Islam

Georgetown Launches Ph.D. in Islamic Studies

May 17, 2006

Source: Georgetown University Office of Communications

http://explore.georgetown.edu/news/?ID=15539

On May 17, 2006 Georgetown University Office of Communications reported, "Recent world affairs have prompted an increased demand for professionals and scholars with advanced knowledge of Arabic and expert knowledge of Islam. In response, Georgetown University has launched a new degree program leading to a Doctor of Philosophy in Islamic Studies. "Georgetown's strengths in...

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Update: Muslim American Society Gets Involved in Immigrant Day Activities

May 17, 2006

Source: Muslim American Society Press Release

http://www.masnet.org/takeaction.asp?id=3330

On May 17, 2006 a Muslim American Society Press Release reported, "Muslim American Society Freedom Foundation is encouraging all area Muslims to join the mobilization rally for Immigrant rights on Wednesday, May 17 on the National Mall in Washington, DC, starting at 4 pm. People are asked to assemble between 12th to 14th Streets NW between Madison and Jefferson Avenue. MAS Freedom...

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Immigrant Muslims Turn to African American Muslims on Civil Rights Issues

May 16, 2006

Source: Religion News Service

http://pewforum.org/news/display.php?NewsID=10521

On May 16, 2006 Religion News Service reported, "Many African-American Muslims can trace their Islamic heritage to slaves who were brought to North America in the 17th century, some 10 percent to 30 percent of whom were estimated to be Muslim. They call themselves, as a matter of pride, 'indigenous Muslims.'

Together, black Muslims account for about a quarter of the country's...

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Hindu American Foundation Expresses Support of US Religious Freedoms Report

May 16, 2006

Source: Hindu American Foundation

http://www.hinduamericanfoundation.org/media_press_release_uscirf_2006.htm

On May 16, 2006 Hindu American Foundation reported, "The Hindu American Foundation (HAF) expressed support over portions of the annual report released by the United States Commission on International Religious Freedom (USCIRF) on May 3, 2006. The report, which aims to draw the U.S. government's attention to countries with systematic...

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Malaysia's Multi-Faith Credentials Called into Question

May 16, 2006

Source: BBC News

http://news.bbc.co.uk/1/hi/world/asia-pacific/4965580.stm

On May 16, 2006 BBC News reported, "Malaysia is considering its multi-cultural credentials after a crowd of Muslims on Sunday broke up a meeting called to defend the rights of religious minorities.

The country's leaders condemned the disturbances, but the BBC's Jonathan Kent in Kuala Lumpur says non-Muslims feel increasingly beleaguered.

'I'm becoming an alien in...

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Jewish and Muslim Roommates Share Life, Faith at Brown University

May 16, 2006

Source: The Christian Science Monitor

http://www.csmonitor.com/2006/0516/p20s01-lire.html

On May 16, 2006 The Christian Science Monitor reported, "Several times a day, Atena Asiaii pulls her maroon prayer rug from under her bed and lines it up on the scuffed linoleum floor, kneeling on it to face northeast, the direction of Mecca. She has figured out which corner to turn toward without the help of a compass because her roommate, Yael Richardson, prays facing East, the...

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Interfaith Initiatives Increased Significantly After 9/11, According to Hartford Seminary Study

May 16, 2006

Source: Religion News Service/Belief Net

http://www.beliefnet.com/story/191/story_19133_1.html

On May 16, 2006 Religion News Service reported, "Differing faith communities are coming together with more frequency to pray together and serve together than before the Sept. 11, 2001 terrorist attacks, a new survey reports. The survey, sponsored by the Cooperative Congregational Studies Partnership, shows that approximately 22 percent of polled congregations...

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Muslim American Society Encourages Muslims to Participate in Immigrant Rights Rally

May 15, 2006

Source: Muslim American Society Press Release

http://www.masnet.org/takeaction.asp?id=3327

On May 15, 2006 a Muslim American Society Press Release reported, "[The] Muslim American Society Freedom Foundation is encouraging area Muslims to join the mobilization rally for Immigrant rights on Wednesday, May 17 on the National Mall in Washington, DC. The rally will start at 4 p.m. MAS Freedom Foundation Executive Director Bray is asking all Muslims to attend the lobbying...

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Muslim Mom Competes in National Comedy Contest

May 14, 2006

Source: The Denver Post

http://www.denverpost.com/portlet/article/html/fragments/print_article.jsp?article=3818144

On May 14, 2006 The Denver Post reported, "Rubi Nicholas works long hours as an assistant vice president at a health care insurance carrier in Denver. At 36, she has two young daughters, a husband, a house in Castle Rock and dreams of becoming a comedian. She's a Muslim of Pakistani descent who married a Greek...

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University of Hawaii Holds Interfaith Forum on Religious Diversity and Scripture

May 13, 2006

Source: Honolulu Star-Bulletin

http://starbulletin.com/2006/05/13/features/story01.html

On May 13, 2006 the Honolulu Star-Bulletin reported, "A panel representing five major religions will explore ways their teachings respond to current global issues and diversity in modern society at a symposium Wednesday. The 7 p.m. interfaith dialogue will be at the University of Hawaii Institute of Geophysics auditorium. It is free and open to the public, presented...

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Muslims in London Seek to Dispel Myths Nearly One Year After Bombings

May 13, 2006

Source: BBC News

http://news.bbc.co.uk/1/hi/uk/4768547.stm

On May 13, 2006 BBC News reported, "The London bombings created the perception that mosques require 'close attention in the war on terrorism', says the Muslim Council of Britain. A report on how attitudes towards Muslims have changed said the impression was these places of worship offer extremists a sympathetic ear. General Secretary Sir Iqbal Sacranie said it was a big challenge to change this unjustified reputation....

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