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Jaweed Kaleem
Jaweed Kaleem is the national religion reporter for The Huffington Post. He also covers one of HuffPost's most unique beats: death.

The American Academy of Religion has twice recognized Jaweed for his reporting. In 2014, the group honored him for his writing on "Death in America." In 2013, it gave Jaweed its first-place award for best in-depth writing for his "Faith Shift" series on the changing faces of American religion. That series was also recognized by the Religion Newswriters Association, which named him its religion feature writer of the year.

The Religion Communicators' Council has twice awarded Jaweed for his reporting in Huffington., HuffPost's weekly iPad magazine. In addition, the New York Chapter of the Society of Professional Journalists in 2014 named Jaweed as one of its top feature writers for his reporting on American funeral traditions.

Prior to HuffPost, Jaweed was a religion and general assignment news and features reporter for The Miami Herald from 2007 to 2011. As a Herald reporter, he was part of a breaking news team that was a 2011 Pulitzer Prize finalist for its coverage of the Haiti earthquake.

He has produced radio reports on religion for Miami's WLRN 91.3 FM and PRI's The World. Before religion reporting, he was a general assignment reporter at the San Jose Mercury News, Detroit Free Press, Lexington (Ky.) Herald-Leader and McClatchy Washington Bureau.

Jaweed can be reached at or 212-206-4495. Follow him on Twitter @jaweedkaleem and subscribe to his Facebook updates here.

Entries by Jaweed Kaleem

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

(56) Comments | Posted October 23, 2014 | 7:49 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

(12) Comments | Posted October 18, 2014 | 7:30 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 | 6:37 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

(1127) Comments | Posted October 6, 2014 | 7:32 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 | 4:46 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 | 8:29 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 | 3:20 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 | 10:11 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 | 6:23 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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Women Bishops Approved By Church Of England

(417) Comments | Posted July 14, 2014 | 11:31 AM

The General Synod of the Church of England voted today that women can be consecrated as bishops, two years after a similar measure was controversially voted down.

The vote required passage by a two-thirds majority in the synod's three houses of bishops, clergy and laity. The House of Bishops approved...

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Lights, Camera, Mortician! The Rise of 'Fun Funerals'

(13) Comments | Posted July 5, 2014 | 7:30 AM

When a friend and fellow mortician died a decade ago, Teddy Lee received an unusual request. By most measures, the widow said, it was to be a standard Christian service, complete with prayers and promises of life after death. Except for one thing.

Would Lee, asked the widow, put on...

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'Zionism Unsettled' Guide Is Removed From Presbyterian Church (USA) Website

(633) Comments | Posted June 28, 2014 | 3:08 PM

The Presbyterian Church (USA) has removed a controversial publication from its website that was targeted by prominent Jewish organizations and church members as being an attack against Israel.

The 76-page booklet, "Zionism Unsettled: A Congregational Study Guide," was released in January by the Israel/Palestine Mission Network, an independent Presbyterian group....

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Unearthing The Surprising Religious History Of American Gay Rights Activism

(169) Comments | Posted June 28, 2014 | 9:03 AM

On New Year's Day 1965, hundreds of gay San Franciscans arrived at 625 Polk Street in the city's Tenderloin district for a much-anticipated "Mardi Gras Ball."

The event organized by gay rights -- or, to use the then-common term, homophile -- activists was not unlike the thousands of public...

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Presbyterian Church (USA) Makes Controversial Divestment Move Against Israel

(1131) Comments | Posted June 20, 2014 | 11:28 PM

The largest U.S. Presbyterian church narrowly voted Friday to divest from three multinational corporations that it said supply Israel with products that promote violence in occupied Palestinian territories.

The divestment, vehemently opposed by many of the nation's prominent Jewish organizations, and hailed by many pro-Palestinian activists, passed by...

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Presbyterian Church Votes To Allow Gay Marriages

(695) Comments | Posted June 19, 2014 | 5:15 PM

In a monumental move, the nation's largest Presbyterian denomination voted Thursday to change its definition of marriage and allow its pastors to officiate same-sex ceremonies in states where gay marriage is legal.

By a vote of 429-175, leaders of the 1.76 million-member Presbyterian Church (USA) voted during the biennial General...

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United Methodist Church Divests From Security Firm Targeted For Work In Palestinian Territories

(40) Comments | Posted June 12, 2014 | 7:48 PM

A United Methodist Church fund is divesting from a multinational security firm that activists have criticized for its work in Israel and the Palestinian territories.

The church's General Board of Pension and Health Benefits is selling its stock in the U.K.-based G4S, which provides equipment and services for Israeli prisons,...

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Presbyterian Church's Next Move Could Be A Tipping Point In The Israeli Divestment Debate

(33) Comments | Posted June 9, 2014 | 7:37 AM

When thousands of leaders of the nation's largest Presbyterian denomination meet this week for the church's biennial General Assembly, they'll pore through detailed proposals on dozens of topics, from gun violence to same-sex marriage to organic farming. But members expect one controversial issue to dominate the discussion: The 1.76 million-member...

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As Memorial Day Observations Decline In Popularity, Powerful Lessons Remain

(553) Comments | Posted May 25, 2014 | 10:51 PM

For three decades now on the last Monday of May, Bill Brater has gathered in the chapel of the funeral home he manages in Statesville, North Carolina, for what he considers one of the most important ceremonies of the year.

Joining a crowd of about 250 residents ranging from politicians...

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How Pope Francis' Pilgrimage To The Holy Land Could Be A Turning Point In Christian-Muslim Relations

(115) Comments | Posted May 23, 2014 | 3:35 PM

For the past week, it's all that Khaldoun Barghouti, a resident of Ramallah in the West Bank, has seen on TV, heard on the radio and read when he logs onto Facebook: Pope Francis is coming to town.

He's looked closely for details. Who will the pope meet? Where will...

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Americans Exaggerate How Much They Go To Religious Services, According To Study

(1247) Comments | Posted May 17, 2014 | 4:04 PM

Despite gains in the number of Americans who identify as atheist, agnostic or having "no religion" at all, it's well known that the nation is largely one of religious believers. In polls over the past two decades, a slim majority of Americans have said they find religion...

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