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Jailed Saudi Blogger Raif Badawi Honored by PEN Canada

Ali A. Rizvi | Posted 11.08.2014 | Politics
Ali A. Rizvi

So, proudly, claims the official website of the Royal Embassy of Saudi Arabia in Washington, D.C. If you were to ask imprisoned liberal Saudi writer Raif Badawi, you may hear otherwise. Or not. He may not be able to tell you what he really thinks.

The Golden Journey To Samarkand

Jared S. Baumeister | Posted 12.08.2014 | Travel
Jared S. Baumeister

The poem "The Golden Journey to Samarkand," by James Elroy Flecker, has no doubt launched countless journeys to the ancient Silk Road city in southern Uzbekistan.

Terrific Tashkent

Jared S. Baumeister | Posted 12.08.2014 | Travel
Jared S. Baumeister

Uzbekistan is an amazing place with very friendly people. Enjoy Tashkent, explore the city by foot and make an effort to meet some of the locals.

Illuminating The Ismaili Centre Toronto

Rizwan Mawani | Posted 11.30.2014 | Religion
Rizwan Mawani

The building is more than simply a feat of structural engineering or modernist aesthetic. It is testament to the values of a community, the city which has embraced it and the country it calls home.

Cape Town Has New Gay-Friendly 'Open Mosque'

The Huffington Post | Antonia Blumberg | Posted 09.25.2014 | Religion

The first outwardly gay-friendly mosque in Cape Town opened for afternoon prayers on Friday amid backlash from the local Muslim community. The site...

Astoria Characters: The Pharmacist

Nancy Ruhling | Posted 11.08.2014 | New York
Nancy Ruhling

The central aisle of Norwood Rexall Drugs is long and narrow like a train tunnel. It leads straight to Syed Naqvi. The pharmacy counter is tall. Syed is not.

Imam Shortage Hits U.S. Mosques As Muslim Population Increases

The Wall Street Journal | Tamara Audi | Posted 08.15.2014 | Religion

Even as the Muslim population in the U.S. multiplies, the number of religious leaders, known as imams, lags behind. Many Muslim immigrants have ste...

Them Truck Drivers

T. Sher Singh | Posted 10.06.2014 | Religion
T. Sher Singh

Sometimes when I'm not feeling like a longer walk to the coffee shop at the far end of our village, I venture into the one around the corner. It's a different crowd that frequents this café. I, and many like me, like coming here because of its better ambience.

Exploring Incredible Istanbul

Jamal Hammadi | Posted 07.12.2014 | Travel
Jamal Hammadi

My most recent exploits took me all the way to Istanbul and it was quite the adventure. Founded in 660 BC as Byzantium, in 330 AD it became Constantinople when it was overtaken by the Roman emperor Constantine.

Get Your Mosque On at the Hagia Sophia

Janis Powers | Posted 06.22.2014 | Religion
Janis Powers

Since today's Hagia Sophia suggests a house of multiple faiths, many visitors may feel confused, subconsciously or not, about their relationship with the building.

Developer Moves To Demolish Park51, 'Ground Zero Mosque'

Reuters | Posted 06.09.2014 | Religion

NEW YORK, April 8 (Reuters) - A New York City real estate developer has filed plans to raze the "Ground Zero mosque," a structure housing an Islamic...

Community Conflicted Over Church Conversion Into Mosque

AP | Posted 04.06.2014 | Religion

SYRACUSE, N.Y. (AP) — A city board on Thursday gave a Muslim group the go-ahead to remove six crosses from the roof and spires of a century-old form...

A Jewish Voice on Arabic Radio

Joseph Braude | Posted 05.06.2014 | Religion
Joseph Braude

More than three years after the broadcast debuted, my Muslim audience now finds it ordinary, rather than aberrant, to hear a Jewish voice opine on Arab affairs in their mother tongue. In numerous Arab countries, such a situation would be revolutionary--but in Morocco, it's merely one step forward among many.

