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Birmingham Could See Britain's First Female Muslim MP

April 30, 2010

Author: Caroline Gall

Source: BBC News

http://news.bbc.co.uk/2/hi/uk_news/politics/election_2010/england/8647214.stm

Next week's election promises a swathe of new faces in the House of Commons.

Not only are we witnessing the largest number of MPs to retire in 60 years but, with a record number of Asian women also standing, Britain could have its first female Muslim MP.

This breakthrough moment in politics has...

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Belgian Lawmakers Pass Burka Ban

April 30, 2010

Author: Staff Writer

Source: BBC News

http://news.bbc.co.uk/2/hi/europe/8652861.stm

Belgium's lower house of parliament has voted for a law that would ban women from wearing the full Islamic face veil in public.

The law would ban any clothing that obscures the identity of the wearer in places like parks and on the street. No-one voted against it.

The law now goes to the Senate, where it may face challenges over its wording, which may delay...

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Why Does Tariq Ramadan Cause Such a Stir?

April 29, 2010

Author: Eleanor Goldberg

Source: Religion News Service

http://www.religionnews.com/index.php?/rnstext/comments/why_does_tariq_ramadan_cause_such_a_stir1/

With an open collared baby blue shirt and Dolce & Gabbana jacket hugging his slim frame, Tariq Ramadan appears the epitome of Western sophistication.

But from 2004 until just a few months ago, the Department of Homeland Security viewed him...

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Greece Promises Mosque State-Built In Athens

April 28, 2010

Author: Staff Writer

Source: MSNBC

Wire Service: AP

http://www.msnbc.msn.com/id/36834821/ns/world_news-europe

Greece's Socialist government says it will build a mosque in Athens for a growing number of Muslim immigrants in the Greek capital, following years of delays.

Ten of thousands of Muslims in Athens currently gather at informal prayer houses in converted apartments and warehouses.

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Mojave Cross Case: a Signal On Religious Symbols

April 28, 2010

Author: Mark Sherman

Source: Google News

Wire Service: AP

http://www.google.com/hostednews/ap/article/ALeqM5g8QO_ctQm-Ud4QJtkds1JkQu1-YQD9FCCASG2

The Supreme Court's conservative majority signaled a greater willingness to allow religious symbols on public land Wednesday, a stance that could have important implications for future church-state disputes.

By a 5-4 vote, the...

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Author Chronicling Islam In Canada Says Que. Becoming Uncomfortable for Muslims

April 26, 2010

Author: Jonathan Montpetit

Source: Google News

Wire Service: The Canadian Press

http://www.google.com/hostednews/canadianpress/article/ALeqM5hHGKkqwWWjaJviduBhKcMQ91Ertw

The niqab flickered briefly for Sheema Khan as the logical next step in her effort to rediscover Islam.

The Muslim face covering, which reveals only the eyes, appealed to the then Harvard grad student as a...

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Five Dead As Christian-Muslim Strife Flares In Nigeria

April 25, 2010

Author: Staff Writer

Source: Google News

Wire Service: AFP

http://www.google.com/hostednews/afp/article/ALeqM5j_rACN_HhyDp6iT5Q-3WlauXnxsA

Five people died Saturday in a new outbreak of sectarian bloodshed in the Nigerian city of Jos, as angry youths sought revenge for the death of a Muslim teenager, police and residents said.

Hundreds of Muslim youths went on the rampage in Jos,...

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Driver Wearing Islamic Face Veil Fined In France

April 23, 2010

Author: Pierre-Baptiste Vanzini

Source: CBS5

Wire Service: AP

http://cbs5.com/wireapnational/Driver.wearing.Islamic.2.1651766.html

A woman driver wearing an Islamic face veil has been fined by French police for not having a clear field of vision. The fine was small, but it garnered big attention Friday and may illustrate what is to come as the president pushes to outlaw the veils nationwide.
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Respect Candidate Spearheads Quiet Revolution to Get Muslim Women Involved In Politics

April 23, 2010

Author: Madeleine Bunting

Source: Guardian

http://www.guardian.co.uk/politics/2010/apr/23/respect-candidate-muslim-women-politics

Drums, loudhailers, chanting slogans. It is a very old-fashioned kind of politics that can be heard on the high street in Kings Heath, Birmingham.

But Salma Yaqoob, the prospective parliament candidate at the centre of the hubbub, represents a quiet revolution. "Bankers...

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Army Disinvites Franklin Graham From National Day Of Prayer Event

April 22, 2010

Author: Luis Martinez

Source: ABC News

http://blogs.abcnews.com/politicalpunch/2010/04/army-disinvites-franklin-graham-from-national-day-of-prayer-event.html

The Army has disinvited Christian evangelist Franklin Graham from speaking at the Pentagon’s National Day of Prayer service on May 6 because of his past controversial comments about Islam. In 2001, the son of the...

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