The Wahhabi school of Islam has spread throughout the world, along with its disapproval of the holiday.
Shariah law informs financial contracts and credit systems, and the growth of Islamic financing options provides an alternative to current debt-based banking systems.
Christianity is the second-largest religion in Kazakhstan, with 26% of the population practicing the faith. But many Christians, especially in the smaller denominations, have experienced persecution.
The attack on Salman Rushdie promptly led to speculation on whether the attacker had been influenced by the 1989 fatwa against the author. A scholar explains what a fatwa is, and isn’t.
On the 75th anniversary of India’s partition, scholars from the US, Canada, France, UK and Australia write about their favorite book or film that best explains the trauma of a violent division.
Jinnah insisted on secular education, gender equality and equal rights for minorities – all of which remain unrealized dreams in Pakistan.
Hijab controversy in Nigeria’s public schools has further exposed how religion has polarised Africa’s most populous nation.
France may be getting closer to legalizing cannabis. Still, arrests are rising quickly and often target Arab Muslim men.
Islamic views on abortion are based on diverse interpretations of what’s right and wrong when it comes to the body.
Views on abortion differ not only among major religious traditions, but within each one.
In examining media coverage of Muslims over a 21-year period, in the US, UK, Canada and Australia, scholars found that articles mentioning Muslims were far more negative than other faith groups.
In today’s episode, we take a look at some ways lawmakers have legalized Islamophobia through niqab bans and other restrictive policies.
School districts throughout the nation are beginning to heed calls to give students and teachers a day off in observance of the Eid al Fitr, a major Islamic holiday held at the end of Ramadan.
Several US universities now recognize caste as part of nondiscrimination policies. Two scholars of South Asian studies explain how caste-based violence isn’t limited to Hinduism, or to India.
The Indonesian government involves clerics and religious organisations to promote green energy in the country, where nearly 90% of its 270 million population are Muslims.
Ramadan, a holy month of fasting in Islam, begins this weekend, and asks Muslims to give thanks to God for the sustenance the Earth provides.
In recent years, the Chinese government has used scholarships to shape the views of Indonesian Muslim students on controversial issues such as the mistreatment of Uyghurs in Xinjiang.
The story can be traced back many centuries to a time of warfare between Christian European countries and the Muslim Ottoman Empire.
A scholar of Islam explains how Muslim religious leaders, starting around the year 1050, worked with political rulers to challenge what they considered to be sacrilegious influence on society.
Zakat, or charity, is a fundamental practice within the Islamic faith.