Islam

"Backlash: When America Turned on Its Own"

March 15, 2002

Source: India-West Newspaper

http://www.ncmonline.com/content/ncm/2002/mar/0315southasian.html

On March 15, 2002, India-West Newspaper reported "South Asians Main Targets of Sept. 11 Backlash." It noted that "The first major study of bias crimes in the U.S. after Sept. 11 terrorist attacks found that 96 percent of 243 incidents of violence that were documented targeted South Asians. In more than half of the incidents, the targets were Sikhs, whose men wear...

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Duxbury, MA Holds "Islam in the Modern World" Series

March 14, 2002

Source: The Boston Globe

On March 14, 2002, The Boston Globe featured an article on the four-part "Islam in the Modern World" series in Duxbury, MA. "Librarian Ellen Snoeyenbos said she was warned that some people would come with their own agendas to a discussion series on Islam. She said the series... has been a lightning rod for strong emotions, but has also revealed an openness to learning and surprising diversity here."

Indian and Pakistani Immigrants Live Together Peacefully in America

March 13, 2002

Source: The Atlanta Journal and Constitution

On March 13, 2002, The Atlanta Journal and Constitution reported that "in recent weeks, fighting between Muslims and Hindus in India has left more than 700 dead." The article examines how this violence is effecting the South Asian community in the Atlanta area. "Nearly two years ago, two Indians --- one Hindu and one Muslim --- formed South Asians for Unity (SA4U), an organization that hopes to strengthen relations between the various communities from the region living [in Atlanta]. Today the group has grown...

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Muslim Scholar Works for Understanding of Pluralism Among Abrahamic Religions

March 13, 2002

Source: The Plain Dealer

On March 13, 2002, The Plain Dealer reported that Islamic scholar Abdulaziz Sachedina, famous for his "interfaith work and advocacy for the rights of women,... packed local [Cleveland] mosques with eager listeners and attracted about 300 clergy to his lectures yesterday at Hiram College... Sachedina travels the West Bank and Israel, working for curriculum reform in Islamic and Jewish schools...But Sachedina's central endeavor, as a scholar at the University of Virginia and an adviser to the Center for Strategic and...

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Jewish and Muslim Students Come Together for Meals at U.S. Colleges

March 13, 2002

Source: The Boston Globe

On March 13, 2002, The Boston Globe reported that "last September, Mount Holyoke College held an opening ceremony for a new dining hall. Any other year, it would have been a festive occasion at the nation's oldest women's college... But when Wilder Hall was consecrated, it was two days after Sept. 11. The dining hall opened not merely to hungry students but to a sense of hope, prayer, and spiritual revolution... The kitchen at Wilder Hall, the first of its kind in an American university, serves meals that conform to...

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New York Interfaith Memorial Calls for Peace

March 12, 2002

Source: Newsday

On March 12, 2002, Newsday reported that "religious leaders across the city marked the six-month anniversary of the Sept. 11 tragedy yesterday with prayers for the victims and calls for healing and peace... The victims were remembered in temples, mosques and churches, as well as outdoor events across the city... Religious leaders from Hindu, Buddhist, Muslim, Jewish and other congregations gathered at City Hall Park to remember the dead, but also to sharply criticize the war in Afghanistan. They also denounced reported plans of the...

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American Muslims Celebrate Eid ul-Adha Nationwide

March 11, 2002

Source: The Tampa Tribune

On March 11, 2002, The Tampa Tribune reported that "about 3,500 members of Tampa's Islamic community gathered at Riverfront Park [in Tampa] on Sunday and spoke about their religion and the importance of being part of America... 'Muslims are, by and large, peaceful and loving people,' said Husain Nagamia, chief of cardiac surgery at Tampa General Hospital and chairman of the Tampa Bay Muslim Alliance, which has 25,000 members... The sixth annual Islamic Charity Festival, marking Eid Al-Adha, the Muslim day of sacrifice, drew...

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Bush Freezes Assets of Texas-based Holy Land Foundation, a Muslim Charity

March 9, 2002

Source: The New York Times

On March 9, 2002, The New York Times reported that "the Holy Land Foundation for Relief and Development, the largest Muslim charity in the United States, sued the federal government yesterday for labeling it a financier of terrorism and freezing its assets... The Bush administration has accused the foundation of raising money for Hamas, the Palestinian group that claims responsibility for suicide bombings in Israel... In a 20-page civil complaint against the Departments of Justice, State and Treasury, the foundation...

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Christian Orthodox Patriarch Visits US

March 9, 2002

Source: The Boston Globe

On March 9, 2002, The Boston Globe reported that the Orthodox Christian "Ecumenical Patriarch Bartholomew said he sees signs of increased openness toward religious tolerance in the Muslim world... As the 'first among equals' of Orthodox patriarchs, Bartholomew claims to be the spiritual leader of 300 million Orthodox Christians... Bartholomew called the terrorist acts of Sept. 11 'exploitation of religion' and said religion must be a unifying force in society... Bartholomew's visit to the United States, which included stops in...

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Rhode Island Town Debates Town Hall Display on Islam

March 9, 2002

Source: Los Angeles Times

On March 9, 2002, the Los Angeles Times reported that "an Islamic art exhibit in Town Hall [in Riverton, RI] was removed then put back on display after a dispute over whether the show violated the separation of church and state... Town Administrator James Towers ordered the posters removed [on] the first day of the exhibit's planned two-week run, after some residents and town employees complained... Three days later, Town Solicitor James Donnelly concluded the poster display was educational and didn't violate the...

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American Muslims on the Hajj, 2002

March 8, 2002

Source: The New York Times

On March 8, 2002, The New York Times reported that in Dearborn, Michigan, "people have been returning from the hajj, the pilgrimage to Mecca that all Muslims are expected to make at least once in their lives... most Muslims from Dearborn who went to Mecca did so for personal and spiritual reasons, not political ones... [But] they have also come home with a sense of uncertainty. While many of those who made the pilgrimage this year left Islam's holiest sites feeling renewed in their faith, many also left disturbed by the...

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Arab-Americans Eager to Discuss Love of Food

March 6, 2002

Source: The Christian Science Monitor

http://www.csmonitor.com/2002/0306/p11s02-lifo.html

On March 6, 2002, The Christian Science Monitor reported that "with heightened interest in the Arab-American community since Sept. 11, and with Middle Eastern immigrants more eager to tell their neighbors who they truly are, the time may be right for food to fulfill - once again - its role as the great door-opener between newcomers and mainstream America... In fact, by simply...

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Religious Pluralism Seminar at University of Southern Maine

March 4, 2002

Source: The Portland Press Herald

http://www.portland.com/news/local/020304fatih.shtml

On March 4, 2002, The Portland Press Herald reported that on Sunday March 3, "200 people participated in an interfaith seminar called 'Judaism, Christianity, Islam and the Search for a New Religious Pluralism in Maine and America'" at the University of Southern Maine. "The point of the...

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California Parents File Complaints Over Teachings about Islam

March 4, 2002

Source: USA TODAY

On March 4, 2002, USA TODAY reported that "parents in two California school districts have launched an effort to have a seventh-grade social studies textbook altered or removed, charging that it contains Islamic information that amounts to proselytizing... The Pacific Justice Institute, a non-profit legal defense organization specializing in religious issues and parental rights, filed two administrative complaints on behalf of parents in the San Luis Coastal Unified and Lemon Grove school districts. Complaints may be filed in at least...

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