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Order to Take Off Niqab Pits Law Against Religion

February 2, 2009

Author: Betsy Powell

Source: The Star

http://www.thestar.com/News/GTA/article/580790

A judge has ordered a Toronto woman to testify without her niqab at a sexual assault trial – raising the thorny issue of whether Muslim women should be allowed to appear as witnesses wearing a veil that covers everything but the eyes.

The issue is a collision of two rights, pitting religious freedom against the right of a defendant to face an accuser in...

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Iraqi Voters May Have Cut Power to Religious Parties

February 2, 2009

Author: Brian Murphy

Source: The Associated Press

http://www.dispatch.com/live/content/national_world/stories/2009/02/02/ap_iraq_vote_0202.ART_ART_02-02-09_A3_VLCP15C.html?sid=101

The biggest Shiite party in Iraq once appeared to hold all political sway: control of the heartland, the backing of influential clerics and a foot in the government with ambitions to take full...

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Ottawa Using Intervention to Extinguish Muslim Extremism

January 30, 2009

Author: Stewart Bell

Source: National Post

http://www.nationalpost.com/news/canada/story.html?id=1237450

The government has been using "counter-radicalization techniques" to steer Canadian Muslims away from extremism, according to a secret intelligence report obtained by the National Post.

The document outlines a little-known, government-wide, counter-radicalization strategy that aims to prevent al-Qaeda-inspired terrorists such...

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Muslim Father Who Encouraged Son to Flog Himself for Religious Ceremony Escapes Jail

January 30, 2009

Author: Staff Writer

Source: The Daily Mail

http://www.dailymail.co.uk/news/article-1132382/Muslim-father-encouraged-son-flog-religious-ceremony-escapes-jail.html

A Muslim father was today given a six-month suspended jail term after a court heard how he encouraged his 10-year-old son to flog himself during a centuries-old religious ceremony.

Jurors found the taxi driver, 49...

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Muslim World Reacts Positively to Obama's Outreach, And Expectations Have Been Raised

January 30, 2009

Author: Warren P. Strobel

Source: The Miami Herald/McClatchy Newspapers

http://www.miamiherald.com/news/politics/AP/story/880950.html

In 10 days, President Barack Obama has transformed the U.S. dialogue with the Muslim world.

His tools have been carefully chosen words of reconciliation, the decision to close Guantanamo Bay prison and the early dispatch of a Middle East peace envoy.

"The reaction has been phenomenal....

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Arena: On Obama's Chat With Al Arabiya

January 29, 2009

Author: Fred Barbash

Source: Politico

http://www.politico.com/news/stories/0109/18117.html

On Obama’s interview with Al Arabiya, the Arabic satellite news channel...

Joseph S. Nye, Harvard University: “This is what ‘smart power’ means in practice!”

Shibley Telhami, University of Maryland: “In these few remarks, he conveyed a different view of the Middle East than we have heard in the past...

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Confused About Muslims? Give One a Call

January 28, 2009

Author: Lindsay Wise

Source: The Houston Chronicle

http://www.chron.com/disp/story.mpl/life/religion/6233925.html

Ever wonder what the Quran has to say about terrorism? Why Muslim women wear veils? What Islam teaches about Jesus?

Ask a Muslim. All you have to do is call 1-877-WHY-ISLAM.

A billboard advertising the toll-free number sprang up last month on FM 1960 near Interstate 45. Similar ones have also been posted in...

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US Muslims Hopeful But Wary Of Status Under Obama

January 28, 2009

Author: Rachel Zoll

Source: The Washington Post

Wire Service: AP

http://www.washingtonpost.com/wp-dyn/content/article/2009/01/28/AR2009012801599.html

Many American Muslim leaders are eager to help President Barack Obama improve the U.S. image in the Islamic world, but they worry that their contribution might not always be welcome. The broad suspicion that has dogged them at home since...

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On Arab TV Network, Obama Urges Dialogue

January 27, 2009

Author: Alan Cowell

Source: The New York Times

http://www.nytimes.com/2009/01/28/world/middleeast/28arabiya.html?emc=tnt&tntemail0=y

In an interview broadcast Tuesday on one of the Middle East’s major news channels, President Obama struck a conciliatory tone toward the Islamic world, saying he wanted to persuade Muslims that “the Americans are not your enemy.” He also said the moment was ripe for...

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Outreach to Muslims Starts New Path In Mideast

January 27, 2009

Author: Robert Burns

Source: The Associated Press

http://news.yahoo.com/s/ap/20090127/ap_on_go_ca_st_pe/obama_mideast;_ylt=An5nthcMeYhRY_CFJBPO06U7Xs8F

Even before crafting its own Middle East strategy, the Obama administration is making clear that its approach will differ — in tone and style, if not also in substance — from its predecessor's.

In choosing an Arab network for his...

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Indonesian Muslims Banned From Practicing Yoga

January 26, 2009

Author: Robin McDowell

Source: The Associated Press

http://www.philly.com/philly/wires/ap/news/world/20090126_ap_indonesianmuslimsbannedfrompracticingyoga.html

Muslims in Indonesia are banned from practicing yoga that contains Hindu rituals like chanting, the country's top Islamic body said Monday, echoing concerns by some religious groups elsewhere about its effect on their faith.

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Nigeria: Nirec Moves to Stop Religious Crisis In Country

January 23, 2009

Author: Ayegba Israel Ebije

Source: AllAfrica.com

http://allafrica.com/stories/200901230406.html

The Nigeria Inter Religious Council (NIREC) has concluded plans to train 250 youths on how to overcome the issue of reli-gious crisis in Nigeria that has led to the loss of so many lives in Nigeria.

The national coordinator, Pro-fessor Ishaq Oloyede, disclosed this in Minna yesterday in an address he delivered at the first Nigerian youths summit on...

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Celebrating Our Historic 44th President

January 23, 2009

Author: Staff Writer

Source: Muslim Public Affairs Council

http://www.mpac.org/article.php?id=774

The Muslim Public Affairs Council today joins millions of Americans and people around the world in celebrating this historic day on which we have witnessed the inauguration of the 44th president of the United States of America.

On this unique and moving day, we stop to pray that the inauguration of Barack Obama will usher in an era of much-needed change....

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