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Muslims in Norway Demonstrate for Right to Wear Headscarf

January 19, 2004

Source: Aftenposten

http://www.aftenposten.no/english/local/article.jhtml?articleID=711917

On January 19, 2004 Aftenposten reported, "Hundreds of women marched through the streets of Oslo over the weekend, pleading their case for religious tolerance and their use of head-coverings at work and school. 'We in fact choose to wear thehijab ourselves,' many claimed. The demonstration came in the wake of a new French law banning the display of religiously...

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Attorney General: Citizens Cannot Use Family Court for Religious Divorce

January 19, 2004

Source: The Australian

http://www.theaustralian.news.com.au/common/story_page/0,5744,8429520% 5E1702,00.html

On January 19, 2004 The Australian reported, "Orthodox Jews and Muslims who divorce will not be able to use the Family Court to obtain a religious divorce, Attorney-General Phillip Ruddock said. Mr. Ruddock told The Australian that he would not pursue a Family Court recommendation allowing a court to withhold civil divorce...

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French Muslims Protest Ban of Religious Symbols

January 18, 2004

Source: The New York Times

http://www.nytimes.com/2004/01/18/international/europe/18FRAN.html

On January 18, 2004 The New York Times reported, " The battle over the proposed law to ban religious symbols from French public schools spilled into streets on Saturday as Muslim demonstrators in capitals around the world voiced their opposition to what they say is a denial of religious freedom. The demonstrations were largest in Paris and other cities in France...

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Cleveland Imam Draws Community Support

January 17, 2004

Source: The Plain Dealer

http://www.cleveland.com/living/plaindealer/index.ssf?/base/living/1074335729172181.xml

On January 17, 2004 The Plain Dealer reported, "The embattled imam of the area's largest mosque received an outpouring of support Friday from mosque members, Muslim groups and Christian clergy. More than 200 members of the Islamic Center of Cleveland gathered at the mosque community center after afternoon prayers to rally...

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Historic Muslim Community in Iowa

January 17, 2004

Source: Voice of America

http://www.voanews.com/article.cfm?objectID=4691E1EE-2DF2-43B7-84D6299BB8021439

On January 17, 2004 Voice of America published an article on the historic Muslim community in Cedar Rapids, Iowa. It describes the history of the “Mother Mosque,” opened in 1934 as the first mosque built in the United States. The article details early Muslim immigration from Syria and Lebanon to Cedar Rapids, as well as the...

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New Mosque Opens in Tennessee

January 17, 2004

Source: Tennessean

http://www.tennessean.com/local/archives/04/01/45639762.shtml

On January 17, 2004 the Tennessean reported that Masjid Al-Islam, a Nashville mosque formerly belonging to the Nation of Islam, "has recently moved from its location on Clifton Avenue to a much larger worship space on Buena Vista Pike in Bordeaux. The congregation has more than 100 members, mostly African-American, although Muslims of many ethnic backgrounds attend... The...

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Appeals Court Rules Woman Can Wear Headscarf in ID Photo

January 15, 2004

Source: Expatica

http://www.expatica.com/source/site_article.asp?subchannel_id=48&story_id=3681

On January 15, 2004 Expatica reported, "In a ruling set to create a country-wide precedent, a Muslim woman who went to court after being ordered to remove her veil for an identity photograph has won her case, Belgium's 'La Libre Belgique' newspaper reported today. The appeal court in the city of Liège found in the woman’s favour, saying...

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Catholics Must Reach Out to Islam

January 14, 2004

Source: National Catholic Reporter

http://ncronline.org/NCR_Online/archives2/2004a/011604/011604l.php

On January 14, 2004 the National Catholic Reporter reported, "The Roman Catholic church has the opportunity to clarify the relationship among the three Abrahamic faiths by making a minor change within its administrative structure. Currently, Catholic-Jewish relations are handled by the Council for Promoting Christian Unity, while Catholic-Muslim relations...

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Dalai Lama Encourages Hindu-Muslim Dialogue Over Ayodhya Dispute

January 14, 2004

Source: The Times of India

http://timesofindia.indiatimes.com/articleshow/423310.cms

On January 14, 2004 The Times of India reported, "Tibetan spiritual leader Dalai Lama has accused politicians of gaining mileage out of the Ayodhya dispute and urged leaders to resolve it thorough dialogue. He said India was known for communal peace and harmony and the Ayodhya dispute, which caused Hindu-Muslim riots in the country, must be settled through dialogue...The Dalai...

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Opinion: Turkey's Moderate Islam Makes it Crucial Bridge Between West and Middle East

January 13, 2004

Source: Seattle Post-Intelligencer

http://seattlepi.nwsource.com/opinion/156282_friedman13.html

On January 13, 2004 the Seattle Post-Intelligencer ran a syndicated column by Thomas L. Friedman, foreign affairs columnist for The New York Times, in which he argued that the acceptance of Turkey into the European Union is a cruicial step in "building bridges" between Islam and the West. Friedman cited Turkey's more moderate Islam, flourishing within a free-...

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