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Iraq Shiite cleric behind parliament sit-in steps up demands

By Samya Kullab — August 10, 2022
BAGHDAD (AP) — Al-Sadr's political rivals in the Coordination Framework, an alliance of Iran-backed parties, said earlier that the parliament would have to convene to dissolve itself.
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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.

Shiite Muslims in Mideast mark solemn holy day of Ashoura

By Mehdi Fattahi — August 8, 2022
TEHRAN, Iran (AP) — Security forces, particularly in Taliban-run Afghanistan, were on high alert for any violence. In the past, bloody attacks have marred the festival across in the Middle East, as Sunni extremists who view the Shiites as heretics seize on the holy day to target large gatherings of mourners.

Albuquerque killings send fear through Islamic communities

By Mariam Fam and Stefanie Dazio — August 8, 2022
ALBUQUERQUE, N.M. (AP) — Earlier this week, police confirmed that local detectives and federal law enforcement officers were looking for possible ties among the separate crimes.

10 years after shooting, Wisconsin Sikhs lead interfaith conversation on safety 

By Silma Suba — August 5, 2022
(Interfaith America) — In the decade since the Oak Creek shooting, hate crimes against places of worship have been on the rise.

In Sri Lanka, Buddhist monks’ involvement in protests raises familiar questions

By Haley Barker — August 4, 2022
(RNS) — The connection between monks and political figures has reportedly diminished some monks’ respectability.

When preachers get political, do they change minds?

By Ryan Burge — August 3, 2022
(RNS) — Preachers tend to risk political speech only when they know it will receive a warm reception.

Followers of cleric told to withdraw from Iraq’s parliament

By Samya Kullab — August 3, 2022
BAGHDAD (AP) — In a tweet, a representative of cleric Muqtada al-Sadr told the hundreds of loyalists to leave the parliament building in the capital of Baghdad within 72 hours.

Clergy, bags of cash set off new sectarian brawl in Lebanon

By Kareem Chehayeb — August 3, 2022
BEIRUT (AP) — The situation has ramped up discord between two powerful political camps: Lebanon’s Shiite Muslim Hezbollah group and the Maronite Church.

Somalia names former al-Shabab deputy a government minister

By Omar Faruk — August 3, 2022
MOGADISHU, Somalia (AP) — Mukhtar Robow was given the post of religious affairs minister, the government of President Hassan Sheikh Mohamud said Tuesday. Not all Somalis supported his ministerial appointment, with some calling it disrespectful to those who lost loved ones in al-Shabab attacks.

3 scholars gather for a female-led interfaith conference in the NC mountains

By Yonat Shimron — August 1, 2022
(RNS) — Three scholars, a Jew, a Christian and a Muslim, will gather to discuss breath and the way it connects body and soul.

Threat of protests, violent escalation stirs fears in Iraq

By Samya Kullab and Qassim Abdul-zahra — August 1, 2022
BAGHDAD (AP) — Iraqi security forces erected concrete barriers ahead of the street protest called for by a political alliance of Iran-backed groups opposed to the followers of Shiite cleric Muqtada al-Sadr.

Disability theology: How religious beliefs can help or hinder accessibility

By Kathryn Post — July 29, 2022
(RNS) — A faith community with ramps and sign language interpreters can still embrace harmful theology.
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