Islam

A young Uighur activist holds up a poster during a demonstration outside the Foreign Office in Berlin before talks between the Chinese and German foreign ministers on Sept. 1.

Why the Persecution of Muslims Should Be on Biden’s Agenda

The incoming U.S. president must hold China and other countries accountable for religious persecution—and counter Beijing’s global campaign to destroy human rights.

Sailors standing on the deck of a warship at a parade during the Turkish International Ceremony at Mehmetcik Abidesi Martyrs Memorial near Seddulbahir Turkey on April 24, 2015.

Turkey’s Year of Living Dangerously

Turkey took its expansionist vision to new heights in 2020—but with a battered economy, growing opposition, and now U.S. sanctions, it’s not clear how long that can continue.

Activists of the Pakistani Sunni Tehreek organization burn a poster of French President Emmanuel Macron during an anti-French protest in Lahore on Nov. 1, 2020.

Yes, Islam Is Facing a Crisis. No, France Isn’t Helping Solve It.

By championing freedom from religion while trampling freedom of religion, Macron is discrediting the Enlightenment in the eyes of Muslims—and strengthening the Islamists he vows to defeat.

Austrian Chancellor Sebastian Kurz (R), President of the European Council Charles Michel (C) and Austria's Europa minister Karoline Edtstadler (L) pay respects to the victims of a terrorist attack in Vienna, Austria on Nov. 9.

Austria, Not France, Is the Model for Europe’s Crackdown on Islamists

Sebastian Kurz’s government failed to stop a recent terrorist attack, but he has been saying—and doing—what Emmanuel Macron is proposing for years.

Two men share a laugh at a predominantly African American mosque in Las Vegas after U.S. President Barack Obama was elected in 2008.

France’s Muslims Could Learn from the African American Muslim Experience

An indigenous form of Islam developed within the West—rather than influenced by leaders from abroad—is the path to integration and peaceful coexistence.

French President Emmanuel Macron pays his respects by the coffin of Samuel Paty's coffin inside Sorbonne University's courtyard in Paris on October 21, 2020, during a national homage to French teacher Samuel Paty, who was beheaded for showing cartoons of the Prophet Mohamed in his civics class.

France’s War on Islamism Isn’t Populism. It’s Reality.

Liberal critics of Emmanuel Macron’s campaign against radicalism misunderstand the crisis his country faces.

Marine Le Pen shakes hands with French President Emmanuel Macron after their meeting at the Elysée palace in Paris, on Nov. 21, 2017.

Macron’s Not Worried About Islam. He’s Worried About Le Pen.

The French president’s talk of a crisis among French Muslims is the latest example of mainstream politicians pandering to the far-right.  

French President Emmanuel Macron delivers a speech during a trip on the theme of the republican reconquest and the fight against Islamist separatism at the Dollar gymnasium in Mulhouse, eastern France, on Feb. 18, 2020.

Macron Wants to Start an Islamic Revolution

The French president is planning to curb the influence of extremist clerics—but his critics see something more sinister.

Masked Palestinian militants carry what is supposed to be explosives for suicide bombers during a demonstrations marking the anniversary of the second intifada, in the northern West Bank town of Nablus on Sept. 28, 2003.

The End of the Age of Insurgency

A wave of insurgent Islamism arrived in the West 20 years ago—and disappeared just as quickly.

A promotional photo from the Turkish TV show Dirilis: Ertugrul.

How Turkey’s Soft Power Conquered Pakistan

The TV drama “Ertugrul” reveals how neo-Ottoman fantasies are finding an enthusiastic audience in a country that struggles with Saudi and Western influence.

A livestock market in Hargeisa, Somaliland, on Aug. 18, 2018.

Why a Quiet Hajj Is Hurting Somalia

Somalia usually sells millions of animals to Saudi Arabia to feed pilgrims. This year, it has nowhere to send its goats.

Uighur children joke as they taunt a local police officer in Xinjiang

China’s Own Documents Show Potentially Genocidal Sterilization Plans in Xinjiang

Ethnic minorities are being targeted by family planning departments as reproduction restrictions loosen on Han Chinese.

A police van patrols in front of Hagia Sophia during a two-day lockdown imposed prevent the spread of COVID-19 on April 11,  in Istanbul, Turkey.

Erdogan Should Not Erase Turkey’s Christian Past

The Turkish president wants to turn Istanbul’s Hagia Sophia back into a mosque. Destroying its dual Orthodox-Islamic heritage would be a blow to religious pluralism and tolerance.

Palestinian and Arab- Israeli men practice social distancing amid the COVID-19 pandemic, as they pray in a parking lot near the beach in Jaffa, near Tel Aviv, after breaking their fast on the second day of Ramadan, on April 25.

Religious Leaders Must Not Be Tempted to Jump on the Reopening Bandwagon

After months of lockdown, believers of all faiths are clamoring for houses of worship to fully open their doors to group prayer. Doing it too soon could be disastrous.

Muslims maintain social distancing as they offer a special Taraweeh evening prayer ahead of the first day of the holy month of Ramadan at the Grand Faisal Mosque in Islamabad on April 24.

Pakistan’s Government Is Caught Between a Mosque and a Hard Place

The authorities are struggling to enforce social distancing rules during Ramadan.

Muslims buy food before breaking their Ramadan fast in Quetta, Pakistan, on May 12, 2019.

To Fast or Not to Fast—That Is the Coronavirus Question for Ramadan

With Ramadan services sharply curtailed due to the pandemic, many Muslims are wondering if the required fasting might also pose a health risk.

Pope Francis prays in front of a crucifix that in 1552 was carried in a procession around Rome to stop the Great Plague, at the San Marcello al Corso church in Rome on March 15.

Thou Shalt Practice Social Distancing

The world’s major faiths face a test, and some religious leaders are failing by endangering human lives in the name of adhering to tradition—and ushering in a new age of secularism in the process.

A Muslim man walks inside a burned house in a riot-affected area in New Delhi on March 1, 2020, after violence broke out in India's capital.

In Delhi, First Came the Pogroms. Then Came Coronavirus.

For Indian Muslims forced from their homes by mob violence, not even displaced persons camps can protect them now.

Demonstrators hold a poster of Ayatollah Ruhollah Khomeini, in January 1979, in Tehran, during a demonstration against the shah.

Amid Darkness, There Is Still Hope in the Middle East

A rare book treats the region’s residents as empowered individuals who can shape their collective future, rather than portraying them as geopolitical pawns.

Mourners gather around the body of Mohammed Mudasir, who died in sectarian riots in New Delhi

India’s Muslims Accuse Police of Targeted Killings

As protests against a new citizenship law sweep the country, signs that the authorities are condoning and even instigating violence have India’s Muslims alarmed.