Islam

Swarthmore’s Islamic Studies Program Receives Substantial Gift

January 19, 2006

Source: The Phoenix

http://phoenix.swarthmore.edu/2006-01-19/news/15686

On January 19, 2006 The Phoenix reported, "Swarthmore’s Islamic Studies program is gaining steam thanks to a recent donation of $1 million from the family of Tariq Fischer ’08. The gift provides financial support to supplement student and faculty enthusiasm for the Islamic Studies program. Following Fischer’s death in a car accident in Georgia last summer, Paul Fischer, Tariq...

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Possible Bias Crime at Boontown Islamic Center Under Investigation

January 19, 2006

Source: Daily Record

http://www.dailyrecord.com/apps/pbcs.dll/article?AID=/20060119/NEWS01/601190320/1005

On January 19, 2006 the Daily Record reported, "Members of the Jam e Masjid Islamic Center on Harrison Street were shocked when they discovered a large American flag nailed above the mosque's doorway. Police are investigating the incident as a possible bias crime. The incident came only one day after a controversial planning board...

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Human Rights Watch Annual Report Blames War on Terror with Hampering Religious Freedoms

January 19, 2006

Source: Beliefnet

Wire Service: RNS

http://www.beliefnet.com/story/183/story_18363_1.html

On January 19, 2006 Religion News Service reported, "The governments of a number of countries, including China and Uzbekistan, are branding political opponents as Islamic terrorists and using the 'war on terror' as a way to stifle dissent, Human Rights Watch said in its annual global survey of human rights conditions. The report by the New York-...

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Opinion: “The Changing Faces of Islam”

January 19, 2006

Source: The Martin Marty Center

http://marty-center.uchicago.edu/sightings/archive_2006/0119.shtml

On January 19, 2006 The Martin Marty Center ran an opinion piece by Malika Zeghal, an Associate Professor of the Anthropology and Sociology of Religion at the University of Chicago Divinity School. "Since September 11, 2001, the issue of the connection between Islam and violence has been raised repeatedly. An adequate response lies not in positing some...

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Opinion: "Religion is Alive and Well in the Public Square"

January 18, 2006

Source: The Dallas Morning News

http://www.dallasnews.com/sharedcontent/dws/news/city/collin/opinion/stories/DN-north_goyal_18edi.ART.North.Edition2.136275cf.html

On January 18, 2006 The Dallas Morning News ran an opinion piece by Madan Goyal, chairman of the Plano National Day of Prayer Committee and a member of Thanks-Giving Square and the Texas Faith Network. "Too often lost in the debate...

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Dietary Supplement Company Issues Offensive Anti-Terrorist Flier

January 18, 2006

Source: The State/St. Louis Post-Dispatch

http://www.thestate.com/mld/thestate/news/nation/13652644.htm

On January 18, 2006 St. Louis Post-Dispatch reported, "What in the world do dietary supplements have to do with turbans and terrorism? That political head-scratcher confronted at least some vitamin buyers around the nation who found a flier with their mail-order nutrients carrying the bold headline, 'Get a Turban for Durbin!' An image shows Sen. Dick...

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Second Trial Likely for Al-Arian

January 18, 2006

Source: The Ledger

Wire Service: AP

http://www.theledger.com/apps/pbcs.dll/article?AID=/20060118/BREAKING/60118006

On January 18, 2006 the Associated Press reported, "A federal judge on Wednesday declined to dismiss remaining charges against Sami Al-Arian, making a second trial more likely for the former college professor on charges that he aided Palestinian terrorists. U.S. District Judge James S. Moody Jr....

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Muslim Sworn in on Boontown Planning Board Using a Qur’an

January 18, 2006

Source: Daily Record

http://www.dailyrecord.com/apps/pbcs.dll/article?AID=/20060118/NEWS01/601180313/1005

On January 18, 2006 the Daily Record reported, "The three men stood at the front of the courtroom before the planning board attorney last week, their right hands raised in preparation to become the latest members of the town's planning board. Two of the men placed their left hands on the Bible to take their oaths and 'solemnly swear...

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Specialized Banking Options for Muslims Allow Local Lenders to Expand

January 17, 2006

Source: CNN Money

http://money.cnn.com/2006/01/17/news/companies/banks_muslims/

On January 17, 2006 CNN Money reported, "In the quest to find new and profitable ways to attract consumers, the banking industry has found religion. Islamic banking is emerging as a small but growing trend among lenders in the United States, as niche players create specialized products and services for Muslims that fall within the tenets of Islamic law, or Shari'ah. Shari'ah...

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Friends of South Asia Speaks Out Against “Hindutva Assault” on California History Books

January 16, 2006

Source: FOSA

http://www.friendsofsouthasia.org/textbook/

On January 16, 2006 Friends of South Asia ran an editorial regarding the current controversy over the content of sixth grade history textbooks in California. "We in California are facing a Hindutva assault on school history textbooks of the kind that went on a few years ago in India. This is an issue of rising concern in the California community, and we at Friends of South Asia, as a group of Hindus, Muslims, Christians...

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Police Force Accepts Hijabs and Turbans as Part of its Uniform

January 13, 2006

Source: Sunday Times

http://www.sundaytimes.news.com.au/common/story_page/0,7034,17813812%255E2761,00.html

On January 13, 2006 the Sunday Times reported, "West Australian police have added turbans and hijabs to their list of accepted uniform items, in an effort to encourage more Sikh and Muslim people to join the force.

At today's launch of the additions to the traditional blue uniform, Police Commissioner Karl O'Callaghan...

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FBI Meets with Muslims to Dispel Concerns Over Surveillance Reports

January 12, 2006

Source: Prison Planet/The New York Times

http://www.prisonplanet.com/articles/january2006/120106triestodispel.htm

On January 12, 2006 The New York Times reported, "F.B.I. officials met with Muslim and Arab-American leaders on Wednesday in an effort to dispel anger and concern over the bureau's secret monitoring of radiation levels at Muslim sites around the country.

John Pistole, deputy director of the Federal Bureau of Investigation, and...

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