Report highlights Islam’s global diversity

(RNS) A new report draws on 38,000 face-to-face interviews in 39 countries to find that Muslims differ sharply over questions of faith like who counts as a Muslim and what spiritual practices are acceptable. By Christopher Lisee.

Passover prep takes spring cleaning to a whole new level

Michele Chabin |

JERUSALEM (RNS) While Passover cleaning has been around since the Israelites fled from bondage in Egypt, some say the lengths to which many modern Jewish families go to avoid the smallest piece of leavened material has turned the “festival of freedom” into a season of domestic slavery. By Michele Chabin.

Turkey, key U.S. ally, cited for religious freedom woes

Lauren Markoe |

WASHINGTON (RNS) Turkey stands as a new and controversial addition to an annual list of the worst offenders of religious freedom released Tuesday (March 20) by the U.S. Commission on International Religious. By Lauren Markoe.

Jews are world’s most migratory religious group

Lauren Markoe |

WASHINGTON (RNS) Nearly half the world's migrants are Christian, but the most migratory religious group is Jews, according to a new study on religion and global immigration by the Pew Research Center's Forum on Religion & Public Life. By Lauren Markoe.

Middle East Christians keep wary eye on Arab Spring

Oren Dorell and Sarah Lynch |

CAIRO (RNS) The Arab Spring uprisings that toppled secular dictatorships have unleashed long-suppressed freedoms that have allowed Islamic parties to gain a share of political power. But their rise is creating near-panic among ancient Christian communities that dot the Muslim world and predate Islam by centuries. By Oren Dorell and Sarah Lynch.