September 18, 2010 |
The Equal Employment Opportunity Commission has filed a class-action lawsuit against a Philadelphia security-services company, accusing it of discriminating against female Muslim employees by not allowing them to wear religious garments while working. The civil action, filed Thursday in U.S. District Court in Philadelphia against Imperial Security Inc., accused the firm of violating Title VII of the Civil Rights Act when it, in effect, fired Julie Holloway-Russell as a part-time guard for wearing a religious head covering called a khimar while on duty at the Convention Center on Dec. 26. That was her first day on the job. The khimar covered only her hair, ears, and neck, with the loose ends tucked under the collar of her shirt.
October 16, 2001 |
THE leadership of moderate Arab and non-Arab Muslim governments have for years denounced violence and killing that was perpetrated in the name of Islam. Since Sept. 11, they have been joined by a host of Islamic clerics, Christian leaders and peace groups who ask that we in the West not judge either the Muslim religion or its billion-plus worldwide members by the acts of a few fanatics. Americans are remarkably fair-minded and would unequivocally agree with this assessment.
November 15, 1995 |
Set in a colorful quarter of modern-day Tunis, where men swagger and women are swathed in veils, Halfaouine is the sensual and captivating story of Noura, a boy on the threshhold of manhood. The title is taken from the district depicted in the film. At the tender age of 12, Noura (Selim Boughedir) dwells mostly in the female realm. He even accompanies his lovely mother and lusty aunt to the Turkish baths, where they wash him as he quietly observes other neighborhood women sponging their voluptuous bodies.
January 9, 1998 |
Nostalgia for the rebellious uproar and free spirits of the '60s is a staple of movies and, for understandable reasons, filmmakers tend to use a rose-colored lens when they look back. Tunisian director Ferid Boughedir's A Summer in La Goulette, the third offering in this year's Jewish Film Festival, brims with fond memories but there's a telling reason that yields a charming and effective picture. What Boughedir misses most about the '60s is the ideal of tolerance that was in wide circulation at the time.
September 2, 2010
ONE TIME I was attacked by a gang of white guys who beat me because I was black. Should I hold all white people accountable for that? White pundits on TV are quick to state that they can't be held accountable for the bad behavior of other whites. Does this only apply to white people? How about Muslims? Blacks? Are some of those very same white people out protesting the mosque? James Morton It's troubling that the same folks who label welcoming, secular Western societies with Muslim populations as "Islamophobic" never seem able to acknowledge the social, political and economic flaws evident in the Islamic world.
January 18, 1991 |
A report by the FBI warns that "underground cells of Islamic extremists" sponsored by Iraq and Libya are located in major American cities, poised for terrorist attacks. Former diplomat Jeane Kirkpatrick and Vice President Quayle also single out "Islamic fundamentalism" as the new enemy of the West, succeeding communism and Nazism. Such distorted warnings could trigger an anti-Muslim backlash in the United States and Europe, and they reveal the extent of misinformation about Islam. Western perceptions are often shaped by the actions of dictators in Muslim nations.
June 30, 2004 |
Standing at the historic gateway to the Muslim world, President Bush yesterday sought to assure Muslim nations that he does not want to force American-style democracy on them, as hundreds of protesters clashed with police nearby. In a speech to university students in Istanbul, Bush said Islamic countries should shape democracies that fit local cultural and religious values. He delivered his remarks the day after power shifted to an interim government in Iraq, but his focus was on a far more ambitious plan to spread democracy throughout the Middle East.
September 23, 2006 |
Thousands of Muslims in Asia and the Middle East marched against Pope Benedict XVI yesterday, denouncing him as an "agent of the Americans" because of his recent reference to Islam, and calling for him to step down. In Jerusalem, hundreds of marchers raised black flags and banners around the Al-Aqsa Mosque, and called for a Muslim conquest of Rome. In the West Bank and Gaza, thousands waved green Hamas banners and called the pontiff a "coward. " In Pakistan, some cried "Down with the pope" and even demanded his death.
January 15, 2001 |
Inmates in standard-issue khaki and gray fill the bleachers in the gym at the Federal Correctional Institution. Some stand along the walls. Some in an adjoining weight room peer at the basketball court through a chain-link divider. They have gathered to watch their all-star team, the F.C.I. Fairton Varsity, take on the Saints, who have come to Cumberland County from Moorestown to evangelize, to earn religious authority through athletic credibility. Tip-off is at 6 p.m., testimony at halftime.
July 9, 2002 |
Complex reactions are all but guaranteed. Often a meeting ground for European, Asian and Middle Eastern art, Lincoln Center Festival 2002 finds itself in the potentially provocative position of presenting ta'ziyeh, Muslim musical theater from Iran, at a time when no culture is regarded by Americans with so much fear and suspicion. Consider your visceral reaction to an elaborately staged parable - with battle scenes and live animals, done circus-style in a tent - in which the charismatic, idolized hero is named Hussein.