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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.

Security personnel patrol a street.

Why India’s Muslims Are in Grave Danger

An expert on communal riots says the country may well be witnessing the start of a larger pogrom.

French President Emmanuel Macron meets police officers during a visit to Mulhouse, in eastern France, on Feb. 18.

Emmanuel Macron’s War on Islamism Is Europe’s Future

The French president’s recent speech is a sign that moderate leaders are waking up to the threat posed by political Islam.

A demonstrator against India's new citizenship law

India’s Muslims Are Terrified of Being Deported

Many Indians lack the documents needed to prove citizenship—and Muslims are in the firing line.

Shiite Muslim pilgrims walk in front of posters of Iran's Supreme Leader Ayatollah Ali Khamenei, the spiritual leader of the Shiite community Grand Ayatollah Ali Sistani, and the leader of Lebanon's Hezbollah movement Hasan Nasrallah during their procession from the holy Iraqi city of Najaf to the central shrine city of Karbala on Oct. 12, 2019.

Washington Doesn’t Understand Shiite Clerics in Iran or Iraq

U.S. officials who praise Iraqi Ayatollah Ali al-Sistani while denouncing Iran’s supreme leader fail to grasp that the two clerical leaders have a shared interest in resisting outside threats.

Pro-nationalist university students shout during a protest against the U.S.-based cleric Fethullah Gulen and his followers during a demonstration in Ankara on July 21, 2016.

Erdogan’s Purges Have Replaced One Islamic Sect With Another

Turkey expelled alleged sympathizers of Fethullah Gulen from government jobs after the 2016 coup attempt. Other Islamic sects, and one in particular—the Menzil—are now filling the vacuum.

Prisoners walk through an atrium at HMP Pentonville in London on May 19, 2003.

Radical Islamists Are Still a Threat Behind Bars

The rise of prison emirs and radicalization among incarcerated extremists means that governments must be as vigilant with prisoners as they are with fundamentalists on the street.

Nuns visit the Mosque-Cathedral of Cordoba on Oct. 14, 2014.

We Are Not Who We Think We Are

A new book on the West’s declinist anxiety is a welcome antidote to Islamophobic alarmism, but it could go further in debunking misguided notions of “us” and “them.”

Shiite Muslims protest in Karachi, Pakistan, against a suicide bombing at a Shiite mosque.

South Asia’s Shiites Are Eschewing Sectarianism

Iran divides and disrupts in the Middle East, but it has a different playbook in Pakistan.

A high-security facility in Xinjiang, China

Xinjiang’s Descent Into Darkness

The suffering of Uighurs caught global attention this year—but the Chinese authorities weren’t moved.