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Why Indonesia Matters

February 22, 2007

Author: Hannah Beech

Source: TIME Magazine

http://www.time.com/time/magazine/article/0,9171,1592576,00.html

The Vespa Girls used to be an institution at the University of Indonesia (UI). Back in the 1970s, these daughters of elite families would take breaks from their studies at Indonesia's best university by cruising on Italian two-wheelers, their miniskirts grazing their upper thighs. Sometimes, certain Vespa Girls wore no underwear....

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Thais Struggle With Violent Insurgency

February 22, 2007

Author: Seth Mydans

Source: The New York Times

http://www.nytimes.com/2007/02/26/world/asia/26thailand.html

PATTANI, Thailand, Feb. 22 — Some are already calling it war, a brutal Muslim separatist insurgency in southern Thailand that has taken as many as 2,000 lives in three years with almost daily bombings, drive-by shootings, arson and beheadings.

It is a conflict the government admits it is losing. A harsh crackdown and...

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Muslim Pupil Loses Veil Challenge

February 21, 2007

Source: The Guardian

http://education.guardian.co.uk/schools/story/0,,2018006,00.html

A 12-year-old Muslim girl today lost her high court challenge to her school's ban on wearing the niqab full-face veil.

Lawyers for the girl and her father had argued that the ban was "irrational" and a breach of her human rights, but Mr Justice Silber rejected their plea for a judicial review.

The girl's lawyers said after the judgment that she and her...

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Jewish and Muslim Students Look for Kosher Food in Dining Halls

February 21, 2007

Author: Zachary Moser-Katz

Source: Technician

http://media.www.technicianonline.com/media/storage/paper848/news/2007/02/21/News/Jewish.And.Muslim.Students.Look.For.Kosher.Food.In.Dining.Halls-2731772.shtml

Some Jewish and Muslim students living on campus report that following kosher dietary restrictions can be challenging and the University...

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University Opens High-Tech Mosque

February 21, 2007

Source: BBC News

http://news.bbc.co.uk/2/hi/uk_news/england/norfolk/6382955.stm

A new mosque to accommodate 250 people plus a separate area for women has opened on a university campus.

President of the Islamic Society at the University of East Anglia in Norwich, Kaleen Ullah, welcomed the opening.

He said the university's mosque had everything Muslims might need. "The sound system reaches every part of the building with a pure sound," he said....

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First Muslim Cemetery Opens in Alaska

February 20, 2007

Author: JULIA O'MALLEY

Source: Anchorage Daily News

http://www.adn.com/news/alaska/ap_alaska/story/8656236p-8548061c.html

ANCHORAGE, Alaska (AP) - A 1998 newspaper story about two Muslim children mistakenly buried on top of each other in Palmer left Ake Dobrova weak with outrage.

One of the children had to be exhumed and reburied, a violation of Muslim beliefs. The cemetery mix-up caused anguish all around.

"I...

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"Roxbury's Passion and the Boston Globe's Problem With Muslims," a Commentary by Joachim Martillo & Karin Friedemann

February 20, 2007

Author: Joachim Martillo and Karin Friedemann

Source: The American Muslim

http://theamericanmuslim.org/tam.php/features/articles/roxburys_passion_and_the_boston_globes_problem_with_muslims/0013192

Local college and university alumni decided to contribute something to our city. Do they have the right to erect a place of worship in Boston? They are American citizens. Does it matter...

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Islam Gaining Ground in Eastern Connecticut

February 20, 2007

Author: JULIE A. VARUGHESE

Source: Norwich Bulletin

http://www.norwichbulletin.com/apps/pbcs.dll/article?AID=/20070220/NEWS01/702200302

NORWICH -- Sami Ahmed, who left Pakistan for the United States in 1983, began a Friday night Muslim prayer meeting at his house in Greeneville five years ago. At the time, three or four people attended the meetings. Now, between 30 and 40 Muslims meet weekly at his house.

"It...

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Muslim Group Wants Mentoring Center

February 18, 2007

Author: Jon Wilson

Source: St. Petersburg Times

http://www.sptimes.com/2007/02/18/Neighborhoodtimes/Muslim_group_wants_me.shtml

ST. PETERSBURG - The Tampa Bay Area Muslim Association wants to establish a mentoring center in Childs Park and is sponsoring a luncheon Thursday to begin its campaign.

"We want to really introduce the idea to the St. Pete community," said Abdul Karim Ali, the association's board chair....

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Thai Islamic Bank's Buddhist Chief Helps Build Trust

February 17, 2007

Source: The Buddhist Channel

Wire Service: Reuters

http://www.buddhistchannel.tv/index.php?id=52,3742,0,0,1,0

Bangkok, Thailand -- The boss of Thailand's only dedicated Islamic bank has a unique job description: work in one of the most dangerous corners of Asia, go to mosques to drum up business and become an expert in chicken-farming.

A knowledge of Islam is essential, but being a Muslim is not.

"I am a non-Muslim...

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Parents Speak out on Teacher's Remarks

February 17, 2007

Author: Eric Paul Zamora

Source: The Fresno Bee

http://www.fresnobee.com/263/story/30377.html

Parents of a sixth-grade student at Riverview Elementary School say their son was treated differently by his classmates and distracted from his schoolwork because of comments his teacher made about Muslims and Iranians.

The parents, Mashalah Boroujerdi and Rezvan Jamshidy, spoke publicly for the first time Friday, elaborating about incidents that have...

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