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In a Post-September 11 World, Muslim Candidates Once Again Enter the Race

November 19, 2003

Original Source: The Associated Press/ San Francisco Gate

https://www.newspapers.com/newspage/424752325/

On November 19, 2003 The Associated Press reported that Muslim-American groups believe Islamic candidates are slowly returning to the political scene after the Sept. 11 terrorist attacks blunted their progress. The article reports...

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Growth of Islam Due Largely to Converts from Christianity

November 18, 2003

Source: Syndey Morning Herald

http://www.smh.com.au/articles/2003/11/17/1069027046245.html

On November 18, 2003 the Syndey Morning Herald ran a feature article on several Australians who have converted to Islam, summarizing their conversion stories and reporting on the phenomena of conversion in Australia: "Islam is among NSW's [New South Wales] fastest-growing religions, the numbers of adherents increasing by 40 per cent since the 1996 census when 102,288...

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Arrest of James Yee Prompts Review of Military Chaplain Selection Process

November 18, 2003

Source: The Olympian

http://www.theolympian.com/home/news/20031118/frontpage/152111.shtml

On November 18, 2003 The Olympian reported that "Huda Yee, 29, hopes for the release of her husband, who was arrested in September when investigators accused him of taking classified information from Guantanamo Bay... 'I don't know if he's coming back in one month, two months, a year, exactly when,' said Yee, during her first formal interview since her husband's...

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Opinion: Synagogue Bombings an Attack on Hope and Tolerance

November 17, 2003

Source: The Guardian

http://www.guardian.co.uk/turkey/story/0,12700,1086870,00.html

On November 17, 2003 The Guardian [UK] ran an opinion piece by Fiachra Gibbons, an author currently writing a book on minorities in the Ottoman empire, in which she argued that the synagogue bombings in Turkey were an attack on tolerance itself. She writes, "The Jews of Turkey, and the survival of their precious and unique culture, are one of the few enduring examples of...

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MPAC "Horrified" By Syngagoue Bombings

November 17, 2003

Source: Muslim Public Affairs Council (MPAC)

On November 17, 2003 Muslim Public Affairs Council (MPAC) released a statement condemning the attacks on two Istanbul synagogues: "The Muslim Public Affairs Council (MPAC), is horrified by the criminal bombings in Istanbul, Turkey, of two synagogues on November 14. No civilized people, and no religion, could possibly sanction or condone in any way such sickening behavior. The fact that the majority of the victims of these terrible attacks were Muslims, including policemen and security guards assigned to the temples,...

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Sulawesi Increases Security After Outbreak of Religious Violence

November 17, 2003

Source: BBC News

http://news.bbc.co.uk/2/hi/asia-pacific/3276173.stm

On November 17, 2003 the BBC News reported that "Indonesia has stepped up security in its central province of Sulawesi after a fresh outbreak of religious violence at the weekend. A Christian minister and his driver were found dead in a river near Poso, and Muslim crowds surrounded a police station to protest at recent killings...A crowd of several hundred people took to the streets on Sunday to...

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Editorial: Muslim-Jewish Dialogue Needs to Rediscover Compassion

November 16, 2003

Source: Star-Telegram

http://www.dfw.com/mld/dfw/news/opinion/7269886.htm

On November 16, 2003 the Star-Telegram published an editorial by Akbar S. Ahmed on the need to improve the current state of Muslim-Jewish relations. Ahmed writes, "A historical conjunction of factors has created a global situation where several world civilizations feel simultaneously besieged and where hatred and anger readily turn into violence. Perhaps what makes all this even more dangerous is...

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Boykin Editorials

November 16, 2003

Source: The Denver Post

http://www.denverpost.com/Stories/0,1413,36~75~1764874,00.html

On November 16, 2003 an editorial in The Denver Post by Carl Raschke reported that "the American press - and, to a certain extent, American pundits and policymakers - have had a difficult time dealing with the kind of incendiary rhetoric about other people's religion that has come from the likes of Army Lt. Gen. William Boykin and outgoing Malaysian Prime Minister Mahathir...

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Proposed Ban on Religious Symbols Would Outlaw Veil in Schools

November 14, 2003

Source: The Guardian

http://www.guardian.co.uk/international/story/0,3604,1084548,00.html

On November 14, 2003 The Guardian reported, "France edged a step closer yesterday to outlawing Muslim veils in schools after a cross-party commission of MPs [Members of Parilament] backed legislation to ban all visible symbols of religious conviction from state-run institutions. The decision by the 31-member commission is sure to inflame an already heated debate...

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Discrimination is Nothing New to America's Black Muslim Communities

November 14, 2003

Source: Orlando Sentinel

http://www.chron.com/cs/CDA/ssistory.mpl/religion/2223202

On November 14, 2003 Orlando Sentinel published an article on the challenges of being black and Muslim in America today, a situation considered a "double-whammy" in a nation both with a history of racial prejudice, and currently experiencing a wave of anti-Islamic sentiment in the wake of September 11. Despite stereotypes, black Muslims as a group defy easy categories, and in many...

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Muslim Comedian Brings Humor to Assimilation Debate

November 14, 2003

Source: The New York Times

http://www.nytimes.com/2003/11/14/international/europe/14NORW.html

On November 14, 2003 The New York Times ran a feature article on Shabana Rehman, a Muslim comedian: "She is both Muslim and Norwegian — an unsettling combination to many people in this Nordic kingdom, which, like the rest of Europe, is struggling to absorb an immigrant community imported during a labor shortage decades ago. Her ribald and impolitic act skewers...

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Bill Halting Spread of Islamic Schools Causes Controversy

November 14, 2003

Source: Radio Netherlands

http://www.rnw.nl/hotspots/html/dut031114.html

On November 14, 2003 Radio Netherlands reported, "It probably won't win a majority in parliament, but a bill on halting the rapid spread of Islamic schools is causing uproar here in the Netherlands. The bill's been tabled by the right-wing VVD party, one of the partners in the ruling coalition, and support seemed to come from an unexpected corner: not from the main government party, the Christian...

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