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Jaweed Kaleem
Jaweed Kaleem is The Huffington Post's Senior Religion Reporter. He also writes about death, dying, grief and the end of life.

Jaweed focuses on how religious views and practices intersect with and influence the cultural, demographic and political shifts taking place in the American and global religious landscapes. He has written extensively on the Roman Catholic church, evangelical Christians, Mormonism and Muslim Americans. His reporting has taken him from Jakarta to Karachi with stops in Seattle, Salt Lake City and Birmingham, Alabama.

In 2014, Jaweed reported on Islam in Indonesia as a Senior Fellow at the East-West Center and, in 2013, he wrote extensively from Pakistan on the growing persecution of religious minorities as an International Center for Journalists Henry Luce Fellow in Global Religion.

The American Academy of Religion has recognized Jaweed's reporting on "Death in America" and his "Faith Shift" series on the changing faces of American religion as among its top citations in religion reporting. Both series were also recognized by the Religion Newswriters Association and the Religion Communicators Council. In 2014, the Society for Features Journalism and the New York Chapter of the Society of Professional Journalists honored Jaweed for his reporting on death and American funeral traditions.

Prior to HuffPost, Jaweed was a religion and general assignment reporter for The Miami Herald. As a Herald reporter, he was part of a breaking news team that was a Pulitzer Prize finalist for its coverage of the Haiti earthquake.

Jaweed can be reached at or 212-206-4495. Follow him on Twitter @jaweedkaleem.

Entries by Jaweed Kaleem

Cardinal Edward Egan, Former Archbishop Of New York, Dead At 82

(0) Comments | Posted March 5, 2015 | 3:33 PM

Cardinal Edward M. Egan, the former Archbishop of New York, died on Thursday afternoon in New York, officials at the Archdiocese of New York announced.

Egan, who was 82, died at 2:20 p.m. at NYU Langone Medical Center. The cause of death was cardiac arrest.

Egan, one of...

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#CopticLivesMatter Mourns Christians Killed In Libya

(35) Comments | Posted February 16, 2015 | 1:58 PM

After ISIS released a video on Sunday purporting to show the horrific execution of 21 Coptic Christians on the Libyan coast, prayers and condolences have poured in for the victims, their families and the Coptic church, with many on social media using the hashtag #CopticLivesMatter.

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Obama's Anti-Extremist Strategy Criticized As Wrongly Singling Out Muslims

(156) Comments | Posted February 13, 2015 | 8:28 PM

As the White House prepares to host a three-day summit next week on countering violent extremism, many high-profile Muslim and religious groups argue that the administration's efforts have unfairly singled out Muslims and the Islamic faith.

In the days leading up to the summit, Muslim Advocates said it...

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Mourners Organize Prayers And Vigils For Chapel Hill Shooting Victims

(16) Comments | Posted February 11, 2015 | 4:00 PM

Following the shooting deaths of three Muslim university students in Chapel Hill, North Carolina, on Tuesday, Muslim and non-Muslim mourners alike have taken to social media to organize prayers and vigils for the victims.

More than 4,000 people have joined a Facebook group for a Wednesday...

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Amedy Coulibaly, Paris Kosher Market Terrorist, Had History Of Ties To Violence

(172) Comments | Posted January 9, 2015 | 12:26 PM

Amedy Coulibaly, the gunman who died in a police assault in Paris on Friday after he took hostages at a kosher market on the eastern edge of the city, has a history of ties to crime and violence, according to reports in Reuters, the Guardian and French media outlets.


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Why Muslims Are Talking About Islam And Blasphemy After Charlie Hebdo

(275) Comments | Posted January 7, 2015 | 8:48 PM

The deadly shootings at the offices of French satirical newspaper Charlie Hebdo have reignited discussions among Muslims in the United States and elsewhere about violence purportedly done in the name of their faith, and about what their religion teaches about responding to mockery and criticism.

While no group took responsibility...

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How Pope John Paul II Paved The Way For The U.S.-Cuba Thaw

(22) Comments | Posted December 17, 2014 | 8:13 PM

While Pope Francis is being credited with orchestrating the detente between the U.S. and Cuba, the roots of the delicate agreement stretch to the last years of Pope John Paul II's life and nearly two decades of exchanges among Vatican, Cuban and American Catholics.

The deal announced Wednesday also marks...

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Clergy, Interfaith Activists Aim To Prevent 'Religious War' Among Israelis And Palestinians

(96) Comments | Posted November 19, 2014 | 8:01 PM

In the area around Gush Etzion, a series of Israeli settlements in the West Bank, Shaul David Judelman on Tuesday joined Palestinian friends to write a letter to Palestinian Authority President Mahmoud Abbas, pleading for help. They asked Abbas to order clerics from Al-Aqsa, a Jerusalem mosque that’s the third-holiest...

