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Council On American-Islamic Relations Writes to EEOC About Massachusetts School

January 6, 2010

Author: Jeff Greer

Source: U.S. News & World Report

http://www.usnews.com/blogs/paper-trail/2010/01/06/council-on-american-islamic-relations-writes-to-eeoc-about-massachusetts-school.html

The Council on American-Islamic Relations wants to file a third-party complaint to the Equal Employment Opportunity Commission after a Massachusetts college banned all...

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When the Swiss Voted to Ban New Minarets, This Man Built One

January 6, 2010

Author: Deborah Ball and Anita Greil

Source: The Wall Street Journal

http://online.wsj.com/article/SB126264916012115609.html?mod=WSJ_hpp_RIGHTTopCarousel

In November, Switzerland voted to ban the construction of new minarets, the towerlike structures that adorn mosques. A week or so later, in an apparent act of defiance, a new minaret unexpectedly sprang up here.

But the new minaret is not attached to a...

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Christians Find Oman an Oasis Of Religious Tolerance

January 6, 2010

Author: Saleh al Shaibany

Source: The National

http://www.thenational.ae/apps/pbcs.dll/article?AID=/20100107/FOREIGN/701069854/1011

As another Christmas season winds down, Christians in Oman say they enjoy tolerance and a number of privileges in this deeply conservative Muslim society and that the country’s ruler has made a point of supporting the diverse community.

“We are lucky that His Majesty...

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Vandalism At Mosque, Interfaith Display, Suspected As Hate Crimes

January 5, 2010

Author: Salvador Hernandez

Source: The Orange County Register

http://www.ocregister.com/news/display-226852-hate-islamic.html

The Council on American-Islamic Relations denounced two incidents of what it called "anti-Islam hate" after a Quran was found burned in a mosque parking lot and a Muslim component of a holiday display was defaced, both on New Year's Day.

Munira Syeda, spokeswoman for CAIR, said that although the two...

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Muslim Deli Owners Must Choose Koran Or Customers

January 3, 2010

Author: Daniel E. Slotnik

Source: The New York Times

http://www.nytimes.com/2010/01/04/nyregion/04muslim.html

Most of Khairul Kabir’s customers at the Madison Deli and Grocery in East Harlem do not realize that his jovial smile masks a lingering sense of shame.

Mr. Kabir, 49, an immigrant from Bangladesh and a Muslim, is chagrined because he sells pork and alcohol, which are prohibited by the Koran. He also sells lottery...

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Muslim-Hindu Punk Rock Bands Part Of New Movement

January 2, 2010

Author: Staff Writer

Source: The Canadian Press/Google News

Wire Service: AP

http://www.google.com/hostednews/canadianpress/article/ALeqM5iCiajeQeoEwcGGTlkvqD89S_JxxA

A small but growing South Asian and Middle Eastern punk rock movement is attracting children of Muslim and Hindu immigrants and sparking new bands across America.

Bands like The Kominas (kuh-MEE'-nahs), based...

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Attempt to Kill Danish Cartoonist Fails

January 1, 2010

Author: Staff Writer

Source: The New York Times

http://www.nytimes.com/2010/01/02/world/europe/02denmark.html

The police foiled an attempt to kill an artist who drew a cartoon depicting the Prophet Muhammad that sparked outrage in the Muslim world, the head of Denmark’s intelligence service said Saturday.

Jakob Scharf, who heads PET, the Danish intelligence service, said a 28-year-old Somalia man was armed with an ax and a...

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Give Protection to Muslim Woman, Hindu Husband: HC

December 31, 2009

Author: Staff Writer

Source: Indian Express

http://www.indianexpress.com/news/give-protection-to-muslim-woman-hindu-husband-hc/561888/

The Madurai bench of the Madras High Court has directed the Sivaganga District police to provide protection to a Muslim woman and her Hindu husband, who reportedly received threats after their recent marriage.

When the case came up for hearing on Wednesday, the couple...

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Malaysian Court Rules Non-Muslims May Call God Allah

December 31, 2009

Author: Staff Writer

Source: BBC News

http://news.bbc.co.uk/2/hi/asia-pacific/8435975.stm

A court in Malaysia has ruled that Christians have a constitutional right to use the word Allah to refer to God.

The High Court said a government ban on non-Muslims using the word was unconstitutional.

The court was ruling on a lawsuit filed by the Herald, a publication of the Catholic Church in Malaysia, in 2007.

The authorities had...

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Muslims Take Hindu Names to Work

December 30, 2009

Author: Staff Writer

Source: The Siasat Daily

http://www.siasat.com/english/news/muslims-take-hindu-names-work

With access to jobs in the lucrative diamond industry closed to them, many Muslims in Hindu-majority India change their names and assuming Hindu ones just to get a chance.

"We would not get a job if we are known to be Muslims," Allarakha Khan, a Muslim worker who uses a Hindu name, told.

"We have been doing this...

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Hindus Join Muharram Processions In Orissa

December 28, 2009

Author: Staff Writer

Source: Thaindian News

http://www.thaindian.com/newsportal/uncategorized/hindus-join-muharram-processions-in-orissa_100295712.html

Demonstrating communal harmony, hundreds of Hindus Monday joined Muslims’ Muharram processions in Orissa as part of their years-long tradition.

The Hindus joined the processions at several places to mourn the martyrdom of Imam...

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French Mosque’s Symbolism Varies With Beholder

December 27, 2009

Author: Steven Erlanger

Source: The New York Times

http://www.nytimes.com/2009/12/28/world/europe/28marseille.html?_r=1&emc=tnt&tntemail0=y

The minaret of the new Grand Mosque of Marseille, whose cornerstone will be laid here in April, will be silent — no muezzin, live or recorded, will disturb the neighborhood with the call to prayer. Instead, the minaret will flash a beam of light for a couple of minutes...

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