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Malaysia Burial Row Fuels Tension

June 26, 2008

Author: Frances Harrison

Source: BBC News

http://news.bbc.co.uk/2/hi/asia-pacific/7475950.stm

The Islamic authorities in Malaysia are in dispute with the Hindu family of a man who committed suicide - with both sides claiming the body for burial.

It is the latest in a series of cases where against the wishes of families Muslim officials have seized remains of people they say converted to Islam.

The family of the man contest his...

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INTERVIEW-Former Indonesian President Urges Religious Tolerance

June 25, 2008

Author: Sara Webb

Source: Reuters

http://www.reuters.com/article/latestCrisis/idUSSP291520

Indonesia's former President Abdurrahman Wahid on Wednesday slammed government restrictions on a controversial Islamic sect and urged the "silent majority" of moderate Muslims to speak out in defence of religious tolerance.

Under pressure from hardline groups, the government issued a ministerial decree this month that stopped short of banning the...

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Russia 'Abuses Ingush Minority'

June 25, 2008

Author: Staff Writer

Source: BBC News

http://news.bbc.co.uk/2/hi/europe/7473645.stm

Russian security forces have carried out widespread human rights abuses in the southern province of Ingushetia, a campaign group has claimed.

Human Rights Watch (HRW) says it has documented dozens of arbitrary detentions, disappearances, acts of torture and extra-judicial executions.

Russia has been fighting Muslim rebels in the area for several years...

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Dispelling Misconceptions About a ‘Hijacked’ Faith

June 25, 2008

Author: Erika Niedowski

Source: The National

http://www.thenational.ae/article/20080625/PAGETHREE/913497177/1119

Imran Hafiz was in Grade 4 when the World Trade Center came crashing down on September 11 at the hands of al Qa’eda. Soon afterwards, some children at his Arizona school shunned him on the playground, and he asked why.

“Because you’re a Taliban,” they said.

“No, I’m...

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French Muslim, Jewish Leaders Unite to Encourage Religious Tolerance

June 25, 2008

Author: Lisa Bryant

Source: VOA News

http://voanews.com/english/2008-06-25-voa30.cfm

Europe's largest Muslim and Jewish communities, both located in France, have just elected new leaders Sunday, who both vow to make their faiths more tolerant and open to non-believers. From Paris, Lisa Bryant reports the two men assume their new jobs under difficult conditions.

Mohammed Moussaoui, the head of France's Representative Muslim Council and Gilles...

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Violence Spirals in Kashmir Over Hindu Trust Land

June 24, 2008

Author: Staff Writer

Source: Reuters

http://in.reuters.com/article/topNews/idINIndia-34209320080624

Indian police fired teargas to break up protests by Muslims angry with a government decision to transfer forest land to a Hindu shrine trust in Indian Kashmir, officials said on Tuesday.

Authorities last week said nearly 100 acres of forest land in Kashmir was being transferred to the Shri Amarnathji Shrine Board (SASB) to erect...

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Local Exchange Student Changes Perceptions of Muslim Cultures

June 24, 2008

Author: Staff Writer

Source: PRNewswire/AFS-USA

http://www.prnewswire.com/cgi-bin/stories.pl?ACCT=104&STORY=/www/story/06-24-2008/0004838363&EDATE=

Thanaporn "Jar" Panitchanok arrived from Thailand last August with certain notions of what America would be like. After ten months her views have changed; plus, she's shown St. Paul that "Muslim" does not equate to the negative stereotypes so common in the...

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Tensions Rise Between Tibetans, Chinese Muslims

June 23, 2008

Author: Barbara Demick

Source: The Los Angeles Times

http://www.latimes.com/news/nationworld/world/la-fg-muslims23-2008jun23,0,6800977.story

The riot began with a customer's complaint about her dinner.

"Waitress, there's a tooth in my soup," a Tibetan woman said indignantly.

Before long, a curious crowd of Tibetans gathered around the soup bowl. Restaurant owner Yun Sha came out of the kitchen...

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Six Rebels Killed, Trains Halted in Thai South

June 23, 2008

Author: Staff Writer

Source: Reuters

http://in.reuters.com/article/worldNews/idINIndia-34187620080623

Security forces killed six suspected Muslim rebels in southern Thailand on Monday, where all rail services have been halted after a brutal weekend attack on a train, police said.

About 200 police and soldiers raided a jungle hideout used by Muslim separatist guerrillas in Yala, one of the four southernmost provinces where more...

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Danish Cartoon Ruling May Prompt "Islamophobia"-OIC

June 23, 2008

Author: Andrew Hammond

Source: Reuters

http://www.reuters.com/article/latestCrisis/idUSL23406940

The Organisation of the Islamic Conference (OIC), a league of 57 Muslim nations, said on Monday a Danish court's rejection of a suit against a paper for printing cartoons of the Prophet Mohammad could provoke "Islamophobia."

The High Court for western Denmark on Thursday rejected a suit against Jyllands-Posten, the newspaper that first...

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Muslim-American Magazines Explore Identity

June 23, 2008

Author: Omar Sacirbey

Source: The Christian Science Monitor

http://www.csmonitor.com/2008/0624/p04s01-usgn.html

They are not headlines one sees at the grocery store checkout. "A Jihad for Love" or "There's Something About Rumi." Flipping through the May edition of the glossy magazine, one also finds features about a graffiti artist; Nobel Prize winners; calligraphy in the Digital Age; and the usual magazine fare of recipes, travel tips, and fashion...

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Nigeria: Nirec Calms Religious Frayed Nerves

June 22, 2008

Author: Salisu Na'inna Dambatta

Source: Daily Trust/AllAfrica

http://allafrica.com/stories/200806230739.html

The Nigeria Inter Religious Council (NIREC) came into being after the dawn of democracy in 1999 to serve as a platform for high-level dialogue between the leaders of Christians and Muslims in this country, thereby promoting public good.

It organises conferences designed to promote understanding, appreciation of one another and the...

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New French Muslim Council Leader Pledges Reform

June 22, 2008

Author: Tom Heneghan

Source: Reuters

http://africa.reuters.com/wire/news/usnB58171.html

France's official Muslim council elected a new leadership on Sunday that promised to tackle problems left mostly unresolved for five years because of power struggles that stymied its former administration.

Mohammed Moussaoui of the Moroccan-backed Rally of French Muslims (RMF) took over as president of the French Council of the Muslim Faith (CFCM),...

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