Author Archive
Above Class and Clerics: The Saga of Heer Ranjha

Above Class and Clerics: The Saga of Heer Ranjha

By Saba Imtiaz In Pakistan's Punjab province, shrines to the doomed lovers of epic sagas are not only testament to the allure of tragic romance, but a symbol of women's struggle against patriarchy.
Venezuela's Personal Jesus

Venezuela’s Personal Jesus

In the weeks following the death of Hugo Chávez, thousands of his supporters flocked to Caracas to view his body. Ezra Fieser was there to learn more about the myth, the man and his "Jesus image."
Poison in the Sangha

Poison in the Sangha

As violence spreads amongst Burma's Buddhist majority and Muslim minority, Francis Wade meets U Wirathu, who calls himself the "Burmese Bin Laden," and a former monk who rejects Wirathu's message of intolerance.
Searching for God and Justice in Mexico's Rebel State

Searching for God and Justice in Mexico’s Rebel State

Press accounts about Muslims in Chiapas state have failed to understand the complexity of faith in the region, writes Umar Farooq, reporting from Mexico on faith, justice and the Zapatista movement.
Arakan, Deconstruction

Arakan, Deconstruction

Photographer Ryan Roco investigates the complex and multifaceted conflict that led to the current refugee crisis in Burma's Arakan state.
Pakistan's Lost Vote

Pakistan’s Lost Vote

In Pakistan, polling is over and the votes have been counted but the voice of one group has not been heard. Saba Imtiaz reports from Karachi on the missing Ahmadi vote.
Carmen Weinstein: Legacy and Nostalgia

Carmen Weinstein: Legacy and Nostalgia

On April 13, Carmen Weinstein, leader of Egypt’s dwindling Jewish community, died at her home in Cairo. She was 82. Maurice Chammah looks back on his 2012 meeting with Ms. Weinstein, and considers the past and future of Egypt's Jews.
Secular Lebanon

Secular Lebanon

From Beirut, Irina Papkova reports on an anti-sectarian movement for a more secular Lebanon, and a marriage that's making Lebanese history.
Sonallah Ibrahim: Life in the Raw

Sonallah Ibrahim: Life in the Raw

Following the publication of a new translation of Sonallah Ibrahim's "That Smell," Maurice Chammah considers the book, and its author, in light of Egypt's recent political and social upheaval.
Relationship Drama: Russia's Church-State Affairs

Relationship Drama: Russia’s Church-State Affairs

The Russian Orthodox Church is a privileged institution very much at the forefront of Russian life, with a well-developed infrastructure and considerable wealth, so why do it's leaders believe that Orthodoxy is under attack? Irina Papkova looks back over events in 2012 to explain why.
Miracles on Demand

Miracles on Demand

Rowan Moore Gerety Few countries offer more fertile ground for a gospel of health and wealth than Mozambique, a fact that hasn't gone unnoticed by Brazilian media tycoon Edir Macedo and his pageant-loving preachers.
Pakistan's Blasphemy Laws: Christians Come Under Attack in Lahore

Pakistan’s Blasphemy Laws: Christians Come Under Attack in Lahore

By Saba Imtiaz A violent mob ransacked and burned the homes of more than a hundred Christian families in Lahore on Saturday in the wake of an alleged incident of blasphemy.