The earliest documented public broadcasting of the Muslim call to prayer in the U.S. took place during the World’s Columbian Exposition in Chicago, 1893.
A political scientist explains the history of blasphemy laws in Muslim-majority nations and how they play a role in silencing dissent.
Morality police first appeared in Iran soon after the Islamic Revolution of 1979. But similar forces were present in parts of the Middle East even prior to the date.
Indonesia has criminalized same-sex sexuality, but trans people are finding support in some trans-inclusive mosques and churches.
Imposing restrictions on women has been a way for many countries to demonstrate to the world what policies they want to pursue.
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.
Hijab controversy in Nigeria’s public schools has further exposed how religion has polarised Africa’s most populous nation.
Having the Quran in Igbo language will help in propagating Islam in the south eastern part of Nigeria.
Islamic views on abortion are based on diverse interpretations of what’s right and wrong when it comes to the body.
The start of the hajj is reigniting debates around its commercialization, but pilgrimages are also a time for seeking business opportunities, writes a scholar of Islam.
Two researchers collected data from Muslim women in 34 countries on their views on wearing sports hijab. Here is what they found.
Young Muslim activists in Indonesia turn to faith to undertake the sacred task of protecting the natural world. This echoes the growing popularity of ‘green Islam’ as an important global youth agenda.
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.
Through its theology of the environment and the power of its ethical stance, Islam and Muslims must play a central role in reversing climate change.
Fewer than half of Americans report knowing someone who is Muslim. Here we explain Islam, its diversity and its long history in the United States.
Day 6 of our Understanding Islam series. Sharia constitutes a broad set of rules that guide Muslims on how to lead an ethical life. The way Sharia is interpreted depends on who is using it and why.
There are many different understandings of shariah law in the Muslim world – the Taliban’s is a particularly hard-line one that is unlikely to change radically.
A scholar of religion explains what those who fast for health and fitness can learn from religious traditions for a sustained, deeper and lifelong practice.
Sharia is often portrayed as being brutal and barbaric. However, in many parts of the world, women are using Sharia to stop oppressive practices.