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British Bishop Says he Faces Threats after Comments on Islamic Extremism

February 2, 2008

Author: Staff Writer

Source: CNews

Wire Service: AP

http://cnews.canoe.ca/CNEWS/World/2008/02/02/4809529-ap.html

An Anglican bishop who said Islamic extremism is creating "no-go areas" for non-Muslims in Britain says he has received death threats, and a British news agency reported Saturday that he is being given police protection.

Rt. Rev. Michael Nazir-Ali, the bishop of Rochester, raised hackles...

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Hip Hijabs Take Off in Canadian Winter

February 1, 2008

Author: Julie Gordon

Source: Reuters

http://www.reuters.com/article/lifestyleMolt/idUSN2957487820080201

As temperatures drop in Canada this winter, Muslim women have a new - and warmer - alternative to their traditional hijabs.

A young entrepreneur from Ottawa has designed fashionable head covers, made from water-resistant nylon and lined with fleece, which can be worn alone or over a traditional hijab.

The toasty...

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Faith Schools to Get Own Vetting

January 31, 2008

Author: Staff Writer

Source: BBC News

http://news.bbc.co.uk/2/hi/uk_news/education/7219634.stm

Some private Muslim and Christian schools in England are to have their own joint inspection body.

The government has approved the setting up of a new independent inspectorate which will mean the schools involved will not be checked by Ofsted.

The body - called The Bridge Schools Inspectorate - will check 110 schools in the...

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Obama Wants Summit with Muslim Countries

January 31, 2008

Author: Brian Rohan

Source: Reuters

http://www.reuters.com/article/politicsNews/idUSL3127434420080131

Democratic presidential candidate Barack Obama told a French magazine in an interview that if he wins office, he will hold a summit with Muslim countries to better the United States' image in the world.

"Once I'm elected, I want to organize a summit in the Muslim world, with all the heads of state, to have an honest discussion...

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Oxford Clergyman Attacks Muslim Plans for Calls to Prayer

January 30, 2008

Author: Ruth Gledhill

Source: The Times

http://www.timesonline.co.uk/tol/comment/faith/article3278746.ece

The clergyman who runs one of Oxford’s largest and most successful churches has attacked Muslim plans to begin calls to prayer from the city’s Central Mosque.

The Rev Charlie Cleverley, Rector of St Aldate’s, a thriving charismatic evangelical church in the heart of Oxford, claims non-Muslim residents...

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Afghanistan's Senate Welcomes Reporter's Death Sentence for Insulting Islam

January 30, 2008

Author: AMIR SHAH

Source: Star Tribune

Wire Service: AP

http://www.startribune.com/world/14904246.html

Afghanistan's upper house of parliament lauded the death sentence handed down against a local journalist who was found guilty of insulting Islam, an official said Wednesday.

In a statement signed by Sibghatullah Mojaddedi, the chamber's chairman, the Senate also condemned what it called "international...

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Malaysian Buddhists Lose Conversion Case

January 29, 2008

Author: JULIA ZAPPEI

Source: Lexington Herald-Leader

Wire Service: AP

A Malaysian court on Tuesday rejected a petition to have a dead man declared a Buddhist after he was buried as a Muslim in the latest interfaith dispute to rock this multiethnic but largely Muslim nation.

Relatives of the late Gan Eng Gor had asked the High Court in southern Seremban state to reverse a decision by an Islamic Shariah court that declared him a Muslim. But the High Court rejected the...

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Pro-Muslim Tilt in Malaysia's Courts

January 29, 2008

Author: Simon Montlake

Source: The Christian Science Monitor

http://www.csmonitor.com/2008/0129/p06s01-woap.html

An Islamic court ruled last week that a Malaysian man receive a Muslim burial, despite insistence by most of his family that he hadn't converted to Islam. His son, a Muslim, maintained that he had.

Such cases have become more common in Malaysia, whose leaders tout their multiracial democracy as a model of Islamic moderation and...

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'Few' Muslim Anti-Terror Police

January 29, 2008

Author: Barnie Choudhury

Source: BBC News

http://news.bbc.co.uk/2/hi/uk_news/7215431.stm

Muslim police are being prevented from playing a part in fighting terrorism, a senior Muslim officer has pointed out.

Supt Dal Babu was speaking at the first annual conference of the National Association of Muslim Police Officers.

Only a few Muslim officers work in counter-terrorism, he told his audience, who included Home Office minister Tony...

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Interfaith Leaders Call for Intervention In Gaza

January 28, 2008

Author: Staff Writer

Source: Muslim Public Affairs Council

http://www.mpac.org/article.php?id=597

As the growing humanitarian crisis continues in the Gaza Strip, interfaith leaders in Southern California held a press conference and a vigil to call for an end to the collective punishment of 1.5 million residents. Interfaith leaders highlighted the importance of social justice and its centrality to Abrahamic faith traditions."

"Violence done in the name...

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