France

Charlie Hebdo reprints offensive Prophet Muhammad caricatures

Move comes a day before 13 men and one woman - accused of assisting the 2015 attackers of the newspaper - go on trial.

Charlie Hebdo reprints offensive Prophet Muhammad caricatures

Religion

In Pictures: How Ashoura was marked amid coronavirus restrictions

Typically, millions from around the world flock to the golden-domed shrine in Karbala, Iraq, to mark Ashoura.

In Pictures: How Ashoura was marked amid coronavirus restrictions

India

'World came crashing down': Delhi violence victims await justice

Six months after city's worst religious riots in decades, rights groups and families call for investigation and action.

Iraq

Amid surge in COVID-19, Iraq's Shia mourn Imam Hussein

Many Shia Muslims ignored calls by Iraq's government and moderate religious leaders to stay home during Ashoura events.

Amid surge in COVID-19, Iraq's Shia mourn Imam Hussein

Islam

What is Ashoura?

Tenth of Muharram commemorates the grandson of the Prophet Muhammad who died at the Battle of Karbala in 680 AD.

Ashoura: Why Muslims fast and mourn in Muharram

South Africa

'Too loud': S Africa court bans call to prayer at Durban mosque

Chandra Ellaurie, a Hindu, complained the call to prayer gave the neighbourhood 'a distinct Muslim atmosphere'.

'Too loud': S Africa court bans call to prayer at Durban mosque

Asia Pacific

South Korea church groups in conflict with COVID-19 efforts

Government's efforts to contain the coronavirus have now become entangled in a conflict with some religious groups.

Turkey

Turkey converts another former Istanbul church into a mosque

Transformation of Kariye Museum comes a month after a controversial conversion of the renowned Hagia Sophia.

Turkey converts another former Istanbul church into a mosque

Myanmar

Canadian pastor jailed in Myanmar for defying coronavirus ban

Myanmar-born preacher David Lah convicted for flouting ban on gatherings and sentenced to three months in prison.

Canadian pastor jailed in Myanmar for defying coronavirus ban

India

As Modi launches Ram temple construction, fears of 'new republic'

Hindu nationalist leader to launch construction of controversial temple amid fears India is losing its secularism.

As Modi launches Ram temple construction, fears of 'new republic'

Middle East

Eid al-Adha: Low-key celebrations for Muslims amid pandemic

About 1.8 billion Muslims celebrate Eid amid a pandemic that has so far infected more than 16 million people.

Religion

Muslims prepare to mark Eid al-Adha amid COVID-19 crisis

Muslims around the world are preparing to celebrate the end of the Hajj pilgrimage, but the effects of the pandemic are already being felt globally, ahead of the festivities.

Hajj

In Pictures: Hajj in the shadow of coronavirus

This year's Hajj was scaled down from 2.5 million pilgrims to as few as 10,000 due to the coronavirus pandemic.

In Pictures: Hajj in the shadow of coronavirus

Hajj

Muslims begin downsized Hajj amid coronavirus pandemic

Up to 10,000 mask-clad Muslims begin the scaled back five-day pilgrimage as Saudi hosts try to prevent virus outbreak.

Opinion

Thinking theologically with pandemics

For millennia, infectious outbreaks have affected religions. So how will this pandemic change our beliefs today?

Uday Chandra

by Uday Chandra

Uday Chandra