Islam

Controversy over Required Reading on Islam at University of North Carolina

August 7, 2002

Source: The Washington Post

http://www.washingtonpost.com/wp-dyn/articles/A57379-2002Aug7.html

On August 7, 2002, The Washington Post featured an editorial by Prof. Michael Sells. "The University of North Carolina, Chapel Hill, is being sued for assigning my book, Approaching the Qur'an: The Early Revelations, as required summer reading for first-year students... The plaintiffs charge that UNC indoctrinates students with deceptive claims about the...

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Controversy over Required Reading on Islam at University of North Carolina

August 7, 2002

Source: The Washington Post

On August 7, 2002, The Washington Post reported that the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill "is asking all 3,500 incoming freshmen to read a book about Islam and [now] finds itself besieged in federal court and across the airwaves by Christian evangelists and other conservatives... The university chose 'Approaching the Qur'an: The Early Revelations'... because of intense interest in Islam since the Sept. 11 terrorist attacks...   To the university's faculty and some students, the dispute is about upholding UNC's...

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DC Area Mosque Finalizes Plans for Free Health Clinic

August 6, 2002

Source: The Washington Post

http://www.washingtonpost.com/wp-dyn/articles/A47560-2002Aug5.html

On August 6, 2002 The Washington Post reported that in Silver Spring, Maryland, in the greater Washington DC metro area, "members of the Muslim Community Center are finalizing plans to open a free clinic within their bronze-domed mosque complex... The characteristics of the Muslim community in the Washington area are changing. Now Muslims from 10 to 20 countries...

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Universities Seeing Increased Interest in Religious and Middle Eastern Studies

August 6, 2002

Source: The Atlanta Journal and Constitution

http://www.accessatlanta.com/ajc/metro/0802/06arabic.html

On August 6, 2002 The Atlanta Journal and Constitution reported that "in the post-Sept. 11 world... the demand is high for experts in Middle Eastern studies, religion and languages. Schools that had seen limited student interest in basic religion, philosophy and history courses are finding their classes overbooked since the Sept. 11 attacks and escalating...

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Civil Rights Activists and Others Flock to Dearborn to Talk with Arab-American and Muslim Leaders

August 5, 2002

Source: The Detroit Free Press

http://www.freep.com/news/metro/center5_20020805.htm

On August 5, 2002 The Detroit Free Press reported that "attracted by its large Arab-American population, human rights activists and others are flocking to Dearborn and other pockets of metro Detroit to learn about and work with a community that has drawn increasing national attention since Sept. 11... In the last week, the visitors are young activists from across the country who are...

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Atlanta Area Religious Leaders Plan to Come Together for Service

August 4, 2002

Source: The Atlanta Journal and Constitution

http://www.accessatlanta.com/ajc/news/0802/04teranniversary.html

On August 4, 2002 The Atlanta Journal and Constitution reported that "the anniversary of the Sept. 11 terrorist attacks on America will be commemorated with tolling bells, common prayers and moments of silence... Sept. 11 is expected to be a time for public grieving and spiritual connection... Muslim...

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American Jewish and Muslim Comedy Duo Perform Across Nation

August 4, 2002

Source: The Boston Globe

On August 4, 2002, The Boston Globe reported on the comedy duo, Rabbi Bob Alper and Egyptian-born Ahmed Ahmed, who "are touring with a show called 'One Arab. One Jew. One Stage'... Although the show's content is not political, Alper says that audiences are delighted just to see a Jewish and an Arab comic appearing together... Ahmed calls the show 'a gesture of peace.'"

Editorial Addresses Criticisms of Interfaith Events and an Alternative

August 4, 2002

Source: The Providence Journal-Bulletin

On August 4, 2002 The Providence Journal-Bulletin featured an editorial response by Charles Haynes, of the First Amendment Center, to recent criticisms of Interfaith events. "In the long shadow of Sept. 11, Americans are rediscovering what most of the world has never forgotten: religious differences matter... In reality, for most Jews, Christians, Muslims and others, it does matter what you believe... Ignoring religious differences doesn't work... [The] alternative is for Americans to address religious differences...

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Interfaith Group Builds Houses in Atlanta

August 3, 2002

Source: The Atlanta Journal and Constitution

On August 3, 2002 The Atlanta Journal and Constitution reported that "for the next seven Sundays, an interfaith group of 400 Baha'i, Baptist, Episcopal, Jewish, Methodist, Muslim, Seventh-day Adventist and Unitarian congregation members will build a house on behalf of Atlanta Habitat for Humanity... They also are getting to know each other... Habitat started building interfaith houses a couple of years ago, but nothing as inclusive as this project, said Larrie Martin, executive director for Atlanta Habitat...

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Update: Hindus, Muslims, and Vegetarians Sue McDonald's over Use of Beef Flavoring in Fries

August 3, 2002

Source: The Dallas Morning News

On August 3, 2002 The Dallas Morning News reported that Muslims suing McDonald's for their use of non-halal beef flavoring on their french fries opted out of the settlement negotiated by other angry groups including Hindus. "About 2,000 Muslims let the court know they would opt out of the settlement... Formal meetings between the two sides" will continue.

American Muslims Boycott New York Post

August 2, 2002

Source: The San Diego Union-Tribune

On August 2, 2002 The San Diego Union-Tribune reported that "hundreds of Muslim and Arab-American vendors in New York are boycotting the New York Post, accusing Rupert Murdoch's tabloid of bias against Muslims...    Posters urged people to stop buying, selling or even reading the Post, in light of the 'increasing level of hatred' in the aftermath of the Sept. 11 attack on the United States by Arab hijackers."

National Council of Churches Joins Muslim Groups in Call for Interfaith Memorials

August 2, 2002

Source: The Patriot News

On August 2, 2002 The Patriot News reported that "both the National Council of Churches and a coalition of American Muslim groups are calling for interfaith observances on Sept. 11... The council of churches, representing primarily mainline Protestant and Orthodox denominations, urged [its members] to 'commemorate the tragic terrorist events of last fall in a constructive way that would broaden interfaith understanding, and to return the hospitality many mosques offered Christians after last fall's attacks.'"

Palm Beach County to Prosecute Hate Crime Suspect

July 30, 2002

Source: The South Florida Sun-Sentinel

On July 30, 2002 The South Florida Sun-Sentinel reported that "a sign at the proposed site for an Islamic center in Boca Raton [Florida] has been vandalized for the third time in about four months... Passers-by called police... about a burning sign at the future site of the Assalam Center... Investigators found that several holes had been punched in the sign, which had been doused in a substance that smelled like gasoline... The center will provide classes and prayer facilities for Muslims... Approval for the center's...

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