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Indonesia runs the world’s largest network of madrasas (Islamic schools). They have contributed significantly to girls’ enrolment, and can serve as a model for the Taliban government. (ANTARA FOTO/Sahrul Manda Tikupadang)

Fostering girls’ education will be challenging under a Taliban regime, but Afghanistan can learn a lot from Indonesia

Indonesia can serve as an important model for the Taliban of how Muslim nations and faith-based organisations can play a big role in expanding girls’ education.
The Hazara have long been targeted in Afghanistan, and many fear violence will intensify with the Taliban in power. Dimitris Lampropoulos/NurPhoto via Getty Images

Who are the Hazara of Afghanistan? An expert on Islam explains

With the Taliban again in power in Afghanistan, minorities like the Hazara may have the most to lose.
American Muslims are two times as likely to attempt suicide compared to other major faith groups. MmeEmil/E+ via Getty Images

American Muslims are at high risk of suicide – 20 years post-9/11, the links between Islamophobia and suicide remain unexplored

Islamophobia increased post-9/11. Twenty years later, American Muslims are still dealing with the mental health effects – and research barriers limit what is known about what puts them at risk.
Sally Baraka in Philadelphia on Dec. 9, 2015. As a Muslim and Arab-American, Baraka calls herself “a devout Philadelphian” who is an ambassador to her city, her country and her faith. Matt Rourke/AP Photo

What do Muslims believe and do? Understanding the 5 pillars of Islam

Day 2 of our Understanding Islam series. There are five pillars – or basic tenets – of Islamic faith. Each of these pillars is an important part of being Muslim.
According to Islamic studies professor Abbas Barzegar, there are many ways Muslims practice their faith, with some young American Muslims even developing new interpretations of Islamic law. Joana Toro/VIEWpress/Corbis via Getty Images

America’s Muslims come from many traditions and cultures

Day 3 of our Understanding Islam series. Many Muslims belong to one of two sects of Islam, which agree on most of the fundamentals of Islam but vary in others.
World Hijab Day started in the U.S. and is one way women have asserted pride in wearing a headscarf. Spencer Platt/Getty Images

Why some Muslim women feel empowered wearing hijab, a headscarf

Day 5 our Understanding Islam series. For some Muslim women, wearing a hijab can be a religious act but Muslim women’s clothing isn’t entirely about faith. It has been used – and is still used – as an assertion of identity.
A late 19th-early 20th century painting by Abbas Al-Musavi depicting the Battle of Karbala, which occurred in 680. Gift of K. Thomas Elghanayan in honor of Nourollah Elghanayan, Photo: Brooklyn Museum

What is the Islamic New Year? A scholar of religion explains

The Islamic New Year marks the first day of Muharram, a sacred month of prayer and annual reflection.
The Chinese government has promoted a revival of Confucianism, along with traditional religious practices, as part of its nationalist agenda. AP Photo/Mark Schiefelbein

There’s a religious revival going on in China – under the constant watch of the Communist Party

President Xi Jinping’s nationalist agenda includes supporting traditional Chinese religious beliefs and practices – as long as their leaders support the Chinese Communist Party.
Ghanaian students attend a class in a madrasa or Muslim school. Mohamed Hossam/Anadolu Agency/Getty Images

Young Muslim women in Ghana feel stereotyped and judged: why it matters

Although Ghana has not been affected by religious conflict, the ways youth from the Muslim minority relate to their nation is an important question.

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