Such inter-communal meals are held every year, but they resonated more this year after ISIS attacks on Coptic Christians meant to stoke sectarian divisions.
The insult used to describe a person born out of wedlock and without any claim to patriarchal lineage has a past intertwined with Catholic marriage law.
Despite the growth of radical groups propagating religious intolerance in Indonesia, the government has failed to take a strong stand.
This is the first application of anti-homosexuality laws introduced in Banda Aceh, which has long had a reputation as Indonesia’s most conservative region.
The apex court appeared concerned regarding the options that would be left to a Muslim man if all forms of talaq were struck down.
The ban is as much an assertion of religious beliefs held by the majority Monpa community as it is an attempt to address the growing fear of “outsiders”.
There are several provisions under Muslim personal law that discriminate against women and do not give them the rights women of other religions enjoy.
Simply playing the ‘Dalai Lama card’, as many are prone to do, will not only restrict India’s ability to manoeuvre in the outside world, but also risks undermining its own Buddhist legacy.
The verdict comes amid concern about the growing influence of Islamist groups in a nation known for its record of tolerance and is a setback for minorities.
The judges all questioned the neutrality of the ban, specially since Trump has never retracted previous comments about wanting to impose a ban on Muslims.
The dramatic uptick in number of such incidents is due in part to Trump’s anti-Muslim rhetoric and his stance and attitude towards militant Islamist groups.
Yahya ibn ‘Adi, once a significant teacher of Aristotelian philosophy, is a fine illustration of the inter-religious nature of philosophy in the Islamic world.
When church and state come together, the patriarchal attitudes and assertions within religion, society, the polity and the state get consolidated, a cause for concern for women who are marginalised and discriminated against.
Leaders of the US religious left, a rising force of opposition to Trump’s hard-line stance on immigration and healthcare, said they were poised to benefit from the move.
The Sangh’s concerted campaign of anti-Muslim prejudice aims to completely marginalise the community in the public sphere.
The long-held view that women need protection from the outside world, where their respectability is endangered is changing, as women take on greater responsibilities and activities.
The singer’s tweets on azaan have been misread as a religious comment; the issue he is raising – the runaway use of loudspeakers in India – is something that concerns us all.
The same clerics played an important role in spreading awareness about the polio vaccine and making India polio free.
A new report documents the ecological and social stresses caused by the rising number of pilgrims, but weakens its case by letting politics impinge on rigour
The tradition in Bengal was to not bring out weapons to intimidate others, for none will believe that Bhagawan Ramachandra ever did so.
An excerpt from Rahul Sankrityayan’s Tumhari Kshay, on why he thinks people must put humanity above religion.
Instead of discussing how discontented people from specific Islamic sects resort to Islamist terrorism, counterterrorism scholars should move on to study the nature of violence itself.
Mahabaleshwar Sail’s ‘Age of Frenzy’ reminds us that it will never be easy to speak of past violence and it does not help that there was much violence by all parties.
As the land around them gets acquired for industry, villagers in Tamil Nadu have found religion is the best way to lay claim to what they can.
In the land of Periyar, speaking out against religion and God led to the killing of 31-year-old Farook Hameed.
“Mutual co-existence, mutual understanding is our strength,” said Mukherjee at the Namami Brahmaputra festival.
After Brexit, the UK could become a more attractive place for Muslim women than the rest of the EU.
Not only has Muslim representation fallen dramatically, it is a third of what it should be in proportion to population.
The visit of the prime minister will send a wrong signal and award legitimacy to buildings that the Isha Foundation “constructed illegally”, critics say.
Why did the Druze come to the Middle East? DNA technology and modern day genetics may offer insight into origins of the esoteric Druze people- a mystery yet unsolved.
Religion is not just a set of propositions held in the head, but a ‘lived experience’. Different religions need to communicate for a tolerant world.
The claim that the universe is inherently just implies that those who suffer deserve it. The result is, essentially, a theological form of victim-blaming.
Sehwan Sharif and other shrines in Pakistan are being targeted for terrorist attacks because militant Islam feels threatened by the popular adherence to Sufi Islam and values.
While the government had first said women would be allowed to trek through the Agastyamala Biospehere Reserve from this year, they have now postponed it to 2018.
The biggest lesson India has to share is the importance of creating a diverse public sphere that is inclusive and welcoming to all.
Janderson Fernandes de Oliveira used to dream of a man with a white beard who he met years later in an ashram at Rishikesh, after which he became a guru at the ashram.
A round-up of what’s happening in India’s Northeast.
Why people get killed over blasphemy in Pakistan.
The commission has sought a report from the Meerut administration over Maharaj’s comments that Muslims are responsible for the population-related problems in India.
The campaign against Shaan Taseer shows that the intolerant atmosphere that led to his father’s untimely death has not ebbed.