living together at Rutgers University as they work toward ideals that have seemed out of reach for years in the Middle East: peace and understanding.

Rutgers was to hold a dedication ceremony Monday evening for...

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Jerusalem Women Speak, RI Woman Answers

October 8, 2006

Author: Reza Corinne Clifton

Source: Rezaritesri

http://www.rezaritesri.com/blog/

[Nada] Samih spent the majority of her childhood in Johnston, RI, where she graduated from Johnston Public High School. But Samih and her mother were both born in Kuwait, moving to the US—to RI—when Samih was six years old. But Samih’s family roots are not Kuwaiti; they are Palestinian. All of Samih’s family is from Palestine; her maternal and paternal grandparents...

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American Muslims Get Involved in U.S. Politics

October 7, 2006

Author: Faiza Elmasry

Source: Voice of America

http://www.voanews.com/english/AmericanLife/2006-10-07-voa32.cfm

Minnesota is home to thousands of Muslims from around the world. Like other immigrants, they have worked hard to establish themselves and support their families. But, since 9/11, the state's Muslims have become more concerned about presenting the real image of their faith and getting involved in their local communities.
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