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  1. Arabic (Awesome Library)
      Provides sources of information on Arabic language and culture. (Although Arabic is the preferred language for reading Islamic texts, most Muslims are not Arabian and most Arabian Americans are not Muslims. Many Middle East Arabians are Muslims, however.) 9-01

  2. Eid-ul-Adha (Yahoo)
      Provides search results for the Muslim holiday of Eid-ul-Adha.

  3. Jihad and Violence (About.com - Huda)
      Provides many sources of information on the meaning of "jihad." 10-01

  4. Ramadan (Awesome Library)
      Provides sources of information. 11-01

Materials
  1. Locations of Muslims in the World (Guardian Unlimited)
      Provides a map showing concentrations of Muslims in the world, by country. (Uses Macromedia Flash format.) 10-01

Multimedia
  1. CNN Moderator Returns Award to Anti-Defamation League in Protest (CNN News)
      Fareed Zakaria said he will return his award and honorarium from the Anti-Defamation League because of its stand over a proposed mosque near ground zero. Zakaria's award was for standing up for freedom of religion.

      "The Anti-Defamation League, founded in 1913, is the world’s leading organization fighting anti-Semitism through programs and services that counteract hatred, prejudice and bigotry." 08-10

Papers
  1. -Editorial: Terrorist Attacks Are Not About the Religion of Islam (Time.com)
      "When the Ku Klux Klan burn a cross in a black family’s yard, prominent Christians aren’t required to explain how these aren’t really Christian acts. Most people already realize that the KKK doesn’t represent Christian teachings. That’s what I and other Muslims long for—the day when these terrorists praising the Prophet Muhammad or Allah’s name as they debase their actual teachings are instantly recognized as thugs disguising themselves as Muslims. It’s like bank robbers wearing masks of presidents; we don’t really think Jimmy Carter and George W. Bush hit the Bank of America during their down time."

      "We can’t end terrorism any more than we can end crime in general. Ironically, terrorism is actually an act against the very religion they claim to believe in."

      "I look forward to the day when an act of terrorism by self-proclaimed Muslims will be universally dismissed as nothing more than a criminal attack of a thuggish political organization wearing an ill-fitting Muslim mask. To get to that point, we will need to teach our communities what the real beliefs of Islam are." 01-15

  2. Across the Nation, Opposition to Mosques (New York Times)
      "At one time, neighbors who did not want mosques in their backyards said their concerns were over traffic, parking and noise — the same reasons they might object to a church or a synagogue. But now the gloves are off."

      "Feeding the resistance is a growing cottage industry of authors and bloggers — some of them former Muslims — who are invited to speak at rallies, sell their books and testify in churches. Their message is that Islam is inherently violent and incompatible with America."

      "A two-year study by a group of academics on American Muslims and terrorism concluded that contemporary mosques are actually a deterrent to the spread of militant Islam and terrorism. The study was conducted by professors with Duke’s Sanford School of Public Policy and the University of North Carolina. It disclosed that many mosque leaders had put significant effort into countering extremism by building youth programs, sponsoring antiviolence forums and scrutinizing teachers and texts." 08-10

  3. American Muslims and Islam (Council on American-Islamic Relations)
      Provides a short summary of the teachings of Islam. Also corrects misunderstandings about "jihad" and the rights of women in Islam. "If a particular society oppresses women, it does so in spite of Islam, not because of it." 10-01

  4. Arabic Letters (Islam 101)
      Provides the Arabic alphabet and is designed for Muslims. 9-01

  5. Bush Denounces Muslim Harassment (CNN)
      President Bush supports Americans of the Muslim faith and warns that those who harass them should be ashamed. 9-01

  6. Crusades - Asserts That Pope Urban II Started the War Against Muslims (Dowling)
      Provides the events that resulted in the "Holy Wars" between Christians and Muslims for Jerusalem. 10-01

  7. Early Islam
  8. Famous Muslim Cleric Issues Fatwa Against Terrorism (CNN News)
      "Sheikh Dr. Tahir ul-Qadri: At a news conference in London, England, on Tuesday, the renowned Islamic scholar issued a fatwa -- a religious ruling -- condemning suicide bombers as destined for hell, removing extremists' certainty of earning paradise after death."

