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Several defaced ads that support a Swiss facial covering ban. Image via Egerkinger Komitee

Swiss narrowly back proposal to ban face coverings in public

By Geir Moulson — March 8, 2021

BERLIN (AP) — Swiss voters narrowly approved on Sunday a proposal to ban face coverings, both the niqabs and burqas worn by a few Muslim women in the country and the ski masks and bandannas used by protesters.

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“Sister Act” podcast  co-hosts Sabrina Dent, clockwise from top left, Hurunnessa Fariad and Rabbi Susan Shankman share a laugh during a virtual meeting. Video screengrab

Women of different faiths find ‘seat at the table’ co-hosting ‘Sister Act’ podcast

By Adelle M. Banks — March 5, 2021

(RNS) — ‘Being female faith leaders, we are not always given the stage,’ said the podcast’s founder.

Tahanie Aboushi at the New York State Supreme Court Building in Manhattan. Photo by Kisha Bari

Muslim candidate for Manhattan DA runs to give victims of system a ‘seat at the table’

By Zainab Iqbal — March 5, 2021

(RNS) — ‘Tahanie is New York personified,’ said Aboushi’s friend Linda Sarsour. ‘She is kind, humble, but also unbought and unbossed.’

Actor Tahar Rahim, center, in

MPAC Hollywood Awards to feature ‘The Mauritanian’

By Joseph Hammond — March 3, 2021

(RNS) — ‘The Mauritanian’ is based on the true story of former Guantanamo Bay detainee Mohamedou Ould Salahi, who spent 14 years in the prison facility before his release.

Red Square in Moscow. Photo by Vlad Vasnetsov/Pixabay/Creative Commons

Pope Francis’ encyclical now available in Russian thanks to Muslim translators

By Claire Giangravé — March 3, 2021

(RNS) — It is not uncommon for papal encyclicals to be translated into multiple languages, including Russian, but they are rarely recognized officially by the Vatican.

The Association for Chaplaincy and Spiritual Life in Higher Education. Courtesy image

Facing changing spirituality on campus, historic chaplain groups merge

By Paul Brandeis Raushenbush — March 3, 2021

(RNS) — The merger is a response to increasing diversification of spiritual life at American schools, with students, faculty and staff pursuing not only a wider range of faiths but also no faith at all.

A pro-LGBTQ poster at Bosphorus University in Turkey with the image of the mythical creature Şahmeran. Image via Twitter

What the mythical figure of Şahmeran in Turkey represents and why activists use it

By Christiane Gruber — March 1, 2021

(The Conversation) — At the center of recent protests over civil liberties and religious sensibilities in Turkey looms a half-woman, half-snake figure known as Şahmeran.

Saudi Crown Prince Mohammed bin Salman at the Royal Court, in Riyadh, Monday, January 14, 2019. (Andrew Cabellero-Reynolds/Pool via AP)

President Biden just made a serious human rights blunder

By Jeffrey Salkin — March 1, 2021

(RNS) — This will not be the last time that President Biden disappoints us. Because that’s what rulers do.

FILE - In this Aug. 5, 2012 file photo, Pakistani Taliban patrol in their stronghold of Shawal in Pakistani tribal region of South Waziristan. Militant attacks are on the rise in Pakistan amid a growing religiosity that has brought greater intolerance, prompting one expert to voice concern the country could be overwhelmed by religious extremism. (AP Photo/Ishtiaq Mahsud, File)

Pakistan expert: Religiosity aiding spike in militancy

By Kathy Gannon — February 27, 2021

(RNS) — Politicians hoped to use religious belief to bring the country closer together. But experts say it’s creating intolerance and opening up space for a creeping resurgence in militancy.

In this May 16, 1963, file photo, civil rights leader Malcolm X speaks to reporters in Washington, D.C.

Malcolm X assassin’s deathbed letter the latest in new look at Muslim leader

By Joseph Hammond — February 26, 2021

(RNS) — New leads in Malcolm X’s assassination appear just as popular culture and Muslims themselves assess his impact.

Mourners prepare to bury the remains of Yazidi victims in a cemetery in Sinjar, Iraq, on Feb. 6, 2021. The 104 Yazidis killed by the Islamic State group six years ago were given a proper burial in a cemetery in Sinjar's Kocho village in the country's north. The bodies were exhumed from mass graves last year with the coordination of the United Nations Investigative Team to Promote Accountability for Crimes Committed by IS, and they were sent to Baghdad for identification through DNA testing. (AP Photo/Farid Abdulwahed)

The pope’s Iraq visit will make headlines. Can it make life better for religious minorities?

By Knox Thames — February 26, 2021

(RNS) — A sense of foreboding plagues efforts to return Christians and Yazidis to their homelands.

The Islamic Society of Denton recently experienced major water damage during a severe winter storm in Texas. Photos via Facebook/DentonMasjid

Texas church helps mosque damaged after snowstorm

By Joseph Hammond — February 25, 2021

(RNS) — The church’s gesture has brought condemnation from talk radio hosts who chided the Methodists in a segment that included Islamophobic rhetoric.

Ma’ruf Dallas distributes water in Dallas on Feb. 17, 2021, after dangerous winter weather hit Texas. Photo courtesy of Ma’ruf Dallas

In Texas, Muslim volunteers jump in to help feed the frozen

By Zainab Iqbal — February 24, 2021

(RNS) — While Muslim volunteer organizations help anyone who needs it, their assistance was crucial to observant Muslims amid the food shortages of the crisis.

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