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Kosovo Touts 'Islam Lite'

February 20, 2008

Author: WILLIAM J. KOLE

Source: AP

http://ap.google.com/article/ALeqM5iPG24fVmi0a_uUbMtmF_X4iX_4hQD8UU9BP00

Kastriot Sadiku has a confession: Like a good Muslim, he was near a mosque when Kosovo declared independence. But like a good Kosovar, he was just around the corner, sipping suds at his favorite pub.

As minaret loudspeakers broadcast afternoon prayers, "I was having a beer," said Sadiku, 25. "In the entire Muslim...

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Anglican Archbishop: Too Intellectual to Lead?

February 20, 2008

Author: Mark Rice-Oxley

Source: The Christian Science Monitor

http://www.csmonitor.com/2008/0220/p07s01-woeu.html

When it comes to leadership in the Church of England, the former Bishop of Norwich once reportedly said: "If you want to lead someone in this part of the world, find out where they're going. And walk in front of them."

Rowan Williams, who celebrates five years as Archbishop of Canterbury next week, could never be accused of...

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China Official Explains Religion Policy

February 20, 2008

Author: FOSTER KLUG

Source: AP

A senior Chinese official is trying to calm U.S. misgivings ahead of Beijing's coming Olympic Games about what the Bush administration sees as religious intolerance.

In Washington, the director of China's religious affairs bureau met with U.S. officials and spoke at Georgetown University.

Ye Xiaowen told reporters Wednesday, after talks with Undersecretary of State Paula Dobriansky, that China's peaceful development depends upon its respect for human rights and...

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Muslim Leader Decries American 'Bigotry' Against Islam

February 20, 2008

Author: Bruce Nolan

Source: Religion News Service

http://pewforum.org/news/display.php?NewsID=15001

American culture's view of American Muslims and Islam is steadily deteriorating under an onslaught of "bigotry" on cable news shows, newspaper op-ed pages and in the blogosphere, an Arab-American activist told an audience at Tulane University here Tuesday.

That's a significant shift, said Hussein Ibish, founder of the Foundation for Arab-...

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Kremlin's Plans for Christian Curriculum in Schools Have Russian Jews Worried

February 19, 2008

Author: Anshel Pfeffer

Source: Haaretz

http://www.haaretz.com/hasen/spages/955554.html

Russia's Jewish community is concerned about a possible government decision to allow the Pravoslav Orthodox Church to teach the principles of Christianity in all government schools. Now local Jewish leaders are trying to enlist Muslim community leaders in a fight against the decision.

Officially, Russia maintains a separation of church and state, but under...

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Nepal to Recognise Buddhist and Muslim Religious Schools

February 19, 2008

Author: Kalpit Parajuli

Source: The Buddhist Channel/Asia News

http://www.buddhistchannel.tv/index.php?id=39,5924,0,0,1,0

Hundreds of Muslim and Buddhist schools want to join the public school system after the government signalled its intention of recognising religious schools, but has set some conditions to do so, namely that such schools also use non-religious textbooks recommended by the government’s Education Board rather than rely...

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Attorneys Grill Deputies Over Traffic Stop of USF Students

February 19, 2008

Author: Elaine Silvestrini

Source: The Tampa Tribune

http://www2.tbo.com/content/2008/feb/19/attorneys-grill-sc-deputies-over-traffic-stop-usf-/?news-breaking

The South Carolina sheriff's deputy who stopped a car with two University of South Florida students in August says he initially suspected the silver Toyota with a Florida tag was involved in drug trafficking.

But under questioning...

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Islamic Studies Growing in Popularity, Report Shows

February 18, 2008

Author: Anthea Lipsett and Natasha Gilbert

Source: The Guardian

http://education.guardian.co.uk/higher/news/story/0,,2257754,00.html

The number of students on Islamic studies programmes has risen in the last four years, according to a new report from the Higher Education Funding Council for England (Hefce).

The study found students taking Islamic studies, either as a full degree or part of one, rose by 12% between 2002 and...

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The President’s Passion Play

February 18, 2008

Author: Tracy McNicoll

Source: Newsweek

http://www.newsweek.com/id/109547

Being an Honorary Canon of The Basilica of Saint John of Lateran is an honor enjoyed by French leaders since Henri IV. Most don't care much (Presidents François Mitterrand and Georges Pompidou skipped the trip to Rome altogether). Not so current President Nicolas Sarkozy, who has been gaining a reputation as France's chief sermonizer. Last December, as he received his title, he made a long...

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Muslim Undertaker for Kashmir’s Hindus

February 18, 2008

Author: Ishfaq-ul-Hassan

Source: Daily News & Analysis

http://www.dnaindia.com/report.asp?newsid=1151454

Under the majestic chinar in a cremation ground, Mohammad Yasin Dar, 55, has lit a bonfire to stay warm on a nippy February morning. He has spent a larger part of his days at the place for 10 years.

A devout Muslim, he has embarked on an unusual mission—to perform last rites of the dead of Kashmir’s minuscule Hindu population....

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Muslims Offer Thanksgiving Prayers for President And Country

February 18, 2008

Author: Staff Writer

Source: AllAfrica

http://allafrica.com/stories/200802180977.html

Liberian Muslims have offered prayers of thanksgiving and well wishes for President Ellen Johnson Sirleaf, the government and people of Liberia.

At a ceremony Friday at the Ministry of Foreign Affairs, the Muslims praised the President and her government for polices which promote religious harmony and peaceful co-existence in the country. The Chairman of the...

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