Religion serves as the social bedrock of many communities around the globe, while also acting as a source of division and conflict. Pulitzer Center stories tagged with “Religion” feature reporting on faith, its effects on people’s lives, and the role it plays in civil society. Use the Pulitzer Center Lesson Builder to find and create lesson plans on religion.


Baghdad's Green Zone a Forbidden Fortress

Even as the U.S. draws down troop levels, concrete barriers still define Baghdad, a troubling reminder of the vast gulf separating the Iraqi public from the rulers ostensibly elected to serve them.

In Allahpur, a Moment of Truth

Like nearly every village in South Asia, Allahpur, in the east Indian state of Bihar, is geographically divided on the lines of caste. On one side of a dirt track live the upper-caste Muslims (Syeds, Sheikhs and Pathans) and on the other side live the lower-caste Muslims (Ansaris, Dhunias and Raains). There are only four Hindu families in Allahpur, and they are all lower castes, their houses amid the low-caste Muslim houses.

Reproductive Rights: Changing Attitudes in Brazil

As the influence of the Roman Catholic Church wanes in Brazil, novelas (TV soap operas) shape views on women's reproductive rights. The birth rate—6 children per woman in 1960—has decreased to 1.9 today.

Nigeria Elections

Nigeria's presidential election in April resulted in massive violence in northern parts of the country by those rejecting the loss by the main presidential challenger, General Muhammadu Buhari.

Trauma Center

In a country where the trauma never ceases, at least two-thirds of Afghanis suffer from post-traumatic stress disorder. With suffering almost completely unrecognized, prayer is the only therapy.

Tough Love Prescribed for Nigeria’s Wounds

Despite the hailed success of Nigeria's elections, sectarian and political violence have rocked the country this month. Nigerians now must learn to live together once again.

Tensions Rise Ahead of Nigerian Poll

In Nigeria's Plateau State, tensions run high after hundreds were killed following last week's presidential election, revealing deep rifts between Christians and Muslims of the region.

Nigeria: Do-or-Die Politics

Post-election violence in Nigeria is increasing. In a familiar scenario repeated since the end of military rule in 1999, political and religious antagonisms sharpen come election season.