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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

January 12, 2016

Tracking Boko Haram: On the Trail of Terror

Jason Motlagh

Jason Motlagh reports on the battle against Boko Haram guerrillas, the aftermath of their reign and the underlying social and economic factors that fueled their rise.

January 05, 2016

Saudi Arabia's First Female Lawyers

Katherine Zoepf

In 2013, the Saudi justice ministry began permitting female lawyers to appear in court. How is the entry of Saudi women into the legal field affecting perceptions of women's rights in the kingdom?

December 28, 2015

Europe's Other Muslim Fringe

Nick Shindo Street

Feminists, LGBT people, artists and other progressive European Muslims are taking ownership of their their faith in innovative ways. How are they shaping the future of Islam in Europe?

August 11, 2015

Saving Eden: Francis Exerts His Moral Authority

Justin Catanoso

Latin America's first pope derides our "throw-away" culture while offering a stern prescription for environmental protection. Will those who revere him in his native region follow his lead?

October 23, 2014

Can Chinese Culture Save China's Environment?

Gary Marcuse, Shi Lihong

The Chinese government and people, confronted with colossal environmental challenges, are turning to cultural traditions that under Communism had long been suppressed.

The Unwanted | AJ+ Docs

Follow a Rohingya Muslim family that fled rampaging Myanmar security forces and Buddhist vigilantes as they adapt to refugee life in Bangladesh.

Meet Jason Motlagh

Jason Motlagh is a roving freelance multimedia journalist. He has reported from over 30 countries throughout West Africa, the Mideast, Central and South Asia for leading US and international media outlets.