Whose Genizah?

October 02, 2021

Holi Explained

March 28, 2021

Christmas Is a Time for Acts of Generosity

December 23, 2018

In this edition of The Interview, Fair Observer talks to Carole Cusack, professor of religious studies at the University of Sydney. To those who celebrate it, Christmas is as important as the history of Christianity itself. The religious and cultural celebration connects millions of people...

The Daily Devil’s Dictionary: Our “Monotheastic” World

August 17, 2018

JPMorgan reveals a new phase in the history of the religion of finance. Wall Street has always had its own vocabulary. It gets better every day. In the video of an interview by Business Insider with David Kelly, chief global strategist of JPMorgan Asset Management, we learn that “stock market...

The Uses of God

February 17, 2018

Demonization, a key tactic in religion, is precisely the reductionism and making wicked of any political enemy. Of all the burning issues confronting the world today, nothing causes greater concern — and greater perplexity — than the force of religion in pursuing political aims. I make this...

Jehovah’s Witnesses Holds Women Back

December 16, 2016

An open letter to Serena Williams about Jehovah's Witnesses' treatment of women. Dear Serena, I want to start by applauding everything you said in your open letter that was reproduced on The Guardian website last week. As a woman, I too have experienced firsthand the inequity and unfair...

Sufis, Salafis and Islamists: Activism in the United Kingdom

October 18, 2016

Scholars hoping to get an insider and yet critical appraisal of Islamic activism in Europe should take this book as their starting point. No religious minority in the world today has received so much global attention as the Muslims in Europe. From the burkini and burqa ban in France to the...

Bringing Reconciliation to Bahrain

Seeking a Path to a Better and Safer World

March 29, 2016

Human beings have been killing each other since the beginning of time, so today’s carnage is nothing new. As “terrorism” creeps closer to America’s shores once again, those ever-popular thoughts and prayers now go out to the dead and dying in some other place that looks a lot like...

Does Religion Have a Place in the 21st Century?

February 12, 2016

A post-secular society is marked by recognition that religion is once again important. According to a widely disseminated 2015 study by the Pew Research Center, the US is drifting away from religion. Taking the cue, Daniel Dennett, one of the four horsemen of atheism, wrote that religion has...

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