When Prayer Turns to Violent Penance

From Malaysia to Cuba, how religious minorities use rituals — from simple prayer to violent penance — to create a sense of community.


Why Pope Francis Inspires Raúl Castro to Go to Church

Warming relations between Havana and the Vatican demonstrate a broader trend of reconciliation between the once-hostile ideologies, which has accelerated under social welfare-minded Francis.


Preaching Hate and Sectarianism in the Gulf

Why did Qatar, Saudi Arabia, and the United Arab Emirates provide a pulpit for a firebrand cleric who calls for the destruction of Shiites, Alawites, Christians, and Jews?


Footloose and Falun Gong

An evening with the dance performance trying to bring down the Chinese Communist Party.


Winning the Peace in Iraq Is Bigger Than Winning the War

The plan for Iraq's future needs to go deeper than defeating the Islamic State.


The Reconquista of the Mosque of Córdoba

Spain’s most famous mosque is at the center of a dispute between activists seeking to preserve its Muslim heritage, and the Catholic Church, which has claimed it as its own. The result could determine the future of Islam in Europe.

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