Women

Amina Wadud Leads Mixed-Gender Prayers at Islamic Feminism Conference in Barcelona

October 29, 2005

Source: Muslim Wake Up!

http://www.muslimwakeup.com/

On October 29, 2005 Muslim Wake Up! reported, "One of the world’s leading experts on the Qur’an and its discourse on gender led a mixed-gender congregation in a Friday communal prayer in Barcelona, Spain yesterday.

The impromptu prayer came after Wadud, professor of Islamic Studies at Virginia Commonwealth University, was invited to lead a congregation by several Muslim women during a question and answer period...

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Police Trained to Respect Religious Differences in Domestic Violence Cases, Raising Concern

October 25, 2005

Source: Herald Sun

http://www.heraldsun.news.com.au/common/story_page/0,5478,17026063%255E2862,00.html

On October 25, 2005 the Herald Sun reported, "Police are being advised to treat Muslim domestic violence cases differently out of respect for Islamic traditions and habits. Officers are also being urged to work with Muslim leaders, who will try to keep the families together. Women's groups are concerned the politically correct policing...

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Muslim McGill University Students Vie for Prayer Space

October 24, 2005

Source: The Montreal Gazette

http://www.canada.com/montreal/montrealgazette/news/montreal/story.html?id=9fbf5eee-ae8a-42fd-b201-aff09b40a649

On October 24, 2005 The Montreal Gazette reported, "Hani Ezzadeen isn't sure what he'll do in the winter when snow covers the campus that he and dozens of other Muslim McGill University students use to say their daily prayers... Until June, the students were allowed to...

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Muslim Woman Wins Settlement in Workplace Discrimination Suit

October 23, 2005

Source: The Muslim News

Wire Service: AP

http://www.muslimnews.co.uk/news/news.php?article=10110

On October 23, 2005 the Associated Press reported, "The owner of a chain of stores has agreed to pay $16,000 to a Muslim former employee who complained that she was fired shortly after the Sept. 11 attacks because of her religious beliefs.

As part of the settlement, which followed an investigation by the State of Maryland...

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Texas Muslim Women's Foundation Launched in Collin County

October 21, 2005

Source: The Dallas Morning News

http://www.dallasnews.com/sharedcontent/dws/news/city/collin/stories/DN-numuslim_21met.ART.West.Edition2.1dec23c8.html

On October 21, 2005 The Dallas Morning News reported, "Many Muslim women in the Dallas-Fort Worth area say that in the four years since 9-11, they have kept to themselves as they struggled with such outside stereotypes and internal questions about their...

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Observing Annual Fast Day Presents Challenges for American Hindu Women

October 20, 2005

Source: Milwaukee Journal Sentinel

http://www.jsonline.com/lifestyle/religion/oct05/364668.asp

On October 20, 2005 the Milwaukee Journal Sentinel reported, "As a wife, mother, accountant and active school volunteer, [Sangeeta Sarraf, a Hindu-American] is busy. But Thursday was unique: She observed her 23rd Karwa Chauth, a Hindu religious day in which married women fast for their husbands.

If Sarraf had been in her native India, she would have joined...

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Young Catholic Women's Interfaith Fellowship Will Train Women to Promote Interfaith Relations

October 20, 2005

Source: Catholic News

http://www.cathnews.com/news/510/104.php

On October 20, 2005 Catholic News reported, "The Commission for Australian Catholic Women (CACW) and the Australian Catholic University (ACU) have launched their new partnership in promoting interfaith relations with the prayer that 'the peace that we long for will take root in our hearts'. The CACW and ACU officially launched the Young Catholic Women's Interfaith Fellowship on Tuesday. The project is aimed at...

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Sikh Leaders Urge Worldwide End to Dowries

October 20, 2005

Source: The Calgary Herald

http://www.canada.com/calgary/calgaryherald/news/story.html?id=9b269957-088f-4683-b06f-2afdc7d0e5ea

On October 20, 2005 The Calgary Herald reported, "The Sikh religion's ruling committee has issued a worldwide appeal asking Sikhs to stop providing dowries -- a step it hopes will halt the growing number of Indian brides being left abandoned by foreign men. The Shiromani Gurdwara Parbandhak...

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Burka-Clad Women Face Benefit Cuts, Burka May Be Banned in Public Places

October 14, 2005

Source: The Times

http://www.timesonline.co.uk/newspaper/0,,174-1824918,00.html

On October 14, 2005 The Times reported, "A Dutch city is to cut benefits for unemployed Muslim women whose refusal to take off their burkas stops them getting jobs. Utrecht City Council voted for the measure the day after the Dutch Government announced plans to ban women wearing the burka in some public places as a security measure, and on the same day that Maria van der Hoeven,...

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Muslim Women's Groups Coming Together Across the US

October 6, 2005

Source: Newsday

http://www.nynewsday.com/news/local/newyork/nyc-rama1006,0,5975337.story?coll=nyc-swapbox1

On October 6, 2005 Newsday reported, "A major coming together of Muslim women in the United States... may take place sometime in 2006 at an ambitious, first-of-its-kind conference that [Daisy] Khan, executive director of the American Society for Muslim Advancement, has just begun to organize. In large part, she said, 'It's an...

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Muslim Doll Takes Barbie’s Place

September 22, 2005

Source: The New York Times

http://www.nytimes.com/2005/09/22/international/middleeast/22doll.html?pagewanted=print

On September 22, 2005 The New York Times reported, "In the last year or so, Barbie dolls have all but disappeared from the shelves of many toy stores in the Middle East. In their place, there is Fulla, a dark-eyed doll with, as her creator puts it, 'Muslim values.' Fulla roughly shares Barbie's size and proportions, but...

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Update: Request for Sikh Women to Perform Religious Service Inside Golden Temple Rejected

September 22, 2005

Source: Outlook India

Wire Service: PTI

http://www.outlookindia.com/pti_news.asp?id=324598

On September 22, 2005 the Press Trust of India reported, "All the five priests of the Golden Temple today outrightly rejected SGPC chief Bibi Jagir Kaur's plea to allow baptised Sikh women to perform religious service inside the shrine. At a meeting here, presided over by head priest Gyani Gurbachan Singh, the five priests in a resolution rejected...

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Five Moderate Muslim Women Share Their Stories

September 18, 2005

Source: Hartford Courant

http://www.courant.com/news/local/northeast/hc-muslim_intro.artsep18,0,504086.story

On September 18, 2005 the Hartford Courant ran a feature article by Laila Kain, a writer in West Hartford, who presents the stories of five moderate Muslim women. Kain expresses her motivation for telling these stories: "Perhaps like you, I have, in these post 9/11 times, felt increasingly alarmed by the power of extremists......

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American Muslim Woman to Compete in Islamic Games in Iran

September 17, 2005

Source: Dawn

http://www.dawn.com/2005/09/18/spt20.htm

On September 17, 2005 Dawn reported, "An American Muslim runner is to be the first woman to represent the US in Iran’s Islamic Women Games, although photographers will not be allowed to record the event to be held in Tehran from Sept 22 to 28. Saira Kureshi, 26, will compete in the 800 and 1500 meter in the fourth all-women games, since they were launched in 1993 as a way for Iranian women to compete while observing...

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