Women

Muslim-American Women Make Themselves Heard

August 16, 2005

Source: USINFO

http://usinfo.state.gov/mena/Archive/2005/Aug/16-112851.html

On August 16, 2005 USINFO reported, "According to a group of Muslim-American women speaking at a panel discussion... Islam is a religion that empowers women... and contrary to popular media perceptions, Muslim women do not feel discriminated against or dispossessed within the traditions of their faith. Precious Rasheeda Muhammad [who is a Harvard Divinity School alumna], a third-...

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Young Woman Leads Bay Area Chapter of CAIR

August 15, 2005

Source: CBS 5

http://cbs5.com/specialreports/local_story_227212821.html

On August 15, 2005 CBS 5 reported, "Just weeks before bombers attacked the London subway, Safaa [Ibrahim] -- barely 30 years old -- was named regional director of CAIR, the Council for American Islamic Relations. She is the first woman to ever lead the Bay Area chapter. Within days, CAIR was answering the attacks with television ads, a groundbreaking move that Ibrahim supports... While this...

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Nashville Muslims Reach Out to Educate Neighbors about Islam

August 14, 2005

Source: The Tennessean

http://www.tennessean.com/apps/pbcs.dll/article?AID=/20050814/NEWS01/508140377/1006/NEWS

On August 14, 2005 The Tennessean reported, "Local Muslim families took time yesterday to open their religious center to guests for shared prayers and conversations about one of the world's largest and most misunderstood faiths. Members of the Islamic Center of Nashville had an open house to introduce non-Muslims to the...

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Nomani Death Threat Traced to Chico

August 11, 2005

Source: AsraNomani.com / Chico Enterprise Record

http://asranomani.com/media/archives/2005/08/chico_enterpris.php

On August 11, 2005 Chico Enterprise Record reported, "A death threat made against an outspoken Muslim writer has been linked to Chico. Asra Nomani, who challenges what she calls Islamic discrimination against women, got a phone message in May from a man who said unless she 'shut up,' he'd slaughter her like an animal. The call was traced and...

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Hindu Women’s Conference Held in Boston

August 10, 2005

Source: Hindu Press International

On August 10, 2005 Hindu Press International reported on a conference that was held at Locke Middle School in Billerica on August 7, 2005. "'Pradeepadarshini' (meaning one who guides to the right path in Sanskrit) was a daylong conference organized by the Boston Vibhag Sevika Samiti of Hindu Swayamsevak Sangh for women. It was the fruit of months of planning and exhaustive efforts on the part of all its team members. The theme for the day was 'Matrutva, Netrutva, Kartrutva,' which in literal terms translates into...

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Arlington Police Investigate Attack on Muslim Woman

August 9, 2005

Source: NBC4.com News

http://www.nbc4.com/news/4830091/detail.html

On August 9, 2005 NBC4.com News reported, "Arlington police are investigating a Tuesday morning attack on a pregnant woman. Mary Anne Coldia, 23, said she was attacked by three men who shouted anti-Muslim slurs and called her a terrorist. The Council on American-Islamic Relations, America's largest Muslim civil liberties group, is calling on local and federal authorities to treat the attack as a hate crime....

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Women Permitted to Take Part in Two Sikh Rituals in Golden Temple

August 8, 2005

Source: Outlook India

Wire Service: PTI

http://www.outlookindia.com/pti_news.asp?id=315774

On August 8, 2005 the Press Trust of India reported, "In a path breaking move in the Sikh religion, the Shiromani Gurdwara Parbhandhak Committee today allowed women to perform religious service in the sanctum sanctorum of the Golden Temple and threw open to them participation in another ritual hitherto reserved for men. 'Dharam Salahkaar Board' at a...

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Poll Shows Most Dutch Want Ban on Headscarves for Public Officials

August 8, 2005

Source: Daily Times

Wire Service: Reuters

http://www.dailytimes.com.pk/default.asp?page=story_6-8-2005_pg4_11

On August 8, 2005 Reuters reported, "A majority of Dutch people want a ban on public officials wearing Muslim headscarves, a significant fall in religious tolerance from two years ago when most people did not back a ban, a poll showed on Friday. The survey, conducted by pollsters TNS Nipo for Binnenlands Bestuur...

