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France Refuses to Grant Kidnappers' Demands to Repeal Headscarf Ban

August 30, 2004

Source: ABC News Online

Wire Service: AFP

http://www.abc.net.au/news/newsitems/200408/s1188368.htm

On August 30, 2004 Agence France-Presse reported, "France has vowed not to yield to Iraqi kidnappers who have taken two journalists hostage and are demanding the repeal of a law that bans the Islamic headscarf in state schools. Government spokesman Jean-Francois Cope says the law would come into effect as planned at the start of the...

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Muslim Summer Camps Grow in Number Across Country

August 29, 2004

Source: The Inquirer (PA)

http://www.philly.com/mld/inquirer/news/local/states/pennsylvania/9523554.htm

On August 29, 2004 The Inquirer (PA) reported that a, "five-day camp for boys was sponsored by Young Muslims, an arm of a national nonprofit called the Islamic Circle of North America, which monitors the media, spreads the faith, and does charity work. Such camps are cropping up across the country, with the dual aim of giving young Muslims a...

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Thousands Expected At Islamic Society of North America Convention

August 29, 2004

Source: Islam Online Net

http://www.islam-online.net/English/News/2004-08/29/article03.shtml

On August 29, 2004 Islam Online Net reported, "thousands of Muslims are expected to descend on Chicago next weekend for the 41st Annual Islamic Society of North America’s (ISNA) Convention in what is shaping up to be the largest Islamic gathering on the continent. The pre-registrations for the convention have reached record high numbers and all surrounding...

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Opinion: Charges Against Muslim Scholar Are "Groundless," Should Be Granted Visa

August 28, 2004

Source: The Washington Post

http://www.washingtonpost.com/wp-dyn/articles/A40222-2004Aug27.html

On August 28, 2004 The Washington Post ran an opinion piece by Paul Donnelly about the U.S. government's revocation of Imam Tariq Ramadan's visa to teach at Notre Dame. (Ramadan is a Muslim scholar from Switzerland.) Donnelly writes, "Notre Dame officials insist that they have reviewed every charge against the Swiss scholar and agree with the likes of Scotland...

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Jewish Students at Notre Dame Speak Out in Defense of Muslim Scholar

August 28, 2004

Source: South Bend Tribune

http://www.southbendtribune.com/stories/2004/08/28/local.20040828-sbt-MICH-A1-Jewish_ND_students.sto

On August 28, 2004 the South Bend Tribune reported, "Members of a Jewish student group at the University of Notre Dame Law School have written an open letter disagreeing with the U.S. government decision to revoke the visa of a prominent Muslim scholar who had been scheduled to teach at the...

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Church's Outreach Program to Muslim Asylum Seekers Causes Controversy

August 27, 2004

Source: Aftenposten

http://www.aftenposten.no/english/local/article858141.ece

On August 27, 2004 Aftenposten reported, "The Pentecostal Church has created a controversial revival movement among Muslim asylum seekers in the greater Oslo area. In the past six years 16,000 refugees have visited the white wooden church in Sandvika, a suburb in Bærum just west of the capital. Some asylum center leaders say the church is tricking their visitors... Since 1998 over 16,000...

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Bombs at Mosques in Western India Injure at Least 19

August 27, 2004

Source: BBC News

http://news.bbc.co.uk/1/hi/world/south_asia/3605078.stm

On August 27, 2004 the BBC News reported, "Bombs at two mosques in the western Indian state of Maharashtra have injured a number of people, police say. The blasts in the towns of Jalna and nearby Parbhani, 500km from Bombay, occurred as Friday prayers were held. Police say at least 19 people are reported wounded after attackers threw explosive devices into the mosques. Reports say both towns...

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Indiana Muslim School Opens and Looks to Attract Non-Muslims

August 26, 2004

Source: Northwest Indiana News

http://www.thetimesonline.com/articles/2004/08/26/news/lake_county/7dff89c97f692e2986256efc000055da.prt

On August 26, 2004 Northwest Indiana News reported, "Samar Megdadi quietly tiptoed out of the classroom Wednesday as her daughter, Reem, settled in to her first day of junior kindergarten on the first day of the newly opened Avicenna Academy. Megdadi and her husband, Dr. Zuhair...

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Orthodox Church Dwindling Under Turkish Regulations

August 26, 2004

Source: The Christian Science Monitor

http://www.csmonitor.com/2004/0826/p14s01-lire.html?s=hns

On August 26, 2004 The Christian Science Monitor reported, "Despite a 1,500-year history in Istanbul - and presiding over some 250 million believers worldwide, stretching from Russia and Romania to Greece and the United States - the Orthodox [Church] patriarchate [of Constantinople] tends a rapidly dwindling flock at home. To make matters worse, Turkish law stipulates...

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Muslim Employee Files Discrimination Lawsuit Against Sears Logistics

August 25, 2004

Source: Chicago Sun-Times

http://www.suntimes.com/output/terror/cst-nws-muslim18.html

On August 25, 2004 the Chicago Sun-Times reported that, "Belal Degedeh, who is of Jordanian and Palestinian origin, filed a federal lawsuit Tuesday charging he was discriminated against for his ancestry and religion... Degedeh worked for Sears Logistics Services Inc. as a merchandise distributor. He claims as he unloaded trucks at a receiving dock, co-workers asked him if he...

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In Hawaii, FBI Hosts Seminar Informing Agents on Islamic Culture

August 25, 2004

Source: The Honolulu Adviser

http://the.honoluluadvertiser.com/article/2004/Aug/25/ln/ln09a.html

On August 25, 2004 The Honolulu Adviser reported that the, "Federal Bureau of Investigation on Tuesday hosted an informational lecture about Islam for Hawai'i-based agents and members of the state's Joint Terrorism Task Force. The goal was to help inform agents about the basic tenets of Islam in order to make them aware of the culture that many terrorists use...

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