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Three Little Pigs 'Too Offensive'

January 23, 2008

Author: Sean Coughlan

Source: BBC News

http://news.bbc.co.uk/2/hi/uk_news/education/7204635.stm

A story based on the Three Little Pigs fairy tale has been turned down by a government agency's awards panel as the subject matter could offend Muslims.

The digital book, re-telling the classic story, was rejected by judges who warned that "the use of pigs raises cultural issues".

Becta, the government's educational technology...

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Muslim Scholar Appeals US Visa Refusal

January 23, 2008

Author: Staff Writer

Source: AFP

http://afp.google.com/article/ALeqM5iNlN6Pb5fqmKl9i98wvyRDU3Wzzw

Controversial Muslim intellectual Tariq Ramadan said Wednesday that with the backing of civil rights groups he was appealing a decision by the US administration to refuse him a visa.

Ramadan was forced to give up a teaching position at the University of Notre-Dame in Indiana in late 2004 when US authorities revoked his visa at the...

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Muslim Women Advise on Extremism

January 23, 2008

Author: Dominic Casciani

Source: BBC News

http://news.bbc.co.uk/2/hi/uk_news/7203925.stm

Leading Muslim women are being brought together to advise ministers in a new tactic to root out extremism.

The Muslim Women's Advisory Group is to be launched after the government came under pressure to help women in the Muslim community gain a greater say.

The group of 19 women assembled by Communities Secretary Hazel Blears is to work as part of...

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Rape Victim Bilkis Bano Hails Victory for Muslims as Hindu Assailants are Jailed for Life

January 23, 2008

Author: Jeremy Page

Source: The Times

http://www.timesonline.co.uk/tol/news/world/asia/article3234530.ece

At 21, Bilkis Bano was living quietly as the pregnant, uneducated wife of a Muslim cattle trader. Then a Hindu mob gang-raped her and burnt 13 relatives alive.

Six years on, the frail, softly spoken mother has become a symbol of courage for Muslims and women across India after battling the system to bring her attackers...

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Egypt 'Won't Force Gazans Back'

January 23, 2008

Author: Staff Writer

Source: BBC News

http://news.bbc.co.uk/2/hi/middle_east/7205668.stm

Egypt has said it will not use force to send back Palestinians who crossed from the Gaza Strip in large numbers after parts of the border were breached.

Foreign ministry spokesman Hossam Zaki said the border would be closed again when all the Palestinians had returned.

Tens of thousands have surged in to buy food and other supplies made scarce...

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Windows Smashed at Islamic Centre

January 22, 2008

Author: Staff Writer

Source: BBC News

http://news.bbc.co.uk/2/hi/uk_news/england/surrey/7203509.stm

Four youths are being sought following what police have described as a racially aggravated criminal attack.

In an incident revealed on Tuesday, officers said five large windows were smashed at the Islamic Centre in London Road, Camberley, Surrey, on 4 January.

Witnesses said the attack happened at 2300 GMT after the four...

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London Becomes Centre for Islamic Financing

January 22, 2008

Author: Staff Writer

Source: DAWN

http://www.dawn.com/2008/01/22/ebr5.htm

The city of London is emerging as the key Western centre for Islamic finance against the backdrop of a three-fold growth of Islamic financial services over the past decade to $53bn in 2006.

Standard & Poor’s has estimated that the potential market for Islamic finance could be $4 trillion, over seven times its current size.

According to a new report by...

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Supreme Court Rules Against Muslim Inmate

January 22, 2008

Author: Daniel Burke

Source: Religion News Service

http://pewforum.org/news/display.php?NewsID=14813

An inmate claiming widespread harassment of Muslims in U.S. prisons cannot sue prison guards who he says took his Qurans and prayer rug, the U.S. Supreme Court ruled Tuesday (Jan. 22).

Abdus-Shahid M.S. Ali, a convicted murderer serving a sentence of 20 years to life, said the alleged confiscation of his religious items is part of a campaign...

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Islam-West Rift Widens, Poll Says

January 21, 2008

Author: Staff Writer

Source: BBC News

http://news.bbc.co.uk/1/hi/world/europe/7200514.stm

Most people in Muslim countries and the West believe divisions between them are worsening, a Gallup poll for the World Economic Forum (WEF) suggests.

The poll also suggested that most Europeans thought more interaction with Islam would be a threat - though most Americans disagreed.

WEF chairman Klaus Schwab said the poll pointed to "an...

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Leaders Want Islamic Taskforce Return

January 21, 2008

Author: Richard Kerbaj

Source: The Australian

http://www.theaustralian.news.com.au/story/0,25197,23082214-5013404,00.html

MUSLIM leaders have urged Kevin Rudd to revive an Islamic taskforce to advise his fledgling regime on Islam and community-related problems.

But the nation's most senior Islamic leaders, who headed John Howard's now disbanded Muslim Community Reference Group, are already divided about the proposed...

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