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Each month, RELIGION & ETHICS NEWSWEEKLY chooses a Web site we find to be a significant contribution to religion and ethics. For March, 2001, our Site of the Month is Islamicity at:

Islamicity Established in 1995, IslamiCity is an online information service for the global Muslim community (1.6 billion people worldwide). It's mission is to employ new technologies in order to provide a worldwide audience with the most comprehensive source of information regarding Islam and Muslims. In addition to being a community portal for information exchange, IslamiCity is an e-Commerce hub providing goods and services for Muslims worldwide.

Here users will find a vast offering of articles, ranging from general news to an explanation of the five pillars of Islam, including a step-by-step guide to the Hajj -- the pilgrimmage to Mecca. One section provides accurate prayer times for almost any city throughout the world, while another contains RealAudio files of recitations from the Qur'an, in both Arabic and English. An online Bazaar makes appropriate merchandise available, and Chat Rooms and Message Boards allow for the exchange of ideas.

Previous Sites of the Month

February 2001: American Friends Service Committee

January 2001: Anno Domini: Jesus Through the Centuries

December 2000: The Pluralism Project

November 2000: The Park Ridge Center for the Study of Health, Faith, and Ethics

October 2000: Virtual Jerusalem

September 2000: Americans United for Separation of Church and State

August 2000: The Hindu Universe

July 2000: The Bahá'í World

June 2000: Baptist Center for Ethics

May 2000: OU.ORG

April 2000: Church Leader Internet Portal (CLIP)

March 2000: St. John the Baptist Russian Orthodox Cathedral

February 2000: Beliefnet

January 2000: Great Jubilee 2000

December 1999:

November 1999: Soulforce

October 1999:

September 1999: Religious Tolerance

August 1999: clickonJudaism

July 1999: IslamiCity

June 1999: Tricycle Hub

May 1999: Newslinks from Zondervan

April 1999: GOSHEN Christian Search Engine and Directory

March 1999: What Would Jesus Do?

February 1999: Shamash

January 1999: Heaven

December 1998: The Lutheran

November 1998: Mepkin Abbey


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Gospel choir

In commemoration of Black History Month, we examine the role that gospel music plays in the African-American church.

Thomas Dixon Tyler, director of Music Ministries at Metropolitan Baptist Church in Washington, DC, talks about gospel music and explains that the energy of gospel music comes from history. "I look at this as more of a spiritual experience. It's an experience that took a people from one place of despair and oppression and opened up the windows of possibilities for hope."

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