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Muslims And Jews Pack Rutgers Dialogue Event

November 6, 2008

Author: Debra Rubin

Source: The New Jersey Jewish News

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In what both sides hope will be the first of many interfaith encounters, Muslims and Jews at Rutgers University packed a student lounge in New Brunswick to discuss how they view dating, religious holidays, and food prohibitions.

At the Oct. 30 program, arranged by Rutgers Hillel and the Muslim Student Association, there were male students in yarmulkes and female students...

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Michigan Legislature Getting 1st Female Muslim

November 6, 2008

Author: David N. Goodman

Source: The Associated Press

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Michigan is getting its first female Muslim legislator, thanks in large part to her Jewish boss, the incumbent.

Rashida Tlaib, a lawyer, community activist and daughter of Palestinian immigrants, easily won a House seat in Tuesday's general election after emerging from an eight-way Democratic primary with 44 percent of the vote in August.

Tlaib, 32, said she wouldn't have run but for the...

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Muslim Place of Refuge Planned

November 5, 2008

Author: Marc Parry

Source: Times Union

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Amin Abdullah spreads the inmates' letters over his mosque's green rug.

The authors are imprisoned in Clinton. Fishkill. Marcy. Abdullah reads aloud from one who writes of "a problem with addiction."

"I will be homeless once I am released," he says. "So I am begging and pleading for your help."

Help may be coming. A group of Muslims is trying to aid inmates like him with a new faith-based...

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Interfaith Unity Urged On Campus

November 3, 2008

Author: Staff Writer

Source: BBC News

http://news.bbc.co.uk/2/hi/uk_news/education/7705413.stm

A cross-party group of Jewish and Muslim MPs are beginning a tour of English universities to promote better interfaith relations between students.

The Coexistence Trust will address tensions created on campuses by the Middle East conflict.

It aims to highlight similarities in the histories of the two communities and encourage unity...

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2 Plead Guilty to Firebombing Tennessee Mosque

November 3, 2008

Author: Staff Writer

Source: The Associated Press

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Two men pleaded guilty Monday to firebombing a storefront mosque that was reduced to rubble with black swastikas spray painted on it.

A federal indictment said the two and a third defendant also tagged "White Power" on the outside of the mosque before torching the building with Molotov cocktails. No one was injured in the February fire that burned down the Islamic Center of...

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Land Swap Ends Mosque Flap

November 2, 2008

Author: Luz Lazo

Source: The Richmond Times-Dispatch

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City officials have agreed to swap several properties to end a conflict over the construction of a mosque in one of the city's historic districts.

The deal, approved by the City Council on Tuesday, will allow the Petersburg Islamic Center to move out of its 25-year home to a location about a mile away, ending a touchy situation with residents...

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NCC Warns About Distorted Video On Islam

October 31, 2008

Author: Philip Jenks

Source: World Faith News

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The Interfaith Relations Commission of the National Council of Churches expressed alarm and protest over the recent mass distribution of 28 million copies of what it termed a "distorted and misleading" DVD entitled: "Obsession: Radical Islam's War Against the West."

The Commission charged that the DVD, distributed primarily in closely contested states in the last weeks of the presidential election campaign, has the...

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More Muslim American Women Entering Politics

October 30, 2008

Author: Staff Writer

Source: The Associated Press

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Many things have changed for Muslim Americans in the seven years since the Sept. 11 terrorist attacks: Interrogations from FBI and immigration officials. Additional screenings from airport security. The feeling of being targeted by new anti-terrorism laws.

And then there's this: More Muslims, particularly women, are running for political office, spurred by the perceived...

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San Marcos: Hate Graffiti Found Along San Elijo Road

October 30, 2008

Author: Staff Writer

Source: The North County Times

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Vandals armed with red paint wrote threats and racial slurs, some attacking Muslims and presidential candidate Barack Obama, on property along San Elijo Road, officials said Thursday.

One scrawl included the phrase "Death to (expletive deleted) Muslim and Obama," according to an image released in a news report.

The messages were...

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Interfaith Partnership Rallies Behind Muslims Anxious About DVD

October 28, 2008

Author: Tim Townsend

Source: St. Louis Post-Dispatch

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Members of Interfaith Partnership/Faith Beyond Walls joined their Muslim colleagues Monday afternoon to denounce a movie that they said equates Islam and terrorism.

The movie, "Obsession: Radical Islam's War Against The West," was released in 2006, but last month the film's distributor, the Clarion Fund, sent a DVD of the film to 28 million...

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Fighting for Muslim Women's Rights

October 27, 2008

Author: Staff Writer

Source: BBC News

http://news.bbc.co.uk/2/hi/in_depth/7689897.stm

Some of the world's leading Islamic feminists have been gathered in Barcelona for the third International Congress on Islamic Feminism, to discuss the issues women face in the Muslim world.

Some of the women taking part in the conference explained the problems in their home countries, and where they hoped to make progress.

ASMA BARLAS, Author,...

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'Rock the Muslim Vote' Forums in OH & PA Inspire Muslim Voters

October 27, 2008

Author: Staff Writer

Source: Muslim Public Affairs Council

http://www.mpac.org/article.php?id=727

This weekend, the Muslim Public Affairs Council held seven election townhall forums on the in Ohio and Pennsylvania in an effort to educate Muslim American voters on key issues and provide an opportunity for interaction with candidates for local, state and federal offices.

At each forum, MPAC leaders also distributed copies of the "Activate 08 Voter's Guide...

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