David Crary

David Crary is an author at Religion News Service.

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Transgender inclusion? World’s major religions take varying stances on policies toward trans people

By David Crary, Mariam Fam, and Deepa Bharath — April 10, 2024
(AP) – Around the world, major religions have diverse approaches to gender identity, and the inclusion or exclusion of transgender people. Some

Awe and dread: How religions have responded to total solar eclipses over the centuries

By David Crary, Mariam Fam, and Deepa Bharath — April 5, 2024
(AP) — Ahead of the total solar eclipse that will follow a long path over North America on Monday, here's a look at how several of the world's major religions have responded to such eclipses over the centuries and in modern times.

Fasting at school? More Muslim students in the US are getting support during Ramadan

By Darren Sands, Corey Williams, Giovanna Dell'orto, and Mariam Fam — March 18, 2024
DEARBORN, Mich. (AP) — Fasting is not required of young children, but many Muslim children like to fast to share in the month's rituals and emulate parents and older siblings, according to the Islamic Networks Group.

What is Ramadan and how do Muslims observe the Islamic holy month?

By Mariam Fam — March 11, 2024
CAIRO (AP) — Ramadan is the ninth month of the Islamic lunar calendar; the month cycles through the seasons.

Two daughters ran away to join Islamic State. Years later, their family’s story is an Oscar nominee

By Mariam Fam — February 26, 2024
(AP) — The real-life story of Hamrouni and her children is the focus of “Four Daughters,” an Academy Award nominee for best documentary feature film.

In US, some Muslim-Jewish interfaith initiatives are strained by Israel-Hamas war

By Mariam Fam and Luis Andres Henao — December 5, 2023
The war and its polarizing reverberations in America are testing and straining some interfaith relationships more than ever.

Adidas is donating Yeezy sales to anti-hate groups. US Jews say it’s making best of bad situation

By Luis Andres Henao, Mariam Fam, and Tiffany Stanley — August 3, 2023
(AP) —Adidas is releasing more Yeezy sneakers this week via an online sale, the second such drop since the company cut ties with Ye in October after he made antisemitic and other offensive statements online and in interviews.

Muslims around the world consider climate during Ramadan

By Edna Tarigan and Mariam Fam — April 17, 2023
Looking after the environment, suggests the website of the Islamic Society of North America is 'based upon the premise that Islam has ordained us to be the stewards and protectors of this planet'.

At ‘Church City,’ a taste of Catholic life in Qatar

By Mariam Fam — December 15, 2022
DOHA, Qatar (AP) — From Masses to baptisms, weddings and confessions, the church provides a window into the religious life of Catholic expatriates in Qatar.

For World Cup visitors, a peek into Islamic art, heritage

By Mariam Fam — December 13, 2022
DOHA, Qatar (AP) — Doha’s Museum of Islamic Art, or MIA, provides visitors with a peek into diverse aspects of Muslim heritage, art and craftmanship with items spanning three continents and many centuries.

Across vast Muslim world, LGBTQ people remain marginalized

By David Crary, Mariam Fam, and Edna Tarigan — December 6, 2022
YOGYAKARTA, Indonesia (AP) — LGBTQ people routinely are rejected by their families, denounced by Islamic authorities and limited to clandestine social lives.

Rainbow struggle playing out on sidelines of World Cup

By Mariam Fam — November 26, 2022
DOHA, Qatar (AP) — The emirate, where gay sex is illegal, faced intense scrutiny in the run-up to the tournament regarding the safety and inclusion of LGBTQ visitors.

Religious polarization in India seeping into US diaspora

By Mariam Fam and Deepa Bharath — October 17, 2022
(AP) — Hindu nationalism has split the Indian expatriate community just as Donald Trump’s presidency polarized the U.S., according to one expert.

Mideast’s Jordan River: Rich in holiness, poor in water

By Mariam Fam — August 18, 2022
(AP) – The symbolically and spiritually significant Jordan River is physically dwindling, a decline that some say is intertwined with the decades-old Arab-Israeli conflict and a rivalry over the precious water.

Afghan man charged in killing of 2 Muslims in Albuquerque

By Stefanie Dazio and Mariam Fam — August 9, 2022
Naeem Hussain was killed Friday night, and the three other men died in ambush shootings. Police in New Mexico’s largest city are trying to determine if the deaths are linked.
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