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Interfaith Panel Tackles Modesty, Modernity

February 14, 2007

Author: Michah Rynor

Source: University of Toronto Campus News

http://www.news.utoronto.ca/bin6/070214-2928.asp

European governments are currently debating whether or not to ban certain Islamic garb worn by Muslim women due to their concerns that veils and hijabs cause civil strife, discourage assimilation and help disguise terrorists and lawbreakers.

The Canadian debate has been far less dramatic but it continues to be a topic of discussion,...

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Mosques' Women Policy Criticised

February 13, 2007

Source: BBC News

http://news.bbc.co.uk/2/hi/uk_news/england/nottinghamshire/6358761.stm

East Midlands MEP Robert Kilroy-Silk has urged the government to pass a new law to force mosques to open their doors to women. Mr Kilroy-Silk, who sits as an independent MEP, has written to ministers calling for urgent action.

He said not allowing women into mosques meant they were being regarded as "second-class citizens".

But a spokeswoman for a...

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Miffed Muslims Visit 'Code' Town

February 12, 2007

Source: Winnepeg Sun

http://winnipegsun.com/News/Canada/2007/02/12/pf-3596022.html

HEROUXVILLE, Que. -- Clad in traditional Islamic head scarves, a delegation of Muslim women paid a visit yesterday to the Quebec town that passed a controversial code aimed at potential immigrants.

Six women, accompanied by a handful of male and female Muslim students, appealed for changes to a so-called "code of life," which lays out societal norms for Herouxville, 165...

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"A Native American Muslim's Story," a Commentary by Lois Stands-Ali

February 12, 2007

Author: Lois Stands-Ali

Source: The American Muslim

http://theamericanmuslim.org/tam.php/features/articles/a_native_american_muslims_story/0013127

All Praise is due to Allah, the Creator who guided me to ISLAM--the Way of Life--the Red Road--the Straight Path.

I began my journey on the Pine Ridge Reservation in South Dakota, in one of the communities called Oglala. When I was born, my earth parents...

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Local Media Cannot Keep Ignoring the Muslim Vote

February 11, 2007

Author: Syeda Abbas

Source: The Student Operated Press

http://www.thesop.org/index.php?id=4297

The word was out in mosques, community parties and Islamic schools, Ramadan feasts all over Pittsburgh: get the vote out. Why would a normally sleepy Muslim community thrust itself into the forefront of the most crucial election in recent history? Would it matter? Apparently it did.

The Muslim community of Pittsburgh, estimated at about 10,000, worships...

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Identity Search: to be Muslim in America

February 11, 2007

Author: Eric Gorski

Source: The Denver Post

http://www.denverpost.com/headlines/ci_5203373

The food pantry occupies a storefront between a beauty salon and auto shop, a nondescript location off East Colfax Avenue that gives no indication the people volunteering inside symbolize a faith community in transition.

Shirley Anderson doesn't know who is helping her, doesn't notice the framed Arabic calligraphy or the headscarf worn by one woman. She...

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"Olive Tree Seeks to Inform Public of Muslims, Islam," a Commentary by Dr. Awadh Binhazim

February 9, 2007

Author: Dr. Awadh Binhazim

Source: Tenessean

http://tennessean.com/apps/pbcs.dll/article?AID=/20070203/NEWS06/702030329/1023/NEWS

Olive Tree Education is a non-profit group that has been formed in Nashville to address the issue of Islamic education and outreach.

The importance of education of society has become a vital part of our lives as, indeed, education removes one from a state for being unaware and...

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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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