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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.
In 2014, the Islamic State group could draw crowds of supporters, like these in Mosul, Iraq. But actual fighting recruits have been harder to come by. AP Photo

Al-Qaida, Islamic State group struggle for recruits

A second plot was planned on 9/11, but there were too few terrorists to carry it off. Twenty years later, al-Qaida and its offshoot the Islamic State group still have trouble attracting recruits.
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.
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.
Muslim women in India protesting against the use of Sharia as a tool for oppression. anjay Purkait/Pacific Press/LightRocket via Getty Images

Muslim women are using Sharia to push for gender equality

Sharia is often portrayed as being brutal and barbaric. However, in many parts of the world, women are using Sharia to stop oppressive practices.
Andalusi communal dining bowls known as ‘ataifores’ in El Legado Andalusí, Museum of the Alhambra, Granada.

New archaeology finding shows how Muslim cuisine endured in secret despite policing by the Spanish Catholic regime

Practicing Islam was banned in Spain after the Catholic conquest but recent discoveries prove that Muslims continued eating traditions in secret.
Supporters wave national and military flags in Yangon, Myanmar after the military staged a coup. AP Photo/Thein Zaw

The military coup in Myanmar presents opportunities to Buddhist nationalists

The roots of Buddhist nationalism in Myanmar go back to colonial days. Those behind the military coup are seeking to harness it to legitimize the seizure of power.
Activist protest against ‘love jihad’ laws being proposed in India. Manjunath Kiran/AFP via Getty Images

The problem with India’s ‘love jihad’ laws

India’s most populous state has brought in a law to police interreligious marriages, known as the ‘love jihad’ law. Here is what that means.
The General Overseer of the Redeemed Christian Church of God, Enoch Adeboye, holding a placard, leading a protest in Lagos. Olukayode Jaiyeola/NurPhoto/Getty

How religion inspires the Nigerian diaspora to develop Africa

Religion has often been a key motivation for philanthropy and economic fairness. Africans in the diaspora champion this.
A 19th-century engraving depicts the Angel of Death descending on Rome during the Antonine plague. J.G. Levasseur/Wellcome Collection

How 3 prior pandemics triggered massive societal shifts

Societies and cultures that seem ossified and entrenched can be completely upended by pandemics, which create openings for conquest, innovation and social change.

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