Religion

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.

israel religious secular idf protest

How Liberals Lost in Israel

The decline of Israeli democracy holds lessons for the United States.

Qanon Capitol Riot Christian Conspiracy theories

The U.S. Needs Deradicalization—for Christian Extremists

Programs designed to reform violent jihadis could help tackle the spread of QAnon and other conspiracy theories in evangelical communities.

Pakistanis commemorate assassinated governor of Punjab Salman Taseer.

Killing Moderate Pakistan, One Advocate for Tolerance at a Time

Two gruesome anniversaries show that the country’s democratic founding ideals are dead—with potentially devastating consequences.

Pope Francis waves from the Popemobile on his way to attend the Via Crucis on Copacabana Beach during World Youth Day celebrations on July 26, 2013 in Rio de Janeiro.

The Hard Edge of the Pope’s Moral Power

The pontiff’s Middle Eastern diplomacy may seem superficial, but it could make a huge practical impact.