Religion

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.

A municipal employee sprays disinfectant in St. Mark's Square in Venice, Italy

Christianity Has Been Handling Epidemics for 2000 Years

Practical theology says care, sacrifice, and community are as vital as ever.

Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu looks over his glasses as he and Education Minister Gidon Saar chat at the start of the weekly cabinet meeting October 18, 2009 in Jerusalem.

Bibi Is No Houdini

Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu is a political magician who has run out of tricks—and his stubbornness is stopping the Israeli right from winning convincingly and governing the country.

Indian National Congress workers shout slogans against Indian Prime Minister Narendra Modi during a protest in Amritsar on Feb. 26.

India’s Illiberal Turn Won’t Shake Its Relationship With the United States

Mobs roamed New Delhi’s streets as Trump and Modi talked, but the partnership remains robust.

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.

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.

Women look on as they stand on a roadside during a demonstration near the Jamia Millia Islamia university, that has been blocked off by demonstrators against India's new citizenship law, in New Delhi, India, on Jan. 24, 2020.

India’s Muslims Are Fighting for Their Religion. Should They Display It, Too?

As secular Indians protest a controversial new citizenship law, some debate whether they should demonstrate as Muslims first or as Indians who happen to be Muslim.

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.

Bishop Sahak Masalyan (center), the chairman of the Religious Council of the Armenian Patriarchate in Istanbul, addresses the congregation at Surp Asdvadzadzin Patriarchal Church on Nov. 11, 2019.

Turkey Must Stop Meddling in Armenian Church Affairs

The Turkish government is imposing its political preferences when it comes to selecting the leaders of the country’s minority groups—and posing a threat to religious freedom.

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.”

A protester holds a placard during a demonstration against India's new citizenship law in Mumbai on Dec. 27, 2019.

Back to India’s Secular Future

Protests over the Citizenship Amendment Act are rallying Indians of all stripes around their country’s foundational principles.

Muslims attend a vigil at the East London Mosque for the victims of the New Zealand mosque attacks on March 15 in London, England.

Islamophobia Is Boris Johnson’s Problem Now

The U.K. Labour Party’s abject failure to address anti-Semitism has garnered headlines, but hatred of Muslims is even more rampant in Britain—and the prime minister and his party have contributed to making it socially acceptable.

Demonstrators protest India's Citizenship Amendment Bill in New Delhi on Dec. 10.

Secularism Is Dying in India

Both houses of parliament have passed a controversial citizenship bill that excludes Muslims.

Pope Francis receives a plant offered by an indigenous woman from the Amazon as he celebrates the closing mass of the Synod on the Amazon on October 27, 2019 at Saint Peter's Basilica in the Vatican.

Catholicism’s Civil War Spills Into Bolivia

The pope is reaching out to indigenous people, and the right aren’t happy.

Supporters of Hassan Nasrallah, the head of Lebanon’s militant Shiite Muslim Hezbollah movement, watch him speak through a giant screen at a mosque in Beirut on Nov. 1.

Hezbollah’s Old Tricks Won’t Work in Lebanon

The Shiite group has to decide whether it is a resistance movement or part of the establishment.

An illustration including images of Saad Hariri, the Lebanese protestors, and the Lebanese flag.

Lebanon’s Protests Will Rage On

Despite Hariri’s resignation, public anger won’t be easy to soothe.

An illustration of a person wearing a mask against a backdrop of surveillance cameras, a prison wall, and a minaret.

For Uighur Muslims in China, Life Keeps Getting Harder

Concentration camps, surveillance, and spies keep the community under tight control.

Lebanese women take part in a demonstration in downtown Beirut on Oct. 21.

Iran Is Losing the Middle East, Protests in Lebanon and Iraq Show

Tehran may be good at winning influence, but it is bad at ruling after that.