Religion

Rohingya refugees sit outside an area marked by police at their camp in New Delhi after a fire broke out there on June 13.

‘It’s Like We’re Caged Everywhere We Go’

Rohingya refugees in India are facing persecution yet again.

Orthodox Christian worshippers pray.

In Hamas-Run Gaza, the Last Arab Christians Are Hanging On

An ancient community bears witness to its own purging—and recalls a more tolerant time.

Afghan refugees arrive at Dulles International Airport

Throw a Lifeline to the Afghans Left Behind

This week’s U.N. General Assembly provides an opportunity to assist the minorities, activists, women, and girls still in Afghanistan.

U.S. State Department building is seen at night.

‘We Feel His Presence in the Department Is Threatening’

State employees protest the continued employment of an “antisemitic” blogger in their ranks.

Christian followers of the American evangelical pastor John Hagee cheer in Israel

What’s Next for Christian Zionists?

The backbone of Israel’s support in the United States is a group of evangelical Christians, but their power is threatened by the changing of the political guard.

Rivka Ravitz visits Qasr al-Yahud

Will Rivka Ravitz Break the Glass Ceiling of Ultra-Orthodox Politics in Israel?

One of the country’s most powerful women has remained rooted in a traditional community. But religious parties still won’t let her run for office.

Catholic worshippers attend a morning Mass on Easter Sunday at a Catholic church in a village near Beijing.

The Chinese Communist Party Is Scared of Christianity

Religion remains one of the greatest sources of resistance to authoritarian rule.

Naftali Bennett visits the Western Wall

The Meaning of Israel’s First Religious Prime Minister

With Naftali Bennett, the homeland of the Jewish people is about to see what it’s like having an observant Jewish leader.

Indian Prime Minister Narendra Modi

Modi’s Religious Nationalism Hurts India’s Hindus, Too

Islamophobic policies harm not just Muslims, but the poor and marginalized.

Saudi Shiite Muslim worshippers during a mourning ritual in Qatif, Saudi Arabia, on Aug. 29, 2020.

Saudi Arabia Still Treats Shiites as Second-Class Citizens

Mohammed bin Salman’s much-touted domestic reform agenda won’t succeed until it ensures Shiite religious freedom.

Korean Catholics attend a mass.

‘Minari’ Is About Korean American Faith as Well as Family

The U.S.-Korea relationship has always been shaped by Korean Christianity.

People walk in front of a statue.

Uzbekistan’s Online Religious Revival

After years of state oppression, many Uzbeks are finding stricter interpretations of Islam on the internet. Some experts say it could have radical consequences.

Lebanon’s Cardinal Bechara al-Rai is in Bkerke.

The Christian Priest Who Wants to Redeem Lebanon’s Sins

The country wants an end to sectarian strife. Can the leader of the Maronite church deliver?

Asaduddin Owaisi arrives at Parliament House in New Delhi.

Asaduddin Owaisi’s Bid to Redefine Indian Secularism

Muslims need their own nationwide party, he believes. And he’s going to build it.

Nationalists and Loyalists riot at the Peace Wall gates which divide the two communities on April 7 in Belfast, Northern Ireland.

How Brexit Lit the Fuse in Northern Ireland

Loyalist fears that Boris Johnson is abandoning them have sparked a wave of violence that could endanger the Good Friday Agreement.

A police van outside the Grand Mosque in Shadian, China.

China’s Crackdown on Islam Brings Back Memories of 1975 Massacre

Islamophobia has spread far beyond the persecuted Uyghur minority.

People pray in the Great Mosque of Paris.

French Secularism Isn’t Illiberal

Letting culture wars drive debate about “laïcité” obscures similarities between France and the United States.

A group of Jehovah's Witnesses in Massachusetts

Why Is Putin Afraid of Jehovah’s Witnesses?

Since they were labeled an extremist group in 2017, more than 400 have been charged or convicted.

israel covid haredim protests

Did Israel’s Security State Fail the COVID Test?

Netanyahu’s focus on maintaining ultra-Orthodox support as the pandemic raged didn’t help him win, but it has left deep scars.