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Nihad Awad, center, executive director of the Council of American-Islamic Relations, and more than 10 Muslim-American leaders Wednesday (Sept. 24) endorse a letter written by more than 100 Islamic scholars that denounces ISIS by relying on sacred Muslims texts. Religion News Service photo by Lauren Markoe
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Muslim scholars tell Islamic State: You don’t understand Islam

WASHINGTON (RNS) More than 120 Muslim scholars from around the world joined an open letter to the “fighters and followers” of the Islamic State, denouncing them as un-Islamic by using the most Islamic of terms. Relying heavily on the Quran, the 18-page letter released Wednesday (Sept....
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On Supreme Court docket: beards, church signs, and, yes, Middle East peace

Eds: A version of this story originally appeared in USA Today. It is available for use by RNS subscribers. Please use the USA Today byline. WASHINGTON (RNS) A Muslim prisoner in Arkansas, a Christian pastor in Arizona and an 11-year-old Jewish boy born in Jerusalem will present the Su...
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The Ice Bucket competitor: Can the Quran Challenge go viral?

(RNS) Move over Ice Bucket Challenge. Muslims have a new take on the viral social media phenomenon: the Quran Challenge. The new campaign seeks to raise awareness and funds for Muslim “da’wah” — a call to propagate the faith — by reciting verses from the Quran on various online platfo...
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Yale chaplain’s resignation reflects larger mainline tensions over Israel

(RNS) When an Episcopal chaplain at Yale University seemed to suggest that Jews were culpable for Israel’s actions against Palestinians and a related rise in global anti-Semitism, his comments not only led to his resignation but rekindled a debate within mainline Protestant churches abo...
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For Ismaili Muslims, a Toronto milestone

TORONTO (RNS) Two new Muslim attractions opening soon should help dispel negative stereotypes of Islam, Canadian Prime Minister Stephen Harper said.     The country's first museum of Islamic art is scheduled to open Thursday (Sept. 18) in the heart of Canada's largest city, Toronto. An...
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Ayaan Hirsi Ali draws criticism from fellow atheists at Yale

(RNS) A campus appearance by Ayaan Hirsi Ali, the outspoken Muslim-turned-atheist activist, is being challenged again, this time at Yale University where she is scheduled to speak Monday night (Sept. 15). While her previous campus critics have included members of religious groups, esp...
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Vatican: Pope Francis not under threat from Islamic State militants

VATICAN CITY (RNS) Pope Francis faces no specific threat from Islamic State militants and will not be adding extra security measures on his one-day trip to Albania next week, the Vatican said Monday (Sept 15). The Vatican’s chief spokesman, the Rev. Federico Lombardi, said despite rec...
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“In Defense of Christians” seeks to protect brethren from Egypt to Iraq

(RNS) Watching ancient Christian communities stand nearly defenseless as Islamic militants roll across swaths of the Middle East, coalitions of Christians are banding together to sound the alarm and demand government action. The most recent effort is a three-day conference (Sept. 9-11...
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Regensburg Redux: Was Pope Benedict XVI right about Islam? (ANALYSIS)

(RNS) Eight years ago this Friday, Sept. 12, Pope Benedict XVI delivered a lecture at the University of Regensburg in Bavaria in which he seemed to diagnose Islam as a religion inherently flawed by fanaticism. It was an undiplomatic assertion, to say the least — especially coming a da...
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