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Daughters of Hajar Challenge Islam

July 22, 2004

Source: The New York Times

http://www.nytimes.com/2004/07/22/national/22asra.html

On July 22, 2004 The New York Times reported, "On a sultry night in July, Asra Q. Nomani was summoned to the large brick mosque near the university here for the start of a hastily planned inquisition... The meeting was called because 35 mosque members had signed a petition demanding that Ms. Nomani be expelled... The petition capped nine months in which Ms. Nomani had unsettled Muslims...

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High School Teacher Charged with Anti-Muslim Bias Over Head Scarf in New Orleans

July 22, 2004

Source: The Times-Picayune

http://www.nola.com/news/t-p/frontpage/index.ssf?/base/news-1/10904866642540

On July 22, 2004 The Times-Picayune reported that, "The Jefferson Parish school system has fired a West Jefferson High School teacher accused of using religious slurs against a Muslim student and pulling off her head scarf, a school system source said this week.

Superintendent Diane Roussel would not confirm that teacher Wes Mix...

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Muslim Apologist Becomes Victim of Hate Crime in FL

July 22, 2004

Source: AP

http://www.local6.com/news/3565167/detail.html

On July 22, 2004 AP reported, "After appearing on Fox News and local television in Orlando and urging Americans not to blame Muslims for the beheading of American businessman Nicholas Berg by Al-Qaida-linked militants in Iraq in May, [Areej] Zufari became a victim of the hate she had tried to discourage... Two men confronted her inside a gas station's convenience store in Orlando, spewing out a string of vulgarities...

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Daughters of Hajar Challenge Islam

July 22, 2004

Source: The New York Times

http://www.nytimes.com/2004/07/22/national/22muslim.html

On July 22, 2004 The New York Times reported that, "Mrs. [Nasreen] Aboobaker prays only at home, shunning the segregated mosque. But she is not the only Muslim woman who is beginning to bridle at the men's club culture of many American mosques. Gradually and with mixed success, a small number of Muslim women are challenging the lack of inclusion of women in worship and communal life...

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Education Authorities Block Plan to Create Separate Class for Muslim Students

July 14, 2004

Source: ABC News

Wire Service: AP

http://abcnews.go.com/wire/World/ap20040714_1129.html

On July 14, 2004 the Associated Press reported, "Education authorities in Milan have blocked a plan by a local public school to create a separate class for Islamic students, a decision that fueled an ongoing debate over the role of Muslims in this predominantly Catholic nation. The decision Tuesday came after days of raging controversy in Milan. Over...

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Chirac: Those Breaking Religious Symbols Ban Will Be Prosecuted

July 14, 2004

Source: Reuters

http://www.alertnet.org/thenews/newsdesk/L14372685.htm

On July 14, 2004 Reuters reported, "French President Jacques Chirac said on Wednesday anyone who defies a ban on headscarves and other religious headwear when state schools reopen in September could be prosecuted. Chirac's warning followed an appeal for girls to defy the ban which was issued by the Union of French Islamic Organisations (UOIF), a Muslim fundamentalist organisation. 'If anyone is...

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London Mayor Denounces French Headscarf Ban, Speaks Against Media "Demonization" of Islam

July 13, 2004

Source: The Guardian

http://www.guardian.co.uk/uk_news/story/0,3604,1259773,00.html

On July 13, 2004 The Guardian reported, "Ken Livingstone yesterday hosted the first conference of a campaign to safeguard the right of Muslim women to wear the hijab or headscarf, and declared the ban in French schools the most reactionary proposal since the second world war. London's mayor also railed against the 'demonisation' of Islam in some British newspapers - and warned...

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Curiosity About Islam Leads to Conversions for Some Taiwanese Women

July 11, 2004

Source: Taipei Times

http://www.taipeitimes.com/News/feat/archives/2004/07/11/2003178602

On July 11, 2004 the Taipei Times reported, "It was a list of questions that brought Huda to the Taipei Grand Mosque. 'Why can't they eat pork? Why must women cover up? And why, if men can take four wives, can't women take four husbands?' After enrolling in a six-week course on the fundamentals of Islam she found her answers, and she found religion. 'When I first...

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Opinion: Ethnic-Minority and Faith Groups Must Oppose "Honor Killing"

July 6, 2004

Source: The Guardian

http://www.guardian.co.uk/comment/story/0,3604,1254762,00.html

On July 6, 2004 The Guardian ran an opinion piece by Fareena Alam, managing editor of the Muslim magazine Q-News, in which she argued that "honour crimes" are not a "Muslim problem" and should not be labeled as such. She writes, "The recent decision by Scotland Yard to reassess at least 13 cases of suspected 'honour killings' should be welcomed as an attempt to understand the...

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Government Warns Muslims Not to Defy Headscarf Ban

July 5, 2004

Source: Reuters

http://www.alertnet.org/thenews/newsdesk/L05574394.htm

On July 5, 2004 Reuters reported, "French officials warned Islamic activists against testing the state's patience on Monday after a second large Muslim group urged schoolgirls to defy a ban on headscarves when schools reopen in September. The headscarves, which will be banned from state schools after the summer break, surged back into the news when the large Union of French Islamic Organisations (...

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Update: Hijab Case in Nebraska

June 28, 2004

Source: Omaha World Herald

http://www.omaha.com/index.php?u_pg=57&u_sid=1133603

On June 28, 2004 Omaha World Herald reported, "Hussein, an Omaha Public Schools teacher's aide, was barred from a city pool because employees considered her outfit - jeans, a long-sleeve shirt and head scarf - street clothes. Earlier this month, she filed a federal lawsuit against the City of Omaha, which has prompted the city to allow exceptions to its dress code for city pools."

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