Browsing All Posts published on »August, 2007«

ARABIC SPOKEN? PLANE GROUNDED

August 31, 2007

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Norman Parish, Chicago Sun-Times, 8/30/07 http://www.suntimes.com/news/metro/534860,CST-NWS-air30.article A woman who complained that some fellow passengers spoke Arabic and “had odd behavior” prevented a Chicago-bound American Airlines flight from departing San Diego, police said Wednesday. Flight 590, scheduled to depart at 11 p.m. Tuesday, left its gate about 11:15 but returned to the boarding area after the […]

Sri Lankan Girl Facing Death Row in Saudi Arabia

August 29, 2007

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Lankan Newspaper.com 19-year-old Rizana Nasik, is facing death sentence by beheading in Saudi Arabia for the murder of her employer`s infant two years ago. `According to the relatives of the accused girl the baby had died by accidental strangulation while her employer was abusing the Sri Lankan girl while she had the baby in her […]

Religious Profiling: New TSA Policy on Head Covering

August 29, 2007

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CAIR News Release August 28, 2007 Civil rights and community organizations are urging their constituents to take note of revised screening procedures at airports for all head coverings and to know their rights as travelers. The Transportation Security Administration (TSA) released a statement today confirming reports of new head covering screening procedures as of August […]

Smearing the Accomplishments of a Muslim School Principal

August 29, 2007

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By SAMUEL G. FREEDMAN New York Times Last Feb. 12, you may recall, New York education officials announced plans to open a minischool in September that would teach half its classes in Arabic and include study of Arab culture. The principal was to be a veteran teacher who was also a Muslim immigrant from Yemen, […]

Casting Suspicion on All American Muslims

August 24, 2007

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 Rafik Beekun Please click here to download the report, “Radicalization in the West: The Homegrown Threat,” from the New York City Police Department’s website. It alledges to describe ‘how ordinary people in the West can become radicalized and followers of what the report calls a jihadist ideology.’ This report is worrisome because it casts suspicion […]

European Union Losing Turkey

August 21, 2007

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by HUGH POPE, Wall Street Journal August 20, 2007 Istanbul When a half-century of convergence between Turkey and the European Union last floundered a decade ago, the Turks regrouped and forged forward and the EU met them halfway. The result was a revolutionary period of reform in Turkey. Last month, grateful for their most fruitful […]

The Prophet of Moderation: Tariq Ramadan’s Quest to Reclaim Islam

August 19, 2007

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By JONATHAN LAURENCE The New York Times June 18, 2007 Source; Foreign Affairs In the Footsteps of the Prophet: Lessons From the Life of Muhammad. Tariq Ramadan. Oxford University Press, 2007, 242 pp. $23.00. Most Westerners have a pretty clear idea of what comes to the mind of a Danish cartoonist when he imagines the […]

Death threats allegedly issued against Middle Eastern Scholar at Barnard College

August 18, 2007

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In an email from President Judy Shapiro of Barnard College to Phil Orenstein of Democracy Project, she allegedly states that Assistant Professor Nadia Abu El-Haj has received death threats. “To clarify and provide some additional information: I do not myself believe that the people who are getting in touch with me anonymously truly need to […]

Alumni Group Seeks to Deny Tenure to Middle Eastern Scholar at Barnard College

August 18, 2007

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Daily news reported by The Chronicle of Higher Education newsfeed. August 15, 2007 Controversial research on Israel and the Palestinian territories has become the basis of yet another campaign to prevent a professor from winning tenure. A group of Barnard College alumni has drafted an online petition asking their alma mater to deny tenure to […]

Job Opening for Muslims in the EU Project

August 17, 2007

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EU MONITORING AND ADVOCACY PROGRAM OPEN SOCIETY INSTITUTE For the monitoring project ‘Muslims in the EU: City Reports’, the EU Monitoring and Advocacy Program (EUMAP) of the Open Society Institute, is seeking: RESEARCHERS (8) – For the monitoring project ‘Muslims in the EU: City Reports’- EXTENSION OF DEADLINE FOCUS GROUPS COORDINATORS (11) – For the […]

Along a Brooklyn avenue, a melting pot — and peace;

August 15, 2007

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Rick Hampson USA Today NEW YORK — What is it about Coney Island Avenue? That’s what Brooklyn College sociologist Jerry Krase wonders as he rides the B68 bus along this 5-mile commercial strip, which is populated at various stops by pockets of West Indians, Latinos, Pakistanis, Indians, Orthodox Jews, Chinese, Russians, Israelis and Ukrainians. How […]

Muslims adopt Hindu IDs to escape discrimination in India

August 15, 2007

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Shaikh Azizur Rahman, SPECIAL TO THE STAR Toronto Star On a busy street in Calcutta’s business district, he runs a food stall called “Rajib’s Paratha” and is known as Rajib Mallick. Using the popular Hindu name, no one suspects he is Rajab Ali Mollah, a Muslim who has adopted a fictitious identity to blend in […]

Possible Prison Time for Former Guard Accused Of Hiding Muslim Ties

August 14, 2007

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By Dan Morse; Washington Post Staff Writer On April 19, 2005, Darrick Jackson completed an application to work as a private security guard at an entrance gate to Andrews Air Force Base. “Have you ever used or been known by another name?” he was asked in the second of 20 queries. “No,” Jackson answered. He […]

Makkah ‘s Historical Islamic Sites Under Attack by Money and Extremism

August 13, 2007

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By SALAH NASRAWI, Associated Press Writer Sun Aug 12, 11:55 AM ET Makkah , Saudi Arabia – These days it’s easier to find a Cinnabon in Mecca than the house where the Prophet Muhammad was born. The ancient sites in Islam’s holiest city are under attack from both money and extreme religion. Developers are building […]

