Saliha (left) and Alexia in 2012. Alexia no longer wears the veil.
Agnès De Feo
A number of women who once wore and defended the full Islamic veil known as the niqab later chose to renounce it. Here two of them tell their stories.
Muslims pray at the Kofar Mata Central Mosque in Kano, Northern Nigeria. Liberal and fundamentalist Islam are in a contest of legitimacy in the region.
The debate around photos of two Nigerian Salafi clerics taken in London wasn't a trivial conversation about dress and recreational choices. It was loaded with symbolism.
Returning to the faith.
Conversion can be an exhilarating experience, but can come with a significant social toll.
Indian Muslim woman Shagufta Sayyd prays in Mumbai, India.
AP Photo/Rafiq Maqbool
Muslims from the Salafist tradition can often be seen as 'radical.' There is not much understanding of Salafism, its history and its diversity. Here's what it means to be a Salafist.
Moroccan women walking in capital Rabat.
The recent burqa ban in Morocco highlights tensions between radical Salafists and a moderate Islamic government that has taken steps to further women's rights.
The US seems stuck in War-on-Terror mode even though reality has moved on.
Islam is a rich and varied religion.
Since Islam is predicated on law, variations in the interpretation of that law – along with geography and distinct legal schools – have all contributed to differences in the religion.
The West is preoccupied with a particular minority strand of Islam, which does not represent the Muslim majority - most of whom, including these Indonesians, are in Asia.
The Islam that causes alarm and protests in the West is not representative of the beliefs and practices of the world's Muslims. Most are Asian and they are the ones more likely to migrate to the West.
Salafi mosques are among the few to reach out to local converts in Europe.
Governments in Europe have been horrified to see their young nationals turning to extremist groups and committing terrible acts in their name, but few have stopped to think about how their own policies…