Islam

Archbishop Hosts Opening of Christian-Muslim Forum

January 21, 2006

Source: Islamic Republic News Agency

[irna.ir/en/news/view/line-20/0601212132153202.htm]

On January 21, 2006 the Islamic Republic News Agency reported, "The Archbishop of Canterbury, Rowan Williams, is to host the inaugural meeting and formal launch of the Christian Muslim Forum next Tuesday, his office at Lambeth Palace in London has announced. The spiritual leader of the Church of England is to address the first meeting of the new interfaith group, which brings a wide range of Christians and Muslims involved in community...

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As Deadline Nears, Michigan Muslims Work for Journalist’s Release

January 20, 2006

Source: Detroit Free Press

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On January 20, 2006 the Detroit Free Press reported, "The kidnapping of an American journalist raised in Ann Arbor has Muslims across southeastern Michigan frantically trying whatever they can to secure her release -- for her family, her friends and themselves. Through public appeals, calls to Iraqi officials and strongly worded statements in Arabic, Muslim leaders have denounced the Jan. 7 kidnapping of Jill Carroll in...

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Man Seen Rappelling from Bloomington Mosque

January 19, 2006

Source: ABC 7 Chicago

Wire Service: AP

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On January 19, 2006 the Associated Press reported, "Muslim leaders are concerned about their community's safety after someone saw a man rappelling from the roof of a city mosque. A witness praying at the Islamic Center of Bloomington on Saturday heard footsteps on the roof and spotted the man climbing down the building's roof around 6:00 am. Police say the man joined two other men in a Jeep...

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Swarthmore’s Islamic Studies Program Receives Substantial Gift

January 19, 2006

Source: The Phoenix

[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’s father, said that the family donated Tariq’s inheritance to honor his love for...

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Possible Bias Crime at Boontown Islamic Center Under Investigation

January 19, 2006

Source: Daily Record

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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 meeting. Mosque leaders have an application pending before the board to expand the facility with a...

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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

[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 allegedly 'violent' nature of Islam, nor is it even about Islam as such, but...

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

January 18, 2006

Source: The Dallas Morning News

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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 over separation of church and state is the reality that religion thrives in our nation. In fact, the American people are among the most...

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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

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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. denied without comment a defense motion seeking dismissal of nine counts on which the...

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

January 18, 2006

Source: Daily Record

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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' before God. The third man, 49-year-old Tajammul 'Taj' Khokhar, placed his hand on his family's...

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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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