Religion & Power

A view of Haifa and Haifa Bay, where ships with many Holocaust survivors landed from Europe in late 1940s. Image by Tomasz Cebrat. Israel, 2015.
November 21, 2017 by Tomasz Cebrat

As Polish Jews moved to Israel after the Second World War, they brought with them memories of the old country to confront the political reality of creating a new, Israeli identity.

"I love to dance. I always have, since I was a child." Image by Siyona Ravi. India, 2017.
November 16, 2017 by Siyona Ravi

This project follows transgender activist Sintu Bagui to explore how legal debates around LGBTQKH rights India extend into the daily lives of many queer populations living in poverty.

Guam's Holy Cross cemetary. Image by Cory Lum. Guam, 2017.
October 6, 2017 by Anita Hofschneider, Cory Lum

Guam is reeling from nearly 100 lawsuits alleging sexual abuse by various Catholic priests, including the archbishop. Why has it taken so long for these accusations to surface?

Sohni, originally from Punjab, was born intersex. She was given away by her mother to live with other intersex individuals at the age of 7. She now begs for money at Meena Bazaar in Karachi. Image by Rubab Anwar. Pakistan, 2017.
September 1, 2017 by Rubab Anwar

Where does the transgender—or Khawaja Sara—community stand socially, politically and religiously in Pakistan? Why are they viewed both as bearers of good fortune and as outcasts?

Workman puts the finishing touches on a Moroccan school entrance repainted for the new school year. Image by Gareth Smail. Morocco, 2017.
August 4, 2017 by Gareth Smail

The Moroccan government is considering an end to its 30-year experiment with Arabic-only education. Are students and teachers ready and willing to return to French?

Refugees pray among older Muslims at a mosque in Moabit district, Berlin. Image by Alice Su. Germany, 2017.
July 28, 2017 by Alice Su

How are newly arrived refugees interacting with preexisting Muslim, Christian and other religious communities in Germany? What role does faith play in their integration, or lack thereof?

Image by Ana P Santos. Qatar, 2017. 
June 15, 2017 by Ana P. Santos

When unmarried sex is outlawed, pregnancy out of wedlock is proof of a crime. Women are jailed—along with their babies.

April 10, 2017 by Leslie Roberts

Terrorized by Boko Haram for years, millions of people in northeastern Nigeria have fled to crowded camps and cities and are suffering from a deadly combination of severe malnutrition and infection.

The northern lights fill the sky over the remote First Nations community of Attawapiskat. Attawapiskat is an isolated First Nation community located in northern Ontario, Canada, at the mouth of the Attawapiskat River on James Bay. On April 9, 2016, the community of approximately 2000 people declared a state of emergency after being overwhelmed with attempted suicides, over 100 attempts in a ten month period. Image by David Maurice Smith/Oculi. Canada, 2016.
April 6, 2017 by David Maurice Smith

Gaining understanding of the suicide crisis facing the Cree community of Attawapiskat, Ontario through an understanding of the culture, values and perspectives of its residents.

March 3, 2017 by Krithika Varagur

An inside look at how Saudi Arabia uses money, scholarships, diplomacy, and media to propagate its brand of fundamentalist Islam in the world’s most populous Muslim country, Indonesia.

Met Abdel Moneim al Shahat, a powerful Salafist leader who has been at the forefront of a campaign in Egypt aimed at keeping Shi’a Muslims out of the country and confronting those Sunnis, particularly the youth, who dare to convert to Shi’ism. Image by Geneive Abdo. Egypt, 2017.
February 6, 2017 by Geneive Abdo

After years of the raging wars in Iraq and Syria, most people still think the conflicts are about territory and political power. But religious practice and belief have a lot to do with it.

Marcus Sapere practices Reiki massage on a client in his office in Alameda, California. Reiki is based on the idea that sickness is caused by the changes in energy and that a therapist can manipulate that energy with his hands and mind. Image by Erika Larsen.
October 13, 2016 by Erik Vance

Inside our heads is an ancient power. A tool of miracle-workers, charlatans, witch doctors, hypnotists and physicians alike. It's a basic part of who we are. It's the hidden power of suggestibility.