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Cab Passenger Rants About ISIS, Attacks Driver

'He came out of the house carrying a rifle in his hand'

(Newser) - Around 1am on Thanksgiving day, a Pittsburgh taxi driver picked up a man outside Rivers Casino—and ended up in a hospital bed after a possible hate crime. The passenger was talkative: "He started the conversation and began to ask questions like, ‘You seem to be like a... More »

Mich. Elects First Muslim-Majority City Council in US

It's in the formerly Polish-dominated Hamtramck

(Newser) - Polish-Catholics made up 90% of Hamtramck, Mich., in the 1970s, but much has changed since—including a city council that's mostly Muslim after Tuesday's elections, likely making it the first US city to have a Muslim-majority council, the Christian Science Monitor reports. A local community leader tells the... More »

65 Dead in Mecca Crane Collapse

Construction accident occurs as holy city prepares for annual pilgrimage

(Newser) - A crane crashed through the roof of the Grand Mosque in the Muslim holy city of Mecca today, Saudi Arabia officials announced. The death toll from the tragedy currently sits at 65, the BBC reports. Details are few, but the crane collapsed as Mecca prepares for the yearly Muslim Hajj... More »

Gun Shop Is Sued Over 'Muslim-Free Zone' Stance

Islamic group calls Florida store's rule discriminatory

(Newser) - The owner of a gun store in Florida who declared his shop to be a "Muslim-free zone" is now the target of a lawsuit. The Council on American-Islamic Relations filed a federal lawsuit calling the policy at Florida Gun Supply discriminatory, reports Reuters . The move comes after owner Andrew... More »

Researchers Make 'Fantastically Exciting' Koran Discovery

2 sheets written in early Arabic are at least 1.3K years old

(Newser) - Pieces of what could be the oldest Koran known have been rediscovered in a library at the UK's University of Birmingham. Mistakenly bound with a Koran dating to the late seventh century, two sheets of the Muslim holy book had sat in a collection of 3,000 Middle Eastern... More »

Supreme Court: Abercrombie Discriminated vs. Teen's Hijab

Supreme Court finds for Muslim who was denied job

(Newser) - In a ruling that could have wide implications for job applicants who dress according to religious reasons, the Supreme Court ruled 8-1 today that Abercrombie and Fitch violated the civil rights of a Muslim woman in Tulsa, Okla., by denying her a job because of her headscarf, Reuters reports. Samantha... More »

Ring Links Vikings to Ancient Islam

Colored-glass ring is inscribed with either 'to Allah' or 'for Allah'

(Newser) - Those Vikings really got around: Not only did they land in North America long before 1492, they may have visited the Islamic world as well. As possible evidence, researchers say a ring from a ninth-century Viking woman's grave looks exceptionally Islamic, Science News reports. The silver ring was first... More »

Duke Does U-Turn on Muslim Call to Prayer

Evangelist outraged by plan to allow call from chapel tower

(Newser) - "What was conceived as an effort to unify was not having the intended effect," officials at Duke University said yesterday after beating a hasty retreat from plans to allow the Muslim call to prayer to be broadcast from the Duke University Chapel bell tower. When the plan was... More »

JK Rowling, Aziz Ansari Troll Murdoch Over Islam Tweets

Rupert's response to Paris terror attacks not well-received

(Newser) - Rupert Murdoch's thoughts on Muslim people made him very unpopular this weekend with JK Rowling and Aziz Ansari, Salon reports:
  • It started when Murdoch responded to the Charlie Hebdo terrorist attacks by tweeting , "Maybe most Moslems peaceful, but until they recognize and destroy their growing jihadist cancer they
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Fox Pundit: UK's 2nd-Biggest City 'Muslim-Only'

News comes as a surprise to Birmingham residents

(Newser) - The residents of Birmingham, England, may have been startled to learn from a Fox News terrorism "expert" that their city is a "Muslim-only" one where "non-Muslims just simply don't go." Steven Emerson, founder of the Investigative Project on Terrorism group, also claimed there are parts... More »