      "The 600-page fatwa is arguably the most comprehensive theological refutation of Islamist terrorism to date. Qadri said his aim was to set an important precedent that might allow other scholars to similarly condemn the ideas behind terrorism." 03-10

  9. Holy Quran Text (Islam 101 - Ali, Translator)
      Provides an English translation of the Quran or Koran, sometimes spelled Qur'an. 9-01

  10. Holy Quran Text - Chapter Introductions by Maududi (Sabr Foundation)
      Provides an English translation of translations and commentary to limited portions of the Quran or Koran, sometimes spelled Qur'an. 9-01

  11. Iran - Culture and Religion (LonelyPlanet.com)
      Provides a short description of the culture and Muslim religion of Iran. 9-01

  12. Islam (Information Please) Muslim or Moslem
      Includes information on the Qur'an, sometimes misspelled by visitors as Koran, and the Sunnah. Muslim is sometimes spelled Moslem or misspelled by visitors as Muslem, Muzlem, or Muzlim. 9-01

  13. Islam - Introduction (Muslims Against Terrorism - Soharwardy)
      Provides an introduction to Islam for Westerners. 11-01

  14. Islam Articles (Understanding-Islam.com)
      Provides articles and questions and answers on key issues related to Islam. 11-01

  15. Islam and Geometric Shapes (Asia Society - Norman)
      Provides a study of Islam through geometric shapes. 5-00.

  16. Islam and Stereotypes (Social Studies School Service)
      Provides a lesson on stereotypes with Islam as the example. 9-01

  17. Islam by Country (Wikipedia.org)
      "Islam is the world's second largest religion after Christianity. According to a 2009 demographic study, Islam has 1.57 billion adherents, making up 23% of the world population.[1][2"

      "Islam is the predominant religion in the Middle East, in northern Africa[3][4], and in some parts of Asia.[5] Large communities of Muslims are also found in China, the Balkans, and Russia.[6] Other parts of the world host large Muslim immigrant communities; in Western Europe, for instance, Islam is the second largest religion after Christianity, though it represents less than 5% of the total population.[7]"

      "Approximately 50 countries are Muslim-majority.[2] Around 62% of the world's Muslims live in Asia, with over 683 million adherents in such countries as Indonesia (the largest Muslim country by population, home to 15.6% of the world's Muslims[8]), Pakistan, India, and Bangladesh (all three being successor states to the former British Raj).[2][9] About 20% of Muslims live in Arab countries.[10]" 09-10

  18. Islam vs Science? (US News)
      "Between the ninth and 13th centuries, Muslim scholars not only translated the great works of Greek medicine, mathematics, and science but also pushed the frontiers of discovery in all of those areas. They improved and named algebra, refined techniques of surgery, advanced the study of optics, and charted the heavens. Then, toward the end of the 13th century, something mysterious happened: The scientific spirit seemed to die almost completely."

      "Hoodbhoy marshals an array of data to demonstrate that the commitment to real scientific study and research in Muslim nations still lags far behind international averages." 09-07

  19. Islamic Texts (HADI, Inc) 2-00
  20. Isra and Miraj (Council on American-Islamic Relations)
      "On October 14, Muslims worldwide will mark 'Isra and Miraj,' the Prophet Muhammad's night journey from Mecca to Jerusalem, and from the rock now located in the Dome of the Rock, to heaven." Also transliterated Mohammad, Mohammed, Muhammed, and sometimes Mahomet.10-01

  21. Jihad and Violence (Al-Islam.com) star
      Provides textual answers on what the Qur'an and Hadith have to say about jihad and violence. Terrorists have said that Islam provides justification for their violence. On the contrary, Islam clearly rejects violence against innocent civilians. In fact, Islamic texts strongly reject trying to force anyone to become a Muslim. 10-01

  22. Jihad and Violence (Beliefnet.com)
      Provides answers from Imams, Muslim scholars, on what the Qur'an and Hadith have to say about jihad and violence. Terrorists have said that Islam provides justification for their violence. On the contrary, Muslim scholars make it clear that Islam rejects violence against innocent civilians. In fact, they say, Islam strongly rejects trying to force anyone to become a Muslim. 9-01

  23. Level of Support Against Terrorism (CNN - Jones)
      Describes the reactions of key Muslim countries to proposals by the USA to fight terrorism. 9-01

  24. Muslim Family Mourns Loss (CNN)
      Profiles a Muslim-American family member who was a victim in one of the planes that crashed in New York City. 9-01

