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Blood and Ballots in Turkey

Stephen Schwartz | Posted 10.26.2015 | World
Stephen Schwartz

The Turkish Republic will hold new parliamentary elections for the second time this year on November 1, following the failure of the Islamist Justice and Development Party (AKP) of President Recep Tayyip Erdoğan to maintain a legislative majority.

Sweet Dreams

Arzu Kaya Uranli | Posted 10.23.2015 | Religion
Arzu Kaya Uranli

The annual holiday hullabaloo used to start in the US right after Halloween like every other year. However, it starts much earlier now.

Shiite Muslims Observe Ashura In Karbala, Iraq Amid Tight Security

AP | ZEINA KARAM and SAMEER N. YACOUB | Posted 11.05.2014 | Religion

BEIRUT (AP) — Hundreds of thousands of Shiite pilgrims flocked Tuesday to an Iraqi holy city for the peak of a 10-day religious ritual amid tight se...

LOOK: Shiite Muslims Observe Ashura

The Huffington Post | HuffPost Religion Editors | Posted 11.04.2014 | Religion

Ashura, an optional fast day for Muslims that commemorates different things for Sunnis and Shiites, falls on Nov. 2-3, 2014. The word itself, ashura, ...

Ashura In the Shadow of New Terrorism

Stephen Schwartz | Posted 01.03.2015 | Religion
Stephen Schwartz

Sectarian violence persists in Islam, and discredits the religion of Muhammad, Ali, and Husayn before the world. There is much to ponder, this year, on Ashura.

Jaweed Kaleem

Why Death Is On The Minds Of Many Major Religions | Jaweed Kaleem | Posted 11.02.2014 | Religion

As his friends in Milwaukee don costumes for Halloween parties this weekend, 23-year-old Felipe Beltran will be observing a different tradition around...

Rob Ford, Hamas And A Baby Tiger: The Week In Photos

Posted 11.16.2013 | World

Nothing quite compares to the power of a photograph to communicate the goings on in the world, captured in the thick of things. Ranging from the serio...

LOOK: Intense Photos Of Ashura May Shock You

Posted 11.14.2013 | Religion

Shiite Muslims observe Ashura through mourning rituals such as self-flagellation and reenactments of the martyrdom. Many travel to Karbala in Iraq, wh...

Suicide Bomber Kills 30 During Shiite Muslim Ritual

Reuters | Posted 01.23.2014 | World

BAGHDAD, Nov 14 (Reuters) - A suicide bomber blew himself up during a Shi'ite Muslim religious ritual in the eastern Iraqi city of al-Sadiya on Thur...

LOOK: Shiite Muslims Observe Ashura

Posted 11.12.2013 | Religion

WARNING: Some images of Ashura observance are graphic: Ashura, an optional fast day for Muslims that commemorates different things for Sunnis and...

Ashura: In the Dungeon of Cancer, al-Hussein Was My Light

Amin G. Aaser | Posted 01.23.2014 | Religion
Amin G. Aaser

Through al-Hussein we gained strength. When battling a demon, whether a tyrant like Yazid or a disease like cancer, strength does not come from numbers; rather, it comes from the All Mighty.

How Albania's Religious Mix Offers An Example For The Rest Of The World

Stephen Schwartz | Posted 11.28.2012 | Religion
Stephen Schwartz

It has been said often that small nations may produce great ideas. Albania suffers economically, but it maintains its dignity. For Albania's example of cooperation between believers, it deserve the congratulations of the world in the 100th year of its independence.

Ashura Epitomizes Modern Battle For Islam’s True Voice

Shenaz Kermalli | Posted 01.26.2013 | Religion
Shenaz Kermalli

For all the modern-day injustice committed against Muslims through Western foreign policy, the bitter truth is that Muslims are more often than not their own worst enemies. Believers across different factions need to take an honest look at history and awake to a new consciousness.

Taliban Bombs Shiite Procession

AP | ISHTIAQ MAHSUD | Posted 11.25.2012 | World

DERA ISMAIL KHAN, Pakistan -- A bombing claimed by the Taliban killed at least six people and wounded some 90 others at a Shiite religious procession ...

Ashura: How Reflecting On Hussein's Sacrifice Made Me Honest

Amin G. Aaser | Posted 02.05.2012 | Religion
Amin G. Aaser

Long ago, Hussein, a distinguished spiritual leader in Arabia faced an incredible challenge: accept the rule of a wicked tyrant and live, or reject the immoral leadership and be martyred?

Hezbollah Chief Says Group Is Growing Stronger

AP | By ZEINA KARAM | Posted 02.05.2012 | World

BEIRUT -- The leader of Lebanon's Hezbollah movement made a rare public appearance at a Beirut rally on Tuesday to mark the Shiite holy day of Ashoura...

PHOTOS: Shiite Muslims Observe Holy Day Of Ashura With Self-flagellation

Posted 12.04.2011 | Religion

WARNING: Some images of Ashura observance are graphic: Ashura, an optional fast day for Muslims that commemorates different things for Sunnis and...

Muslims Mark Day Of Ashura With Self-Flagellation Rituals (PHOTOS)

Posted 05.25.2011 | World

Thousands of Shiite Muslims in India, Bahrain and eastern Saudi Arabia marked the mourning day of Ashura on Thursday, commemorating the death of a gra...

Iran's Awakening

Ali Fatemi | Posted 05.25.2011 | Chicago
Ali Fatemi

At this juncture, the US has the moral obligation to not short-circuit Khamenei's collapse. Anything that would provide Khamenei the pretext of an "external threat" will do that.

Jason Linkins

Iran's Green Revolution Gaining Traction, Sustainability | Jason Linkins | Posted 05.25.2011 | World

Earlier this year, I had the good fortune to meet Meir Javedanfar, Middle East policy analyst for the Middle East Economic and Political Analysis Comp...

Khomeini Family vs. Khamenei

Meir Javedanfar | Posted 05.25.2011 | World
Meir Javedanfar

The question is: how much power does the Khomeini family have and can they pose a real challenge to the Supreme Leader and Mahmoud Ahmadinejad?

Iran Accuses West Of Instigating Protests

Posted 05.25.2011 | World

(AP) TEHRAN, Iran - Iranian security forces made a wave of new arrests Tuesday, including Nobel peace laureate Shirin Ebadi's sister and a relative of...

Iran's New Year

Melody Moezzi | Posted 05.25.2011 | World
Melody Moezzi

Iranians are suckers for symbolism, and while Ashura is the holiest of Shi'a holidays, the Persian New Year, Nowruz, is the most sacred of Iranian holidays.