Religion

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.

Lebanese demonstrators stand by a fire near a makeshift barricade during clashes with security forces at a mass protest in Beirut on Oct. 18.

Lebanon’s Year of Fire

From self-immolations to forest blazes, the country’s conflagrations are igniting pan-sectarian protests.

Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu meets with his Lithuanian counterpart, Saulius Skvernelis.

Lithuania Is Forming a New Relationship With Its Past—and With Israel

As political ties flourish, the country is taking tenuous steps to confront its Holocaust history. But it hasn’t gone far enough.

An Indian policeman comes out from a jail in downtown Srinagar, Jammu and Kashmir, on April 5.

In Kashmir, Modi Is Failing Both Muslims and Hindus

India’s ruling party has long promised justice for Kashmiri Hindus who were forced out of their homes in 1990. But a continuing lockdown is only creating a deeper wedge between Hindus and Muslims.

Italian Deputy Prime Minister and Interior Minister Matteo Salvini (L) holds a rosary as Italian Prime Minister Giuseppe Conte (R) delivers a speech in the Italian Senate in Rome, on Aug. 20.

Italy’s Great Schism

Italian Catholics are deeply divided between traditionalists and supporters of Pope Francis’s liberal vision. Matteo Salvini is seeking to give the Vatican’s detractors a new political home.

Rabbi Jason Kimelman-Block, Rev. Susan Henry-Crowe, Imam Talib Shareef, and Rev. Traci Blackmon speak at a rally at the White House on June 30, 2018.

To Protect Human Rights Abroad, Preach to Trump Voters

Religious leaders can help convince the most ethnocentric and authoritarian U.S. voters to oppose Washington’s backing of abusive dictators.

Israeli Foreign Minister Avigdor Lieberman in Berlin on June 30, 2014.

Meet Israel’s New Kingmaker

Avigdor Lieberman could determine whether Benjamin Netanyahu gets another term. What does he want?   

Activists with green handkerchiefs, which symbolizes the abortion rights movement, demonstrate to mark the revival of their campaign to legalize abortion, in front of the National Congress in Buenos Aires, on May 28.

Young Voters Care About Abortion Policy. Argentine Politicians Are Ignoring Them.

The youth vote is becoming increasingly important in Argentina, but the leading presidential candidates are deliberately avoiding the issue that matters most to them.

Supporters of Hezbollah fly the group’s flag during an event marking the 11th anniversary of the end of the 2006 war with Israel in the village of Khiam in southern Lebanon on Aug. 13, 2017.

Hezbollah’s Rainbow Coalition

The Shiite group is making inroads with other communities. Here’s how—and why.

A supporter waves the Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP) flag as he participates in a rally for Indian Prime Minister Narendra Modi and BJP National President Amit Shah in Ahmedabad, on May 26.

India Faces a Looming Disaster

Narendra Modi’s ruling Bharatiya Janata Party is an election-winning machine. But its ideology is sharply at odds with economic or social common sense.

Muslim worshippers walk around the Kaaba, Islam's holiest shrine, at the Grand Mosque in Mecca on Aug. 17, 2018.

Mohammed bin Salman Is Making Muslims Boycott Mecca

The Saudi crown prince’s regional aggression and disdain for human rights have prompted religious scholars and pious pilgrims to refuse to go on the hajj. 

Women wear American flag headscarves at an event in New York City on Feb. 1, 2017.

Muslim Health Care for All

How religious communities in the United States are providing free health care and overcoming anti-immigrant sentiment.

Italian Deputy Prime Minister and Interior Minister Matteo Salvini delivers a speech holding a rosary during a rally of European nationalists ahead of European elections on May 18, in Milan.

Papa, Don’t Preach

Italy’s far-right deputy prime minister, Matteo Salvini, is publicly attacking the pope in a battle for the country’s soul.

A Saudi fan holds a scarf with portraits of King Salman and his son, Crown Prince Mohammed bin Salman, during a friendly football match between Saudi Arabia and Iraq for the "Superclassico" championship at King Saud University Stadium in Riyadh on Oct. 15, 2018.

Mohammed bin Salman’s Fake Anti-Extremist Campaign

The Saudi crown prince vowed to crack down on radical clerics—but the victims have mostly been advocates for moderate Islam.

Indian Prime Minister Narendra Modi gestures during a rally in Ahmedabad on May 26.

How Hindu Nationalism Went Mainstream

And what that means for Narendra Modi’s Bharatiya Janata Party

An Orthodox priest and cadets of the Nakhimov naval academy take part in the opening ceremony for the start of a new academic year known as the "Day of Knowledge" in Saint-Petersburg, on September 1, 2018.

Russians Are Getting Sick of Church

Orthodox Christianity—and Vladimir Putin—are at the center of the country’s newest culture war.

An anti-abortion poster showing a painting of the Virgin Mary on the Manila building of the Knights of Columbus, a Roman Catholic organisation, on May 19, 2014.

Manila’s Abortion Ban Is Killing Women

Roughly 1,000 women in the Philippines die every year from lack of safe terminations. Others go to jail.

Indian Prime Minister Narendra Modi delivers a speech at an election rally ahead of Phase VI of India's general election in Allahabad on May 9.

It’s Modi’s India Now

The prime minister returns to power, but after an ugly 2019 election season, the very nature of India’s democracy could be changing.

Australian Prime Minister Scott Morrison (C) shakes hands with Opposition Leader Bill Shorten (L) at a special ecumenical service to mark the start of the parliamentary year at St Paul's Anglican church on Feb. 12 in Canberra, Australia.

Scott Morrison Won Australia’s Election Against All Odds. It Shouldn’t Have Come as a Surprise.

The Australian Labor Party made the same mistakes that have led to failure for center-left leaders across the globe—and the right is reaping the benefits.

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