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October 29, 1989 | From Times Staff and Wire Reports
A Muslim religious court heard charges of apostasy, or abandonment of religious faith, against a women's rights advocate running for Parliament. Islamic conservatives prosecuting Toujan Faisal, one of 12 female candidates in next month's general election, want the Islamic court in Amman to declare her incompetent, dissolve her marriage and give immunity to anyone shedding her blood. Faisal, 40, is a former television journalist who aired topics such as child abuse and wife beating.
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March 22, 2000 | RICHARD BOUDREAUX and REBECCA TROUNSON, TIMES STAFF WRITERS
Pope John Paul II began the first official papal visit to Israel on Tuesday after sidestepping a new Holy Land dispute as seemingly intractable as the ancient religious and political conflicts he faces this week as a guest of both the Israeli and Palestinian leaderships. The pontiff came to a spring by the Jordan River that is at the heart of a modern-day debate about something as old as Christianity itself: Where exactly was Jesus baptized?
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August 11, 1990 | DANIEL WILLIAMS, TIMES STAFF WRITER
In some circumstances, President Bush might be pleased to be compared to Richard the Lion-Hearted, but when a Muslim religious leader made the comparison here Friday at weekly prayers, it was meant as anything but a compliment. In the leader's view, and that of several hundred of the faithful who chanted anti-American slogans, Bush and the English Crusader king represent misguided Western efforts to invade and conquer Islam and the Arab world.
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August 11, 1990 | DANIEL WILLIAMS, TIMES STAFF WRITER
In some circumstances, President Bush might be pleased to be compared to Richard the Lion-Hearted, but when a Muslim religious leader made the comparison here Friday at weekly prayers, it was meant as anything but a compliment. In the leader's view, and that of several hundred of the faithful who chanted anti-American slogans, Bush and the English Crusader king represent misguided Western efforts to invade and conquer Islam and the Arab world.
NEWS
March 22, 2000 | RICHARD BOUDREAUX and REBECCA TROUNSON, TIMES STAFF WRITERS
Pope John Paul II began the first official papal visit to Israel on Tuesday after sidestepping a new Holy Land dispute as seemingly intractable as the ancient religious and political conflicts he faces this week as a guest of both the Israeli and Palestinian leaderships. The pontiff came to a spring by the Jordan River that is at the heart of a modern-day debate about something as old as Christianity itself: Where exactly was Jesus baptized?
CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
August 14, 2000
Re "Rabbi's Remarks Outrage Jews and Arabs," Aug. 7: Israel's Shas Party doesn't represent all Sephardim/Mizrahim (Middle Eastern Jews). There are, in fact, numerous progressive Mizrahi organizations working for peace, and many Sephardim/Mizrahim have positive relationships with Palestinians. Rabbi Ovadia Yosef and his followers do not represent all Sephardi/Mizrahi Jews, either in Israel or in the U.S. We do not all consider Arabs our natural sworn enemies; we do not all believe in reincarnation; and many of us are university-trained professionals who are outspoken about the need for political, economic and cultural cooperation among all Middle Easterners, regardless of religion.
WORLD
July 22, 2003 | T. Christian Miller, Times Staff Writer
Ali abu Sakur seems like a man who should be enjoying the fruits of democracy. In elections last month, the parliament member trounced his opponents. His party and its allies control about a fifth of the votes in the lower house. His party headquarters -- a two-story building of tan brick covered in political posters and filled with activists -- would fit neatly into any American electoral ward. But behind Jordan's democratic veneer are developments that trouble Sakur deeply.
NEWS
October 29, 1989 | From Times Staff and Wire Reports
A Muslim religious court heard charges of apostasy, or abandonment of religious faith, against a women's rights advocate running for Parliament. Islamic conservatives prosecuting Toujan Faisal, one of 12 female candidates in next month's general election, want the Islamic court in Amman to declare her incompetent, dissolve her marriage and give immunity to anyone shedding her blood. Faisal, 40, is a former television journalist who aired topics such as child abuse and wife beating.
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