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Cadets Learn Islam as Part of 'Winning the Peace'

April 9, 2007

Author: Wayne Woolley

Source: Pew Forum

Wire Service: RNS

http://pewforum.org/news/display.php?NewsID=13185

The lights in a Jersey City mosque flickered at dawn and more than a dozen West Point cadets stirred in sleeping bags scattered across the prayer room.

As Imam Hussein Wahdan began the melodious call to prayer in Arabic, bearded men filed past the cadets, kneeled and then bowed to the floor to begin their...

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"Mend Growing West-Islam Rift by Reading, Taking Trips Abroad," a Commentary by Hussam Ayloush

April 8, 2007

Author: Hussam Ayloush

Source: The Press-Enterprise

http://www.pe.com/localnews/opinion/localviews/stories/PE_OpEd_Opinion_D_op_0408_ayloush_iv_loc.dfc11a.html#

With the rapid spread of misinformation on the Internet and TV, and the destructive conflict in the Middle East, no one can afford to ignore a widening cultural, religious and political divide between the West and Islam.

Zogby...

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U.N. Rights Council Adopts Resolution Against Religious Defamation at Muslim Prodding

April 8, 2007

Source: International Herald Tribune

Wire Service: AP

http://www.iht.com/articles/ap/2007/03/30/news/UN-GEN-UN-Islam.php

GENEVA: Islamic countries pushed through a resolution at the U.N. Human Rights Council on Friday urging a global prohibition on the public defamation of religion — a response largely to the furor last year over caricatures published in a Danish newspaper of the Muslim Prophet Muhammad.

The...

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Pig Tactics Threatened

April 8, 2007

Source: Aftenposten

http://www.aftenposten.no/english/local/article1665371.ece

Norwegian anti-immigration politicians in Bergen have promised to chase off Muslims with pigs feet and squealing noises if Bergen's central square is used for prayers.

The leader of the Demokratene, an extreme populist party formed by outcasts of the populist Progress Party, Vidar Kleppe, said Wednesday that he backed the remarks of city council representative Kenneth Rasmussen....

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Muslims Pervasive Among All of Britain's Ethnic Groups

April 7, 2007

Source: Islamic Republic News Agency

http://www2.irna.com/en/news/view/line-20/0704076794172311.htm

Muslims are pervasive among all of Britain's ethnic groups and represent more than half of all non-Christian believers, according to a new fact-file.

The fact-file, based on an analysis of the UK's last census in 2001, showed that 52 percent of non-Christian believers were Muslim, compared with 18 percent Hindus, 11 percent Sikhs, nine per cent Jews and 5...

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Candidate's Advocacy for Islam Controversial

April 6, 2007

Source: Houston Chronicle

Wire Service: AP

http://www.chron.com/disp/story.mpl/life/religion/4694503.html

PARIS — French presidential front-runner Nicolas Sarkozy has backed off his proposal to modify French law to allow state support for mosques, but said in an interview he wants to keep Islam in France "cut off from foreign influences."

Sarkozy, of Jacques Chirac's ruling conservative party, has upset many in...

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Muslim Minority Ruling Suspended

April 6, 2007

Source: BBC News

http://news.bbc.co.uk/2/hi/south_asia/6532109.stm

The High Court in the Indian state of Uttar Pradesh has suspended a ruling which said Muslims could no longer be treated as a religious minority.

Groups classified as minorities enjoy various privileges.

On Thursday one of the High Court judges ruled that census figures showed that Muslims were no longer a minority in Uttar Pradesh.

The state government appealed. Now two other...

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Muhammad's Birthday Celebration Also a Time of Reflection

April 6, 2007

Author: BARBARA KARKABI

Source: Houston Chronicle

http://www.chron.com/disp/story.mpl/life/religion/4694492.html

As nearly 400 Shia Ismaili Muslims gathered this week to celebrate Muhammad's birthday, they heard a story from the time of the prophet.

A Bedouin once asked Muhammad to explain the religion of Islam from start to finish, said Hamid Mavani, associate professor of religion at Claremont Graduate University.

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Patrick Boycotts Prayer, Praises Religious Freedom

April 5, 2007

Author: CLAY ROBISON

Source: Houston Chronicle

http://www.chron.com/disp/story.mpl/front/4689405.html

AUSTIN --Republican Sen. Dan Patrick on Wednesday boycotted the first prayer delivered in the Texas Senate by a Muslim cleric, and then praised religious tolerance and freedom of speech in an address at the end of the day's session.

"I think that it's important that we are tolerant as a people of all faiths, but that doesn't mean we have...

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Britain Takes Step Toward Regulating Mosques and Imams

April 5, 2007

Author: Jane Perlez

Source: International Herald Tribune

http://www.iht.com/articles/2007/04/05/europe/london.php

LONDON: The British government on Thursday took a first step toward regulating Muslim religious leaders and mosques, declaring that imams working in government prisons and hospitals would be required to meet certain criteria, including a good grasp of English.

In addition, the minister of local government and communities,...

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