More than 1,000 mosques in Yemen have been damaged or destroyed by airstrikes since the conflict began in 2015. The latest hit in September killed a family of seven, including four young children and their pregnant mother, who tried to take shelter in their village mosque.
A U.S. federal court ruled on Tuesday that doctors will not be required to perform gender transition surgeries if it runs contrary to their religious beliefs. The decision reversed a requirement put forth by the Obama administration three years ago.
(OPINION) Global concern about the plight of Muslims in China has increased as reports have detailed the government’s cruelty. Not so, however, among Muslim leaders of other countries.
(OPINION) Prohibiting students from proclaiming their faith at school is the latest method of persecution against “unrecognized” religions in the country.
A Chinese apostle of Islam is a symbol of religious and racial harmony in the world’s largest Muslim country.
Out of more than 3,200 talks listed on the TED website, less than 80 center on religion, and the ones that do often approach the topic from a secular humanist perspective. We rounded up our top seven picks focused on religion and faith.
(OPINION) Asma Uddin is the author of the provocatively titled “When Islam Is Not a Religion.” Her advocacy for all religions, including those with adherents who might oppose hers, is a lesson in the universality of freedom of religion that the Constitution intends.
Taxi drivers, hotel managers, and a musician working wedding gigs share how the shutdown in Kashmir is affecting their bottom lines.
(NEWS ANALYSIS) The U.N.’s appointed expert on freedom of religion or belief gave recommendations for how Sri Lanka should address underlying tensions that predate the April 2019 Easter bombings that killed more than 200 people.
The Indian government is building detention camps for those left off the citizenship list, many of whom have lived in India for generations, fueled by suspicions of Bengali Muslims migrating illegally.
(OPINION) A report that two Yazidi girls abducted by Daesh may be in Iran has prompted a British politician to take some action. The situation should be investigated thoroughly. The report raises questions about the fates of many others.
Locusts destroyed crops in Yemen this summer during a famine that’s already reaching biblical proportions. While some see the insects as a blessing to eat, others believe the pests are a punishment from Allah.
(OPINION) Over the weekend, Israeli forces struck an Iranian base in Syria after intelligence of “killer drones” there. While Iran’s hostility increases, Middle East observers should remember that many of Iran’s leaders have particular minority Shia beliefs about preparing the world for the reappearance of a hidden imam.
We talked to human rights activist Dr. Widad Akreyi about the Yazidi community’s wait for justice on the international stage after the start of a genocide on Aug. 3, 2014. Thousands captured by Islamic State fighters remain missing.
After Prime Minister Narendra Modi’s election in 2014 and reelection this May, brutal mob attacks by Hindu nationalist groups against India’s Muslim and Christian minorities have continued to steadily rise.
A bill to ban triple talaq, or Islamic instant divorce, is creating controversy in India. The bill could be unconstitutional in two ways: it would criminalize only Muslim men for deserting their wives and it trumps so-called personal laws meant to provide religious freedom in civil matters like marriage.
The Rohingya, an ethnic minority persecuted by some Buddhist groups in Myanmar, are facing one of the world’s worst humanitarian crises of this century. We spoke to Yangon-based activist Sam Naeem about the evolution of their struggle so far.
We talked with Steven Waldman, founder of BeliefNet and author of the new book Sacred Liberty, about America’s battles for religious freedom— how the notion that the US was founded with religious liberty in mind is wrong— our current challenges for preserving it, and much more.
There’s one thing people on the left and right can agree on in this contentious political climate: showcasing a Muslim woman in a hijab and burkini in the pages of Sports Illustrated can be a controversial concept.
(NEWS ANALYSIS) The country’s incumbent president Jokowi, seen as a liberal “metalhead of state”, chose conservative Muslim cleric Ma’ruf Amin as his running mate to win votes from an increasingly conservative Indonesia. Meanwhile, Jokowi’s challenger Subianto has been wooing radical Islamist groups.
Cases of religious conflicts in Kenya's education institutions are not new but never before has a dispute over school rules found its way to the highest court in the land like it did recently.
(COMMENTARY) Fake news and biased reporting characterizes the military conflict between India and Pakistan, with some news channels parroting government claims that haven’t checked out.
(NEWS ANALYSIS) Nigeria’s election was polarized by a Muslim North and Christian South, with theories that the elected president Muhammadu Buhari will “Islamize” the country.
Zafar agreed to an arranged marriage at age 17, believing the man and his family that the move from Pakistan to Canada would give her more educational opportunities. She didn’t expect to become a prisoner in her own home.
The faith leaders, representing Hindu, Muslim, Christian, Sikh, Jewish, Ravidas and Bahá'í followers, declared to preach harmony and peace amidst rising religious violence in India.
(COMMENTARY) A new documentary film recently aired on PBS beautifully shows faith as something lived-- not just a set of beliefs, traditions or doctrines on paper.
(COMMENTARY) A joint declaration from the Vatican and Al-Azhar University, seen as the intellectual hub of Sunni Islam, called upon world leaders “to stop using religions to incite hatred, violence, extremism and blind fanaticism, and to refrain from using the name of God to justify acts of murder, exile, terrorism and oppression.”