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June 19, 2008 | From the Chicago Tribune
Hebba Aref was in the running to appear on stage at a campaign event for Barack Obama the other day when a volunteer learned that Aref, a Muslim, would be wearing a head scarf. That's when the invitation to appear behind the Democratic presidential candidate for the television cameras suddenly evaporated, with a volunteer for the Obama campaign citing politics as the reason. "This is not meant to be any slam on Obama," said Sharif Aref, Hebba Aref's brother, who attended the rally with her.
August 25, 2002
Re "Women Must Be Freed From Koranic Brutalities," Commentary, Aug. 21: Kudos to Frida Ghitis for calling a spade a spade! In defense of his modernization efforts in Turkey, Kemal Ataturk made a prescient observation nearly a century ago. He said that as long as Islamic societies continued to deny their women basic rights, such as social emancipation, equal opportunities in education and, most important, complete equality under the law, generations of...
May 8, 2011 | By Mike Anton, Los Angeles Times
The sounds of Helen Reddy's 1972 anthem to the women's liberation movement, "I Am Woman," filled the Irvine hotel ballroom where several hundred participants gathered Saturday for the American Muslim Women's Empowerment Conference. The song selection was fitting because the message speakers gave was basically the same as it was four decades ago: Know your rights, and exercise them. But there was an added twist: By standing up for their rights inside and outside the home, American Muslim women can be a force against religious and political extremism.
May 28, 1996 | From Times Wire Reports
A mob of about 250 Bosnian Serbs stoned a busload of Muslim women trying to enter Serb-held land to plant a tree of peace where some of the war's worst atrocities occurred, a NATO spokesman said. Two women were reportedly injured slightly in the attempt to enter the town of Kozarac in the Prijedor area of northwestern Bosnia, where Serbs drove out Muslims and Croats with particular ferocity during the 3 1/2-year war.
April 12, 1995
Muslim women in America are constantly confronted with images from other countries: from the Middle East, a rise in "honor killings" of Arab Muslim women who have had sex outside marriage, of harassment of women dressing in Western styles in Algeria, of women refused the right to drive in Saudi Arabia. Such images confuse cultural issues with the Muslim religion, say immigrant and American-born Muslim women. They talked with JAMES BLAIR about their experiences.
September 18, 2005 | Omar Sacirbey, Omar Sacirbey is an Alicia Patterson Foundation fellow.
NADA SELAMEH doesn't hold back her opinions on the American media. "I don't like the way they represent us," she said. They make the American public attack us. What upsets me is the way they portray Muslim women as being oppressed by their men." Before 9/11, Selameh never wore a hijab, the head scarf some Muslim women wear as an expression of modesty. But when dusty burkas became the defining image of Muslim women during the war in Afghanistan, the native of Dearborn, Mich.
Hejab is the covering worn by Muslim women--the veils and scarves, long coats and body-concealing robes. In different places it takes different forms, because the Koran's instruction that women dress modestly is interpreted in various ways. Even the question of whether men and women are equal is open to debate among Muslims, says Leila Ahmed, a professor of women's studies in religion at Harvard Divinity School. "Look at the diversity in the way Islamic women are treated," Ahmed says.
January 29, 2011 | By Nomi Morris, Special to the Los Angeles Times
On a recent weekday evening in Santa Monica, seven Muslim and five Jewish women gathered around a dining room table laden with homemade foods prepared in accordance with the dietary laws of both faiths. One by one, the women lighted candles, each saying a few words to mark the eighth anniversary of the West Los Angeles Cousins Club, a grassroots discussion group that explores spirituality and mutual understanding. "Before we started the Cousins Club, I never even knew a Muslim person," said Shayna Lester, who hosted the anniversary meeting.
October 25, 2007 | Carla Hall, Times Staff Writer
Queen Rania Al-Abdullah of Jordan listened Wednesday morning to students at Taft High School in Woodland Hills chronicle their attempts at bridging multicultural gaps in their diverse student body. They talked of their organizations, their successes, their personal stories. Then, microphone in hand, she sat on stage and, without so much as a note card, praised their various programs by name. The strife-torn Middle East could use a few of them, she mused.
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