In France, the Fight Over Charlie Hebdo’s Legacy Is Getting Ugly

A controversial left-wing sociologist says that last January's show of unity was more about racism than patriotism. And the French are pissed.


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.


Can Pope Francis Get the Church’s Mind Off Sex?

Pope Francis wants to move away from divisive fights over sex, abortion and gay rights. Behind the scenes at the U.N., Vatican diplomats are focusing on little else.


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?


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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