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Muslims, Middle Schoolers, and Lawsuits

October 14, 2010

Author: Joe Laycock

Source: Sightings

http://divinity.uchicago.edu/martycenter/publications/sightings/archive_2010/1014.shtml

In May, Wellesley Middle School took a class field trip to see the Islamic Society of Boston Cultural Center (ISBCC) in Roxbury. The curriculum had previously included field trips to a synagogue as well as performances of gospel music and lectures by Hindu religious leaders. As with most...

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In Observing Muslim Holiday, Cambridge Notes Its Diversity

October 14, 2010

Author: Staff Writer

Source: The Boston Globe

http://www.boston.com/bostonglobe/editorial_opinion/editorials/articles/2010/10/14/in_observing_muslim_holiday_cambridge_notes_its_diversity/

The Cambridge school system’s decision to close school for one of two important Muslim holidays is a good way to promote the acceptance of Muslim students, especially...

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UNC Junior Reshapes Lifestyle After Converting to Islam

October 14, 2010

Author: Kelly Poe

Source: The Daily Tar Heel

http://www.dailytarheel.com/index.php/article/2010/10/unc_junior_reshapes_lifestyle_after_converting_to_islam

Before sunrise, Matt Stevens is closest to God.

He wakes up every day between 6 a.m. and 7 a.m. for fajr.

He washes his face and kneels toward Mecca, then puts his head to the ground to bow before God. The first thread of...

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Muslim Performs Durga Puja In This Kolkata Locality

October 14, 2010

Author: Kamalendu Bhadra

Source: The Times of India

http://timesofindia.indiatimes.com/articleshow/6745225.cms?frm=mailtofriend

Shahid Ali is a Muslim priest who will perform the rituals at a Durga Puja this year. But that's not the only reason we're writing about him. Like the deity he will worship, Shahid and the humble locality he stays in, are a symbol of the victory of good over evil, of humanity over divisive faith and...

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German University Starts Training Imams

October 13, 2010

Author: Kirsten Grieshaber

Source: WTOP

Wire Service: AP

http://www.wtopnews.com/?nid=383&sid=2077440

Ahmed Sami spoke only Arabic when he moved from Morocco to Germany eight years ago to work as an imam. During his Friday prayer services at a mosque in western Germany, he soon noticed that many of the listeners could not understand him.

 

"The children and teenagers don't speak a lot of Arabic anymore,"...

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Ayodhya Verdict Demands Forward-Looking Focus

October 11, 2010

Author: Abhishek Raman

Source: The Washington Post

http://onfaith.washingtonpost.com/onfaith/eboo_patel/2010/10/with_this_partition_its_now_ti.html#more

I can still recall the night of December 7th, 1992, when I witnessed human suffering and death for the first time. Streets around New Delhi were deserted due to the curfew imposed by the military. I sat with my parents at the dinner table and...

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Staten Island Teens Charged With Hate Crime for Attacking Muslim Classmate Over Faith

October 11, 2010

Author: John Lauinger

Source: The New York Daily News

http://www.nydailynews.com/news/ny_crime/2010/10/11/2010-10-11_staten_island_teens_charged_with_hate_crime_for_attacking_muslim_classmate_over_.html?r=news

Four Staten Island teens are facing hate-crime charges for taunting a Muslim classmate because of his faith, calling him a "terrorist"...

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Across The Atlantic, Another Mosque Splits A City

October 9, 2010

Author: Eleanor Beardsley

Source: NPR

http://www.npr.org/templates/story/story.php?storyId=130440036

New York is not the only city divided over the building of a mosque. In the French Mediterranean port of Marseille, construction of a large mosque is being hotly debated. Even though the cornerstone has already been laid, the project is far from being accepted by everyone.

 

The controversy reflects the deeper tensions...

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Turkey Rolls Back University Scarf Ban

October 7, 2010

Author: Marc Champion

Source: The Wall Street Journal

http://topics.wsj.com/article/SB20001424052748703298504575534102839883556.html

Turkey is quietly resolving an issue that has come to symbolize the country's bitter divisions and nearly toppled its government two years ago: Slowly, women are being allowed to wear Islamic headscarves on university campuses.

 

The head of Turkey's Higher Education Board...

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French Burqa Ban Clears Last Legal Obstacle

October 7, 2010

Author: Staff Writer

Source: CNN

http://www.cnn.com/2010/WORLD/europe/10/07/france.burqa.ban/index.html?hpt=T2

France's law banning the burqa and other Islamic face coverings in public places is legal, top constitutional authorities in France ruled Thursday, clearing the final hurdle before the ban goes into effect.

The ban passed both houses of the French legislature by overwhelming margins earlier this year, and...

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Sufi Shrine in Pakistan Is Hit by a Lethal Double Bombing

October 7, 2010

Author: Huma Imtiaz

Source: The New York Times

http://www.nytimes.com/2010/10/08/world/asia/08pstan.html?_r=1&ref=religion_and_belief

A nearly simultaneous double explosion that may have been the work of suicide bombers struck a crowded Sufi shrine in Pakistan’s main port city of Karachi on Thursday evening, killing at least 7 people and wounding 65, officials and rescue workers said.

It was the first...

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