Mariam Fam

Mariam Fam is an author at Religion News Service.

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Amid debate, women lift their voices with Muslim sacred text

By Mariam Fam and Aysha Khan — February 16, 2022
CAIRO (AP/RNS) — Attitudes vary toward women publicly reciting the Quran within earshot of nonrelated men — in person, online or in other media.

Women seek diverse paths to leadership in Islamic spaces

By Mariam Fam and Aysha Khan — December 8, 2021
CAIRO (AP/RNS) — The formal ranks of Islamic leadership remain largely filled with men, but many women are finding other paths to leadership.

Islamic leaders battle misconception about vaccines, fasting

By Mariam Fam and David Sharp — April 10, 2021
PORTLAND, Maine (AP) — Islamic leaders are using social media, virtual town halls and face-to-face discussions to spread the word that it's acceptable to be vaccinated for the coronavirus during Ramadan.

Faith leaders’ year of pandemic: grief, solace, resilience

By Luis Andres Henao, David Crary, and Mariam Fam — March 13, 2021
(AP) — The pandemic, said one assistant pastor, "has called us to rethink and re-imagine what our philosophy of ministering really is in the age of COVID."

Iraq’s struggling Christians hope for boost from pope visit

By Mariam Fam — February 25, 2021
(RNS) — The pontiff's first foreign trip since the coronavirus pandemic and the first ever by a pope to Iraq, is a sign that "You're not alone," said a Vatican official.

Trump-supporting Christian leaders and their Sunday messages

By Mariam Fam, Elana Schor, and David Crary — January 11, 2021
(RNS) — While some preachers were defiant, one pastor said, ‘We must repent for making the person who occupies the White House more important than the one who occupies our hearts.’

Islamic holiday Eid comes as families grieve virus victims

By Mariam Fam — July 29, 2020
(AP) — Marwa Conelly was looking forward to the upcoming Islamic Eid al-Adha holiday this year — then she lost her father to the coronavirus, and less than 24 hours later her mother.

Muslims join to demand police reforms, back black-led groups

By Mariam Fam — June 16, 2020
(AP) — Dozens of American Muslim organizations have called for reforms including prohibiting racial profiling and maneuvers that restrict the flow of blood or oxygen to the brain.

Aging Shiite cleric a powerhouse in Iraq. What comes after?

By Qassim Abdul-Zahra and Mariam Fam — February 21, 2020
NAJAF, Iraq (AP) — When Iraq’s top Shiite cleric underwent surgery for a fractured bone last month, it sent shivers around the country and beyond. “May God heal Iraq,” read a photo of Grand Ayatollah Ali al-Sistani that circulated online. Frantic supporters shared prayers. Anti-government protesters hung photos of the black-turbaned cleric with a long […]
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