(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.
Articles tagged “Egypt”
(RNS) Muslim and Coptic Christian leaders in the U.S. are calling on the Egyptian government to keep any mentions of Shariah law out of its draft constitution, as well as any language that discriminates against religious minorities. By Omar Sacirbey.
WASHINGTON (RNS) The spiritual leader of the Ahmadi Muslims, a persecuted group who are seen as heretics by many mainstream Muslims, made a rare visit to Capitol Hill. By Lauren Markoe.
LOS ANGELES (RNS) Abdel is an Egyptian Christian, so fearful of retribution that he asked that only his first name be used. Fellow Coptic Christians, he says, can't get jobs in Egypt, and he was jailed for nine days for handling out Christian pamphlets. By Lilly Fowler.
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.
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.
(RNS/ENInews) Thousands of Egyptians are mourning the death of Pope Shenouda III, the longtime leader of the Coptic Orthodox Church, who died Saturday at the age of 88.
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.
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.