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Book: The world is losing its religion. Revival is unlikely.

By Yonat Shimron — June 6, 2023
(RNS) — In ‘Beyond Doubt: The Secularization of Society,’ three sociologists lay out a theory that can be summed up in a simple phrase: Modernization creates problems for religion.
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In Morocco, conference brings together rabbis from three continents

By David I. Klein — May 22, 2023
(RNS) — Dozens of rabbis affiliated with the Chabad-Lubavitch Hasidic movement gathered in Casablanca, Morocco, last week for a conference aimed at Chabad leaders serving small Jewish communities across Africa, the Middle East and Europe. 

A new documentary takes a deep dive into the ancient and modern practice of Sabbath

By Yonat Shimron — May 22, 2023
(RNS) — Martin Doblmeier's latest documentary takes viewers to various religious communities to illustrate their Sabbath practices.

UK report finds Britons’ lack of faith knowledge deeply disturbing

By Catherine Pepinster — May 18, 2023
LONDON (RNS) — More than half of those surveyed for the report said they believe that freedom of religion is under threat in the U.K.

For 25th year, State Department reports on threats, triumphs in religious freedom

By Adelle M. Banks — May 16, 2023
(RNS) — The report, which assesses conditions in 199 countries, also looks at policies and laws, including those about blasphemy and apostasy, that ‘criminalize religious expression.’

The Nation of Islam: A brief history

By Joseph R. Stuart — May 16, 2023
(The Conversation) — The civil rights leader Malcolm X was famously part of the Nation of Islam until his break from the group in 1964. What is the history behind this small but influential religious movement?

Nurse-midwife Edna Adan Ismail, opponent of female genital mutilation, wins Templeton Prize

By Kathryn Post — May 16, 2023
(RNS) — She is the first African woman to receive the prize, which is valued at 1.1 million British pounds (over $1.3 million).

COVID-19 health emergency is ending but faith-based vaccine clinics continue

By Adelle M. Banks — May 10, 2023
(RNS) — Over the last few years, African American congregations have provided outsized action on getting people tested and vaccinated.

How many times do hijab-wearing Muslim judges in America need to break the glass ceiling?

By Anna Piela — May 9, 2023
(RNS) — We’ve passed the point where the appearance of a Muslim judge in hijab is remarkable in itself.

Why Habitat for Humanity’s theology of the hammer offers hope in polarized times

By Bob Smietana — May 9, 2023
(RNS) — For nearly five decades, Habitat for Humanity has inspired people from different backgrounds — who often can’t agree on anything — to work together for their neighbors’ benefit.

Embodying Islam: Nadiah Mohajir works to better Muslims’ sexual health and relationships

By Joshua Stanton and Benjamin Spratt — May 8, 2023
(RNS) — Mohajir's nonprofit, HEART, was conceived as a 'third space' — not the home and not the mosque — that provides muslims the safety and openness they need to discuss issues about their bodies, while honoring Muslim traditions.

Lebanon’s unique religious diversity is under threat

By Knox Thames — May 8, 2023
(RNS) — The influx of more than 1 million Syrian refugees, hyperinflation and government impotency have created existential challenges.

Anti-Muslim Twitter feed in Spain: ‘A recipe for disaster’

By David Klepper — May 8, 2023
WASHINGTON (AP) — Far-right nationalists in Spain are using social media to stir up anti-Muslim and anti-immigrant fervor.
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