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Muslim Woman Soldier Proud of her Iraqi Tour

August 4, 2005

Source: New Haven Register

http://www.nhregister.com/site/news.cfm?newsid=14974872&BRD=1281&PAG=461&dept_id=517515&rfi=6

On August 4, 2005 the New Haven Register reported, "Leafing through her scrapbook from her tour in Iraq, National Guard Sgt. Tanya Abdul-Karim Williams admires the final entry: a photo showing Iraqi women enthusiastically holding signs after Saddam Hussein’s capture. 'This shows the Muslim sisters and...

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Leading British Muslim Moderate Tells Women to Abandon Hijab to Avoid Backlash

August 4, 2005

Source: The Hindu

Wire Service: PTI

http://www.hindu.com/thehindu/holnus/001200508041010.htm

On August 4, 2005 the Press Trust of India reported, "Amid a wave of race attacks, Dr Zaki Badawi, head of the Muslim College in London and Chairman of the Council of Mosques and Imams, has advised Islamic women to stop wearing the 'hijab'(head scarf).

Badawi, a progressive Muslim leader who has advocated integration between...

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Sikh Woman Fired for Refusing to Remove Turban

August 4, 2005

Source: The Times of India

http://timesofindia.indiatimes.com/articleshow/1191250.cms

On August 4, 2005 The Times of India reported, "The Sikh Coalition has filed a discrimination complaint with the US Equal Employment Opportunity Commission in New York on behalf of a Sikh woman who was fired from her job for allegedly refusing to remove her turban.

Sukhvir Kaur's manager, Rashid Paccas, also allegedly said to her that Sikhs were 'thieves,' and that he...

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IKEA Launches Own-Brand Hijab for Muslim Staff

August 1, 2005

Author: Staff Writer

Source: The Hijab Shop

http://www.thehijabshop.com/press/index.php

IKEA's new Edmonton branch contacted TheHijabShop.com to design and produce a 'hijab' – a Muslim headscarf - that would fit in with their current uniform. When IKEA first approached TheHijabShop.com, their excited team was impressed that an internationally-acclaimed company like IKEA was making so much effort to accommodate Muslims in its workforce.

Muslims in Philadelphia Seek to Address Domestic Violence

July 28, 2005

Source: North Jersey Media Group / Knight Ridder News Service

http://www.bergen.com/page.php?qstr=eXJpcnk3ZjczN2Y3dnFlZUVFeXkzNTkmZmdiZWw3Zjd2cWVlRUV5eTY3MzMxMDQmeXJpcnk3ZjcxN2Y3dnFlZUVFeXkz

On July 28, 2005 the Knight Ridder News Service reported, "The Philadelphia clergy council - known as the Majlis Ash'Shura of Philadelphia and the Delaware Valley - has adopted a tough policy of public...

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Muslim Women Protest Extra-Judicial Actions of Religious Bodies in Mumbai

July 24, 2005

Source: The Hindu

http://www.hindu.com/2005/07/24/stories/2005072402441000.htm

On July 24, 2005 The Hindu reported, "An unusual morcha wound its way through Mumbai's Muslim dominated localities on Saturday afternoon. A vociferous group mostly of Muslim women, many wearing the hijab, publicly protested against the extra-judicial actions of some religious bodies. Shouting slogans 'Shah Bano, Gudiya, Imrana, the Maulanas are unjust' and 'Our government is silent...

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Asra Nomani: At the Islamic Center of Southern California, Woman Joins Men in the Main Prayer Hall

July 10, 2005

Source: Los Angeles Times

http://www.detnews.com/2005/religion/0507/11/A14-242112.htm

On July 10, 2005 the Los Angeles Times reported, "On a recent Friday, a veiled woman entered a mosque and surveyed the scene. In the front, a few hundred men waited for the call to prayer. In the back, women and children sat in a separate area behind tinted glass. With barely a pause, Asra Nomani made her choice. Defying age-old Islamic traditions, she stepped over a low...

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