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In Indonesia, Many Rooting for an Obama Victory

October 14, 2008

Author: Michael Sullivan

Source: NPR

http://www.npr.org/templates/story/story.php?storyId=95600966

Indonesia is the world's most populous Muslim-majority nation, and a place where America's image has been badly tarnished by the wars in Iraq and Afghanistan. But Indonesians are keenly interested in the outcome of the U.S. presidential election, and they have a soft spot for Democrat Barack Obama, who spent part of his childhood there.
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Indian Muslim Leaders Slam Government on Crackdown

October 14, 2008

Author: Rina Chandran

Source: Reuters

http://www.washingtonpost.com/wp-dyn/content/article/2008/10/14/AR2008101400739.html

Hundreds of Islamic leaders in India demanded Tuesday that the government protect their community from persecution, saying Muslims were being unfairly targeted in a police crackdown after bombings across the country.

Communal politics has surfaced as an issue ahead of a general election...

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'Rock the Muslim Vote' Forums Draw Candidates for Discussion About Key Issues

October 14, 2008

Author: Staff Writer

Source: Muslim Public Affairs Council

http://www.mpac.org/article.php?id=717

Last weekend, the Muslim Public Affairs Council took part in three election townhall forums on the East and West Coasts in an effort to educate Muslim American voters on key issues.

The forums also allowed attendees the opportunity to engage with candidates running for local, state, and national offices as well as representatives from the presidential...

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Youthful Voice Stirs Challenge to Secular Turks

October 14, 2008

Author: Sabrina Tavernise

Source: The International Herald Tribune

http://www.iht.com/bin/printfriendly.php?id=16925923

High school hurt for Havva Yilmaz. She tried out several selves. She ran away. Nothing felt right.

"There was no sincerity," she said. "It was shallow."

So at 16, she did something none of her friends had done: She put on an Islamic head scarf.

In most Muslim countries, that would be a nonevent. In...

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Muslim Father Fights Custody for Hindu Daughter

October 13, 2008

Author: Vivek Vijayapalan

Source: DNA India

http://www.dnaindia.com/report.asp?newsid=1197516

This is straight out of a Bollywood tearjerker. A Muslim man who has no family finds an abandoned Hindu girl at a railway station and ‘adopts’ her. The father-daughter duo is living a happy life but by a quirk of fate, the police land at the man’s door and take away the girl, accusing him of keeping her illegally.

Now, at 60,...

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Israel Religious Rioting Enters Fifth Day

October 12, 2008

Author: Staff Writer

Source: United Press International

http://www.upi.com/Top_News/2008/10/12/Israel_religious_rioting_enters_fifth_day/UPI-20021223824494/

Sporadic rioting hit the northern Israeli city of Acre for a fifth day Sunday despite a massive police presence, officials said.

With 700 police in place, religious clashes were diminishing as leaders of the city's Arab community agreed...

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The Man Behind the Whispers About Obama

October 12, 2008

Author: Jim Rutenberg

Source: The New York Times

http://www.nytimes.com/2008/10/13/us/politics/13martin.html?_r=1&hp&oref=slogin

The most persistent falsehood about Senator Barack Obama’s background first hit in 2004 just two weeks after the Democratic convention speech that helped set him on the path to his presidential candidacy: “Obama is a Muslim who has concealed his religion.”

That...

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Islam Novel Delayed in Wake of Firebombing

October 12, 2008

Author: Gregory Katz

Source: The Associated Press

http://www.buffalonews.com/nationalworld/international/story/461234.html

A British company has delayed publication of a controversial novel about one of the Prophet Muhammad’s wives after its offices were firebombed, a magazine reported Saturday.

The Bookseller magazine said on its Web site that Gibson Square publishing has decided to postpone the publication of...

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County Seeks Exclusion from Law on Autopsies

October 11, 2008

Author: Liz Austin Peterson

Source: The Houston Chronicle

http://www.chron.com/disp/story.mpl/life/religion/6053570.html

Orthodox Jews and others whose religion forbids most autopsies no longer would be able to contest the need for such a procedure under a proposal the Harris County Medical Examiner's Office would like to submit to the Texas Legislature.

A Harris County district court judge barred the coroner from performing an...

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Trafalgar Square Hosts Eid Event

October 11, 2008

Author: Staff Writer

Source: BBC News

http://news.bbc.co.uk/2/hi/uk_news/england/london/7665154.stm

Thousands of people have attended an event in central London marking the end of the Muslim holy month of Ramadan.

The third annual Eid in the Square was held in Trafalgar Square on Saturday from 1255 BST.

Organised by the mayor Boris Johnson and Muslim groups, the event featured Asian music, food and goods, and displays...

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Muslims, Buddhists Getting to Know Each Other

October 11, 2008

Author: Staff Writer

Source: MCOT English News

http://enews.mcot.net/view.php?id=6728

The southern region of Thailand is home to both Muslims and Buddhists, with the majority of ethnic Malay Muslims in provinces bordering Malaysia. An activity encouraging better understanding among the young followers of the two religions has been initiated and appears to be enjoying very pleasant feedback.

Prakru Sunthornkitjanuyok, deputy abbot of Tamod temple in...

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Obsession's Secret Producer Revealed, Republican Jewish Coalition Ties to Clarion Uncovered

October 10, 2008

Author: Richard Silverstein

Source: Tikun Olam

http://www.richardsilverstein.com/tikun_olam/2008/10/10/obsessions-secret-producer-revealed-republican-jewish-coalition-ties-to-clarion-uncovered/

Thanks to investigative reporting of Will Evans and reader Robin McLaren, we’ve uncovered the identity of one of the formerly secret producers of Obsession (you...

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Obama's Staff Slips Up With Muslim Outreach

October 10, 2008

Author: Susan Schmidt

Source: The Wall Street Journal

http://wsj.com/article/SB122360316634321799.html

The Obama campaign said it was a mistake for an outreach coordinator to join a meeting last month attended by leaders of two controversial Muslim groups as it seeks votes from large Muslim populations in swing states.

Minha Husaini, newly named as head of the campaign's outreach coordinator to Muslims, attended a discussion session Sept. 15...

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