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Religion & Power

Religious faith is central to the lives of billions, a driving force in everything from family structure to relationships within and among the world’s nation states. It is also the venue, and often the source, of conflict.

Religion and Power presents Pulitzer Center reporting on these themes from throughout the world—from the explosive growth of megachurches in Africa and Latin America to intra-Islam schisms of the Middle East, to the self-immolation of Tibetan Buddhist monks and Buddhist soldiers running roughshod over the rights of Burmese Muslims, to the struggles of faith groups everywhere to come to terms with human sexuality.

In some parts of the world, notably China, governments that long suppressed religious expression are now invoking those traditions as part of the solution to environmental and other challenges. Elsewhere, from majority-Catholic Philippines to Muslim Indonesia, religious doctrine on issues like reproductive rights is in uneasy dialogue with the forces of modernization and globalization.

In Religion and Power, we aim for reporting that tackles these tough, core issues—but without the easy stereotypes and caricature that too often make journalism a tool for demagogy. In the Pulitzer Center reporting presented here we seek instead to be a force for understanding.

The Pulitzer Center’s reporting on religion and public policy issues is made possible through the support of the Henry Luce Foundation, the Kendeda Fund, and other Pulitzer Center donors.

 

Religion & Power

March 03, 2017

Salafism à la Southeast Asia

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.

February 06, 2017

The Rebirth of the Shi'a-Sunni Divide

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.

October 13, 2016

Suggestible You

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.

September 09, 2016

Muslims in Manchester: Countering Islamophobia

Amir Hassan

Amir Hassan reports from Manchester, UK, on Muslim youth who embrace their heritage, using it to promote non-violence, community building, and a sense of global citizenship.

September 04, 2016

An Investigation into Turkey

Christopher de Bellaigue

The failed coup of July 15 brought Turks together to defeat an anti-democratic action by the military. But these events have left President Erdogan stronger—and more anti-Western—than ever.

Myanmar's Imagined Jihadis

Why the Burmese military has used the rhetoric of the global war on terror as a pretext for its ethnic cleansing campaign against the Rohingya Muslims