Gil Shefler is an author at Religion News Service.
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Islamic State accused of capturing Yazidi women and forcing them to convert, or else
By Gil Shefler — August 7, 2014
(RNS) Thousands of Yazidis, followers of an ancient religion, have been killed or captured or fled to a remote mountain without food, water or shelter.
Meet the Colachos, men who jump over babies during Feast of Corpus Christi
By Gil Shefler — June 13, 2014
CASTRILLO DE MURCIA, Spain (RNS) The sight of a grown man dressed as a fiend leaping over the helpless babies might strike panic in the heart of some parents. But locals say the only injuries are to the hamstrings of the jumpers.
Spanish Muslims, or Moriscos, seek parity with Jews expelled from Spain
By Gil Shefler — June 5, 2014
RABAT, Morocco (RNS) Like Sephardic Jews, Muslims were an integral part of Spain’s society before being painfully uprooted by Christian rulers. Many were forced to convert. A large number perished at sea.
Church bells ring in a corner of Turkey once the site of Armenian genocide
By Gil Shefler — October 3, 2013
(RNS) The reopening of what church officials say is the largest Armenian place of worship in southeastern Turkey is part of a re-evaluation by Kurdish Muslims of the active role their ancestors played in the killings of minorities including Armenians, Assyrians, Greeks and Jews in the twilight years of the Ottoman Empire.
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