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Joseph Hammond

Joseph Hammond is an author at Religion News Service.

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‘King of the World’ podcast examines good and bad of Muslim American life after 9/11

By Joseph Hammond — September 21, 2021
(RNS) — The show is aimed at Muslims who were in their early 20s and late teens in 2001 and suddenly found their Islamic identity thrust upon them by the attention paid to Muslims after the attacks.

Poet Cavafy remains an unlikely symbol of Greek culture in Egypt

By Joseph Hammond — September 20, 2021
ALEXANDRIA, Egypt (RNS) — He was born and died in Alexandria, Egypt, then home to a large Greek community that began immigrating to Egypt in the 19th century. Writing primarily in Greek and little published during his lifetime, Cavafy's works have been translated into more than 40 languages.

Trump is gone, but Muslim federal workers say reforms are still needed

By Joseph Hammond — September 17, 2021
(RNS) — Muslim Americans in Public Service has published a set of 12 recommendations to improve working conditions for Muslims in public service.

Manny Pacquiao sues popular Filipino pastor in libel case

By Joseph Hammond — September 15, 2021
(RNS) — The Filipino boxer and politician is fending off accusations that he profited from a sports center project.

Conference fuels growing US debate over Hindu nationalism

By Joseph Hammond — September 8, 2021
(RNS) — Critics of the Dismantling Global Hindutva conference say it is an exercise in Hinduphobia.

New podcast finds ‘work-life-faith balance’ for modern Muslim parents

By Joseph Hammond — August 24, 2021
(RNS) — Unlike in other parenting podcasts, ‘discipline’ is as likely to mean spiritual accountability as toddler timeouts.

Fate of rock churches of Lalibela raises concerns among US Ethiopians

By Joseph Hammond — August 20, 2021
(RNS) — 'My heart is broken for us Ethiopians in America and around the world. Our life is dismantled,' said Kesis Asteraye Tsige, an Ethiopian priest in Kansas City.

A rebel and freedom fighter, Elaine Mokhtefi translates their remarkable life in her husband’s memoir

By Joseph Hammond — August 6, 2021
(RNS) — 'I Was a French Muslim' recounts the role of Islamic faith and Catholic priests in the French Algerian War.

Study finds the American mosque increasingly a melting pot of Islamic traditions

By Joseph Hammond — August 3, 2021
(RNS) — The report, conducted every 10 years, found American Sunni mosques are blending various schools of Islamic jurisprudence or madhabs.

New initiative seeks to get Muslims to the golf course

By Joseph Hammond — August 2, 2021
(RNS) — For Amir Malik, there's a close tie between the values of golf — especially honesty and integrity — and his faith.

Sikh American soldiers continue to campaign for right to wear beard, turban

By Joseph Hammond — July 29, 2021
(RNS) — A memorial ceremony for a Sikh soldier on Thursday (July 29) at Arlington brings to the fore again the unequal religious accommodations extended to Sikhs across the military.

Like many hajj traditions in a pandemic year, Zamzam water gets a reboot

By Joseph Hammond — July 21, 2021
(RNS) — In an effort to keep COVID-19 transmission to a minimum, Saudi authorities have deployed 20 robots to serve bottles of Islam's holiest water to often bemused pilgrims.

Maryland Muslims celebrate Eid al-Adha with a farm-focused carnival

By Joseph Hammond — July 20, 2021
(RNS) — Some 800 Muslim Americans are expected to attend the family-focused event at the Green Meadows Petting Farm in Ijamsville, Maryland. The event combines traditional Eid prayer services, a carnival atmosphere and a concert.

Sikhs, finding religious freedom on the road, take outsize role in American trucking

By Joseph Hammond — July 16, 2021
(RNS) — The trucking industry has attracted generations of Americans by offering good salaries for work that allows drivers to essentially be their own bosses. That workplace freedom has drawn many Sikhs in the Sikh American community to pursue trucking.

Arizona candidate’s claim that he’s a military chaplain draws investigation

By Joseph Hammond — July 14, 2021
(RNS) — A military source told RNS on the condition of anonymity that Stovall was not promoted to a full chaplain at the last chaplain board in June.
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