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Surveying Saudi Arabia's Youthful Majority

Joseph Braude | Posted 10.24.2016 | World
Joseph Braude

A video by Saudi youth seeks to promote scientific reasoning and civil discourse. How do Saudi youth view their country's foreign policies, domestic ...

Hajj Pilgrims Observe Rite That Thousands Died During Last Year

Reuters | Antonia Blumberg | Posted 09.12.2016 | Religion

Nearly two million Muslim pilgrims performed a symbolic stoning of the devil on Monday, the riskiest part of the annual hajj pilgrimage, a year after ...

What to Do About Saudi Arabia

Joseph Braude | Posted 09.11.2016 | World
Joseph Braude

American policymakers share a concern that the Saudi government, Saudi charities, and wealthy Saudi individuals continue to promote extremism around t...

How Globalization Reached The Cradle Of Islam

Omar Sayfo | Posted 09.09.2016 | Religion
Omar Sayfo

One would assume that Mecca is a city of religious purity and traditionalism. However, a visit to the holy city a couple of years ago led me to the astonishing realization that the troops of globalization have reached not only the Saudi Kingdom, but the cradle of Islam as well.

A Glimpse At Hajj, As Millions Of Muslim Pilgrims Arrive In Mecca

The Huffington Post | Antonia Blumberg | Posted 09.09.2016 | Religion

The annual hajj pilgrimage is one of the world’s largest gatherings, as some two million people flock to Mecca, Saudi Arabia, to participate in one ...

Top Saudi Cleric Says Iran Leaders Not Muslims As Hajj Row Mounts

Reuters | Annum Masroor | Posted 09.07.2016 | World

MECCA, Sept 7 (Reuters) - Saudi Arabia’s top religious authority said Iran’s leaders were not Muslims, drawing a rebuke from Tehran in an unusuall...

Vote Early and Often for LA Metro

Joel Epstein | Posted 07.13.2016 | Los Angeles
Joel Epstein

I'm home again, for a few minutes at least. Hey, cut me some slack; have you ever heard of snow and ice? It's summer and to fully appreciate the pla...

Mecca Goes Mega To Create Dazzling, High-Tech Pilgrimage

The New York Times | Paul Vale | Posted 06.08.2016 | Religion
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In the days before rapid sea or air travel, it could take months to travel to Mecca....

How Climatic Stress Possibly Shaped Early Islam and the History of theMiddle East

Omar Sayfo | Posted 04.20.2016 | Religion
Omar Sayfo

The Middle Eastern desert has been among the regions worst hit by desertification and drought brought on by climate changes ever since the Dark Ages Cold Period (300-700).

Me, My Phone and Mecca

Zoha Qamar | Posted 03.09.2016 | Religion
Zoha Qamar

The black silk was cold and soft. The protruding layers of thread that spelt out "Allah" in neat Arabic curls absorbed the tears and prayers sprayed at the cloth's delicate font, while still reflecting the flood of light that shone from looming construction cranes and endless spurts of cell phone flashes.

Should Saudi Arabia Control Islam's Holiest Sites?

Anisa Mehdi | Posted 01.28.2017 | Religion
Anisa Mehdi

Mecca and Medina have been expanded over time to accommodate increasing numbers of worshippers. Presently, Saudi Arabia controls both cities, but this is becoming increasingly controversial among Muslims.

Saudi Arabia and Pakistan's Evolving Alliance

Giorgio Cafiero | Posted 11.21.2016 | World
Giorgio Cafiero

As Middle Eastern conflicts raise tension between Saudi Arabia and Iran, Pakistan will find it increasingly challenging to navigate through the turmoil while maintaining a meaningful balance in its relationships with Riyadh and Tehran.

The Hajj Stampede Exacerbates Saudi-Iranian Tension

Giorgio Cafiero | Posted 10.13.2016 | World
Giorgio Cafiero

Last month's tragic crane collapse in Mecca and stampede in Mina certainly damaged Saudi Arabia's prestige and have raised further question about Riyadh's capacity to effectively administer the Hajj.

