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A group of men praying in front of the mosque in Tinmel village that has suffered serious damage in the recent earthquake. Matias Chiofalo/Getty Images

Tinmel – Morocco’s medieval shrine and mosque – is one of the historic casualties of the earthquake

Morocco is grappling not just with the loss of lives from the recent earthquake, but with the destruction of its cultural heritage – a 12th century mosque in the village of Tinmel is among them.
The earthquake has damaged many homes in Ijjoukak village, near Marrakech, Morocco. AP Photo/Mosa'ab Elshamy

Marrakech artisans – who have helped rebuild the Moroccan city before – are among those hit hard in the earthquake’s devastation

A scholar who has been working in Marrakech writes about the artisan communities, which have maintained the city’s architectural rich heritage for generations and have been hit hard by the earthquake.
Hulagu Khan, grandson of Genghis Khan, seated with his Eastern Christian queen Doquz Khatun. History/Universal Images Group via Getty Images

With fewer than 1,500 Catholics in Mongolia, Pope Francis’ upcoming visit brings attention to the long and complex history of the minority religious group

The Catholic community that Pope Francis will visit later this month has a complex history that goes back to the 13th century, when the Mongol Empire was founded by Genghis Khan.
A crowd outside a cinema in Mumbai. A recent low-budget film about a discredited anti-Muslim conspiracy has sparked national debates and unrest. (AP Photo/Rajanish Kakade)

‘The Kerala Story’: How an Indian film ignited violence against Muslims and challenges to interfaith marriage

A controversial low-budget Indian feature film about a discredited anti-Muslim conspiracy theory has been causing a political storm, going all the way to India’s Supreme Court.
American Muslim women on pilgrimage at the Prophet’s Mosque in Medina in 2023. Iqbal Akhtar

Women can now undertake Islamic pilgrimages without a male guardian in Saudi Arabia, but that doesn’t mean they’re traveling alone – communities are an important part of the religious experience

A religion scholar argues that the communal nature of Islamic pilgrimage helps worshippers go through a physically demanding schedule and creates camaraderie that continues beyond the pilgrimage.
People hold signs during a protest in Montréal against Islamphobia in 2017. THE CANADIAN PRESS/Graham Hughes

Canadian law enforcement agencies continue to target Muslims

Canada must reflect on the profound consequences of over-surveillance on the freedoms of religion, expression and association — particularly for Muslim Canadians — and their impact on equality.
Iranian pilgrims pose for a selfie during the hajj pilgrimage in 2022. AP Photo/Amr Nabil

Technology remains at the heart of the hajj

The Saudi government is using digital technology to help the hajj run smoothly and safely – the latest updates in a 200-year history of technology and the hajj.

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