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Attack in Nice Turns Spotlight on City’s Religious Divisions - The New York Times

July 18, 2016
NICE, France — There is the Nice of popular imagination, the old-world resort dotted with palm trees and cafes that look out on the Mediterranean Sea, suffused with an incandescent light prized for centuries by artists. Then there is the other Nice, one that begins to show its face a few blocks inland from the seaside Promenade des Anglais, the majestic arc of a boulevard where 84 people were killed by a 31-year-old Tunisian immigrant at the wheel of a 19-ton truck. This Nice is home to many Muslim immigrants from North Africa, including a secular middle-class that has lived...
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Hilliard mosque brings together different faiths for Ramadan meal | The Columbus Dispatch

June 17, 2016
A leader at a Hilliard mosque called on Muslims, Christians, Jews and Hindus gathered there on Thursday to join their hearts in prayer for the victims of hate crimes, especially the "senseless and speechless" tragedy in Orlando. Imran Malik, chairman of the board at Noor Islamic Community Center, called for the prayer to begin the mosque's annual interfaith iftar, the meal that Muslims partake in to break each day's fast during the holy month of Ramadan.

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Swiss Jews Oppose Punishing Students for Not Shaking Teacher’s Hand - Breaking News – Forward.com

June 10, 2016
(JTA) — Swiss Jews spoke out against a regulation that makes it illegal for schoolchildren to refuse to shake hands with their teachers because of religious reasons.A regional school board last month ruled that schools in Basel Country can fine parents up to $5,000 if their children refuse to shake hands with teachers, as is customary at graduation ceremonies.The ruling was in reaction to the refusal of two Muslim boys to shake hands with female teachers at a public school in northern Switzerland.

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Prayer Service for Muhammad Ali Draws Thousands to Hometown Arena - The New York Times

June 10, 2016
LOUISVILLE, Ky. — Muhammad Ali was well known as a world champion boxer, but Hussein Hamdani remembers him more for what he did out of the ring, especially his devotion to Islam.And that was why Hamdani, his brother, Sallah, and their friend Kamran Bhatti traveled from Toronto to pay their respects to Ali, who died last week after a long battle with Parkinson’s disease, and who was honored here on Thursday at a Muslim funeral ceremony.

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Anti-Muslim sentiment strong and widespread in Australian army, study shows - WorldWide Religious News

June 10, 2016
Anti-Muslim sentiment is “strong” and “probably quite widespread” among Australian defence force members and was higher among those who had undergone cultural sensitivity training, according to research commissioned by the army.Soldiers from four special operations units based at Holsworthy army base were asked whether they believed “the Muslim religion promotes violence and terrorism”.

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