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Alexandra Radu

Alexandra Radu is an author at Religion News Service.

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On Java, a sultan blesses his people with alms

By Alexandra Radu — June 27, 2017
YOGYAKARTA, Indonesia (RNS) Mountains of food offerings called "gunungans" are paraded through the streets as part of Eid al-Fitr celebrations marking the end of Ramadan.

Ramadan in Malaysia (PHOTOS)

By Alexandra Radu — June 6, 2016
(RNS) In keeping with tradition, Muslims of Kuala Lumpur break the Ramadan fast with a community meal, known as "iftar," and evening prayers known as Tarawih.

Vows and body piercings abound as Hindus celebrate Thaipusam in Malaysia

By Alexandra Radu — January 25, 2016
KUALA LUMPUR, Malaysia (RNS) The festival is thought to bring peace, good health and blessings to devotees. For tourists, Thaipusam offers a window on the concept of “mind over matter.”

PHOTOS: For Indonesia’s Buginese community, trans women play key role in Muslim weddings

By Alexandra Radu — August 14, 2015
Indonesia’s predominantly Muslim Buginese community recognizes and respects five separate genders. One group, the calabai, maintains a unique and valued role planning local wedding ceremonies.

PHOTOS: For trans Muslims in Malaysia, daily life brings struggles, triumphs

By Alexandra Radu — July 28, 2015
KUALA LUMPUR, Malaysia (RNS) Islamic law forbids cross-dressing, and Malaysia's government has a zero-tolerance policy toward transgender issues.
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