Religion News

Muslims Against ISIS Part 1: Clerics & Scholars

Sep 24, 2014
Prominent Muslim clerics, scholars and activists have condemned the establishment of a caliphate by the Islamic State in Iraq and Syria, now known simply as the Islamic State.

Obama Can’t Destroy the Islamic State Without Iran’s Help

Sep 24, 2014
"Nobody should underestimate the challenge of defeating ISIL. But the prospect of this crisis leading to an alignment of U.S., Sunni and Iranian interests holds out the prospect of finally creating lasting stability in the Middle East," writes Jack A. Goldstone.

Central African Republic: Should the World Pay Attention?

Sep 18, 2014
"As the world focuses on the atrocities of the Islamic State in Iraq and Syria (ISIS), a far more brutal scenario has been unfolding some 2,500 miles directly south of Damascus," writes Steve McDonald.

ISIS’s Cruelty Toward Women Gets Scant Attention

Sep 02, 2014
"Arab and Muslim governments, vocal on the threat ISIS poses to regional stability, have been virtually silent on ISIS’s systemic degradation, abuse, and humiliation of women," writes Haleh Esfandiari.

Farahnaz Ispahani on Religious Intolerance in Pakistan

Jul 21, 2014
In a new set of interviews, public policy scholar Farahnaz Ispahani outlined the issues faced by religious minorities in Pakistan, and the path to a solution.

Latin American Program in the News: "Chilean Cardinals Close to Pope Stained by Abuse Cover-ups"

May 01, 2014
Latin American Program Board Member and Senior Scholar Alexander Wilde is quoted in this article about allegations that two Chilean cardinals were involved in covering up sexual abuse.

Pew: God Essential to Morality for Many in Middle East

Mar 14, 2014
Roughly seven-in-ten or more in six Middle East countries think belief in God is essential to morality, according to a new Pew Research Center study. More than 90 percent of those surveyed in Egypt in Jordan agree.

Ominous Divide: Shiite Iran vs the Sunni Gulf

Feb 18, 2014
Sectarian tensions have become a major part of political life in the Gulf Arab states, particularly in Saudi Arabia, Bahrain and Kuwait. Shiites in each state suffer varying degrees of religious discrimination and political marginalization. Tensions are typically portrayed as a spillover effect of sectarian strife elsewhere in the region or Iran’s deliberate incitement of local Shiite communities. But they are only part of the story.

Pew: Appropriate Dress for Women in Muslim Countries

Jan 09, 2014
Most people in seven Muslim-majority countries from Egypt to Pakistan prefer that a woman completely cover her hair in public, but not necessarily her face, according to a survey from the University of Michigan’s Institute for Social Research.

Tunisia’s Islamist-Led Democracy Founders

Oct 18, 2013
Tunisia’s ruling Islamic party, Ennahda, has made repeated compromises on religious issues to meet secularist demands for a new constitution, according to Woodrow Wilson Senior Scholar David Ottaway. But Ennahda’s moderate leadership has lost secularist trust by showing too much deference to its own militant Islamic wing and fundamentalist Salafis outside the movement.

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