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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 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 or 212-206-4495. Follow him on Twitter @jaweedkaleem.

Entries by Jaweed Kaleem

Muslims Are On Alert For Misplaced Retaliation After Paris Attacks

(0) Comments | Posted November 18, 2015 | 7:52 PM

LOS ANGELES -- At the Islamic Center of Southern California, a historic mosque near downtown LA...

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Franklin & Marshall College Students Explore 'The Examined Life'

(0) Comments | Posted November 17, 2015 | 1:27 PM

“The unexamined life is not worth living.” So goes the famous declaration attributed to Socrates.

Over the last year at Franklin & Marshall, a liberal arts college in Lancaster, Pennsylvania, associate philosophy professor Lee Franklin has asked students to tackle the question that naturally follows.

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French Come Together To Support Muslims After Attacks

(1) Comments | Posted November 15, 2015 | 1:59 PM

As the Islamic State cheers and takes credit for one of the most deadly terrorist attacks...

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Deadly Paris Attacks Come Amid Rising Religious Tension In France

(0) Comments | Posted November 13, 2015 | 6:37 PM

The terrorist attacks in Paris Friday night, which left at least 129 people dead and which the...

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Why Students At Berklee College Of Music Are Asking, 'What Is Being?'

(0) Comments | Posted November 12, 2015 | 4:09 PM

Berklee College of Music, located in Boston’s Back Bay neighborhood, is one of the world’s largest schools for aspiring singers, producers, songwriters, music therapists and film scorers. Each of its roughly 4,500 students, in one way or another, focuses on the idea of performance -- 

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God And The Good Life? Kentucky Students Explore Big Questions

(0) Comments | Posted November 11, 2015 | 1:24 PM

At Eastern Kentucky University, philosophy professor Mike Austin has spent his career exploring, as he puts it, the “quest for life.” In his classes, and books whose titles include Being Good and Running and Philosophy: A Marathon for the Mind

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This App Will Help You Sort Through Your Views On Dying

(0) Comments | Posted November 9, 2015 | 3:41 PM

There are apps for nearly everything -- ordering food, catching rides and finding dates, to name just a few of the common tasks people accomplish via a swipe of a screen. Now, a Boston-based company wants to make thinking about and planning for death just as...

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Why All College Students Should Be Asking The Big Questions

(0) Comments | Posted October 29, 2015 | 5:43 PM

Over the last two years, Evgenia Cherkasova, an associate professor of philosophy at Boston's Suffolk University, has taught the university’s first course focused entirely on exploring the meaning of life.

Funded by a grant from the National Endowment for the Humanities as part...

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On Day Of The Dead, A Celebration Of Life To Remember The Deceased

(0) Comments | Posted October 29, 2015 | 1:47 PM

Every day this week, Dulce Porras-Goldstein has gathered her four children in the kitchen of her home in La Grange, Illinois, for what’s become an annual tradition in their Mexican-American family.

Piece by piece, the family cuts colorful paper squares into snowflake-like...

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At Yale, Learning About A 'Life Worth Living' And 'The Good Life'

(0) Comments | Posted October 28, 2015 | 1:11 PM

Over the last few years, Yale University has launched two seemingly unusual courses among its wide-ranging offerings in liberal arts, religious studies and theology. They're called "Life Worth Living" and "Christ and the Good Life."

Both draw heavily on history, philosophy and theology, with doses of contemporary...

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How Emory University Is Getting Students To Ask The Big Questions

(0) Comments | Posted October 23, 2015 | 11:31 AM

Each year, dozens of undergraduate and graduate students arrive at Emory University to think about the big questions as they study under faculty members in the Department of Religious Studies. By looking at topics ranging from Greek and Roman philosophy, to ancient Hinduism and contemporary Islam, professors aim...

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An Indiana Imam And His Non-Muslim Friend Want To Fight ISIS With Viral Videos

(0) Comments | Posted October 21, 2015 | 3:33 PM

It was early June, and Omar Ali was nervous as he gathered members of his small Midwestern Muslim community to make an unusual pitch. A chemical engineer by trade who doubles as the imam of the Islamic Society of Evansville, Indiana, Ali had been quietly working...

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The World's First Permanent Death Cafe Could Soon Come To London

(0) Comments | Posted October 21, 2015 | 2:10 PM

Every month, dozens of death cafes take place around the world.

The pop-up events, which happen in American cities in nearly every state and in nations across six continents, are part of a volunteer-led, grassroots movement to get people from all...

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With The Conversation Sabbath, Dozens Of Clergy Hope To Get People Talking About Death

(0) Comments | Posted October 20, 2015 | 1:55 PM

During a recent Sunday service, the Rev. Nancy Taylor, who ministers at the historic Old South Church in Boston, startled her congregation with an unusual sermon.

Taylor pointed toward the pews, telling people that they were going to die. She called out younger and...

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Before Meeting Kim Davis, Pope Met With His Gay Friend In Washington

(7) Comments | Posted October 2, 2015 | 1:46 PM

Pope Francis privately met with a gay couple last week while visiting Washington, D.C., according to several news reports Friday.

Yayo Grassi, an openly gay Argentine-American caterer who lives in the Washington area and is a former student of the pope’s, met with Francis at the Apostolic...

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Pope Offers Classic Sunday Sermon To Move The Faithful On Last Day In U.S.

(3) Comments | Posted September 27, 2015 | 3:42 PM

PHILADELPHIA -- Pope Francis celebrated a final Mass with hundreds of thousands of joyful Catholics assembled on the Benjamin Franklin Parkway, offering a classic Sunday sermon-style address to stir the enthusiasm of the faithful.

On the last night of his six-day visit to the United States, the pope urged the...

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Pope Francis' Remarks To Inmates At Curran-Fromhold Correctional Facility (Full Transcript)

(0) Comments | Posted September 27, 2015 | 12:00 PM

As released by the Vatican.

Dear Brothers and Sisters,

Thank you for receiving me and giving me the opportunity to be here with you and to share this time in your lives. It is a difficult time, one full of struggles. I know it is a painful time not only...

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Pope Francis Speaks To Bishops On Gay Marriage And Families In Philadelphia

(1) Comments | Posted September 27, 2015 | 10:12 AM

PHILADELPHIA -- Pope Francis -- who has largely avoided directly speaking of controversies over LGBT rights despite heavy lobbying from conservative and liberal Catholics -- made his most concrete reference to gay marriages that are now legal on American soil when he spoke Sunday morning to bishops gathered at St....

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At Philly's Independence Mall, Pope Francis Offers His Definition Of Religious Freedom

(3) Comments | Posted September 26, 2015 | 5:00 PM

PHILADELPHIA -- Pope Francis addressed thousands of people gathered at Philadelphia’s historic Independence Mall on Saturday afternoon, just feet away from the building where the U.S. Declaration of Independence and Constitution were adopted. In his speech, the pope tied America's founding to the cause of religious freedom, championing diversity and...

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The Secret To How Pope Francis Keeps His Hectic Travel Schedule

(0) Comments | Posted September 25, 2015 | 5:41 PM

Four days into his historic visit to the United States, Pope Francis has kept a whirlwind schedule of events in Washington and New York, with throngs of cheering crowds everywhere he goes and cameras watching his every move.

Frequently smiling, the 78-year-old pontiff has met with world...

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