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Muslim Community Struggles to Find Place in Society; Under Increased Scrutiny After Madrid Attacks

March 18, 2004

Source: Deutsche Welle

http://www.dw-world.de/english/0,,1433_A_1146159_1_A,00.html

On March 18, 2004 Deutsche Welle reported, "Though Islam is woven into the fabric of the country's history, Moroccans and other Arabs living there today are struggling to find their place in society as well as their role in the Muslim world. Mustafa Bougrine is a Moroccan who has lived in Spain for 19 years. He's married to a Spanish woman and runs a restaurant. He fears that a...

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Belgrade Mosque Burned by Young Protestors

March 18, 2004

Source: Institute for War and Peace Reporting

http://www.iwpr.net/index.pl?archive/bcr3/bcr3_200403_486_2_eng.txt

On March 18, 2004 the Institute for War and Peace Reporting reported, "As the flames flickered through the stone walls of the 17th-century Bajrakli mosque in Belgrade, the sound of Orthodox church music played surreally from a nearby car. A man appeared out of the clouds of smoke, carrying a looted green flag with the crescent of Islam. '...

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Welsh Hospital Hires First Muslim Chaplain

March 18, 2004

Source: BBC News

http://news.bbc.co.uk/2/hi/uk_news/wales/south_east/3523324.stm

On March 18, 2004 the BBC News reported, "A Muslim Imam has been taken on as a chaplain at a Welsh hospital for the first time. Imam Farid Ahmed Khan has been hired by the Royal Gwent Hospital in Newport to look after the needs of Muslim staff and patients. It is the first time that a Muslim spiritual leader has taken up a post like this in Wales. Imam Khan had already spent a...

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Mahathir Causes Controversy With Call for Muslims to Emulate Jews

March 18, 2004

Source: Khaleej Times

http://www.khaleejtimes.com/DisplayArticle.asp?xfile=data/theworld/2004/March/theworld_March409.xml&section=theworld

On March 18, 2004 the Khaleej Times ran a Reuters article that reported, "Malaysia’s retired veteran leader Mahathir Mohamad revisited the storm of controversy surrounding his final days, by saying on Thursday that Muslims should reject terror and learn...

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As Olympics Approach, Still No Mosque in Athens

March 17, 2004

Source: Los Angeles Times

http://www.latimes.com/news/nationworld/world/la-fg-nomosque17mar17,1,6768953.story

On March 17, 2004 the Los Angeles Times reported, "Muslims in the Greek capital can pray in a small room at a crowded cultural center, wedged between a clinic and a schoolroom, or in one of several makeshift basement venues. But government promises to build an official mosque for the city's growing Islamic community remain...

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Muslim Woman in Kansas City Wins Award for Promoting Tolerance

March 17, 2004

Source: The Kansas City Star

http://www.kansascity.com/mld/kansascitystar/news/local/8200747.htm?ERIG

On March 17, 2004 The Kansas City Star reported, "Mahnaz M. Shabbir of Stilwell was honored by the YWCA of Greater Kansas City on Friday with its annual Hearts of Gold award... Shabbir, 44, received national attention in 2002 when she detailed her experiences as an American Muslim woman in an opinion piece for The Kansas City Star. She is the...

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Height Restriction Placed on Florida Mosque

March 17, 2004

Source: The Herald Tribune

http://www.heraldtribune.com/apps/pbcs.dll/article?AID=/20040315/NEWS/403150371/1060

On March 17, 2004 The Herald Tribune reported, "Diversity. That's what Hytham Bakr said he thought Sarasota was all about. But since county commissioners imposed restrictions on the mosque he attends that other houses of worships don't have to follow, he questions whether diversity is just talk. 'Are they truly interested in...

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Opinion: Muslims Need "Collective Introspection" on Role and Stance in Indian Society

March 17, 2004

Source: Muslim Wake Up!

http://www.muslimwakeup.com/mainarchive/000642.php#more

On March 17, 2004 Muslim Wake Up! ran an article by Arshad Alam, a research scholar at the Department of Muslim Religious and Cultural History at the University of Erfurt, Germany, in which he revisits the 2002 Gujarat riots in the face of the upcoming elections in India. He writes, "Two years later, the same party is back in power in Gujarat, and the same Prime Minister is being...

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Rise in Mosque-Building Shows Surge in Muslim Immigrants

March 17, 2004

Source: Los Angeles Times

http://www.latimes.com/news/nationworld/world/la-fg-mosques17mar17,1,6774683.story?coll=la-home-headlines

On March 17, 2004 the Los Angeles Times reported, "The chink and scrape of stonecutters echo through the gray-domed mosque that rises like a glimmer of misplaced architecture in a city where the Muslim call to prayer is a widening whisper...Anxious Berliners sometimes peek into the...

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VHP to Support Only Parties Respecting Hindu Sentiments

March 17, 2004

Source: The Times of India

http://timesofindia.indiatimes.com/articleshow/566535.cms

On March 17, 2004 The Times of India reported, "The VHP would support only those political parties which respected the sentiments of Hindus and agreed to their main demands, including construction of a Ram temple at Ayodhya, a common civil code and a law to ban religious conversions, VHP leader Dr Pravin Togadia said on Wednesday. One of the VHP's main demands, he said, was...

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Evangelical Church Divided Over Headscarf Ban

March 16, 2004

Source: Lutheran World Information

http://www.wfn.org/2004/03/msg00158.html

On March 16, 2004 Lutheran World Information reported, "There is increasing disagreement within the Evangelical Church in Germany (EKD) concerning the ban on the wearing of head scarves by Muslim teachers at public schools. EKD Council Chairperson Bishop Dr Wolfgang Huber, Bishops Dr Margot Kdssman (Hanover), Dr Johannes Friedrich (Bavaria), or Dr Gerhard Maier (Wirttemberg), are among those favoring a ban...

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Utica Mosque Seeks Expansion

March 16, 2004

Source: The Utica Observer-Dispatch

http://www.uticaod.com/archive/2004/03/16/news/28331.html

On March 16, 2004 The Utica Observer-Dispatch reported, "The Muslim Community Association seeks a bigger building to serve the growing Islamic community in the Utica area. There are several thousand Bosnian refugees, nearly all of them Muslim, in the city. The addition of so many Muslims to Utica's population in the past 11 years has given the city one of the highest...

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W. Virginia Church Dedicates Abraham Tapestry

March 15, 2004

Source: West Virginia Gazette

http://www.wvgazette.com/section/News/Other%20News/200403159

On March 15, 2004 the West Virginia Gazette reported, "Members of the Christian, Jewish and Muslim faiths came together Sunday at Sacred Heart Co-Cathedral to celebrate a story of hospitality common to all three religions. Sacred Heart held a special Mass on Sunday, and invited members of the Jewish and Islamic faiths to dedicate a new tapestry in the church's addition...

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