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Stories about Religion

Why can't women be marriage registrars in Bangladesh?

A recent court rule in Bangladesh denying women to be marriage registrars has sparked heated debates as women and human rights activists question the basis of the judgement.

Pakistan's Supreme Court orders reconstruction of Hindu temple razed by a mob incited by Muslim clerics

A cleric of the religious right-wing political party Jamiat Ulema-e-Islam-Fazl (JUI-F) was arrested in connection with the incident.

Online backlash follows blurring of Christmas imagery on popular Chinese TV show

A Chinese online TV outlet had to pixelate its variety show's Christmas setting as the political campaign to boycott foreign festivals gained momentum.

Why Macron’s tweet on the Serbian Patriarch's death angered so many people in the Balkans

Why would someone who claimed to defend secular, enlightened values invest France's institutional political capital with a figure who symbolized everything that is backward and racist about Serbian society?

The history of the Sarajevo Haggadah, the medieval Jewish book that survived the Inquisition, the Holocaust, and the Yugoslav Wars

When Nazi Germany occupied Bosnia and Herzegovina, the Haggadah was hidden at the mosque of a Muslim village in the Bjelašnica Mountain, where it remained until the end of the...

Myanmar candidates and parties turn to religious nationalism ahead of elections

Major political parties in Myanmar are resorting to Buddhist populism despite race and religion-based campaigning being prohibited under electoral regulations.

In the Balkans, COVID-19 measures may not apply to religious leaders

A bishop's funeral in Montenegro last week drew thousands of maskless mourners.

This beatboxing Buddhist monk from Japan is making music to ‘reduce suffering’

Yogetsu Asakusa combines beatboxing beats with traditional Buddhist sutras.

Dancehall star Buju Banton’s rejection of mask-wearing stymies Jamaican government’s efforts to stem ‘COVID-19 fatigue’

"Please do not listen to Buju Banton [...] in this case, he is 110% wrong. Wear your mask, wash your hands and socially distance."

Ignored by the Pope, Hong Kong cardinal leaves Rome vowing to protest appointment of Beijing-blessed bishop

As the Holy See normalizes relationships with Beijing, a battle over the appointment of a new Hong Kong bishop ensues.

China's persecution of Muslim minorities: An Uyghur student living in Turkey shares her story

I came to Turkey legally, on a passport issued by the Chinese authorities. Why did they punish my family?

New Age communities are driving QAnon conspiracies in Brazil

QAnon emerged in the US but its plasticity makes it easily adaptable in a Brazilian context, where New Agers seeking alternative truths play a prominent role in propagating its ideas.

Historic peace deal in Sudan signed during historic flooding

A historic peace deal with rebel groups in Sudan also comes during historic flooding that has ushered in a humanitarian disaster. What are the government’s plans to make life easier?

How churches became entangled in Belarus’ political crisis

As the crisis drags on, the leader of Belarus' Catholics was denied entry into the country and his Orthodox counterpart was replaced. Both had publicly criticised the crackdown on protesters.

Child rape victim doxxed by anti-abortion protesters in Brazil

Brazil registers around six abortions per day among girls aged from 10 to 14 years old who become pregnant after being raped.

Islamophobic post on Facebook leads to deadly violence in Bangalore

India experiences another episode of real-life violence triggered by online hate speech.

Pious, assertive, and ‘mother of all Bolivians': The political narrative of President Jeanine Áñez

The president went on costly helicopter rides to 'bless' cities during the pandemic, with passengers that included priests, evangelical pastors and legislators who brought along holy water and religious statues.

In Pakistan, a man accused of blasphemy was shot dead in a courtroom. His killer was hailed as a hero.

Extrajudicial killings of people accused of blasphemy aren't uncommon in Pakistan.

How the murder of musician Hachalu Hundessa incited violence in Ethiopia: Part I

In the wake of musician Hachalu Hundessa's murder, Ethiopia has struggled to come to terms with the violence and turmoil that erupted along ethnic and religious faultlines.

Angolan pastors break away from the Universal Church of Brazil

The new congregation could call itself the Reform Universal Church of the Kingdom of God in Angola.

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