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.
In Religion, Caste and Nation in South India, V. Ravi Vaithees focuses on the works of the Tamil Saivite saint Maraimalai Adigal and explores the religious roots of the Dravidian movement and its impact on the political discourse.
With rising nationalism premised on religious identity on both sides of the border, religious minorities have to constantly prove their Pakistani- or Indian-ness.
Indian Muslims have come a long way since the Shah Bano case in the 1980s; today, there is a vibrant debate within the community on the need for respecting the rights of women in marriage and the family.
One-off events and ‘competing’ with Chinese Buddhism isn’t the answer. India needs to embrace the spiritual traditions and depth of Buddhism.
What the Rohith Vemula and Najeeb Ahmed cases tell us about how India’s relationship with its ‘others’ – the minorities – is pathologised by the enforcement of exaggerated discourse of difference amidst unrecognisably similar lives and cultural practices.
The counsel for the state government, which had earlier supported the ban on women’s entry into the temple in its additional affidavit filed in July this year, told the apex court it will now go by its original response.
In Sabarimala, the court has an opportunity to set a precedent that firmly entrenches constitutional morality in our political vocabulary and liberates individual rights from the choke hold of group rights.
Reports published by the Bharatiya Muslim Mahila Andolan leave several questions about Muslim personal law unanswered.
China is preparing to ordain at least two new bishops before the end of the year and these appointments would have the blessing of the Vatican
A look at the Persian literary incarnation of the Brahman and the presentation of religious difference in the work of poet Abdul Qadir “Bedil”.
Punjabi Christians across Pakistan continue to fight for their identity and respect.
Aradhana Samdariya died because of a religious ritual that was forced upon her by the practices of an entire community.
A “social experiment” in a Delhi neighbourhood is questioning the standard segregated housing practices of Hindus and Muslims.
Fed up with the decades-old rift on bloody sectarian lines, Shias and Sunni are taking steps towards sectarian harmony.
In eastern UP, for instance, Hindus join their Muslims neighbours during Muharram processions so that the group does not look small.
The reasons offered for barring women from the inner sanctum of the dargah draw from conservative and patriarchal viewpoints, which border on the ridiculous.
As the recent controversy at Jhajjar shows us, university management often gloss over the obvious prejudices against Kashmiri students.
Instead of investing huge amounts of money on festivities and idols, religious institutions would do well to spend on philanthropic efforts for people in need.
An FIR has been lodged against Manish Kunjam for circulating an adivasi account of the Durga-Mahisasur conflict that upper caste migrants say hurts their religious sentiments.
In defending Islam against critics, the preacher’s facile, tactless and naive claims about its superiority violated basic norms of tolerance. Whether that amounts to instigation of terrorism against others or is enough to condemn him is another matter.
If at all extremism is to be defeated, Muslims must work sincerely by placing Islam at the centre of their arguments – just as extremists use ‘religion’ with impunity to meet their own narrow agenda.
Complainant Puneet Arora says he is unconvinced by the musician’s apology and will pursue matters in court.
On the eve of Kerala’s most important festival, the BJP president’s greeting has people in the state up in arms
According to the Bebaak Collective, the All India Muslim Personal Law Board’s arguments to the Supreme Court are not only conservative, but discriminatory.
Raza Rumi in conversation with politician Farahnaz Ispahani on her new book and the steps the Pakistani government needs to take to improve the status of minorities.
The Supreme Court has every right to interpret Muslim personal law in a way that satisfies the egalitarian principles of both the Quran and the Indian constitution.
Today Mother Teresa was elevated to join over 10,000 Catholic saints. Here are other priests and nuns who were canonised for their contributions in Asia.
How I went from childhood contempt for the Mother’s controlling ways to an adult acceptance of the social importance of her work.
Thousands of pilgrims in St. Peter’s Square applauded as the tiny nun known as the “saint of the gutters” in her lifetime was officially elevated to join the Church’s more than 10,000 saints.