Islam

Mosque Gains Commission's Approval

December 2, 2010

Author: Jeff Horseman

Source: The Press-Enterprise

http://www.pe.com/localnews/inland/stories/PE_News_Local_D_mosque02.48a1845.html

The Temecula Planning Commission voted unanimously late Wednesday to approve a plan to build a mosque on the city's outskirts.

The 5-0 vote followed a 5 ½-hour public hearing in which more than 80 speakers testified for and against the Islamic Center of Temecula Valley mosque...

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Muslims Worldwide Say Respect Is Key to Better Relations With U.S., West

December 1, 2010

Author: Adelle M. Banks

Source: The Cleveland Plain Dealer

Wire Service: RNS

http://www.cleveland.com/world/index.ssf/2010/12/muslims_worldwide_say_respect.html

About half of Muslims surveyed worldwide believe the West does not respect them, according to a new Gallup report, and many say not desecrating the Quran and portraying more “accurate” Muslim movie characters could...

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Residents Show Support for Oregon Mosque After Fire

December 1, 2010

Author: Jeff Barnard

Source: The Washington Post

Wire Service: AP

http://www.washingtonpost.com/wp-dyn/content/article/2010/11/30/AR2010113000743.html

Steady rain Tuesday didn't stop people from attending a candlelight vigil in support of an Islamic center targeted by an apparent hate crime after a teen who occasionally worshipped there was accused of planning mass killings in...

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Federal Judge Keeps Sharia Law Restriction Out Of Oklahoma Constitution

November 30, 2010

Author: Nolan Clay and Carla Hinton

Source: The Oklahoman

http://newsok.com/article/3519080

An Oklahoma City federal judge Monday ruled against a voter-approved restriction on Islamic law.

 

In a 15-page order, U.S. District Judge Vicki Miles-LaGrange continued to keep the restriction out of the Oklahoma Constitution. Her ruling was a victory for an Oklahoma City Muslim leader who had complained his constitutional religious rights were in jeopardy...

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Dances of Joy, Words of Love At Rumi Festival

November 30, 2010

Author: Vern Barnet

Source: The Kansas City Star

http://www.kansascity.com/2010/11/30/2482724/dances-of-joy-words-of-love-at.html

Every December, Kansas City Sufis celebrate the 13th-century mystic who is among the best-selling poets in America today.

 

Jelaluddin Rumi was a highly respected scholar in Konya in modern Turkey when he met Shams of Tabriz. Their scandalously intense friendship ended four...

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Portland's Somali Community Unites to Condemn Alleged Pioneer Courthouse Square Bomb Plot

November 27, 2010

Author: Molly Hottle

Source: The Oregonian

http://www.oregonlive.com/portland/index.ssf/2010/11/portlands_somali_community_uni.html

After an attempted terrorist attack was foiled Friday in Portland, Ahmed Ali wants only one thing: to tell the world that the portrait alleged attacker Mohamed Osman Mohamud painted of the Somali community is far from the truth.

 

"He ruined it for everybody,"...

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Uganda Rabbi Hopes to Be First Jew In Parliament

November 26, 2010

Author: Jennifer Lipman

Source: The Jewish Chronicle

http://www.thejc.com/news/world-news/41836/uganda-rabbi-hopes-be-first-jew-parliament

A Ugandan Jew who grew up under Idi Amin is aiming to become the first member of his community to be elected to the country's parliament.

When Ugandans go to the polls in February Rabbi Gershom Sizomu, 41, hopes to be chosen to represent the mostly Muslim area of...

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Algeria Targets Books In Battle With Hardline Islam

November 24, 2010

Author: Lamine Chikhi

Source: Reuters Africa

http://af.reuters.com/article/algeriaNews/idAFCHI44906820101124?pageNumber=1&virtualBrandChannel=0

Algeria is cracking down on imports of books preaching the ultra-conservative Salafist branch of Islam, officials and industry insiders say, in a step aimed at reining in the ideology's growing influence.

 

Salafism is a school of Islam that...

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Five Projects Receive 2010 Aga Khan Award for Architecture; Oleg Grabar Receives Chairman’s Award

November 24, 2010

Author: Staff Writer

Source: The Aga Khan Development Network

http://www.akdn.org/Content/1032

The five projects selected for the 2010 Aga Khan Award for Architecture were announced at a ceremony held at the Museum of Islamic Art today. His Highness Sheikh Hamad bin Khalifa Al Thani the Emir of Qatar and Her Highness Sheikha Moza bint Nasser joined His Highness the Aga Khan in presiding over the ceremony.

The five projects selected by the 2010 Master Jury are...

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Adventurer's Photos Capture a Bygone Mecca

November 18, 2010

Author: Barry Neild

Source: CNN News

http://www.cnn.com/2010/WORLD/meast/11/11/mecca.hajj.snouck/

He was an adventurer, a scholar, and possibly a spy -- but as Dutchman Christiaan Snouck Hurgronje proved with his rare 1885 photographs and sound recordings of Mecca, he was also a pioneering multimedia journalist.

 

Snouck's extraordinary collection of sepia-tinted images of Mecca in a bygone age have gone on display in...

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