Islam

Muslim Convert 'Recruits' Inmates

June 20, 2008

Author: Sally Chidzoy

Source: BBC News

http://news.bbc.co.uk/2/hi/uk_news/england/cambridgeshire/7464736.stm

A former British National Party activist who converted to Islam in jail is trying to radicalise young prisoners, the BBC has learned.

Inmate Stephen Jones is being held in a segregation unit at Whitemoor Prison, Cambridgeshire, the BBC has been told.

The convicted murderer was put there after being...

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Muslim Headscarves Test the Limits of German Tolerance

June 20, 2008

Author: Thomas Darnstädt

Source: Spiegel Online

http://www.spiegel.de/international/germany/0,1518,560812,00.html

For years, Germany's legal experts have been arguing about whether Muslim public officials have the right to wear headscarves. The issue raises difficult questions about religious tolerance and constitutional rights in Germany.

"When you do something," Brigitte Weiss says, "you need to do it right."

It'...

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Parents 'Key' in Terrorism Fight

June 20, 2008

Author: Staff Writer

Source: BBC News

http://news.bbc.co.uk/2/hi/uk_news/scotland/glasgow_and_west/7465362.stm

Muslim parents could be placed at the forefront of a new anti-terror strategy being developed in Scotland.

The head of counter-terrorism for the police in Scotland, said parents should be encouraged to come forward if they had concerns about their children.

Allan Burnett believes such an approach...

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Indian Politician Calls for Hindu Suicide Bombers to Target Muslims

June 19, 2008

Author: Staff Writer

Source: Daily News

Wire Service: AP

http://www.nydailynews.com/news/us_world/2008/06/19/2008-06-19_indian_politician_calls_for_hindu_suicid.html

A radical right-wing Indian politician called on Hindus to form suicide bomber squads and attack Muslim neighborhoods — a threat promptly condemned by political friends and foes alike.
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Pa. Lawmaker's Anti-Muslim Comment Derails Measure

June 18, 2008

Author: Mark Scolforo

Source: Lebanon Daily News

Wire Service: AP

http://www.ldnews.com/news/ci_9626724

State lawmakers Wednesday held up voting on a resolution in recognition of a Muslim group's upcoming convention after a legislator protested that "the Muslims do not recognize Jesus Christ as God."

Rep. Daryl Metcalfe, a Republican from Butler County, north of Pittsburgh, said he opposed the House's formal recognition of...

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Historic Cedar Rapids Mosque Loses Prized Artifacts

June 18, 2008

Author: Jessie Halladay

Source: The Des Moines Register

http://www.desmoinesregister.com/apps/pbcs.dll/article?AID=/20080618/NEWS/806180351/1001/NEWS

Imam Taha Tawil slipped off his muddy shoes and padded across the cream-colored carpet marred by someone else's muddy footprints.

He turned to the northeast and began to pray.

Below him, in the basement of the Mother Mosque of America, are...

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Muslim Kindergarten Opens Amid Controversy

June 18, 2008

Author: Staff Writer

Source: Deutsche-Welle

http://www.dw-world.de/dw/article/0,2144,3407535,00.html

Earlier this year, the opening of a kindergarten in an immigrant district of Berlin was blocked on account of the founder’s alleged ties to a radical Muslim group. Once he was replaced, the center got the green light.

In February, an application for a Muslim kindergarten landed on the desk of the education authority in the central...

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Duke Adds Muslim Religious Leader

June 17, 2008

Author: Yonat Shimron

Source: News Observer

http://www.newsobserver.com/lifestyles/religion/story/1110613.html

In a sign of the changing makeup of its students, Duke University has hired its first imam, or Muslim religious leader, becoming one of only a handful of universities in the United States that have full-time Muslim clergy.

Abdullah Antepli, a native of Turkey who is completing his doctoral work at Hartford Seminary...

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Junior, High School Textbooks Lack Accuracy on Islam, Report Says

June 17, 2008

Author: Josh Kowalkowski

Source: The Boston Examiner

http://www.examiner.com/a-1444884~Junior__high_school_textbooks_lack_accuracy_on_Islam__report_says.html

Misinformation, errors and disputed definitions about Islam abound in some junior and high school textbooks, a new report concludes.

“Outright textbook errors about Islam are not the main problem,” according to the June...

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Muslims Launch U.S.-Wide Census

June 17, 2008

Author: Omar Sacirbey

Source: USA Today

http://www.usatoday.com/news/religion/2008-06-16-muslim-census_N.htm

A team of Islamic advocacy groups and statistical organizations will start a nationwide census of American mosques this summer that organizers hope will paint a more accurate picture of the size and ethnic composition of U.S. Muslims.

One of the challenges will be finding all the venues where Muslims pray. Many...

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China Braces for High-Security Torch Leg in Muslim West

June 16, 2008

Author: Staff Writer

Source: Associated Free Press

http://afp.google.com/article/ALeqM5j1JohR3ZIqu6o0JcJXMa9hD6Q_xw

China braced Monday for a high-security Olympic torch relay leg through restive Xinjiang, where Beijing's rule of the remote western region is deeply unpopular among its millions of Muslims.

The torch was to arrive in the Xinjiang capital Urumqi in the evening ahead of its transit through the city centre on...

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