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More Hispanic Americans are Converting to Islam

February 9, 2007

Author: Steve Mort

Source: VOA News

http://www.voanews.com/english/2007-02-09-voa33.cfm

The number of Hispanic Americans converting to Islam is growing rapidly -- particularly in New York, California, Texas and Florida, which have the greatest concentration of Hispanic residents. Muslim leaders say interest in Islam has increased in the past few years, and they also note that Muslims and Hispanics, many of whom are immigrants, share a number of...

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Engineer is First Muslim to be Named President of a Canadian University

February 8, 2007

Source: The Gazette/Canadian Press

http://www.canada.com/montrealgazette/news/story.html?id=4aba85e5-7b2a-477f-8ff3-d4240d438505&k=96365

TORONTO – When Mamdouh Shoukri takes over as president of York University in the summer, he will become the first Muslim to head a Canadian university.

The 59-year-old Egyptian-born engineer was named the seventh president of Canada’s third-largest university earlier...

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Growth Push for Muslims in India

February 8, 2007

Author: Sunil Raman

Source: BBC News

http://news.bbc.co.uk/2/hi/south_asia/6341125.stm

The Indian government has identified 700 towns with substantial Muslim populations to launch focused programmes to improve their lot.

A recent government report shows that Muslims in India are even more disadvantaged than low-caste Hindus.

It says a high rate of unemployment and lack of education has led to a decline in their socio-economic...

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Islam and the 70th Police Pct. - Liaison Helps Foster Understanding Between Cops and the Community

February 8, 2007

Author: Stephen Witt

Source: Kings Courier

http://www.kingscourier.net/site/tab2.cfm?newsid=17829789&BRD=2384&PAG=461&dept_id=552848&rfi=6

Call him the middle man between the city’s growing Islamic community and the NYPD.

Last week, Erhan Yildirim, the city’s top community coordinator between cops and the Muslim community, came to the 70th Precinct Community Council meeting to explain...

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Artist Hopes to Dispel Muslim Stereotypes

February 8, 2007

Author: Christine Morente

Source: San Mateo County Times

http://www.insidebayarea.com/sanmateocountytimes/ci_5182914

Youssef Ismail's photographs of vibrant and sometimes ethereal landscapes hold a deeper meaning. He says he uses his camera's shutter to reflect his spirituality as a Muslim.

"I have hope that people will understand the spiritual side of the religion of Islam," he said. "It has a deep, rich and spiritual connection....

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Residents Up in Arms Over Imam's Political Views

February 6, 2007

Author: Leslie Ferenc

Source: Toronto Star

http://www.thestar.com/Unassigned/article/178522

Long-time Newmarket residents mingled with their new Muslim neighbours but there was no Welcome Wagon waiting in the wings.

They were on opposite sides of a simmering debate over a proposed mosque lead by a controversial imam and they squeezed into the town's council chamber yesterday to be seen and heard.

Dozens of supporters attended...

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Arab, Muslim Cultures Focus of Law-Enforcement Video

February 5, 2007

Author: Audrey Hudson

Source: The Washington Times

http://www.washingtontimes.com/national/20070204-112640-1726r.htm

An Arab man is being questioned by law-enforcement officers and suddenly becomes uncooperative and refuses to make eye contact. Suspicious behavior or a clash of cultures?

The latter, according to a new training DVD that will be distributed to nearly 200,000 Homeland Security employees. A panel of Arab and...

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"Tariq Ramadan Has an Identity Issue," a Commentary by Ian Buruma

February 4, 2007

Author: Ian Butuma

Source: The New York Times

http://www.nytimes.com/2007/02/04/magazine/04ramadan.t.html

ariq Ramadan, Muslim, scholar, activist, Swiss citizen, resident of Britain, active on several continents, is a hard man to pin down. People call him “slippery,” “double-faced,” “dangerous,” but also “brilliant,” a “bridge-builder,” a “Muslim Martin Luther.” He wants...

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Depts of Justice, Homeland Security Receive Religion Training

February 4, 2007

Author: Katherine Boyle

Source: Beliefnet

Wire Service: RNS

http://www.beliefnet.com/story/210/story_21069_1.html

WASHINGTON -- The departments of Justice and Homeland Security have begun training employees to better understand and protect the civil liberties of American Muslims, Sikhs and other minority ethnic and religious groups in the wake of Sept. 11.

They also are attempting to involve Muslims and...

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Engage Our Youth in Promoting Non-Violence

February 4, 2007

Author: Shakila T. Ahmad

Source: The Enquirer

http://news.enquirer.com/apps/pbcs.dll/article?AID=/20070204/EDIT02/702040348/1021/EDIT

In a world of ever-increasing violence, Muslim Mothers Against Violence (MMAV) was founded at the Islamic Center of Greater Cincinnati to stand up for and to collaborate with others in not just condemning but also taking action against violence through sponsorship of peaceful methods...

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