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Vienna conference examines Islam's course in globalized society
By Brian Murphy
Published in: Associated Press
November 13, 2005

(AP) - VIENNA, Austria-Recent displays of Muslim anger - from the seething housing projects outside Paris to the biggest Arab groundswell against al-Qaida - will likely sharpen the focus of a three-day gathering of political figures, scholars and researchers beginning Monday.

Muslim leaders, including Iraq's president and an Iranian Nobel Peace Prize laureate, have been asked to share their visions on Islam's global roles and responsibilities.

The streets have sent their own powerful messages, with recent riots across France fanned by Muslim frustration and marches in Jordan against terrorism.

The conference, hosted by Austria's Foreign Ministry, also suggests more European Union contacts with moderate Muslim forces, as well as efforts by Austria to reshape its image in the Islamic world after raising the strongest objections to Turkey's bid to join the EU. Austria takes over the six-month EU presidency on Jan. 1.

Source: http://news.findlaw.com/ap/p/56/11-14-2005/6ccd002ec7ebb408.html


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