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Stories about Religion

22 April 2015

What Do Africans Think of the Film ‘Timbuktu’ About Life Under Islamic Militants?

In Africa, opinions are divided on the Mauritanian film "Timbuktu." Some love it, others think external factors are the reason for its success.

21 April 2015

The Controversial Tweet That Led a Costa Rican Official to Resign

Julia Ardón, a social media aide for Costa Rica's president, attracted a firestorm of criticism for tweeting from her personal account against the Catholic Church's stance on in vitro fertilization.

17 April 2015

Finding Christianity in Japan, Where Believers Are a Small Minority

"The doctrine teaches me to how to live life as a human and it all sounds very decent to me. I am inclined to listen to it."

15 April 2015

Tajik Authorities Hunt the Hijab and Battle the Beard

"They got to me too… Today, three policemen took me to Khujand police station and shaved my beard forcedly. This country does not have a future!"

31 March 2015

Tajikistan's Mosques Are Acting as Government Mouthpieces

"We left the mosque before [prayers] finished. We decided not to go there again because our mosques have turned into places of fraud."

30 March 2015

China: Uyghur Couple Convicted of Violating “Abnormal Appearances” Rule for Wearing Beard, Burqa

Global Voices Advocacy

The 38-year-old husband, member of China's Muslim minority Uyghur community, has been sentenced to six years in prison. Online reporting about the case has since been censored.

20 March 2015

Afghan Woman Beaten to Death and Burned for Allegedly Setting a Quran on Fire

"What happened in #Kabul today was absolutely against the law, Sharia law and does NOT represent Muslims in Afghanistan."

Turkmenistan's Islam: Between Religion and State

Will the Turkmen government's attempts to nationalise Islam and shut its citizens off from the wider world backfire?

15 March 2015

After the Charlie Hebdo Attack, Can We Laugh About Anything?

"Freedom of speech must be complete. However, freedom of conscience and worship must be protected too."

14 March 2015

Bahrain's Leading Human Rights Defender Nabeel Rajab Faces Prison for ISIS Tweets

Global Voices Advocacy

As life grows increasingly intolerable for the country's Shia majority, one of the few people prepared to defend their rights faces jail.

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