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December 14, 2003 | Ellen Baskin, Special to The Times
After watching her performance as the downtrodden wife of a deposed Iranian colonel in "House of Sand and Fog," meeting actress Shohreh Aghdashloo is testimony to the powerful alchemy of wardrobe, makeup and -- above all -- acting skills. In the DreamWorks drama, the tragic travails of Nadi Behrani's life are indelibly etched on her face, her posture, her demeanor.
September 28, 2003 | Mohamed Khalifa, Associated Press Writer
A few years ago, a brief nude scene in "American Beauty" that made it past Egypt's censors prompted some moviegoers to stand up and shout in protest. So theater owners cut the scene themselves. With Egyptians becoming increasingly religious -- and socially conservative -- it's not just government officials who see censorship as necessary. Even some artists, who traditionally bemoan infringements on their creativity, say censorship may be the only way to cope with conservative Islam.
August 23, 2003
Re "From Dhaka, With Hope," Opinion, Aug. 17: Ted Widmer tells us about the American Studies Institute, a new program that offers Muslim college students from Pakistan, India and Bangladesh an alternative to religious fundamentalism with "the strongest weapons in our arsenal: hope, tolerance and an educational system second to none." It sounds like a great program. Why not extend it to Christian students from the U.S., where some religious fundamentalists preach the rapture of the church in which true Christian believers gain immortality but the rest of humanity faces apocalyptic terror?
June 15, 2003 | Prajnan Bhattacharya, Associated Press Writer
At her summer camp, 10-year-old Stuti Gupta is learning to use guns, leap through rings of fire, and fight with knives and wooden truncheons -- skills that India's most powerful Hindu nationalist group tells her she needs to protect her faith. The World Hindu Council's women's wing is holding training camps in several parts of India, where girls learn martial arts and are "ordained" with metal tridents, the symbol of Shiva, the Hindu god of destruction.
June 5, 2003
Re "Bomb Suspect's First Trial to Be Held in Alabama," June 3: The arrest of Eric Robert Rudolph will provide a test of the American media's evenhandedness, bigotry or both. Virtually every time a bombing occurs in the Middle East it is attributed to "Islamic extremists" or "Muslim fundamentalists." Much is made of the community support that the extremists have. Now it is alleged that a Christian, with religious and ideological motivations, bombed the Olympics and women's health clinics.
July 19, 2002 | From Times Wire Reports
MALAYSIA * Prime Minister Mahathir Mohamad's ruling party split a by-election with Muslim fundamentalists who want to declare Malaysia a hard-line Islamic state. The archrivals were contesting the state assembly and national Parliament seats that came open after the death last month of Fadzil Noor, leader of the Pan-Malaysian Islamic Party, or PAS. The fundamentalists retained the assembly seat and built an early, 2,000-vote lead for the parliamentary seat.
June 25, 2002 | From Associated Press
Fadzil Noor, the leader of Malaysia's opposition Islamic fundamentalist party, died Sunday after failing to regain consciousness after heart bypass surgery two weeks ago, hospital officials said. He was 65.
When this country began issuing ID cards to women in November, the hard-liners were quick to object. Women with picture IDs showing their faces unveiled? And what if someone superimposed copies of the photos on nude bodies and circulated them as pornography? "Whoever gets a card for his women will be acting like a pimp," said a leaflet issued by the fundamentalists. Still, less than six months later thousands of Saudi women are carrying their own IDs, rather than be listed by name on a husband's or father's card.
March 16, 2002 | From Times Wire Reports
GREENVILLE, S.C.--The president of Bob Jones University says that he wants to shed the school's fundamentalist label because the term has been equated with terrorist in the minds of many people since Sept. 11. Bob Jones III has suggested using the word "preservationist" to describe Christians with a fierce belief in the Bible's literal, inerrant truth.
Prosecutors are pursuing charges of religious hate crimes against a self-styled Muslim fundamentalist suspected of attacking statues of the Virgin Mary at Roman Catholic churches in Los Angeles and Culver City. Emad Ibrahim Saad, 35, of Los Angeles is accused of decapitating the Virgin Mary statue at St.
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