(RNS) — A Pew poll from 2010 found that a majority of Americans cannot name the first book of the Bible but can provide the names of the four Beatles.
VIENNA (RNS) — Change in the Desert Kingdom has helped establish it as a serious player in interfaith dialogue.
(RNS) It's the holiest night of the year for Muslims.
LONDON (Reuters) The attacks are the first claimed by ISIS, a hard-line Sunni Muslim militant group, inside the Shiite Muslim country.
KHIDIR ILYAS, Iraq, (Reuters) - The history pages of Iraq's Christian community lie in charred fragments on the floor of a fourth-century monastery near Mosul which Islamic State militants ransacked during a two-year occupation that ended over the weekend.
KABUL, Afghanistan (Reuters) A suicide bomber killed more than 30 people and wounded dozens on Monday in an explosion at a crowded Shiite mosque in the Afghan capital, officials said. It was the third major attack on minority Shiites in the city since July.
LUCKNOW, India (RNS) The prayer took place in a Shiite shrine but was led by a Sunni imam as part of an initiative by a volunteer group called Shoulder to Shoulder.
BEIRUT (Reuters) The territory controlled by ISIS shrank from 35,000 square miles in January 2015, six months after it declared a caliphate in Syria and Iraq, to 26,370 square miles, the research firm said.
DUBAI -- Security forces prevented two suicide bombers from entering the mosque, where one blew himself up, killing four. Security forces exchanged fire with the second man and arrested him.
(RNS) Saudi Arabia and Iran are engaged in a regionwide power struggle that is exacerbating the historic Sunni-Shiite split.
Iraqi Shiites marched in Baghdad and southern cities. At least two Sunni Muslim mosques were attacked and two people killed.
The U.S. State Department said killing Nimr al Nimr, a critic of the strict Wahhabi school of Islam favored in the Saudi kingdom, "risks exacerbating sectarian tensions."
(RNS) Drawing an estimated 17 million pilgrims, the Shiite ritual known as Arbaeen dwarfs even the hajj. Arbaeen marks the end of the 40-day mourning period after the anniversary of the seventh-century slaying of the Prophet Muhammad's grandson, which engendered the Sunni-Shiite schism.
Islamic State militants overran Sinjar last year, purging its Yazidi population -- with the collaboration of Sunni residents who once lived in peace with their Yazidi neighbors.
QATIF, Saudi Arabia (Reuters) The fate of Saudi Arabia's 2 million or so Shiites is closely watched because of the country's intimate involvement in the region's sectarian conflict through its rivalry with Iran and the teachings of its influential clergy that Shiism is heretical.
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