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On his lap, Muneeb Baig cradled his copy of the Koran, held together with silver duct tape and covered with pencil scrawls. Although the 13-year-old Garden Grove boy hasn't needed to refer to the holy book since this summer when he first recited the Koran by heart, its thick binding and worn, gold-trimmed pages comfort him.
June 4, 2005 | Richard A. Serrano, Times Staff Writer
The Pentagon late Friday confirmed five incidents of Koran desecration at the prison for detainees at Guantanamo Bay, Cuba, wrapping up a high-priority investigation. The findings concluded that one soldier deliberately kicked the Muslim holy book, other guards hit it with water balloons, and a soldier's urine splashed on a prisoner and his Koran. Details of the incidents are contained in the final report of the inquiry headed by Army Brig. Gen.
November 24, 2002 | David Kelly, Times Staff Writer
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 | From Times Wire Services
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.
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.
September 15, 2010 | By Elaine Woo, Los Angeles Times
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 | Tim Rutten
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 | By Henry Chu, Los Angeles Times
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.
August 6, 2009 | Alex Rodriguez
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 11, 2010 | James Rainey
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.
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