CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
November 24, 2002 |
Sheik Hamad Ibrahim al Hadaad squeezes one eye shut, leans forward and taps a leathery finger against his skull. "I am famous for my sharp memory," he says with a sly grin. "Famous enough to be brought all the way to America." The 75-year-old, barefoot Egyptian rests before prayers in his spartan bedroom at the Islamic Center of the Conejo Valley in Thousand Oaks. Night after night, chapter by chapter, he recites the Koran from memory.
May 18, 2005 |
Newsweek should be held responsible for damage caused by violent anti-American demonstrations that followed its now-retracted report about U.S. interrogators desecrating the Koran at the Guantanamo Bay, Cuba, prison camp, an Afghan government spokesman said Tuesday. Pakistan's government spurned the magazine's apology as "not enough," and the White House called for Newsweek to do more to repair the damage to America's image in Muslim nations.
February 16, 1991 |
Somewhere in Jidda, in a dark, crowded prison cell, six young men await their encounter with Islamic justice for ambushing a bus with guns this month and slightly wounding two American GIs. Justice for the men--four Palestinians and two Yemenis--is apt to be swift.
CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
September 15, 2010 |
Fathi Osman, an Egyptian American expert on Islam who was a forceful voice for modernism in the Muslim faith, died Saturday at his home in Montrose. He was 82. The cause was congestive heart failure, said his daughter, Ghada Osman, a professor of Arabic studies at San Diego State University. Osman wrote more than 25 books in Arabic and English, including "Concepts of the Quran" (1996), a unique English-language commentary on the Koran that presents the challengingly subtle and discursive text in a format organized by topic.
April 6, 2011 |
In this digital age, speech has been globalized just as surely as commerce. That's one of the lessons to be taken from the troubling sequence of events in which a tiny Florida church's distasteful publicity stunt of burning a Koran triggered five days of protest and mob violence across Afghanistan. Through Tuesday, more than 20 people had been killed, and the hand of our Taliban antagonists has been strengthened. Terry Jones, you may recall, is the anti-Islam pastor of a Gainesville fundamentalist church with a congregation of about 30, who gained international notoriety and hours of press attention last fall by threatening to burn a Koran on the Sept.
November 7, 2010 |
He calls Islam a "totalitarian ideology. " He compares the Koran to "Mein Kampf" and wants it banned. He says that millions of Muslims who have settled in Europe ought to be deported, taking their "retarded" culture with them. Such statements have made Geert Wilders the most controversial politician here in the Netherlands and a provocative figure abroad. But do they also make him a criminal? For months, Wilders, 47, has been at the center of a messy legal fight that has forced the parliament member to defend himself in an Amsterdam courtroom against charges of inciting hatred and insulting an entire class of people.
September 11, 2010 |
Everyone with a television camera or a notepad seemed to be converging on Florida this week to ask Terry Jones: Will you burn the Koran? Better questions might have been: Does God embrace bigots? Is there at least an ounce of shame in distracting the world from its real business? And when does Yosemite Sam get his mustache back? That last one because woolly-whiskered Jones' TV appearances this week unreeled like some madcap cartoon. The harrumphing, huckstering faux man of God growled threats at Islam, then purred about his hope for compromise, then growled again.
August 6, 2009 |
Ethel Khurshid Gil gingerly held out the charred Bible she pulled from the rubble of her home, using a swatch of cellophane to keep the scorched pages from scattering in the hot wind. "Look how they've destroyed our Bibles!" the 47-year-old Christian Pakistani cried out.
September 10, 2010 |
As a candidate, Barack Obama passionately defended the importance of religion in his life and in the nation's politics. As president, Obama on Friday called for a renewal of religious tolerance and a cooling of tempers against Muslims as he tried to defuse the furor over plans to build an Islamic prayer center and mosque in New York and threats to burn copies of the Koran in Florida. Obama, a Christian whose Muslim name inflames some of his fringe opponents, didn't have to get involved in either dispute.
April 12, 2010 |
Every woman at the bridal shower was drenched in color. One wore a lime green strapless gown with turquoise sequins; another a violet leopard-print caftan with scarlet lace; another a yellow, gold-beaded chemise with a neckline that would have made J-Lo blush. Was this Yemen, or a strange mirage? "Really, it is very bad," said Samira Taher, one of the women at the shower. "If you see me in Egypt, I am always wearing the latest fashion, I have my hair in a new design, and I am wearing makeup, but here, I am wrapped in black.