Religion & Power

Throughout West Kalimantan swidden or “slash and burn” techniques are used to clear land in preparation for planting corn, spinach, and pumpkins. Moments after a large burn, a young man gathers Cassava roots among the still smoldering tree trunks. Image by Kent Wagner. Indonesia, 2016.
April 13, 2017
by Makenzie Huber, Michael Bodley

Pulitzer Center Student Fellows are chosen as three regional winners and one finalist for the Society of Professional Journalists Mark of Excellence Awards.

Cover of Ian Johnson's book, "Souls of China."
April 12, 2017
by Ifath Sayed, Ian Johnson

Grantee Ian Johnson just published a book, "The Souls of China," on the return of religion after Mao's death.

Muna Garage is one of the largest informal camps in Maiduguri, the capital city of Borno state in Nigeria.  Nearly 2 million people who have escaped the violence of Boko Haram are internally displaced; thousands have crowded into this camp, where food, water, and sanitation are scarce. Image by Andrew Esiebo/Associated Press.
April 9, 2017 / Science Magazine
by Leslie Roberts

In one of the world's least recognized crises, hunger amplifies disease for millions fleeing the violence of Boko Haram in northeastern Nigeria.

Pesantren Anshur al-Sunnah, a Salafi boarding school in the Cendana neighborhood of Batam.  Image by Krithika Varagur/VOA. Indonesia, 2017.
March 26, 2017 / Voice of America
by Krithika Varagur

The Indonesian resort island of Batam has become a hotspot for Southeast Asian Salafis, who practice a fundamentalist form of Sunni Islam with roots in Saudi Arabia.

A holographic image of Mao in a rural farmhouse. Despite decades of violence and murder, Mao is still revered by many Chinese as a near god-like figure. Image by Sim Chi Yin/ VII Photo Agency. China, 2016.
March 15, 2017
by Ian Johnson

How is China's religious revival influencing the country's future? Visit with Pulitzer Center journalist grantee Ian Johnson for a book signing and discussion at East City Bookshop in Washington, D.C...

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.

King Salman bin Abdulaziz al Saud. Image courtesy of Blacklisted News.
March 3, 2017 / The Atlantic
by Krithika Varagur

King Salman's historic visit to Indonesia is the culmination of a 37-year-long Saudi campaign for cultural influence in the world's largest Muslim nation.

February 16, 2017
by Marvin Kalb

Marvin Kalb spoke at the Cosmos Club about President Trump and his relationship with the American media.

January 30, 2017

This unit asks middle school students to explore the varying roles beliefs play in people's lives. Beliefs will be explored through the lenses of world religions, science, and social relationships....

A sign in Ningxia, northwestern China, reads: "Love your country, love your religion; know the law, follow the law". Image by Alice Su. China, 2016.
January 6, 2017
by Alice Su

China's Muslim minorities make up only two percent of the population, but comprise 20 million people. How do they relate to Islam, the state, the majority Han Chinese and one another?

Image of a A Uyghur woman standing at a religious shrine near Hotan, southern Xinjiang.
January 4, 2017 / The Caravan
by Alice Su

For centuries, Uyghurs have journeyed between the different Muslim shrines dotting the Taklamakan Desert. Now, the Chinese state has forcibly closed many of them.

December 16, 2016 / Foreign Policy
by Alice Su

Chinese authorities speak of terrorism as an ideological problem, but treat it as an ethnic one.