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Muslim Women Gain Religious Authority

April 27, 2005

Source: The Christian Science Monitor

http://www.csmonitor.com/2005/0427/p04s01-woeu.html

On April 27, 2005 The Christian Science Monitor reported, "Covered in a pink and gray head scarf that tightly frames her round face, and adorned in a long, dark-blue overcoat, Zuleyha Seker hardly seems like a rebel. But as one of 400 women preachers, known as vaizes, currently working in several of Turkey's state-run mosques, Ms. Seker is making waves. 'The vaizes like me are seen...

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Acting on Faith Premiere Introduces Pioneers of New Women's Movement

April 26, 2005

Source: The Harvard Crimson

http://www.news.harvard.edu/gazette/2005/04.28/11-faith.html

On April 26, 2005 The Harvard Crimson reported, "a standing-room-only crowd packed Fong Auditorium in Boylston Hall on Tuesday (April 26) for the premiere of 'Acting on Faith: Women and New Religious Activism in America,' a documentary film produced by Rachel Antell M.T.S. '92, a Pluralism Project research affiliate. Diana L. Eck, director of the Pluralism Project and...

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U.S. Catholic Women Raise Question of Women's Ordination in Puffs of Pink Smoke

April 19, 2005

Source: Chicago Tribune

http://www.chicagotribune.com/news/nationworld/chi-0504190122apr19,1,4411559.story?coll=chi-newsnationworld-hed

On April 19, 2005 the Chicago Tribune reported, "Protesting the absence of women in the conclave by using a puff of pink smoke, a group of Roman Catholic nuns and lay women Monday called on church leaders to select a new pope who supports ordaining women as priests. About 50...

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Muslim Woman Runs for Minneapolis Mayor

April 16, 2005

Source: Star Tribune

http://www.startribune.com/stories/587/5351480.html

On April 16, 2005 the Star Tribune reported, "Green Party candidate Farheen Hakeem would rather talk about issues in the Minneapolis mayor's race than her religion or gender... So far, Hakeem, 29, doesn't face competition for the Green Party endorsement, but she confronts other challenges. Unlike the experienced who can raise money from donor lists, she's new to fundraising. Last month, she noted...

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First Female Rabbi to Head Conservative Congregation

April 12, 2005

Source: The Record

http://www.bergen.com/page.php?qstr=eXJpcnk3ZjcxN2Y3dnFlZUVFeXkzJmZnYmVsN2Y3dnFlZUVFeXk2Njc4NjU2

On April 12, 2005 The Record reported, "Rabbi Francine Roston is poised to shatter a stained-glass ceiling. Roston, the 36-year-old leader of New Milford's Congregation Beth Tikvah, will leave Bergen County in July to head Congregation Beth El, which serves more than 550 families in South Orange. Her new...

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School Unlawfully Asks Girls to Remove Hijab Before Exams

April 11, 2005

Source: Daily Times

http://www.dailytimes.com.pk/default.asp?page=story_11-4-2005_pg7_26

On April 11, 2005 the Daily Times reported, "The city [Karachi] government’s education authorities have taken notice of an incident at an examination centre in which 10 girls were forced to take off their hijabs and burqas before appearing in the ongoing SSC examinations. 'These girls had been asked to remove their scarves and burqas (veil) to become eligible...

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Op-Ed on Amina Wadud and Progressive Muslims

April 9, 2005

Source: The Boston Globe

http://www.boston.com/news/globe/editorial_opinion/oped/articles/2005/04/09/when_islam_clashes_with_womens_rights/

On April 9, 2005 The Boston Globe reported, "nearly two weeks ago, Amina Wadud, an African-American activist and a professor of Islamic studies at Virginia Commonwealth University, deliberately broke with Islamic tradition by leading a mixed-gender prayer service in...

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Mixed-Gender Prayers at the Islamic Center on Embassy Row

April 8, 2005

Source: The Washington Times

http://washingtontimes.com/upi-breaking/20050408-070423-4489r.htm

On April 8, 2005 The Washington Times reported, "two women -- one of them a veteran campaigner and the other a novice -- prayed beside men Friday in Washington's Islamic Center, the hub of America's Muslim community... Rahat Khan, [a tax accountant from Maryland], new in this campaign for demanding equal rights for women inside the mosque, almost turned away from...

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Muslim Women’s Group in Tamil Nadu to Build Mosque for Women Only

April 5, 2005

Source: Hindustan Times

Wire Service: IANS

http://www.hindustantimes.com/news/181_1308750,000600010002.htm

On April 5, 2005 the Indo-Asian News Service reported, "A Muslim women's group in Tamil Nadu is to build a mosque exclusively for women. The Tamil Nadu Muslim Women's Jamaat will set up the mosque at Perambur in Pudukottai district, about 600 kilometre south of Chennai, according to Sharifa Khanum, an activist of the...

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Women’s Group Issues Statement on Feminist Future in Wake of Pope's Death

April 4, 2005

Source: The Women's Alliance for Theology, Ethics and Ritual (WATER)

http://www.his.com/~mhunt/Pope's%20Death.htm

On April 4, 2005 The Women's Alliance for Theology, Ethics and Ritual (WATER) reported, "The death of Pope John Paul II brings to a close an era in the Catholic Church, inviting people of good will to observe, imagine, and create a new future. WATER joins billions of people who take this opportunity to express gratitude for the Pope’s contributions and to...

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Muslims Open Separate Schools in Response to Headscarf Ban

April 3, 2005

Source: Daily Times

http://www.dailytimes.com.pk/default.asp?page=story_31-3-2005_pg4_11

On April 3, 2005 the Daily Times reported, "France's ban on religious symbols in state schools, a move meant to check a feared spread of Islamist radicalism, is prompting some Muslims to pull out of the system and launch their own schools and tutoring services.

Representatives of new projects around the country turned up at France’s largest Muslim...

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Muslim Girl Allowed to Wear Headscarf in Basketball Tournament

April 2, 2005

Source: The Associated Press

http://www.bradenton.com/mld/bradenton/news/local/11295952.htm

On April 2, 2005 The Associated Press reported, "a 12-year-old Muslim girl will be allowed to wear her head scarf in an basketball tournament after officials originally told her not to, the Florida Council on American-Islamic Relations said Saturday. The Amateur Athletic Union had originally told the girl from Tampa that she could not wear her religiously mandated...

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Another Woman Leads Islamic Prayers Amidst Controversy

March 28, 2005

Source: The Christian Science Monitor

http://www.csmonitor.com/2005/0328/p11s01-wogi.html

On March 28, 2005 The Christian Science Monitor reported, "During her pilgrimage to Mecca, Asra Nomani was surprised when men and women prayed all together; in her mosque in the US, women weren't allowed in the same room.

That experience fueled her personal jihad (or struggle), which, she says, is to reclaim the rightful role of women in Islam given by the prophet...

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University Security Tightens after Wadud Leads Mixed-Gender Islamic Prayers

March 28, 2005

Source: The Washington Times

http://washingtontimes.com/metro/20050328-123558-6916r.htm

On March 28, 2005 The Washington Times reported, "Virginia Commonwealth University has tightened security because of threats against a faculty member who led a mixed-sex prayer service that drew harsh criticism throughout the Muslim world. The precautionary measures were taken the week after Islamic studies professor Amina Wadud led 80 to 100 men and women in Muslim prayer at...

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