Religion & Power

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...

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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.

The flags of many nations fly at the COP22 climate conference in Marrakesh. The nearly 200 nations committed to the Paris Climate Agreement were stunned this week when President elect Trump announced his plans to rush to withdraw from the accord. Image by Justin Catanoso. Morocco, 2016.
November 18, 2016 / Mongabay
by Justin Catanoso

As President elect Trump seeks a quick exit from the Paris Climate Accord, the international community at the COP22 climate summit says the world will go forward without the US; China may lead.

November 14, 2016
by Andre Lambertson, Rebecca Kaplan

New York-based photographer explores his range of work with faculty and students, sharing his reporting from New Orleans, Staten Island, Liberia, Jamaica and beyond.

An open-air market in Marrakesh, Morocco. The city is hosting November’s COP22 Climate Conference and decisions made there could shape its future. If the rising heat brought by global warming isn’t abated, then parts of North Africa could become inhabitable by mid-century, according to a 2016 study. Image by Feliciano Guimarães via Creative Commons. Morocco, 2016.
November 3, 2016 / Mongabay
by Justin Catanoso

This month’s 22nd UN climate conference in Morocco is critical for putting practical mechanisms in place to determine how the world’s nations will curb climate change.

Malikka Bouaissa (left) and Assia Missaoui
November 3, 2016 / Untold Stories
by Nick Shindo Street

Sword-wielding ISIS partisans grab headlines and prompt clicks, but Europe's other Muslim fringe—women, LGBT people, artists and community activists—are far more numerous and influential.