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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.
People pray inside the Byzantine-era Hagia Sophia, with sail-like drapes covering mosaic figures of the Virgin Mary and Jesus. AP Photo/Yasin Akgul

Hagia Sophia has been converted back into a mosque, but the veiling of its figural icons is not a Muslim tradition

In reconverting Hagia Sophia to a mosque, Turkish officials have emphasized veiling of Christian icons to create a Muslim prayer space. Experts explain why the veiling is in fact a Byzantine practice.
In Fort Lauderdale, Florida, the Sunshine Cathedral holds a drive-in Easter service in its parking lot. Each car received a Ziploc bag with a prayer card, palm leaf and pre-packaged communion. Getty Images / Joe Raedle

How to be as safe as possible in your house of worship

To keep congregations safe, religious services must take a different approach.
Members of the families of the victims listen to testimonies during a memorial ceremony to honour the victims of the 2017 mosque shooting, Tuesday, Jan. 29, 2019 in Québec City. THE CANADIAN PRESS/Jacques Boissinot

Islamophobia and hate crimes continue to rise in Canada

The tragedy of the Quebec City mosque shootings which killed six men continues to reverberate. But Islamophobia has not been curbed: it is at its highest rate ever.
A ‘humble outback structure’: a former Afghan cameleer’s mosque in Bourke NSW. Copyright Iain Davidson/flickr

Friday essay: the Australian Mosque

Those opposed to the building of new mosques don't recognise their long history here, or potential to support Australian ideals. Mosques are part of our suburban landscape and can help overcome fears about Islam.
Father and son before the Muslim funeral prayer for Muhammad Ali in Louisville, Kentucky. Adrees Latif/Reuters

American Islam: a view from the suburbs

Islam is often presented as an unchanging monolith. But as the emergence of 'third spaces' outside home and mosque shows, the American Muslim community exemplifies the diversity of American society.
There are now around half a million Muslim Australians, who are sometimes blamed for the actions of a tiny minority. AAP Image/Tracey Nearmy

Mosques, Muslims and myths: overcoming fear in our suburbs

Since Australians woke to the news of yesterday morning’s counter-terrorism raids in Sydney, Brisbane and Logan, talkback radio and the TV news have filled with talk of “home-grown terrorism” and “enemies…

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