Islam

First Graduation of the School of Islamic and Social Sciences

September 2, 1999

Source: The Washington Post

On September 2, 1999, The Washington Post reported that the School of Islamic and Social Science located in Leesburg, Virginia, the only graduate school of its kind in the United States, held its first graduation of 14 students on Saturday, August 28th. The school's founder and president, Taha Jabir Alalwani, stated the purpose of the school's education: "The main message...is to build a bridge between Islam and the West...to understand the values of the founders of this beautiful country." The school emphasizes the historic and...

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Georgetown University Names First Muslim Chaplain

August 28, 1999

Source: The New York Times

On August 28, 1999, The New York Times reported that Georgetown University appointed Imam Yahya Hendi as its first Muslim chaplain. Hendi, who served as chaplain at the National Naval Medical Center and the National Institutes of Health, began work on August 10th at Georgetown. Hendi is also a doctoral student in philosophy and comparative religions at Temple University in Philadelphia. Rev. Adam Bunnell, the Georgetown chaplain who is in charge of the campus ministry, estimates that between 5 and 8 percent of the Georgetown...

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News Article Generates Controversy in American Muslim Community

August 28, 1999

Source: Star Tribune

On August 28, 1999, the Star Tribune of Minneapolis published a response by Ibrahim Hooper, Washington, D.C. National Communications director for the Council on American-Islamic Relations (CAIR), to a second article written by Daniel Pipes, director of Philadelphia-based Middle East Forum, in the August 24th issue of the Star Tribune. Hooper challenges several of the claims that Pipes makes in his article. First, Hooper calls Pipes' distinction between patriotic and chauvinist Muslims spurious. Second, Hooper states that CAIR has...

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News Article Generates Controversy in American Muslim Community

August 24, 1999

Source: Star Tribune

On August 24, 1999, the Star Tribune of Minneapolis published a rebuttal by Daniel Pipes to an article by Ibrahim Hooper of CAIR that was published on August 14th in the Star Tribune. Hooper's August 14th article was a response to an article Pipes wrote that appeared in the August 1st edition of the Star Tribune. Pipes contends that CAIR has apologized for Hamas and Osama bin Laden and has promoted terrorism, intimidated "patriotic Muslims who disagree with CAIR's chauvinist agenda," permitted a "potential unindicted...

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New Book Explores Muslim Values in America

August 19, 1999

Source: The Christian Science Monitor

On August 19, 1999, The Christian Science Monitor published an article on a new book, Islam in America (Columbia University Press), authored by Jane Smith, professor of Islamic Studies at Hartford Seminary in Connecticut and co-director of its Center for the Study of Islam and Christian-Muslim Relations. She states that many Muslim organizations in the United States "are searching for the essence of Islam" and are also involved in "determining the nature and authenticity of an indigenous American Islam." In a...

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Hispanic American Conversions to Islam

August 19, 1999

Source: The Christian Science Monitor

On August 19, 1999, The Christian Science Monitor published an article on the small but growing trend of Hispanic American conversions to Islam. Elizabeth Chawki, one of the approximately 15,000 Hispanic American converts to Islam, converted to Islam from her Christian heritage because she perceived a more direct connection to God, and she appreciated the sense of "brotherhood and sisterhood," the daily structure of life, and the inclusion of much of Jewish and Christian teachings. Benny Garcia, brother of Elizabeth...

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News Article Generates Controversy in American Muslim Community

August 14, 1999

Source: Star Tribune

On August 14, 1999, the Star Tribune of Minneapolis published Hooper's reply to PIpes' August 1st commentary. Hooper points out that Daniel Pipes has a history of a "troubling bigotry toward Muslims." Citing several quotes from the writings of Pipes and commentaries on his work, Hooper shows that Pipes has a controversial stance toward Muslims. In 1983, a Washington Post book review states that Pipes displays, "a disturbing hostility to contemporary Muslims...he professes respect for Muslims but is frequently contemptuous of...