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Clergy Prepare Their Sanctuaries And Prayers Ahead Of The Ferguson Grand Jury Decision

(46) Comments | Posted November 13, 2014 | 8:47 PM

All week, people have bringing donations to Rev. Tommie Pierson's church in Ferguson, Missouri. They've provided hot dogs, hamburger patties, condiments, water bottles and first-aid kits. Usually, the food and other supplies would be for the poor and homeless, but these days Pierson is collecting for what he suspects will...

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Contemplative Studies Grow At Brown University -- And Beyond

(22) Comments | Posted November 10, 2014 | 7:32 AM

Three times last week, between classes in neuropharmacology, neural systems and journalism, Brown University junior Henry Langton changed into sweatpants, sat with dozens of classmates on cushions in a campus dance studio and meditated on his breath and his body for 25 uninterrupted minutes.

One day, the focus was bamboo...

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Why Death Is On The Minds Of Many Major Religions This Month

(174) Comments | Posted November 1, 2014 | 3:02 PM

As his friends in Milwaukee don costumes for Halloween parties this weekend, 23-year-old Felipe Beltran will be observing a different tradition around death, one that he says is "much realer" to him than the commercial holiday.

A Catholic who grew up in the Mexican city of Guanajuato, Beltran has put...

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How Hindu-Americans Are Using Diwali To Teach About The Faith

(99) Comments | Posted October 23, 2014 | 8:49 AM

The last time Manav Lalwani celebrated the holiday Diwali in his parents' home city of Mumbai, he was 6 years old. He remembers "lots, lots of fireworks and very little else." Growing up Indian-American Hindu family that was heavily involved in its religious and cultural communities, Diwali, known as the...

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What Jefferson, Dickens And Tolstoy Can Teach Us About Exploring The Big Questions

(18) Comments | Posted October 18, 2014 | 8:30 AM

In 1804, over three consecutive evenings, President Thomas Jefferson completed a private spiritual project. Using the King James Bible, he took a penknife to the Gospels of Matthew, Mark, Luke and John, cutting out the Scripture he liked and pasting it into his own blank book. He called the book...

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Finally, A Good News Day For Pakistan

(71) Comments | Posted October 10, 2014 | 7:37 PM

Last winter, as I reported in Pakistan on the plight of religious minorities increasingly under attack in the Muslim-majority country, there was one question people shot back at me in nearly every interview: "Why doesn't the media cover anything good?"

A disproportionate amount of reporting on Pakistan...

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Here's Why These Muslims Are Refusing To Criticize ISIS

(1170) Comments | Posted October 6, 2014 | 8:32 AM

American Muslim leaders gathered at Washington's National Press Club late last month to release a scathing 17-page letter to the Islamic State that distanced mainstream Muslims from the militant group's actions. But one prominent imam from Northern Virginia refused to give his endorsement.

"It sounded like they...

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Mecca On Alert As Hajj Begins And ISIS Concerns Grow

(70) Comments | Posted September 30, 2014 | 5:46 PM

Each year, as the crowds of millions of Muslims who come to Mecca for the hajj continue to grow, Saudi Arabian authorities have stepped up safety and security measures. There is a long list of troubles they hope to avoid: crime, fire, stampedes, the spread of infectious disease.

But this...

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ISIS, U.S. Media and The Muslim World

(162) Comments | Posted September 10, 2014 | 9:29 AM

JAKARTA -- On her first visit to Washington, D.C. in late August, Darshini Kandasamy stopped by the Newseum, the expansive building in downtown Washington dedicated to the history of journalism in America, looking forward to a lesson on the freedom of the press in the United States. She was easily...

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Why Death Is The Liveliest Topic At The Edinburgh Festival Fringe

(2) Comments | Posted August 11, 2014 | 4:20 PM

Eighty-year-old Lynn Ruth Miller takes the stage in Edinburgh this month to talk about death. That might sound morbid, but Miller isn't.

The California comedienne, who now lives in the U.K, is celebrating the fact that she is old and full of life and over the fear of dying. Her...

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The Lost Art Of The Presidential Vacation

(11) Comments | Posted August 4, 2014 | 11:11 AM

For 16 days in mid-August, President Barack Obama and his family will vacation in Martha's Vineyard in a $12 million, 8,100-square-foot, seven-bedroom house with a striking view of Vineyard Sound. While on the island -- a place he's gone all but one summer as president -- Obama is...

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Israel-Gaza Conflict Puts Interfaith Relations To The Test

(20) Comments | Posted July 31, 2014 | 7:23 PM

When a group of Arab college students visiting New York met last week for a Ramadan iftar, they were greeted with an unexpected keynote speech.

Rabbi Marc Schneier, head of The Hampton Synagogue on Long Island and the leader of the Foundation for Ethnic Understanding, an interfaith-oriented nonprofit, had come...

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