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Stories about Religion

Religious cleric criticizes Turkey's women's volleyball team for their appearance in Tokyo Olympics

Turkey's women's volleyball team, known as the "Sultans of the Net," beat China 3–0 during a Tokyo Olympics match on July 25.

Czechia's Muslim women celebrated Ramadan with mixed experiences

How do Muslim women feel in Prague, and how does Female Ramadan in Prague go?

Amid Eid ul-Fitr celebrations, a look at the Muslim presence in the Caribbean

New generations of Caribbean Muslims are being born and raised in the diaspora, creating a type of religious hybrid that sometimes puts traditional approaches under strain.

Burqa ban in Sri Lanka would undermine national security and human rights

Many in Sri Lanka and abroad are condemning the impending ban on wearing burqas and other full-face coverings in public as a breach of human rights.

Angolan government bans Brazilian TV channel, alleging ‘irregularities’

The government justified the suspension of Record TV África with the fact that its executive director was a "non-national" citizen. The network has since replaced him with an Angolan director.

As legislative elections draw to a close, will the Congress Party reclaim Assam state from the BJP?

The Indian National Congress (INC) ruled Assam's legislative assembly from 1951 to 2016 when control switched to Prime Minister Narendra Modi's Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP).

In Kenya, abortion focus obscures legislation towards safe reproductive healthcare services

Tagged “the abortion bill” by its opponents, the Reproductive Healthcare bill of 2019 is, in fact, a comprehensive document that only mentions termination of pregnancy in five articles.

Iran's oppression of its Christians tears daughter from convert parents

The court ruling denying Sam Khosravi and his wife custody of their adopted daughter after converting to Christianity is one way the state's utilizes the judiciary to clampdown on minorities.

Barbadian pop superstar Rihanna gets flak for wearing pendant of Hindu god in lingerie post

While some social media users felt the photo was disrespectful and tone deaf, others thought the controversy was much ado about nothing.

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.

What drives ‘J-Anon’, QAnon's Japanese counterpart?

Donald Trump seems to have found supporters amid Japan's religious cults.

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?

Controversy over Thanksgiving celebration in a Chinese university highlights a growing culture of political snitching

A dormitory supervisor at Harbin Institute of Technology wanted to give out chocolate treats to students on Thanksgiving Day. A student threatened to report her to the school's authorities.

Can secularism be compatible with Islam?

"Islam has become an insecure identity that is always undermined by criticism from the Christian or godless, but always colonial, West."

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.

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