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  • Popplestone, Ann
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      ACADEME TODAY: The Chronicle of Higher Education's
      Daily Report for subscribers

      Good day!

      Here are news bulletins from The Chronicle of Higher Education for
      Friday, March 14.

      * [snip]

      * ROXBURY COMMUNITY COLLEGE has made progress in improving
      management issues that have plagued the college for several
      years, according to a state audit released Wednesday.
      --> SEE http://chronicle.com/daily/2003/03/2003031403n.htm

      * [snip]

      * A GROUP OF ISLAMIC SCHOLARS at the world's oldest university,
      in Egypt, issued a controversial
      declaration this week calling for Muslims to wage a campaign
      of jihad for self-defense in
      the event that the United States attacks Iraq.
      --> SEE http://chronicle.com/daily/2003/03/2003031405n.htm

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      * A COMMITTEE OF THE U.S. SENATE approved a bill on Thursday
      that would create a $250-million grant program to help
      minority-serving colleges develop digital and wireless
      --> SEE http://chronicle.com/free/2003/03/2003031401t.htm



      A glance at the winter issue of "CrossCurrents":
      A Muslim perspective on human rights

      Current Muslim contributions to Western human-rights discussions
      are inadequate, and a "radical restructuring" of Islamic
      human-rights discourse is necessary, writes Imam Zaid Shakir,
      spiritual leader of the Masjid al-Islam mosque in New Haven,
      Conn., and a spiritual adviser to Muslim students at Yale

      Imam Shakir argues that because "there is no exact equivalent
      for the English term 'human rights' in the traditional Islamic
      lexicon," the Islamic position is often misrepresented and
      misunderstood in the West. Characterized by a "Godcentric
      approach," Islamic statements are delivered in "terms
      unacceptable" to a Western world view largely informed by
      secular humanism, he writes. Some Muslim proclamations reveal
      "gross generalities, meaningless rhetoric, and unrealistic
      theoretical formulations," while others, based on the Divine
      Law, emphasize "the preservation of those rights exclusively
      associated with Islam and Muslims," according to Imam Shakir.

      To work against the immoral impression of Islam propagated by
      the attacks of September 11, 2001, he maintains, American
      Muslims must restructure their human-rights views, modeling them
      on the Universal Declaration of Human Rights. Imam Shakir states
      that "Islam has historically presented a framework for
      protecting basic human rights" and affirms that the "various
      groupings" of Muslims in the United States have "historically
      been characterized by a strong advocacy of human-rights and
      social-justice issues."

      Still, he concludes, much work remains to be done before Muslims
      can speak "clearly and authoritatively" on human rights --
      something they must do to aid Western understanding of Islam and
      to "begin correcting the pitiable human-rights records of our
      Muslim states."

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