The religious state of Islamic science

August 13, 2007

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Source: Salon.com Steve Paulson HIGHLIGHT: Turkish-American physicist Taner Edis explains why science in Muslim lands remains stuck in the past — and why the Golden Age of Mesopotamia wasn’t so golden after all. In October, Malaysia’s first astronaut will join a Russian crew and blast off into space. The news of a Muslim astronaut was […]

Muslim Meat Packing Plant Workers Want Accommodation For Prayer Time

August 13, 2007

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Source: cair.com O’REILLY: “Personal story” segment tonight, more accommodations requested for American Muslims. The Council on American Islamic Relations, CAIR, wants a meat packing plant in Nebraska to give Muslim workers time to pray around sundown. The plan says that would interrupt the assembly line. Joining us now from Chicago, Ahmed Rehab, head of CAIR’s […]

Academic Job Openings related to Islam and the Middle East

August 11, 2007

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Montana State University – Bozeman – Assistant Professor, 19th or 20th Century African or Middle Eastern Islamic World History (MT, United States) http://www.h-net.org/jobs/display_job.php?jobID=33953 MODERN ISLAMIC WORLD/WORLD HISTORY. Montana State University-Bozeman invites applications for a tenure-track assistant professorship in African or Middle Eastern Islamic world history, pending funding. The successful candidate will be prepared to teach […]

When hedge funds meet Islamic finance

August 9, 2007

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By JOANNA SLATER, The Wall Street Journal HAYMARKET, Va. One recent afternoon, New York money manager James Rickards presented Sheik Yusuf Talal DeLorenzo with a dilemma: Could his hedge fund be Islamic-friendly? Islam prohibits all kinds of speculative behavior that is embedded in Wall Street’s DNA. But Mr. DeLorenzo, a Massachusetts-born convert to Islam, is […]

Muslims garner 2 of top 3 spots on Hamtramck council ballot

August 9, 2007

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August 8, 2007 By NIRAJ WARIKOO FREE PRESS STAFF WRITER In a display of their emerging political power, Muslims were two of the top three vote-getters in Tuesday’s primary election in Hamtramck for City Council. Shahab Ahmed, an incumbent, received 574 votes, the most out of 12 candidates on the ballot. Delawar Mohamed Hussain came […]

Muslim clerk fights off armed robber

August 8, 2007

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Kristin Lowman, Fox 23, news.com Hafiz Alam, a store clerk, fought back after an armed robbery in Albany. Tonight, a suspect is in custody following a stand off with police. The robbery happened at Quail Street News around 5:20 A.M. Store clerk Hafiz Alam was behind the counter when a man walked in the door […]

Unemployed Saudis Team Up to Lobby for Rights

August 8, 2007

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Ebtihal Mubarak, Arab News JEDDAH, 8 August 2007 — A group of 48 Saudis have come together to establish a society for unemployed Saudis that would lobby for their rights in securing jobs. The group, in its first move since its inception, recently wrote a letter to the labor minister in Riyadh asking for support. […]

Islam in the Workplace (Part 2): Muslims’ Attire

August 7, 2007

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Note from Rafik and Nadiah Beekun: Though some of the following information is available on other websites, we have reproduced it here because of its direct relevance to the issues covered by this blog. We have also added to the material available on the internet through our own research. We will explore the implications of Hijab […]

In defense of Hijab: Azizah’s front cover

August 7, 2007

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Linda Morris Religious Affairs Writer Sydney Morning Herald (Australia) August 7, 2007 Tuesday, p. 5 First Edition ON JUST about every cover of Azizah, the first of a new crop of US Muslim women’s magazines, is a women wearing the hijab. The practice has drawn criticism that the publisher and editor of Azizah, Tayyibah Taylor, […]

Islamophobia 101: Episode 18–Republican Presidential candidate threatens Islam’s holiest sites in Mecca and Medina

August 6, 2007

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WASHINGTON (AP) – Republican presidential hopeful Tom Tancredo says the best way he can think of to deter a nuclear terrorist attack on the U.S. is to threaten to retaliate by bombing Islamic holy sites. The Colorado congressman on Tuesday told about 30 people at a town hall meeting in the state of Iowa that […]

Muslim doctors’ group seeks to educate about Islam’s medical care guidelines

August 6, 2007

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Susan Hogan/Albach, The Chicago Sun-Times, August 6, News, p. 16 Can a Muslim ever use medicine containing pork products? Terminate a pregnancy? Use fertility drugs? For American Muslims, there isn’t anything like a Catholic magisterium issuing definitive policies. So who decides? “Some patients turn to Muslim doctors; others turn to imams,” said Shiraz Malik of […]

What is Islamophobia?

August 1, 2007

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1. Ibrahim Hooper debates Dennis Praeger CAIR National Communications Director Ibrahim Hooper debates use of the term “Islamophobia” with talk show host Dennis Prager on CNN. 2. Islamophobie (What is Islamophobia) [in French] Please click here to view an excellent short lecture by Tariq Ramadan on what Islamophobia is. The lecture is in French. 3. […]

Sowing the sociological seeds of discontent

August 1, 2007

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Source: Hagai Segal in South China Morning Post, Aug 1, 2007, p. 13 Indian doctor Mohammed Haneef has flown home, leaving behind him a growing scandal in Australia in the wake of an astonishing legal and political soap opera that followed the attempted terror attacks in London and Glasgow in late June. The long-term legacy […]

Is flushing the Qur’an down the toilet a hate crime?

August 1, 2007

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CAIR Debates Hate Vandalism of Quran with Chris Hitchens