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Religious Groups Mobilize in Presidential Race: The Religious Minority Vote

September 1, 2008

Author: Amanda Wowk

Source: Chicago Flame Online

http://media.www.chicagoflame.com/media/storage/paper519/news/2008/09/01/Features/The-Religious.Minority.Vote-3410367.shtml

In previous elections, ethnic groups have been viewed as key elements of a candidate's campaign. In 2004, Latinos were seen as an important demographic to reach. The debate surrounding immigration reform made...

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Mosque Plans in Doubt After Fire

September 1, 2008

Author: Staff Writer

Source: BBC News

http://news.bbc.co.uk/2/hi/uk_news/england/lincolnshire/7591704.stm

Police say "nothing has been ruled out" as the cause of a fire which destroyed a former church earmarked for conversion into a mosque in Lincoln.

Muslim leaders in Lincoln said the community was upset by the fire at St Matthew's Church on Boultham Park Road.

Police and fire experts have completed the first...

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Muslim Anger Over Kashmir Deal

September 1, 2008

Author: Staff Writer

Source: BBC News

http://news.bbc.co.uk/2/hi/south_asia/7591174.stm

The Indian authorities are maintaining a curfew in the mainly Muslim Kashmir valley after a controversial land decision over a Hindu pilgrimage.

Some 100 acres of land are to be set aside for use by a Hindu trust during an annual Hindu pilgrimage.

Muslims have expressed anger over the move, with some defying the curfew after Sunday's decision...

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Rancho Cucamonga's Muslims Get New Mosque in Time for Ramadan

September 1, 2008

Author: Jia-Rui Chong

Source: The Los Angeles Times

http://www.latimes.com/features/religion/la-me-ramadan1-2008sep01,0,5553471.story

From speakers mounted inside and outside the modest stucco house in Rancho Cucamonga, the intoning sound of the call to Friday prayer floated in the muggy summer air.

Around 1 p.m., dozens of women in head scarves and flowing salwar kameezes streamed into the three women's prayer...

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Nigerians Open Mosque in Time for Ramadan

August 31, 2008

Author: Gregg Krupa

Source: The Detroit News

http://www.detnews.com/apps/pbcs.dll/article?AID=/20080831/METRO/808310317/1041/LIFESTYLE04

Across from the burned-out house on Marlborough Street, behind a tall cyclone fence with a lock and chain on the gate, sits a single-family home -- clean, well-kept and full of praying Muslims.

"At first, we organized amongst ourselves and worshipped in different...

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Obama Sets Islamic Visit as a Priority

August 29, 2008

Author: Anne Davies

Source: The Sydney Morning Herald

http://www.smh.com.au/news/us-election/obama-sets-islamic-visit-as-a-priority/2008/08/28/1219516662977.html

If elected, Barack Obama will visit a major Islamic capital during the first 12 months of his presidency, as part of his strategy to more actively engage with the Middle East, his national security adviser, Greg Craig, revealed Wednesday...

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Ministers Recruit Young Muslims as Advisers in Latest Bid to Combat Islamic Extremism

August 29, 2008

Author: Ian Drury

Source: The Daily Mail

http://www.dailymail.co.uk/news/article-1050266/Ministers-recruit-young-Muslims-advisers-latest-bid-combat-Islamic-extremism.html

Twenty young Muslims are to become personal advisers to three Cabinet ministers in an attempt by the Government to tackle Islamic extremism.

Labour says the group, aged 16 to 25, will keep...

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Exhibition Sheds Further Light on Islam

August 28, 2008

Author: Staff Writer

Source: Seychelles Nation Online

http://www.nation.sc/index.php?art=13217

Efforts to make Islam more popular as a religion in Seychelles have gathered speed.

A week of activities was set on its way on Monday and continued on Tuesday with the opening of an exhibition at the National Library, held to shed more light on the religion and what it hopes to achieve.

The exhibits, mainly posters, have been designed to answer a...

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Poll: Muslims Positive About Globalization, Trade

August 27, 2008

Author: Staff Writer

Source: Yahoo News/PRNewswire-USNewswire

http://news.yahoo.com/s/usnw/20080828/pl_usnw/poll__muslims_positive_about_globalization__trade

Contrary to the common assumption that Muslims view globalization as a threat to their society, a new poll of predominantly Muslim countries finds that globalization is generally viewed positively. The poll was conducted by WorldPublicOpinion.org in six...

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How a Shia Ritual Ended in Court

August 27, 2008

Author: Caroline Cheetham

Source: BBC News

http://news.bbc.co.uk/2/hi/uk_news/7583845.stm

A Muslim has been found guilty of child cruelty after forcing two boys to beat themselves during a religious ceremony. The practice has caused controversy in Britain, but this is the first case of its kind to be brought before a UK court.

Husayn - the grandson of the Prophet Muhammad - and members of his family were slaughtered during the battle of Karbala...

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Museum Head Apologizes for Treatment of Woman Wearing Islamic Veil

August 27, 2008

Author: Staff Writer

Source: Reuters

http://www.iht.com/articles/2008/08/27/europe/veil.php

The head of one of the most prestigious museums in Venice apologized Wednesday to a Muslim woman who had been asked by a guard to leave the building because she was wearing a veil over her face.

The episode, which has kindled controversy in the Italian media and arguments between politicians, occurred Sunday in Venice's Ca' Rezzonico museum, which...

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Danish Publisher Hopes to Publish 'Inflammatory' Islam Novel

August 26, 2008

Author: Staff Writer

Source: The Guardian

http://www.guardian.co.uk/books/2008/aug/26/jewelofmedina.islam.controversy

A Danish publisher is in negotiations to buy Sherry Jones's novel about the child bride of Muhammad, which was dropped by Random House in America and pulled from bookshops in Serbia.

The Jewel of Medina tells the story of Aisha, one of Muhammad's wives, from the age of six to 18 when Muhammad dies. It...

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Islamic School Hopes Sun Rises on Plans for Expansion

August 26, 2008

Author: Rosemary Kubera

Source: Columbus Local News

http://www.snponline.com/articles/2008/08/26/multiple_papers/news/allhlsunri_20080825_1023am_6.txt

Sunrise Academy, the private K-8 Islamic school located in Hilliard, is filled to capacity this school year and looking to expand.

"We are in the process of looking for two buildings: one for a high school and one to purchase on the East Side to...

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