Islam

Historic Saudi Visit to Vatican

November 6, 2007

Author: Staff Writer

Source: BBC News

http://news.bbc.co.uk/2/hi/europe/7080327.stm

King Abdullah of Saudi Arabia has met Pope Benedict XVI at the Vatican - the first audience by the head of the Roman Catholic Church with a Saudi monarch.

The Vatican described the private meeting as "warm" and said the two men discussed the presence and hard work of Christians in Saudi Arabia.

An estimated 1.5m Christians live in Saudi Arabia but are...

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Islamic Extremists have Plan to Dominate World, Air Force General Says

November 6, 2007

Author: WES FERGUSON

Source: Longview News-Journal

http://www.news-journal.com/news/content/news/stories/2007/11/06/11062007_veterans_ceremony.html

BIG SANDY — Islamic extremists have a 100-year plan for world domination, and Americans must be prepared for the long fight, a U.S. Air Force general told East Texans on Monday.

Speaking during a Veterans Day banquet in Big Sandy, Mike McClendon...

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A Battle Rages in London Over a Mega-Mosque Plan

November 4, 2007

Author: JANE PERLEZ

Source: The New York Times

http://www.nytimes.com/2007/11/04/world/europe/04megamosque.html

Disputes over mosques have broken out across Europe. Residents from Belgium to France to Germany have expressed unease at minarets competing in the urban landscape with the spires and stones of centuries-old cathedrals.

But the fight raging over an abandoned lot in London’s East End is of an altogether grander...

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Weak Case Seen in Failed Trial of Charity

November 4, 2007

Author: Greg Krikorian

Source: The Los Angeles Times

http://www.latimes.com/news/printedition/asection/la-na-holyland4nov04,1,7903830.story

While the U.S. Justice Department ponders how it will retry its troubled terrorism finance case against a now- defunct Muslim charity, debris from the recent mistrial here shows signs of piling up at the White House doorstep.

The nation's biggest terrorism finance case...

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Writing the Book on Islam in America

November 3, 2007

Author: Rich Barlow

Source: The Boston Globe

http://www.boston.com/news/local/articles/2007/11/03/writing_the_book_on_islam_in_america/

During the Middle Ages, Muslim scholars played a key role in the development of the encyclopedia, attempting to pool all knowledge in one accessible place. Among others, the Brethren of Purity, a group of scholars in what is modern Iraq, compiled an encyclopedia of Greek and...

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Apology for 'Mean' Hijab Offence

November 2, 2007

Author: Staff Writer

Source: BBC News

http://news.bbc.co.uk/2/hi/uk_news/wales/north_east/7074756.stm

A 21-year-old man who pulled a head scarf - or hijab - from the head of a Muslim woman has publicly apologised.

Damien French, 21, of Rhyl, was given an 18-week prison sentence, suspended for two years, and sent on probation service courses at Mold Crown Court.

He admitted racially aggravated common assault and public...

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A View to Transcend Religious Borders

November 2, 2007

Author: Staff Writer

Source: The Australian

http://www.theaustralian.news.com.au/story/0,25197,22687268-16947,00.html

KHALID Khreis is an optimist. Sort of. The Jordanian artist and museum director is confidently talking up the power of art to transcend borders, promote understanding between cultures and allow potential enemies to see each other as dignified fellow humans worthy of respect, even admiration. Is he optimistic, then...

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Ellison Presses for Answers on Cameraman Held at Guantanamo

November 1, 2007

Source: Star Tribune

http://www.startribune.com/10223/story/1523374.html

A campaign to free a journalist imprisoned at Guantanamo gained support Thursday from the first Muslim member of Congress, who urged authorities to prosecute or release him after more than five years without charges.

Sami al-Haj, a Sudanese cameraman for Al Jazeera, was captured in 2002 as he tried to enter Afghanistan to cover the war. His lawyer says he denies any connection to terrorism and...

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Targeting Islamist Extremism

November 1, 2007

Author: Staff Writer

Source: BBC News

http://news.bbc.co.uk/2/hi/uk_news/7071258.stm

The government wants to stop violent Islamist extremism - and is looking at ways to do it at grassroots level.

A £70m fund to build resilience to violent extremism among the Muslim community has been promised by Communities Secretary Hazel Blears.

It is designed to fight extremism in schools and colleges, using drama, media, arts and sport; as well...

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Michigan Men Sue American Airlines

November 1, 2007

Source: PRNewswire

http://biz.yahoo.com/prnews/071101/clth085.html

DETROIT, Nov. 1 /PRNewswire/ -- Six Michigan men who in August were escorted off an American Airlines flight and then detained filed a race discrimination lawsuit Wednesday against the airline, saying the incident was a clear case of racial profiling, false imprisonment and a violation of civil rights.

Filed in U.S. District Court by Allen Brothers PLLC of Detroit, the lawsuit seeks hundreds of thousands...

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Terror Training for Senior Police

November 1, 2007

Author: Staff Writer

Source: BBC News

http://news.bbc.co.uk/2/hi/uk_news/scotland/tayside_and_central/7071504.stm

Police in Tayside are to be trained how to tackle terrorism without alienating the Muslim community.

A number of the force's senior officers are attending a seminar at the Al-Maktoum Institute for Islamic and Arabic Studies.

The one-day course will explain key elements of the religion and...

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Campaign Flyer Offends Muslim Community

November 1, 2007

Author: Lila Carney

Source: www.whec.com

http://www.whec.com/article/stories/S244193.shtml?cat=566

ROCHESTER - There is a new debate in Monroe County related to Governor Spitzer's plan to give driver's licenses to illegal immigrants. The debate has worked its way into the county legislature races. It has to do with a campaign mailing sent out by the Republican Party.

It is not so much what it says but what it shows that has members of...

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African Fishermen Find Way of Conservation in the Koran

October 31, 2007

Author: Eliza Barclay

Source: The Christian Science Monitor

http://www.csmonitor.com/2007/1031/p01s04-woaf.html

For years, Salim Haji was told by government officials and international groups that his methods of fishing were destroying the coral and weren't sustainable. But few fishermen on this small island off Tanzania's coast paid much heed.

Then, the local imam told him that using dragnets to fish and spears to catch octopuses was wrong...

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"The U.S. Blacklisted Me. Let's Talk," a Commentary by Tariq Ramadan

October 31, 2007

Author: Tariq Ramadan

Source: The Christian Science Monitor

http://www.csmonitor.com/2007/1031/p09s02-coop.html

Living in a democratic society that grants an individual's right to life, liberty, and the pursuit of happiness is the cherished privilege and pride of Western citizenry and the dream longed for by the rest of the world.

Countless have fought and died to secure these rights in the West, and millions the world over are dying for...

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Cherie's Cautious Criticism

October 31, 2007

Author: Emily Buchanan

Source: BBC News

http://news.bbc.co.uk/2/hi/uk_news/politics/7071731.stm

Cherie Blair has dedicated much of her career as a barrister to the field of human rights, and has long campaigned on the issue of women's equality.

Her lecture though was an unusual one for her in arguing so forcefully against the role religion can play in perpetuating prejudice. Mrs Blair is herself a committed Roman Catholic.

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