A Modest Proposal (For Hajj Accountability and Reform)

Atif Choudhury | Posted 09.25.2016 | Religion
Atif Choudhury

What is truly needed likely cannot be fixed with just a few minor tweaks, but will require a fundamental re-think on what constitutes a successful Hajj.

Saudi Arabia Suggests Pilgrims At Fault Over Hajj Tragedy

Reuters | Eline Gordts | Posted 01.11.2017 | World

MINA, Saudi Arabia, Sept 25 (Reuters) - Saudi Arabia, under growing pressure to account for a crush that killed more than 700 people at the haj pilgri...

Pope Francis Wishes Muslim Community A Happy Eid

The Huffington Post | Antonia Blumberg | Posted 09.24.2015 | Religion

Pope Francis, in an unscripted moment during his address at St. Patrick's Cathedral Thursday night, wished Muslims a happy Eid and offered sympathy fo...

Hajj Has A Long History Of Tragic Safety Issues

The Huffington Post | Nick Robins-Early | Posted 10.05.2015 | World

After a stampede in the Saudi city of Mina killed over 700 people and injured hundreds more on Thursday, the hajj's safety risks are back in the spotl...

Hundreds Of Pilgrims Killed In Stampede Outside Mecca

Reuters | Alana Horowitz | Posted 01.04.2017 | World

MINA, Saudi Arabia, Sept 24 (Reuters) - At least 717 pilgrims were killed on Thursday in a crush outside the Muslim holy city of Mecca, the Saudi auth...

Eid Al-Adha 2015: Muslims Observe The Feast Of Sacrifice

The Huffington Post | Antonia Blumberg | Posted 09.22.2015 | Religion

Eid al-Adha, the Festival of Sacrifice, is observed on from the evening of Sept. 23 to Sept. 24, 2015 in North America. One of two feast festivals cel...

When Jewish and Islamic Holy Days Coincide

Stephen Schwartz | Posted 09.14.2016 | Religion
Stephen Schwartz

This year includes an alignment at mid-September of the main holy days in the Jewish and Islamic calendars. At sundown on September 13, Jews observed the first of their High Holy Days, and their recognized commencement of the new year, Rosh Hashanah.

A Gay Muslim Films His Hajj Pilgrimage To Mecca

Religion News Service | Carol Kuruvilla | Posted 09.13.2015 | Religion

NEW YORK (RNS) Among the 2 million Muslims who flock to Saudi Arabia each year for the hajj pilgrimage, Parvez Sharma’s journey stands out. He filme...

Crane Collapse In Saudi Arabia's Grand Mosque Kills Dozens

The Huffington Post | Willa Frej | Posted 09.12.2015 | World

The collapse of a crane in the Grand Mosque in Mecca, Saudi Arabia, on Friday evening left dozens of people dead and hundreds injured, Reuters reports...

Video Appears To Show Man Floating Around Kaaba In A 'Hoverboard'

The Huffington Post | Carol Kuruvilla | Posted 09.05.2015 | Religion

A video of an enterprising pilgrim using a so-called hoverboard to circle the Kaaba in Mecca has surfaced online -- and some Muslims aren't sure quite...

The Crimes at Palmyra

Stephen Schwartz | Posted 09.03.2016 | Religion
Stephen Schwartz

The world, and especially moderate, traditional, spiritual, conventional and even conservative -- but few radical -- Muslims have watched in dismay as the spurious "Islamic State" (ISIS) has undertaken the systematic destruction of the pre-Islamic monuments at Palmyra in Syria.

Facebook Deletes Former Congressman's Suggestion that ISIS Attack Pot Smokers

Jason Salzman | Posted 07.14.2016 | Denver
Jason Salzman

Facebook deleted a post by Rep. Tom Tancredo in which the former Colorado Congressman advised ISIS not to attack America on July 4 but, instead, "to ...