Maher: Millions of Muslims 'Applaud' Paris Attack

Maher says all religions 'stupid and dangerous' on 'Jimmy Kimmel Live'

(Newser) - Bill Maher opened his mouth on Jimmy Kimmel Live last night and added his ever-controversial two cents to the discussion of yesterday's deadly shooting at Charlie Hebdo . While "most Muslim people" wouldn't carry out such an attack, Maher said "hundreds of millions of them support an... More »

Selena Gomez Bares Ankle in Mosque, Sparks Outrage

People angered at show of disrespect

(Newser) - Selena Gomez stirred up a controversy in Abu Dhabi by posting an Instagram shot of herself flashing her right ankle during a visit to the Sheikh Zayed Grand Mosque there earlier this week. In addition to the ankle-baring photo, Gomez posted a photo to Instagram of herself and friends including... More »

How Hardship Affects Religious Belief

People living in harsh times embrace high gods, researchers say

(Newser) - Living under harsh conditions like extreme weather or food scarcity? Then you're more likely to believe in powerful, judgmental gods, according to a new study . A group of researchers from various fields reached their conclusion after synthesizing historical data from 583 societies around the world, reports. "... More »

Journo Offers Stunning Account of Kidnapping, Torture

American Peter Theo Curtis, aka Theo Padnos, tells of 22 months with al-Nusra Front

(Newser) - The world was shocked and elated when American journalist Peter Theo Curtis was released this summer after 22 months of being held in captivity in Syria by the militant al-Nusra Front group. Now Curtis, who writes under the name Theo Padnos, has penned an extraordinary account for the New York ... More »

Man Born in Slum Becomes Indonesia's President

Joko Widodo rises to top post of world's largest Muslim-majority nation

(Newser) - He grew up in a slum on the island of Java and has never been considered part of his country's political elite, but today, Joko Widodo was inaugurated as Indonesia's seventh president. The 53-year-old "commoner"—who previously plied his trade as a furniture exporter and served... More »

Nigeria: We've Got Deal to Free Kidnapped Girls

No one's sure yet whether alleged ceasefire includes prisoner swap

(Newser) - A rep for Nigerian President Goodluck Jonathan says the country has reached a ceasefire deal with extremist group Boko Haram that secures the release of more than 200 schoolgirls kidnapped in April, CNN reports. "[Boko Haram negotiators] assured that the schoolgirls and all other people in their captivity are... More »

NFL Penalizes Muslim Player for Touchdown Prayer

Chiefs safety Husain Abdullah gets 15-yard penalty for 'unsportsmanlike conduct'

(Newser) - Kansas City Chiefs safety Husain Abdullah is a devout Muslim: He fasts during Ramadan—even during the NFL's grueling training season—and took off the entire 2012 season with his brother Hamza (an ex-NFL safety) to tour mosques around the country and make a pilgrimage to Mecca, the NFL... More »

Beheading Suspect 'Was a Good Kid,' Mom Says

Alton Nolen, 30, focused on Islam after serving time

(Newser) - The man accused of beheading his co-worker at a food processing plant on Friday was a polite, obedient guy who had emerged from prison with a deep focus on Islam, CNN reports. Family and friends of Alton Nolen, 30, are publicly espousing his good sides as he faces formal charges... More »

Only 'Superior Version of Islam' Can Stop ISIS

David Brooks: Military might will go only so far to stop these extremists

(Newser) - The militants of ISIS could have executed their American hostages in any number of ways, but they deliberately chose beheadings . David Brooks susses out what makes this method so "revolting" to the rest of us, and he concludes that it's mostly a "moral revulsion" we feel. A... More »

Jihadists' Reading List: Islam for Dummies

Which again shows that religion has little to do with this movement: Mehdi Hasan

(Newser) - Before two young men left Britain last year to wage jihad in Syria, they bought two books that speak volumes about the modern jihadist movement, writes Mehdi Hasan at the New Statesman . Yusuf Sarwar and Mohammed Ahmed, who recently pleaded guilty to terror charges, ordered Islam for Dummies and Koran ... More »

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