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Their love of music brought them together but it was their spirituality and a feeling of seeking that prompted them to convert to Islam
Here’s a roundup of some the most appalling religious freedom violations from across the globe.
Index on Censorship youth advisory board member Lejla Becar discusses the banning of music in Bosnia
Religious freedom and religious radicalism which leads to extremism has become an increasingly difficult balancing act in the digital age where presenting religious superiority through fear and “terror” is possible both locally and internationally at internet speeds. The ongoing series of beheading videos released by the Islamic State and the showcase of kidnapped
More than three weeks after the abduction of over 200 schoolgirls from the northern Nigerian town of Chibok by Boko Haram (BH), an Islamist militant group, the world is finally awake to the tragedy. Zofeen Ebrahim reports
A media that paints puritans and fanatics as mainstream forfeits its right to condemn them, writes Alex Gabriel
Women of all religions can push for gender equality, writes Morgan Meaker.
In the run up to this year's elections, Indonesia's politicians would have you believe that religious freedom is not a problem for the world's largest Muslim population country. Endy Bayuni reports
An increase in kidnappings of Hindu girls who are then coerced to embrace Islam and forced to marry has raised concerns in Pakistan, Zofeen Ebrahim writes
From the magazine: Why does freedom of religion and belief continue to cause conflict in post-Soviet Russia? Alexander Verkhovsky looks at the new blasphemy act and its implications for freedom of expression
Tennessee Department of Justice Attorney William Killian has recently raised eyebrows for suggesting that anti-Muslim messages online could be prosecuted under federal laws. Sara Yasin questions if his approach will help anyone
Moroccan atheist Imad Eddin Habib is now on the run, after police began searching for him last week. Habib told Irshad Manji‘s Moral Courage TV that officers confronted his father, asking him to bring an end to his son’s activism. Habib is the founder of the Council of Ex-Muslims in Morocco,