The 'Jerusalem Committee' Reconsidered

Ahmed Charai | Posted 03.17.2014 | World
Ahmed Charai

In the West, policymakers traditionally have not viewed such multi-government bodies in the region to be particularly helpful. But this year, there are grounds for hope that the Al-Quds Committee will make a meaningful contribution to peace efforts in the Holy Land.

Istanbul Musts

The GypsyNesters | Posted 11.29.2013 | Travel
The GypsyNesters

Rome may be The Eternal City, but Istanbul can make a pretty good case for immortality too. The cities are about the same age and for much of that time the larger, wealthier, and more influential of the two was not the one in Italy.

Visiting John the Baptist in Damascus

Emily O'Dell | Posted 11.16.2013 | Religion
Emily O'Dell

I've been wandering from Afghanistan to Mali, trying to visit as many living and dead Sufi masters -- and shrines -- as I possibly can. But perhaps no place excited me more than the splendid shrine of John the Baptist in the Umayyad Mosque of Syria.

Building Babel: An Interview With Documentary Filmmaker David Osit

Court Stroud | Posted 03.27.2013 | New York
Court Stroud

Interfaith spiritual community Sanctuary NYC will screen Building Babel, which follows a year in the life of Sharif El-Gamal, the developer behind New York's Park51, sometimes referred to by opponents as the "Ground Zero Mosque."

Are Spiritual Communities Healthier?

Georgianna Donadio, MSc, Ph.D., D.C. | Posted 02.27.2013 | Fifty
Georgianna Donadio, MSc, Ph.D., D.C.

For us longevity focused boomers, a return to a spiritual or worship community could represent an opportunity for renewed connection with others in a shared environment, as well as potential discernment and insight into the importance of belonging.

Violent Acts Leave Some Thankful For Their Lives

Joyce S. Dubensky | Posted 01.21.2013 | Religion
Joyce S. Dubensky

Some of our neighbors are grateful just to be alive -- not because of natural disasters but because of members of their community. Two incidents of violence, one extreme, were perpetrated at houses of worship in recent days.

Muslim Man In France Seeks To Open Mosque For Gays

The Huffington Post | Samreen Hooda | Posted 11.20.2012 | Gay Voices

Mohammed Ludovic Lütfi Zahed wants to open a mosque for gay muslims in France. According to Hurriyet Daily News, Zahed realized he needed to start a ...

What it Feels Like When Someone Sets Fire To Your Place Of Worship

Beenish Ahmed | Posted 12.11.2012 | Religion
Beenish Ahmed

That one man with a match has shaken an entire community of people from countries around the world who have made this sleepy corner of Ohio their home, in many cases, because of the mosque.

I'm Not A Muslim, But Ramadan Changed Me

Charlotte Dando | Posted 10.22.2012 | Religion
Charlotte Dando

Although I only fasted for three days, the experience has stayed with me, so that even now, weeks later, I am still reflecting on that time. There is much to be learned from Ramadan.

I'll See Your Cross And Raise You...?

Rabbi Rami Shapiro | Posted 10.13.2012 | Religion
Rabbi Rami Shapiro

What we have brewing in Murfressboro is a classic contest between two competing faiths. While many may find the crosses an affront to Islam, the fact is we may be in for a good ol' American advertising war.

The Overcriminalization of America: Are We All Criminals Now?

John W. Whitehead | Posted 10.06.2012 | Crime
John W. Whitehead

What happened to Michael Salman -- armed police raids of his property, repeated warnings against holding any form of Bible study at his home, and a court-ordered probation banning him from having any gatherings of more than 12 people at his home -- should never have happened in America.

Burning Mosques and Building Mosques

Kelly James Clark | Posted 09.19.2012 | Politics
Kelly James Clark

It's time for Christians to regain their heritage, reaffirm their compassion, and fight mightily for freedom and justice for all. That means ceasing opposition to the building of Mosques and condemning attitudes that fuel the flames of Mosque-burnings.