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Town Hall Meetings Planned by the Muslim American Society Inter-Religious Society for 9/11

September 1, 2006

Source: Muslim American Society Press Release

http://www.masnet.org/pressroom_release.asp?id=3700

On September 1, 2006 a Muslim American Society Press Release reported, "As you consider coverage for the fifth anniversary of 9/11, we offer a different story; one without the falling towers, without the pictures of the damaged Pentagon. Join the Muslim American Society (MAS) for a town hall meeting and discussion. We offer a story of people fighting against the current,...

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"Vande Mataram" Becomes a Source of Division in Diverse, Secular India

September 1, 2006

Source: BBC News

http://news.bbc.co.uk/2/hi/south_asia/5306618.stm

On September 1, 2006 BBC News reported, "When Bankim Chandra Chattopadhyay wrote Vande Mataram, India's national song in 1876, he had no idea that it would one day generate such strong emotions. To sing or not to sing Vande Mataram - that is the dilemma confronting India now as the country prepares to celebrate the song's centenary. At the opposite ends of the spectrum are the Hindu and Muslim hardline...

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Singapore's Biennale 2006 Focuses on Belief, Diversity

September 1, 2006

Source: The Korea Times

http://times.hankooki.com/lpage/culture/200609/kt2006090317523511700.htm

On September 1, 2006 The Korea Times reported, "In this small tropical city-state with a population of four-million, synagogue and mosque are located just a few blocks away from each other while temples of Buddhist and Hindu traditions stand side by side. Making the best use of such a long-standing diversity in culture, religion and ethnic communities,...

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Pakistan and Norway Agree to Develop Interfaith Harmony Centre

September 1, 2006

Source: Dawn

http://www.dawn.com/2006/09/02/top5.htm

On September 1, 2006 Dawn reported, "Pakistan and Norway on Friday agreed to set up an inter-faith harmony centre in Norway to promote relations between Muslims and non-Muslims. The agreement was reached here at a meeting between Prime Minister Shaukat Aziz and former Norwegian prime minister Bondvik. Prime Minister Aziz, emphasising the need to promote inter-faith harmony, said Islam is a religion of peace and harmony and it...

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Separation of Mosque and State, and Secularism, Under Threat in Turkey

August 31, 2006

Source: BBC News

http://news.bbc.co.uk/2/hi/programmes/correspondent/5301682.stm

On August 31, 2006 BBC News reported, "Turkey's government strongly denies that it wants to undermine secularism. Turkish Prime Minister Recep Tayyip Erdogan, an eager proponent of Turkey joining the European Union, recently stressed the need to 'strengthen democracy, secularism... and the rule of law.' But there is an increasing number of people in Turkey who doubt his...

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Update: Judge Rules that Throwing Pig's Head into Lewiston Islamic Center was Racially Motivated, Violation of Civil Rights Act

August 31, 2006

Source: WCSH6

http://www.wcsh6.com/news/article.aspx?storyid=40976

On August 31, 2006 WCSH6 reported, "A judge ruled Thursday that 33-year-old Brent Matthews violated Maine's Civil Rights Act when he tossed a pig's head into a Lewiston mosque earlier this summer. Matthews has never denied that he tossed the pig's head into the Lewiston Islamic Center. He has said all along it was a practical joke.

Justice Ellen Gorman said there was nothing remotely funny...

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Royal Navy Appoints Highest-Ranking Muslim Officer, Rear Admiral Hussain

August 31, 2006

Source: BBC News

http://news.bbc.co.uk/2/hi/uk_news/england/5301000.stm

On August 31, 2006 BBC News reported, "A 48-year-old senior officer who joined the Royal Navy in 1977 has been appointed rear admiral and becomes the highest ranking Muslim in the service. Commodore Amjad Hussain, who lives in Hertfordshire, will head the defence logistics organisation in Bath. His last posting was at Portsmouth where he was the naval base commander. He is an outspoken...

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In Four Russian Regions, Orthodox Christianity Becomes a Compulsory Subject of Study

August 31, 2006

Source: BBC News

http://news.bbc.co.uk/2/hi/europe/5301018.stm

On August 31, 2006 BBC News reported, "The Orthodox Christian religion is being made a compulsory school subject in four of Russia's regions. Pupils in the Belgorod, Bryansk, Kaluga and Smolensk regions will be taught the basics of Orthodox Christianity. It will also be included as an optional subject in the school curriculum in 11 other regions across the country. Supporters say the move will help protect...

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India's Diverse Faiths Participate in Ganesh Festival

August 31, 2006

Source: Hindustan Times

http://www.hindustantimes.com/news/181_1782128,000600010004.htm

On August 31, 2006 the Hindustan Times reported, "At Marine Lines, fruit seller Chand Sheikh, a 26-year-old Muslim, had been such a devout follower of Lord Ganesha since childhood that he was elected president of the local mandal [temple] and has already occupied that post for five years. In Bhandup, practising Sikh Balbir Singh, an actor, has brought an idol home this...

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Next Generation of Muslim-Americans Increasingly Pursue Careers in Law

August 31, 2006

Source: Inter Press Service News Agency

http://www.ipsnews.net/news.asp?idnews=34533

On August 31, 2006 Inter Press Service reported, "His name is Junaid Ahmad. He is 24 years old. And he is among a rapidly increasing number of first generation Muslim-Americans who have decided to pursue careers in the law. Ahmad, who was born in Chicago, Illinois after his parents emigrated to the United States from Pakistan in 1973, is a second-year student at William and Mary Law School...

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In Detroit, an Interfaith Dialogue: "Are You as Confused about the Middle East as I Am?"

August 30, 2006

Source: The Arab American News

http://www.arabamericannews.com/newsarticle.php?articleid=6203

On August 30, 2006 The Arab American News reported, "A Christian, Jewish and Muslim panel gathered earlier this week to discuss the importance of the Holy Land in their faiths.

St. Peter Catholic Church in Harper Woods hosted the event, 'Are You As Confused About The Middle East As I Am?' on Tuesday. About 35 attendees, the majority of them senior citizens...

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