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Ahmadi Muslims inaugurate new mosque on site of historic ‘prayer duel’

By Emily McFarlan Miller — September 30, 2022
(RNS) — In a town built as a 'city of God,' the new Fath-e-Azeem Mosque sits within a block of two churches and a Kingdom Hall of Jehovah’s Witnesses.
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Nonreligious women of color convene to talk Christian nationalism, reproductive rights

By Alejandra Molina — September 29, 2022
(RNS) — ‘It cannot all be focused on church and state separation. That’s not going to work for people of color, specifically women of color,’ said one organizer of the Women of Color Beyond Belief conference.

Iranian women have been rebelling against restrictions since the Islamic Revolution in 1979 – with renewed hope that protests this time will end differently

By Pardis Mahdavi — September 29, 2022
(The Conversation) — A scholar of Iranian politics explains how Iranians have organized resistance movements for the past several decades while risking arrest and public flogging.

I wear hijab. I also respect any woman who chooses not to.

By Dilshad Ali — September 28, 2022
(RNS) — Iran’s ‘morality police’ focus on the hijab not to enforce Islam but to target vulnerable women.

Poor People’s Campaign asks Congress to vote on wages, voting rights before midterms

By Adelle M. Banks — September 28, 2022
WASHINGTON (RNS) — The letters were the latest plea for policy change by the movement modeled after the original Poor People’s Campaign started by the Rev. Martin Luther King Jr.

New dating apps — and ‘in person’ mixers — target religious and political niches

By Kathryn Post — September 27, 2022
(RNS) — Two new niche dating sites are hitting the market, promising that shared values are key to long-lasting relationships.

US, allies push for UN rights body debate on Xinjiang abuses

By Jamey Keaten — September 26, 2022
(AP) — Human rights groups have accused China of sweeping a million or more people from Muslim minority groups into detention camps.

Egyptian cleric revered by Muslim Brotherhood dies at 96

By Lujain Jo and Joseph Krauss — September 26, 2022
DOHA, Qatar (AP) — His critics accused him — and the Brotherhood — of hiding extremism behind moderate rhetoric.

Queen Elizabeth II ascended to the throne at a time of deep religious divisions and worked to bring tolerance

By Joanne M. Pierce — September 26, 2022
(The Conversation) — Queen Elizabeth II encouraged tolerance in a multifaith United Kingdom. To appreciate the significance of her efforts, it is important to understand the country’s complicated religious history.

The death of Mahsa Amini in Iran demands consequential diplomacy by US

By Knox Thames — September 23, 2022
(RNS) — Statements of condemnation are essential but not enough.

Homeland Security appoints a new 25-member security faith advisory council

By Yonat Shimron — September 20, 2022
(RNS) — The council, consisting of clergy from Christian, Jewish, Muslim and Sikh faiths, will assist the department in evaluating the effectiveness of security-related programs.

Biden includes faith leaders in summit’s charge to ‘rise together against hate’

By Adelle M. Banks — September 16, 2022
(RNS) — In the audience were survivors and family members of those lost to violence at houses of worship and other scenes of hate crimes.

How ‘Vacation Interfaith School’ helped build connections in Maryland

By Liz Kineke — September 16, 2022
(RNS) — A camp like this one not only emphasizes a shared understanding among those of different faiths (or none), but it also has a way of breaking down silo walls.
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