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This is What the NYPD’s Failed Muslim Surveillance Program Actually Looked Like
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On Tuesday, the NYPD announced it would dismantle its Demographics Unit, the controversial squad of plainclothes officers tasked with monitoring and gathering intelligence in New York’s Muslim neighborhoods.

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Q&A with Islamic studies scholar John L. Esposito
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Q: What made you interested in Islamic-Christian relations?

A: Obviously, I have a strong Christian background. I realized that if we are going to talk about a Judeo-Christian tradition, then we should be talking about a Judeo-Christian-Islamic tradition — that there is a connection.




Islamophobic Florida Republican Would Legalize Textbook Censorship
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by Dean Obeidallah

A state senator who says Muslims threaten America and gays deserve to die of AIDS wants to give more control to local school boards after a hate group asked students to tear out one book’s chapter on Islam.




NYPD stops Muslim surveillance program
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The NYPD has disbanded a special unit that was at the center of the controversy surrounding surveillance of the Muslim community and has reassigned its officers, a police spokesman said Tuesday.




‘Google Doodle’ marks 888th birthday of Muslim philosopher Averroes
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Google is getting philosophical with its latest ‘Doodle’, which today marks the 888th birthday of the Muslim thinker Averroes. The search giant regularly transforms its logo to celebrate famous people, historical events or notable dates, and on Monday chose a tribute to the philosopher Averroes, who was also known as Ibn Rushd.




Visiting professor discusses history of Islamic law in 15th century al-Andalus
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Jocelyn Hendrickson, a history, classics and religious studies professor at the University of Alberta, said the history of the Spanish conquest of al-Andalus in the 15th century includes issues that are still very relevant to Muslims today.




U.S. right wing extremists more deadly than jihadists
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On Sunday, a man shot and killed a 14-year-old boy and his grandfather at the Jewish Community Center of Greater Kansas City and then drove to a nearby Jewish retirement community where he shot and killed a third person. Police arrested a suspect, Frazier Glenn Cross, who shouted “Heil Hitler” after he was taken into custody.




Neighbors To Fight Mosque Expansion Again
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By Ashley Knight

The Islamic center on East Drive in Mobile is tattered and torn. Its president, Shafik Hammami has requested redevelopment, but was turned down last year by city council. And they aren’t the only ones with objections.




Islamic centre under second ‘hate’ attack
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(SBS.com)

Operators of Australia’s biggest Islamic centre have appealed for better police protection, after an attack that has caused extensive damage.




NASA’s Tahani Amer: Amazing Muslim American Woman
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I have always strived to live by three simple principles: Please God and you will please all. Education is the key to opportunity. Serve others with compassion and kindness.