VIRGINIA MUSLIM STABBED, CALLED 'TERRORIST
PIG' FBI urged to investigate attack on woman
wearing head scarf
(WASHINGTON, D.C., 10/6/2003) - The Council on American-Islamic Relations
(CAIR) today called on the FBI to investigate an attack Sunday on a Muslim
woman in Virginia as a possible hate crime.
Stanford University has received $9 million to endow a program and
professorship in Islamic studies - gifts that could position the school to
become a powerhouse in the study of the world's second-largest faith.
The field of Islamic studies has attracted more interest, research and
students since the Sept. 11, 2001, attacks on the United States.
In the last two years, student demand for classes on Islamic religion,
culture, history and languages has soared. And many universities,
including Stanford, have not been able to keep pace.
Retired Oracle executive Sohaib Abbasi and his wife, Sara, hope to change
that, Sohaib Abbasi said. The Atherton residents, who were born in
Pakistan, donated $2.5 million to establish the Islamic studies program,
Stanford announced Friday.
In addition, Stanford alumna Lysbeth Warren gave $2 million to endow a new
Islamic studies professorship. Both gifts were matched by the William and
Flora Hewlett Foundation, bringing the total to $9 million...
Hamza Yusuf Hanson is an American convert to Islam. He is an outspoken
advocate of better understanding between the Muslim world and the West.
Writing in the third century, the Arab poet Mutanabbi describes how a
recipient of another's largesse will usually respond with either
indebtedness or resentment :
'A generous soul is bought when it receives, a vile one returns good done
Your response to another's good toward you determines your nature.
If good in nature, you will respond with indebtedness and respect; if
vile, with resentment and envy.
Many of us in the West feel anger and resentment toward Islam and Muslims.
Often this is justified in our minds by the anger and resentment Muslims
appear to have toward the West...
THE POSITION OF WOMEN IN ISLAM Dr. John Esposito, Gulf News, 8/22/03
For decades Islam has evoked discussion and debate. The religion is
under the microscope after the September 11, 2001, attacks. Never before
has Islam been so questioned as to the extent that it is today. A few
scholars have come to its rescue to clarify the principles on which
Islam is based. One such scholar is Dr. John L. Esposito who has done so
through his writings. This is the sixth in a series of nine articles by
Esposito shedding light on the many areas of Islam, among them being the
Holy Quran, politics, women, and terrorism, to eliminate the
misunderstandings in Islam.
ELLIS: ISLAM FILLING VOID LEFT BY
THE CHURCH Rob Phillips, Baptist Press, 8/20/03
RIDGECREST, N.C. -Islam is rising in America, not
because of its strength, but because of the retreat of the church, and
if the religion founded by Muhammad 1,400 years ago continues to grow at
its current rate, there will be more Muslims than Christians in every
major U.S. city by 2020. Dr. John Esposito, Gulf News, 8/22/03