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Blair Charity Launches Interfaith School Programme

June 9, 2009

Author: Paul Lauener

Source: Reuters

http://in.reuters.com/article/southAsiaNews/idINIndia-40173620090608

Former British Prime Minister Tony Blair launched a project on Tuesday to get schoolchildren of different religions and countries talking to each other using video-conferencing.

The "Face to Faith" initiative, undertaken by the Tony Blair Faith Foundation, will involve more than 1,000 secondary school students in Asia,...

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Muslim Groups Disagree That Relations With FBI Are 'Very Good'

June 9, 2009

Author: Salvador Hernandez

Source: The Orange County Register

http://www.ocregister.com/articles/fbi-muslim-mueller-2457464-organizations-local#

Local Muslim organizations disagreed Tuesday with FBI Director Robert Mueller's assertion that relations between the groups and the agency are "very good."

Despite continued concerns from Muslim organizations about the FBI's use of informants and surveillance in U.S....

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Mosque's 1st Female Leader Tackles Stereotypes

June 9, 2009

Author: David Yonke

Source: The Toledo Blade

http://toledoblade.com/apps/pbcs.dll/article?AID=/20090609/NEWS10/906090363/-1/OPINION04

Toledo mosque Masjid Saad has elected a female president, the first woman to hold the leadership position at the 30-year-old mosque.

Salmenna Sediqe, a businesswoman and mother of five, was elected last month and will serve a one-year term as president of the mosque on...

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Somali Rage At Grave Desecration

June 9, 2009

Author: Mohamed Mohamed

Source: BBC News

http://news.bbc.co.uk/2/hi/africa/8077725.stm

Since they began to capture large swathes of southern Somalia, radical Islamists have been undertaking a programme of destroying mosques and the graves of revered religious leaders from the Sufi branch of Islam.

The destruction of non-approved religious sites started last year when they began to knock down an old colonial era church in the town of Kismayo....

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French, U.S. Imams Talk About Being Muslim Military Chaplains

June 8, 2009

Author: Staff Writers

Source: Reuters

http://blogs.reuters.com/faithworld/2009/06/08/french-us-imams-talk-about-being-muslim-military-chaplains/

Both are Muslims. Both are chaplains. Both are in the military. But one is French and one is American. That alone ensured there would be enough to talk about when Mohamed-Ali Bouharb and Abu- hena Saifulislam met in Paris to discuss their work with...

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U.S. Justice Department: N.J. Woman Fired for Wearing Muslim Head Scarf

June 8, 2009

Author: Joe Ryan

Source: The Star-Ledger

http://www.nj.com/news/index.ssf/2009/06/us_justice_department_nj_woman.html

The Justice Department filed a lawsuit today accusing Essex County officials of illegally firing a Muslim corrections officer for refusing to remove her head scarf.

The suit, filed in federal court in Newark on behalf of Yvette Beshier, asks for a court order forcing the county to accommodate...

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First Accredited Islamic College Planned for US

June 7, 2009

Author: Riazat Butt

Source: The Guardian

http://www.guardian.co.uk/world/2009/jun/07/islamic-college-us-zaytuna-institute

The first accredited Islamic college in the US is being planned by an influential Muslim body hoping to produce "a generation of indigenised scholars".

The management committee from the Zaytuna Institute, which is dedicated to classical Muslim scholarship, last week recommended launching...

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Some Militants Respond Positively to Obama Outreach to Muslims, Others Warn He Is Deceptive

June 7, 2009

Author: Karin Laub

Source: The Orlando Sentinel

Wire Service: AP

http://www.orlandosentinel.com/news/nationworld/sns-ap-ml-obama-undercutting-extremists,0,1114653.story

From Lebanese guerrillas to Saudi preachers, Islamic extremists have warned followers not to be taken in by President Barack Obama's conciliatory words — a sign that some may be nervous about...

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Officers Can Order Removal Of Veils

June 6, 2009

Author: Lisa Rein

Source: The Washington Post

http://www.washingtonpost.com/wp-dyn/content/article/2009/06/05/AR2009060503430.html

Maryland Attorney General Douglas F. Gansler has issued a legal opinion allowing security officers to require Muslim women and other people who cover their faces for religious reasons to remove their veils when entering courthouses. Gansler said law enforcement officers could require...

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Seeking a Way Between Two Worlds

June 6, 2009

Author: Michelle Boorstein

Source: The Washington Post

http://www.washingtonpost.com/wp-dyn/content/article/2009/06/05/AR2009060503146.html

Many had just entered high school in the days after the Sept. 11 attacks and now, eight years later, they are leaving college and choosing their path in life. Young Muslims in the Washington area are part of a generation that appears markedly different from their parents in career...

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Obama Calls for End to Discord With Muslim World

June 5, 2009

Author: Christi Parsons and Jeffrey Fleishman

Source: The Los Angeles Times

http://www.latimes.com/news/nationworld/world/la-fg-obama-cairo5-2009jun05,0,2725096.story

President Obama's sweeping call Thursday for a "new beginning" between the United States and the Islamic world was greeted by Muslims of many countries as a conciliatory gesture aimed at setting aside suspicion and moving ahead on problems that...

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Challenging Sex Taboos, With Help From the Koran

June 5, 2009

Author: Robert F. Worth

Source: The New York Times

http://www.nytimes.com/2009/06/06/world/middleeast/06dubai.html

Wedad Lootah does not look like a sexual activist. A Muslim and a native Emirati, she wears a full-length black niqab — with only her brown eyes showing through narrow slits — and sprinkles her conversation with quotes from the Koran.

Yet she is also the author of what for the Middle East is an amazingly...

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MPAC Welcomes Statement By Attorney General Holder On Muslim Civil Liberties

June 5, 2009

Author: Staff Writer

Source: MPAC

http://www.mpac.org/article.php?id=825

After President Obama’s speech in Cairo, Attorney General Eric Holder issued a statement on the Department of Justice’s outreach and enforcement efforts to protect American Muslim Civil Liberties. This bold and significant statement is a strong testament of the integrity of the Obama Administration. It clearly indicates commitment to keeping the president’s promises to the...

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