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"The Elephant in the Room at the WISE Conference," a Commentary by Pamela K. Taylor

December 10, 2006

Author: Pamela K. Taylor

Source: The American Muslim

http://theamericanmuslim.org/tam.php/features/articles/the_elephant_in_the_room_at_the_wise_conference/0012228

Attending the WISE conference organized by the ASMA society in late November was a tremendous experience. It was humbling to be sitting next to women from around the globe who had done so much, spoken out so fearlessly, and risked...

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Pitched Battle for Young Muslim Minds

December 9, 2006

Author: Cameron Stewart

Source: The Australian

http://www.theaustralian.news.com.au/story/0,20867,20896885-5001561,00.html

EVEN before Muslim schoolboys desecrated a Bible with urine, spit and fire last week, a civil war was brewing inside the corridors of the East Preston Islamic College.

For months, a small group of teachers - Muslim and non-Muslim - were increasingly alarmed by what they saw as a radical stream of...

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Malaysia's Islamic Authority Drops Claim over Man's Body, Ends Religious Row

December 8, 2006

Source: Mainichi News

http://mdn.mainichi-msn.co.jp/international/news/20061208p2g00m0in003000c.html

KUALA LUMPUR, Malaysia -- Malaysia's Islamic authorities have dropped their claim over the body of a man whose family maintained he died a Christian, ending a religious row that has strained fragile race relations.

The Selangor state's Islamic Religious Council said late Thursday that its investigations showed there was "overwhelming"...

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Islamic Clerics in India Join Fight Against HIV/AIDS

December 8, 2006

Source: Houston Chronicle

Wire Service: AP

http://www.chron.com/disp/story.mpl/life/religion/4389638.html

SRINAGAR, INDIA — Public health authorities in the Indian-controlled portion of Kashmir have found an unexpected ally in their battle against HIV/AIDS in the deeply conservative region.

The Jammu-Kashmir state AIDS prevention and control agency has enlisted hundreds of Islamic clerics to carry the message of safe...

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Talk Show Host Under Fire For "Anti-Islamic" Comments

December 8, 2006

Author: Matthew Borghese

Source: All Headline News

http://www.allheadlinenews.com/articles/7005798707

Washington, D.C. (AHN) - Columnist and radio talk show host Dennis Prager is at the center of a religious controversy, and is being accused of spouting anti-Islamic comments when he said a Congressman should have used both a Koran and a Bible when they were sworn in to the legislature.

Prager said that Muslim Congressman-elect Keith Ellison'...

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In Munich, Provocation in a Symbol of Foreign Faith

December 8, 2006

Author: MARK LANDLER

Source: The New York Times

http://www.nytimes.com/2006/12/08/world/europe/08mosque.html?ref=europe

MUNICH — Helga Schandl says she has nothing against Muslims. For three decades, she worked in Munich’s wholesale food market, where many of her colleagues were immigrants from Turkey. “I have experienced integration firsthand,” she said.

Yet Mrs. Schandl, a 67-year-old Bavarian,...

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Sitcom’s Precarious Premise: Being Muslim Over Here

December 7, 2006

Author: NEIL MacFARQUHAR

Source: The New York Times

http://www.nytimes.com/2006/12/07/arts/television/07mosq.html?pagewanted=1&_r=1

TORONTO — The handsome, clean-cut young man of evidently Pakistani or Indian origin is standing in an airport line, gesticulating emphatically as he says into his cellphone, “If Dad thinks that’s suicide, so be it,” adding after a pause, “This is Allah’s plan...

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At Swearing in, Congressman Wants to Carry Koran

December 7, 2006

Author: Jane Lampman

Source: The Christian Science Monitor

http://www.csmonitor.com/2006/1207/p01s03-uspo.html

Keith Ellison hasn't even started his new job, and he's already under fire.

When America's first Muslim congressman, a Democrat from Minnesota, let it be known he will carry a Koran to his swearing-in ceremony on Jan. 4, conservative pundit Dennis Prager called it "an act of hubris ... that undermines American civilization."
...

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Love of Diversity Drives Muslims’ Christmas Charity

December 7, 2006

Author: Sandra Oey

Source: Ottawa Citizen

http://www.canada.com/ottawacitizen/news/story.html?id=e4ce9800-7588-4d84-b1d9-9680ff7cbf3e&k=92474

This is not the first time the Ottawa Muslim Women’s Organization is having a food drive, but it is the first time they’re doing it for Christmas.

The organization has purposely chosen to hold the event during the Christian holiday season,...

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Turks Debate whether an Imam Can Revere the Cross

December 7, 2006

Author: Mustafa Akyol

Source: Turkish Daily News

http://www.turkishdailynews.com.tr/article.php?enewsid=61126

The visit by Pope Benedict XVI has sparked a new debate in Turkey about the rightful limits of religious ecumenism. The Turkish media have been discussing whether a Muslim cleric can revere Christian symbols like the sign of the cross, and whether it is really necessary to be so accommodating in order to establish genuine religious...

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"Babri Mosque Demolition has a Symbolic Relationship with General Discrimination of Indian Muslims?"

December 6, 2006

Source: The Milli Gazette/Council of Indian Muslims Press Release

http://www.milligazette.com/IndMusStat/2006a/949-CIM-Babri_masjid_ayodhya-6dec06.htm

LONDON: British Indian Muslims have urged the Indian Government to handover the Babri Mosque site to Indian Muslims and let them rebuild the mosque there. Marking the 15th anniversary of the demolition of the 14th century historic Mosque in Ayodhya in 1992, Britain’s two leading Indian...

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Ellison Won't Be First Politician to Forgo Bible in Taking Oath of Office

December 5, 2006

Author: Omar Sacirbey

Source: Pew Forum

Wire Service: RNS

http://pewforum.org/news/display.php?NewsID=12096

When Keith Ellison, the Minnesota Democrat who last month was elected the first Muslim in Congress, announced he would take his oath of office on Islam's holy book, the Quran, he provoked sharp criticism from conservatives and some heated discussion on the blogosphere.

The ensuing discussion has revived...

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