Women

Ebadi's Memoir Paints A Different Picture of Iran

May 8, 2006

Source: Muslim Wake Up!

http://www.muslimwakeup.com/main/archives/2006/05/awakening_to_a_1.php#more

On May 8, 2006 Muslim Wake Up! reported, "If Shirin Ebadi had handpicked the date for her memoir, Iran Awakening, to be released, she could not have chosen better. Into the boiling cauldron of tension between Iran and the US over Iranian nuclear ambitions, comes a cooling influence, a peek into the life and thoughts of everyday Iranian people and a...

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Gamma Gamma Chi Joins Rush at University of Maryland Campus

May 8, 2006

Source: The Washington Post

http://www.washingtonpost.com/wp-dyn/content/article/2006/05/07/AR2006050701010_pf.html

On May 8, 2006 The Washington Post reported, "Greek letters gleamed from a satin banner hanging at the front of the room, sequins flashed on little purses, and one woman holding a gold brochure blushed crimson, trying to explain why she liked the idea of this new group. Another widened dark eyes lined with kohl, watching...

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Book Explores the Experiences of 'Four Women, Three Faiths'

May 6, 2006

Source: The Wichita Eagle

http://www.kansas.com/mld/kansas/entertainment/14512545.htm

On May 6, 2006 The Wichita Eagle reported, "Cecile Holmes calls her new book, 'Four Women, Three Faiths: Inspiring Spiritual Journeys,' 'a hymn to diversity and interfaith acceptance.' 'I worry about the increasing polarization in the world, ever since Sept. 11, 2001,' says Holmes, 51, longtime religion editor for the Houston Chronicle, now teaching journalism at the...

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Class Action Suit Filed by Muslim Men Over Naturalization Delay

May 5, 2006

Source: Chicago Sun-Times

http://www.suntimes.com/output/news/cst-nws-discrim05.html

On May 5, 2006 the Chicago Sun-Times reported, "Ten Chicago area Muslim men filed a class-action lawsuit against the federal government Thursday alleging their quest to become U.S. citizens is being delayed because of their Islamic faith and male gender.

The Syrian, Moroccan, Jordanian, Pakistani and Egyptian natives have no criminal records, but they have been waiting...

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Bonn School Suspends Two Muslim Girls Over Burqa

April 29, 2006

Source: Daily Times

Wire Service: Reuters

http://www.dailytimes.com.pk/default.asp?page=2006%5C04%5C29%5Cstory_29-4-2006_pg7_50

On April 29, 2006 Reuters reported, "A secondary school in the German city of Bonn suspended two Muslim girls over their wearing of the burqa, an education official said on Friday. The two teenagers were considered to have disturbed the peaceful running of the school and were...

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Country's First Muslim Women Preachers Complete Training

April 28, 2006

Source: Aljazeera

Wire Service: AFP

http://english.aljazeera.net/NR/exeres/55410875-6CFA-4E19-9147-BDCB6ED3815A.htm

On April 28, 2006 Agence France-Presse reported, "Morocco has just graduated its first team of women preachers to be deployed as a vanguard in its fight against any slide towards Islamic extremism. 'This is a rare experiment in the Muslim world,' proudly stated Muhammad Mahfudh, director of the...

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Update: After Pressure from Muslim Women, Fitness USA Agrees to Segregate Genders

April 26, 2006

Source: Detroit Free Press

http://www.freep.com/apps/pbcs.dll/article?AID=/20060426/NEWS11/60426012

On April 26, 2006 the Detroit Free Press reported, "After pressure from Muslim and non-Muslim women, Fitness USA has agreed to place a divider and frosted glass in its Lincoln Park gym to ensure gender separation, a company official said Wednesday... The move comes after the Free Press reported last week that almost 200 Muslim women who are members...

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Judge in Detroit is Not First Muslim Woman Judge in U.S.

April 18, 2006

Source: The Arab American

http://www.arabamericannews.com/newsarticle.php?articleid=4961

On April 18, 2006 The Arab American ran a letter to the editor by Zakiyyah Muhammad, a doctor from Anaheim, California, "Your statement/article that Charlene Mekled Elder is "the first Muslim woman judge in the country" is incorrect. She may be the first Arab American judge, but she is not the first Muslim woman judge as stated. Nevertheless, we congratulate her on this...

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Fashion Designer Creates "Hip Hijab" to Counter Prejudices

April 17, 2006

Source: The Christian Science Monitor

http://www.csmonitor.com/2006/0417/p07s02-woeu.html

On April 17, 2006 The Christian Science Monitor reported, "In 1999, while seeking a graduate project idea at the Design Academy of Eindhoven, Cindy van den Bremen found a problem-solving opportunity. The Dutch Commission of Equal Treatment had recently ruled that high schools could prohibit Muslim girls from wearing head coverings in gym class. Girls were advised to wear...

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Muslim Scholar Says Muslim Women Can Lead Prayers, Marry Christians or Jews

April 13, 2006

Source: Sudan Tribune

http://www.sudantribune.com/article.php3?id_article=15021

On April 13, 2006 the Sudan Tribune reported, "In a lecture entitled "The Role of Women in Just Governance" which was delivered by the leader of the opposition Popular Congress Party, Hassen Al Turabi, at the headquarters of Umma — Party Mubarak al Fadil faction — in Khartoum, Turabi said a Muslim women can marry a Christian or Jew. Turabi described the teachings that a Muslim woman...

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First Muslim Woman Takes the Bench in Detroit

April 10, 2006

Source: The Arab American News

http://www.arabamericannews.com/newsarticle.php?articleid=4910

On April 10, 2006 The Arab American News reported, "As the first Arab American to sit on the 3rd Circuit Court of Wayne County, Charlene Mekled Elder knows she plays an important role. Not only does she carry the weight of serious decision making, but she serves as a role model for Middle Eastern women around the globe. Appointed to the Wayne County 3rd Circuit...

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Ridgewood Citizens Strengthened by Message of Buddhist Teacher

April 10, 2006

Source: NorthJersey.com

http://www.northjersey.com/page.php?qstr=eXJpcnk3ZjczN2Y3dnFlZUVFeXk1MyZmZ2JlbDdmN3ZxZWVFRXl5NjkxNTAwMCZ5cmlyeTdmNzE3Zjd2cWVlRUV5eTM=

On April 10, 2006 NorthJersey.com reported, "As a probation officer overseeing troubled families, Jim Castner sees more than a little chaos. He keeps himself centered by studying Zen, the Buddhist philosophy that encourages the...

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Muslim Woman First to Lead Prayers for Illinois Legislature

April 9, 2006

Source: State Journal Register

http://www.sj-r.com/sections/news/stories/83172.asp

On April 9, 2006 the State Journal Register reported, "Maryam Mostoufi, chaplain to the Islamic Community of Greater Springfield, prayed for state legislators before they began legislative business on a recent day in the Illinois Senate. 'We ask that you (God) open our hearts and minds that we may rededicate our work in the Senate to you,' she invoked. 'That we might see each act, each...

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Muslim Sorority Hoping to Expand its Chapters

April 9, 2006

Source: USA Today

http://www.usatoday.com/news/nation/2006-04-09-muslim-sorority_x.htm

On April 9, 2006 USA Today reported, "Less than a year after she graduated from MIT, [Christine Ortiz], 23, has returned to campus on a chilly night to help introduce them to a new concept in Muslim sisterhood: the first Muslim-oriented sorority, Gamma Gamma Chi. The sorority, which was formed last year, has no campus chapters but is trying to drum up interest with...

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