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Halloween 2003: Controversies

October 27, 2003

Source: Post-Gazette

http://www.post-gazette.com/pg/03300/234525.stm

On October 27, 2003 Post-Gazette reported that many children of conservative Christian, Jewish or Muslim religious traditions will opt out of Halloween parties this year because they view Halloween as a day that commemorates the devil or encourages pagan worship. "'There is a cultural war over Halloween,' said Charles Haynes, a senior scholar at the First Amendment Center who has become a national expert...

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Muslim Teen Resigns from New Jersey School Over Head-Scarf

October 27, 2003

Source: The Associated Press

http://www.firstamendmentcenter.org/analysis.aspx?id=12120

On October 27, 2003 The Associated Press reported that "growing up on the shores of Sandy Hook Bay, Mona Elgohail always loved the sea and was delighted to win a slot at a special high school for the study of marine sciences. But the 14-year-old eventually dropped out of the Marine Academy of Science and Technology because of a conflict between her Islamic faith and the school...

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Boykin Editorials

October 27, 2003

Source: MSNBC

http://www.msnbc.com/news/982257.asp

On October 27, 2003 MSNBC published an editorial by Fareed Zakaria suggesting that the White House dismiss General Boykin following his offensive remarks on Islam. Zakaria writes: "The position Boykin holds—deputy undersecretary for intelligence—is one in which he would have to interact routinely with Pakistanis, Egyptians, Afghans, Indonesians; Muslims from all over the world. Will he be effective in establishing close working...

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Newark Muslim Gathering Honors Syed Ahmed Khan

October 27, 2003

Source: Pakistan Link

http://news.ncmonline.com/news/view_article.html?article_id=1e89d58f9e87dfe24f1f309d5a3ad981

On October 27, 2003 Pakistan Link reported that "more than 600 people gathered at the Chandni Restaurant in Newark, Calif. for an annual event that honors one of the great scientific institutions in the Muslim world, the Aligarh Muslim University, AMU. The Aligarh Muslim University Alumni Association, which has a...

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Arlington Calligrapher Writes His Way into History

October 26, 2003

Source: The Washington Post

http://www.washingtonpost.com/wp-dyn/articles/A17998-2003Oct25.html

On October 26, 2003 The Washington Post published a profile on Mohamed Zakariya, a master of Arabic calligraphy. "Zakariya, 61, is a practitioner of an art form that Muslims have used for centuries to express and enhance their faith. A convert to Islam, he trained under renowned master calligraphers in Turkey and is widely recognized as one of the most...

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Ramadan in America, 2003

October 26, 2003

Source: Democrat and Chronicle

http://www.rochesterdandc.com/news/1026A3267TQ_ramadan26_news.shtml

On October 26, 2003 the Democrat and Chronicle NY reported that "at least one traditional part of Ramadan, helping those in need in Rochester, is extending through all the months of the lunar calendar. Each year Muslims pay zakat, usually 2.5 percent of their savings, to the needy, and many do so during Ramadan. 'It’s recommended that you give it...

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In the Dialogue of Islam in America, African-American Muslims Rarely Heard

October 25, 2003

Source: San Jose Mercury News

http://www.timesleader.com/mld/timesleader/news/7103330.htm

On October 25, 2003 San Jose Mercury News reported that "perhaps no group of Americans can speak about Islam and the United States with the same intimacy or authority as African-American Muslims. But their voice -- and story -- frequently is missing in the national conversation about Islam after Sept. 11, 2001. In some ways, it is a question about what is Islam, and what is...

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Update: In Chaplain Yee's Case, Confrontations Over Treatment of Prisoners Led to Probe

October 24, 2003

Source: The Washington Post

http://www.washingtonpost.com/wp-dyn/articles/A9560-2003Oct23.html

On October 24, 2003 The Washington Post reported that "military authorities launched an investigation of Army Capt. James Yee, a Muslim chaplain at the Guantanamo Bay prison, after a series of confrontations between him and officials over the treatment of al Qaeda and Taliban detainees there, according to military officials and other informed sources. Yee, who...

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Former Leader Izetbegovic Supported Religious Pluralism

October 24, 2003

Source: Forward

http://www.forward.com/issues/2003/03.10.24/news14.obit.html

On October 24, 2003 Forward ran a feature article on the life of Alija Izetbegovic, former leader of the Muslim-led Republic of Bosnia and Herzegovina, who died Oct. 19 at age 78. The article focused on his promotion of religious pluralism in the turbulent region: "Izetbegovic was the leader of the Democratic Action Party, which advocated a moderate, pluralistic form of political Islam...

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Update: In Chaplain Yee's Case, Confrontations Over Treatment of Prisoners Led to Probe

October 24, 2003

Source: Daily News

http://www.nydailynews.com/10-24-2003/news/story/130175p-116310c.html

On October 24, 2003 Daily News reported that "the Muslim Army chaplain arrested as he left the Guantanamo Bay prison camp has hired one of the top military lawyers in the country - who says the West Point graduate is being held incommunicado in maximum security. Despite being slapped with minor charges for disobeying orders, Capt. Yousef Yee is not allowed to read...

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