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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 2015, the New York Press Club awarded Jaweed its first-place prize in online feature writing for his reporting on the persecution of religious minorities in Pakistan. 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 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.

Jaweed was a Senior Fellow at the East-West Center in 2014, during which reported on Islam in Indonesia. In 2013, he was a Henry Luce Fellow in Global Religion at the International Center for Journalists.

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 jaweed.kaleem@huffingtonpost.com or 212-206-4495. Follow him on Twitter @jaweedkaleem.

Entries by Jaweed Kaleem

United Church Of Christ Takes A Stand On Israeli-Palestinian Conflict With Divestment Vote

(132) Comments | Posted June 30, 2015 | 1:35 PM

The United Church of Christ on Tuesday voted to divest from companies that it says profit from the occupation of Palestinian lands.

The move passed 508-124 with 38 abstentions at the church’s General Synod meeting in Cleveland. It instructs the church, which has nearly a million members, to divest from...

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South Carolina Lutheran Pastor: Dylann Roof Was Church Member, His Family Prays For Victims

(207) Comments | Posted June 19, 2015 | 4:46 PM

As details surface about Dylann Roof, the 21-year-old man who has been charged with the murder of nine people after a brutal church shooting spree Wednesday night in Charleston, South Carolina, a faint portrait of his religious background is emerging.

Roof, who reportedly sat in a Bible study...

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Historic Black Church Attacked In Charleston Had Deep Roots In Civil Rights, Abolition

(4) Comments | Posted June 18, 2015 | 2:42 PM

Emanuel African Methodist Episcopal Church in Charleston, South Carolina, where a shooting left nine people dead Wednesday night, has a history of civil rights activism and has long been one of the most prominent historic black churches in the South.

Called “Mother Emanuel,” the church -- home to...

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Reading, Writing, Required Silence:
How Meditation Is Changing Schools And Students

(145) Comments | Posted June 12, 2015 | 7:31 AM

Quiet Time at Brooklyn Urban Garden School.

On a Wednesday afternoon in early May, after a full day of studying the Byzantine Empire and sitting through lessons on annotation and critical reading, the sixth-graders in Zsazita Walker’s social studies and language...

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Pope Francis Releases 'Laudato Si' Encyclical And Lays Out Moral Case For Addressing Climate Change

(563) Comments | Posted May 29, 2015 | 2:39 PM

In a highly anticipated papal letter released Thursday, Pope Francis called on Catholics worldwide to make safeguarding the environment and battling climate change an urgent and top priority of the 21st century.

In the lengthy treatise, more broadly addressed to “every person” who lives on Earth, the pope...

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The Surprising Sacred Gathering Spaces That Are Moving Into Your Neighborhoods

(12) Comments | Posted May 11, 2015 | 6:41 AM

Twice a week, every Sunday and Monday night, around a dozen New Yorkers gather in long, candle-lit studio apartment nestled between a hair salon and some warehouses in one of Brooklyn's latest hip neighborhoods. They’re actors, singers, seminarians and new parents, and they sit in groups of six around tables...

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'Our Best Sermon Right Now Is Not Anything We Say But What We Do': Clergy Address Freddie Gray Protests

(9) Comments | Posted April 28, 2015 | 4:25 PM

As tensions and unrest continued Tuesday in Baltimore over the death of 25-year-old Freddie Gray, religious leaders took to the pews and the streets to call for peace.

Several churches opened their doors to offer safe haven to local residents, especially students after Baltimore City Public Schools were closed Tuesday.

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Art Of Dying Conference Explores Spiritual, Scientific Approaches To Dying

(24) Comments | Posted April 24, 2015 | 6:56 PM

Melanie Chaite has had many brushes with death.

In 21 years of living with lymphangiomatosis, a rare cancer-like progressive lymphatic disorder that she’s had since birth, bouts of severe pneumonia have left her in intensive care. She’s had swine flu and emergency surgery for a collapsed lung. Fluid that has...

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The Future Project
How Two Young Social Entrepreneurs Are Trying To Close The Inspiration Gap In Schools

(24) Comments | Posted April 14, 2015 | 10:09 AM

The Future Project's co-founders, CEO Andrew Mangino and President Kanya Balakrishna, in their offices in Manhattan's SoHo neighborhood.

When Andrew Mangino talks about the startup he co-founded, one that’s been hailed by boldface names ranging from spiritual guru Deepak Chopra to...

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More Than Half Of Americans Have Unfavorable View Of Islam, Poll Finds

(1262) Comments | Posted April 10, 2015 | 9:32 AM

More than half of Americans say they have unfavorable views of Islam, and six in 10 either aren't interested or don't know whether they want to learn more about the faith, according to a new poll.

Younger Americans are the most likely to have positive views on Islam, be interested...

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The Dalai Lama Will Celebrate His 80th Birthday With A Global Compassion Summit

(12) Comments | Posted March 12, 2015 | 6:00 AM

The Dalai Lama will celebrate his 80th birthday this summer with a Global Compassion Summit in Southern California, the nonprofit Friends of the Dalai Lama announced Thursday.

The spiritual leader will kick off three days of events focusing on the role of compassion in the world by speaking July 5...

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

(42) Comments | Posted March 5, 2015 | 2:33 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 | 12:58 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

(155) Comments | Posted February 13, 2015 | 7:28 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 | 3:00 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 | 11:26 AM

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.

At...

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Why Muslims Are Talking About Islam And Blasphemy After Charlie Hebdo

(273) Comments | Posted January 7, 2015 | 7:48 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 | 7:13 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

(97) Comments | Posted November 19, 2014 | 7:01 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

(50) Comments | Posted November 13, 2014 | 7:47 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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