Coronavirus briefs: Religion in the time of pandemic

March 31, 2020

Religious practice is as much about community as it is about faith. In this brief, The Daylighter conducts a short survey of how spiritual communities around the world are responding to the coronavirus pandemic. Islam: Keep it clean Cleanliness is an important part of Islamic belief and practice, and its importance is resurgent in Muslim […]

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Islamic moderates are using WhatsApp to battle violent extremism in Mali

January 27, 2020

In Mali, WhatsApp is the weapon of choice for both Al Qaeda-aligned jihadists and peaceful Muslims in their battle for the hearts and minds of the nation.  For centuries, Mali’s nomadic Fulani herders have periodically erupted into violence, fighting against both injustice and what they perceived as violations of the teachings of the Koran.  In […]

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Pakistan opens a pathway to peace, for Sikhs

December 17, 2019

Here’s a bit of good news about one of the world’s toughest neighborhoods. Indian Sikhs will now be allowed quick and easy visa-free visits to Gurdwara Darbar Sahid, the second-most sacred shrine in their religion. The shrine is located at Kartarpur inside Pakistan, within sight of the Indian border. Twenty-two million Sikhs live in India, and another 5 million live abroad. Sikhs […]

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These apocalyptic Christians have been hard at work in Latin America — and beyond

September 6, 2019

Capitol Ministries, a powerful American evangelical Christian group with a mission to “evangelize world political leaders,” has been a major player behind the controversial drive to relocate embassies in Israel from Tel Aviv to Jerusalem. The group, which has expanded its influence throughout Latin America and the world, uses its White House connections to advance […]

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