Religion

Ashure: A Sometimes Rich Pudding With an Always Rich History

Ashure: A Sometimes Rich Pudding With an Always Rich History

As a kid who grew up in a mixed Alevi and Sunni neighborhood in Malatya, I listened to all the stories related to the meaning of the ashure pudding. Before then, I just assumed that the pudding was an Alevi-specific dessert.

In Lucifer, We Find Sympathy for the Devil

In Lucifer, We Find Sympathy for the Devil

Ultimately, all the devil and his top demon want is to make a meaningful human connection. They feel tormented at the possibility that they may be incapable of such a thing after having spent eons in hell. And who could blame them?

The Eva Perón of Afghanistan

The Eva Perón of Afghanistan

Standing next to the king was his wife, Queen Soraya Tarzi, who was to Amanullah what Khadijah was to the prophet. As her husband finished his speech, the queen smiled and looked at the king with pride and affection as she gently tore off her veil, sending shockwaves throughout Afghan society.

Sami Moubayed
The Rich History of China’s Islam

The Rich History of China’s Islam

Han Kitab authors drew vocabulary and concepts from key writings in Confucianism, Buddhism and Daoism. This conscious blending of Islamic and Chinese literary traditions is one of the quintessential features of the genre.

Kristian Petersen
From Belfast to Beirut, A Tale of Elusive Peace

From Belfast to Beirut, A Tale of Elusive Peace

Power-sharing arrangements have attempted to bridge the divisions in the two societies. The Good Friday Agreement and the Lebanese Constitution both aim to provide a form of democracy that protects the minority community from the majority — or, in the case of Lebanon, any of the 18 religious groups from each other.

Hannah McCarthy
Pakistan Schools to Re-Open Amid a Controversial New Curriculum Rollout

Pakistan Schools to Re-Open Amid a Controversial New Curriculum Rollout

Under the banner of “One Nation, One Curriculum,” the new curriculum pushes to teach more Urdu, bolster Islamic teachings and, perhaps an unintended consequence, triple the price of textbooks.

Anmol Irfan
The Tangled Politics of America’s Woke Liberals and Muslim Millennials

The Tangled Politics of America’s Woke Liberals and Muslim Millennials

For decades, the American left has pushed faith to the margins of political life, even as the right has embraced it as part of the culture wars. But post-9/11 culture wars and foreign wars are creating alliances among liberals that are bringing it back to the center.

Faisal Al Yafai