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News Article Generates Controversy in American Muslim Community

August 1, 1999

Source: Star Tribune

On August 1, 1999, the Star Tribune published an article written by Daniel Pipes, director of the Middle East Forum, on the situation of Islam in America. Pipes separates the American Muslim community - "immigrants and native-born converts alike" - into two categories: integrationists and chauvinists. The integrationists have no problem being patriotic Americans while holding fast to their Muslim beliefs. Many of these integrationists "present Islam as the fulfillment of American values and see Muslims as a very positive force to...

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Pluralism Project Affiliates Map Religious Diversity of Northern Ohio

July 31, 1999

Source: Akron Beacon Journal

On July 31, 1999 Akron Beacon Journal featured an article on the research of Northern Ohio's religious diversity by Pluralism Project affiliates. The "growth in religious diversity has been examined by two Kent State University researchers... Dr. David Odell-Scott, associate professor of philosophy... and Dr. Surinder M. Bhardwaj, a professor of geography... received a 1998 grant through the Pluralism Project at Harvard University to map the religious diversity of Northern Ohio... As a result of that work, the researchers have...

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Dar al Islam in New Mexico

July 31, 1999

Source: The Toronto Star

On July 31, 1999, The Toronto Star published an article on Dar al Islam, a Muslim village begun in 1977 by American and European converts who wanted to live amid the Native American pueblos in northern New Mexico. The village, which was constructed in Abiquiu, New Mexico, boasts an adobe mosque as its centerpiece. Completed in 1981 and situated on 1,600 acres, the mosque and adjoining madrassah include vaulted ceilings, domes, archways, gardens, courtyards, and a library. The Dar al Islam community of several dedicated families...

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Los Angeles Muslims and Jews Try to Move Beyond Conflict

July 23, 1999

Source: Los Angeles Times

On July 23, 1999, the Los Angeles Times published an article on the efforts of Los Angeles Muslims and Jews to renew efforts to create a code of ethics for civilizing Muslim-Jewish relations. In the wake of the national controversy over the appointment of Salam Al-Marayati to a national counter-terrorism commission, the two sides are trying to salvage public relations. Mather Hathout, spokesman for the Islamic Center of Southern California, stated: "We have got to learn how to disagree-with respect and civility and a touch of...

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Rights of Muslim Prisoners to Attend Prayer Services Upheld

July 17, 1999

Source: Sacramento Bee

On July 17, 1999, the Sacramento Bee reported that U.S. District Judge Lawrence K. Karlton cited the California Department of Corrections in contempt of court for not fully implementing a court decision in February of 1999 that ensured the right of every Muslim inmate to attend Jumu'ah prayer services at midday on Fridays. Ernest Fenelon, a California Medical Facility inmate who is Muslim, brought suit against the Department of Corrections in 1995 for not allowing him to attend Jumu'ah services. Judge Karlton ruled in Fenelon's favor...

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Appointment of Salam Al-Marayati to Counter-Terrorism Commission Withdrawn

July 9, 1999

Source: Los Angeles Times

On July 9, 1999, the Los Angeles Times reported that House Democratic leader Richard A. Gephardt (D-MO.) withdrew the nomination of Salam Al-Marayati to a congressional commission on counter-terrorism. Gephardt claimed that Al-Marayati would not be able to gain security clearance in time for him to join the commission. Gephardt has been under fire from Jewish organizations ever since he made the appointment. Morton A. Klein, president of the Zionist Organization of America, accused Al-Marayati of excusing terrorist attacks against...

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Islam in Maine

July 6, 1999

Source: Portland Press Herald Online

On July 6, 1999, the Portland Press Herald Online published an article on the Muslim population in Maine. Due to the influx of immigrants to Maine from Somalia, Iran, Iraq, and Kosovo, the Muslim population has grown to approximately 1,500. The Portland Muslim community now has a masjid and sustains the New World Market, the state's only halal meat counter. The largest Muslim groups in Maine are Afghans and Somalians, with immigrant groups also from Egypt, Syria, Morocco, Iran, and Iraq.

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