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Judge gauges if Indiana abortion ban defies religious rights

By Arleigh Rodgers — October 17, 2022
INDIANAPOLIS (AP) — Residents who hold Jewish, Muslim and spiritual faiths argue that the state's abortion ban violates their religious rights.

Religious freedom group asks for UN commission of inquiry into Iran’s crackdown

By Yonat Shimron — October 14, 2022
(RNS) — Of particular concern, the deaths of Sunni worshippers at the hands of the Iranian security forces on Sept. 30 in the city of Zahedan.

Prominent mosque in Germany sounds 1st public call to prayer

By Geir Moulson and Martin Meissner — October 14, 2022
(RNS) — Germany’s fourth-biggest city last year cleared the way for mosques to apply for permission for the muezzin to call for a maximum five minutes between noon and 3 p.m. on Fridays.

India’s top court split on school ban on Muslim headscarves

By Ashok Sharma — October 14, 2022
NEW DELHI (AP) — The dispute began early this year when a government-run school in Karnataka’s Udupi district barred students wearing hijabs from entering classrooms.

At new Minnesota facility, Amazon takes small steps to welcome Muslim workers

By Kathryn Post — October 13, 2022
(RNS) — Despite the progress, the demands of some Muslim employees remain unanswered, a representative of the local Muslim community said.

Protests galvanize Iranians abroad in hope, worry and unity

By Sylvia Hui — October 12, 2022
LONDON (AP) — Many in the diaspora community say they feel an unprecedented unity of purpose and affinity with the demonstrations at home.

A food truck at Duke University offers a truce to rising tensions on Mideast politics

By Yonat Shimron — October 11, 2022
DURHAM, N.C. (RNS) — The Yalla food truck serves food that meets the most stringent dietary needs of two constituencies: Jews and Muslims. The food is both certified kosher and halal.

India’s Hindu nationalism is exporting its Islamophobia

By Omar Suleiman — October 6, 2022
(RNS) — Hindutva is linking with other modern fascist movements across the globe.

Taliban: Mosque blast at Interior Ministry in Kabul kills 4

By Associated Press — October 6, 2022
KABUL, Afghanistan (AP) — The afternoon explosion took place as workers and visitors were praying inside a mosque of Afghanistan’s Interior Ministry.

An interfaith journey to forge ties between Israel and Pakistan 

By BeLynn Hollers — October 5, 2022
(RNS) — A playground with a gaily painted bomb shelter punctuated a trip to promote the Abraham Accords.

Why most Muslims – but far from all – celebrate Mawlid, the Prophet Muhammad’s birthday

By Deina Abdelkader — October 5, 2022
(The Conversation) — The Wahhabi school of Islam has spread throughout the world, along with its disapproval of the holiday.

Growing pains for Arab evangelical Christians in the Middle East

By Daoud Kuttab — October 4, 2022
(RNS) — Pressure from Arab governments and other Christian groups has only contributed to evangelicals' cooperation in the region.

On hit shows ‘Ramy’ and ‘Mo,’ Azhar Usman adds nuance about Islam (and joy) to Hollywood

By Monique Parsons and Silma Suba — October 4, 2022
(Interfaith America) — A few recent hits for Netflix, Hulu and Disney Plus are shifting Hollywood's narrative about American Muslims. They also have another thing in common: Azhar Usman.

In India, where Hindu majority has complex views, Supreme Court liberalizes abortion law

By Kalpana Jain — October 3, 2022
(RNS) — The judgment will have significant implications for Muslim, Christian and other minority faith groups but will likely face pushback from conservative Hindus.

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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