  25. Muslim Rage and Democracy (National Endowment for Democracy and the Johns Hopkins University Press - Wright)
      Provides Robin Wright's analysis. She is the author of Sacred Rage. 12-01

  26. Muslims Cannot Be Terrorists (Muslims Against Terrorism)
      Requests media not to use phrases, such as "Islamic Fundamentalists" or "Muslim Terrorists" regarding terrorist attacks "Because such things do not exist. Islam is the religion of peace, love and mutual respect. Islam is the religion of moderation. Islam is the religion of human value and dignity." M.A.T. asks that religious affiliation not be mentioned in terrorist attacks. Editor's Note - When the Ku Klux Klan claimed credit for terrorist attacks in the 1960's, they were not identified by religion as "Christian Fundamentalists" or "Christian Rebels." Although the KKK identified themselves as a Christian movement, media never labeled them as "Christians" because their terrorism was regarded as a basic violation of Christian principles. We owe the same respect to the Muslim religion. Terrorists should be identified by their political name, such as al Qaeda terrorists. (Muslims is pronounced "Mooslims." Pronounce al Qaeda as "Al Ka-e-dah." Visitors sometimes spell Kida, Queda, Quaeda, Quaida, Qaida, Qaeda, Kaeda, or Kaida. 9-01

  27. Muslims in Europe (Economist.com)
      Describes the heritage and pattern of settlement of Muslims in Europe. 10-01

  28. President Obama Backs Mosque Near Ground Zero (Time.com)
      "President Barack Obama on Friday forcefully endorsed building a mosque near ground zero, saying the country's founding principles demanded no less."

      " 'As a citizen, and as president, I believe that Muslims have the same right to practice their religion as anyone else in this country,' Obama said, weighing in for the first time on a controversy that has riven New York and the nation." 08-10

  29. Quiz: Differences Between Sunnis and Shiites (Christian Science Monitor)
      Provides a quiz. 08-14

  30. Saladin (Infoplease.com)
      Provides a biography of the Muslim warrior and sultan of Egypt. Also spelled Salah al-Din or Salah ad-Din. Visitors sometimes misspell as Saludin, Salludin, or Salladin 5-01

  31. Saladin (Snow Lion's Den)
      Provides a biography of the Muslim warrior and sultan of Egypt. Also spelled Salah al-Din or Salah ad-Din. Visitors sometimes misspell as Saludin, Salludin, or Salladin 5-01

  32. Sulayman (InfoPlease.com)
      Provides a short biography of Sulayman "the Magnificent," the Sultan who ruled at the height of the Ottoman Empire. Also spelled Sulieman or Suleyman. 12-01

  33. Sunnis (Columbia Encyclopedia)
      Provides a brief introduction to the largest branch of Islam. 9-01

  34. Sunnis (St Martins College)
      Provides a brief historical profile of Sunni Islam. 9-01

  35. Towns Struggle with Religious Freedom Issues (Time.com)
      "While insisting he isn't anti-Islam, Fisher says he does question how construction of the mosque 'promotes the general welfare' of the people, as outlined in the Bill of Rights. 'I respect their rights to worhip as they see fit, but I'm not certain this promotes domestic tranquility.' " 08-10

  36. Voices from Behind the Veil (Christian Science Monitor - Gaouette)
      Provides an inside view on the experience of Muslim women in the Middle East. "They bridle at Western assumptions about the nature of Islam and a woman's place in it. Like their Afghan sisters, these women stress that culture shapes their lives as much as religion and if they have problems, the veil certainly isn't one of them. They want change, but on terms that suit their society. Most of all, they would like Westerners to stop rehashing old clichés about who they are." 3-02

  37. Women's Rights in Islam (Islamic.org)
      Provides a summary of women's right as presented in the Qur'an and Hadith. Examples of rights include "the right and duty to obtain education, the right to have their own independent property, the right to work to earn money if they need it or want it, equality of reward for equal deeds, the right to participate fully in public life and have their voices heard by those in power," and much more. Editor's Note - The rights of women in Islam are in stark contrast to the limitations of women's rights made--in the name of Islam--by the Taliban government in Afghanistan.

  38. Women's Rights in Islam Compared to Political Oppression (Afghan-web.com - Shorish-Shamley)
      Uses texts of Qur'an and Hadiths to declare that women are equal to men in Islam. Loss of women's rights, the author argues, comes from ancient traditions and ignorance, not the teachings of Islam.

   
   


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