Islam

"An Inability to Tolerate Islam Contradicts Western Values," a Commentary by Karen Armstrong

July 21, 2007

Author: Karen Armstrong

Source: The Guardian

http://www.guardian.co.uk/comment/story/0,,2131444,00.html

In the 17th century, when some Iranian mullahs were trying to limit freedom of expression, Mulla Sadra, the great mystical philosopher of Isfahan, insisted that all Muslims were perfectly capable of thinking for themselves and that any religiosity based on intellectual repression and inquisitorial coercion was "polluted". Mulla Sadra exerted...

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Art Challenge Cliches on Islam

July 21, 2007

Author: Stephanie Holmes

Source: BBC News

http://news.bbc.co.uk/2/hi/entertainment/6902755.stm

A new exhibition of Islamic art from across the Muslim world aims to do far more than unite unusual, luxurious and rarely-seen objects.

Organisers of the London event say that they hope the illuminated Korans, the perfume bottle carved from rock crystal and the leaf skeleton decorated with sacred text will change the way people think about Islam...

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Italy Police Raid 'Terror School'

July 21, 2007

Author: Staff Writer

Source: BBC News

http://news.bbc.co.uk/2/hi/europe/6909961.stm

Police in central Italy say they have uncovered a bomb school for Islamist militants after raiding a mosque in Perugia and making three arrests.

Evidence of training in explosives and poisons, and instructions on flying a Boeing 747 were reportedly found.

Police said the suspected cell had links to a group associated with Osama Bin Laden's al-Qaeda...

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Poll: Americans Are Mixed on U.S. Muslims

July 20, 2007

Author: Brian Braiker

Source: MSNBC

http://www.msnbc.msn.com/id/19874703/site/newsweek/

July 20, 2007 - Americans are largely accepting of their fellow citizens who are Muslims, but remain worried about radicals inside the United States, according to a new NEWSWEEK Poll—the first the magazine has conducted on attitudes toward Islamic Americans. Forty percent of those surveyed believe Muslims in the United States are as loyal to the U.S. as they...

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"Suicide by Any Name is Prohibited in Islam," a Commentary by Javeed Akhter, a Muslim-American Doctor

July 19, 2007

Author: Javeed Akhter

Source: Miami Herald

https://www.newspapers.com/newspage/248560304/

The enormity of what happened in London and Glasgow, Scotland, dawned upon me slowly. First there were the two high-end cars filled with explosive materials, parked in the middle of London, that, mercifully, did not explode...

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Terror Detention 'a Distraction'

July 19, 2007

Author: Staff Writer

Source: BBC News

http://news.bbc.co.uk/2/hi/uk_news/politics/6906842.stm

Ministers do not need to change the law on how long terror suspects can be held before being charged, say the Tories.

Shadow home secretary David Davis said the 28-day limit should remain and talk of a 90-day limit was "a distraction".

He said ministers had emergency powers to extend it, in a crisis, by 30 days under the Civil...

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Australia Terror Laws Under Scrutiny

July 19, 2007

Author: Nick Bryant

Source: BBC News

http://news.bbc.co.uk/2/hi/asia-pacific/6905907.stm

Queensland's Gold Coast has twice this year been the unlikely setting for stories that have reverberated around the globe.

The first came in late February, when Dr Alan Greenspan, the former chairman of the US Federal Reserve, suggested to a Gold Coast business summit that the American economy might be "moving into a recession" - four words that wiped...

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How Muslim Communities Counter Radicalism to Be Study Topic

July 19, 2007

Source: Duke University

http://www.dukenews.duke.edu/2007/07/muslim_study.html

Durham, NC -- Finding out how American Muslims address messages of extremism in their communities will be the goal of a two-year study funded by the U.S. Department of Justice.

Researchers at Duke University and the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill will then use the information to recommend policies for reducing the likelihood that the United States experiences the type of...

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Death for Mumbai Bombers

July 18, 2007

Author: Staff Writer

Source: BBC News

http://news.bbc.co.uk/2/hi/south_asia/6904130.stm

Three people have been sentenced to death in the trial of those accused of involvement in the 1993 serial bombings in the Indian city of Mumbai (Bombay).

The court ordered that Pervez Sheikh, Abdul Turq and Mohammed Mushtaq Tarani be hanged for planting bombs in India's financial capital.

The sentencing judge described the attacks as "heinous...

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Pakistan Seeks American NGO's Help to Curb Religious Extremism

July 18, 2007

Author: Staff Writer

Source: The Times of India

http://timesofindia.indiatimes.com/World/Pakistan/Pak_seeks_American_NGOs_help_to_curb_religious_extremism/articleshow/2213360.cms

ISLAMABAD: In a bid to curb the rising religious extremism in the country, Pakistan has approached a US-based NGO to educate its madrassa teachers on interfaith harmony, religious tolerance, and...

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