Religion News on the Web
Selected religion-related news from around the Web
May 21, 2013
- The New York Times
NYT: A founder of the revolution is barred from office, shocking Iranians
The decision on Tuesday to bar the presidential candidacy of Ali Akbar Hashemi Rafsanjani, a founding father of the revolution and a former president, shocked Iranians, particularly among the 70 percent of the population that is under 35 and grew up when he served in many leading positions.
May 18, 2013
- The Economist
Economist: Turkey's political imams: The Gulenists fight back
In a recent sermon Fethullah Gulen, Turkey’s most powerful Muslim cleric, preached against hubris. Delivered in rural Pennsylvania, where Mr Gulen lives in self-imposed exile, it was broadcast from his website with an electrifying effect. Was the holy man alluding to Recep Tayyip Erdogan, Turkey’s increasingly authoritarian prime minister?
May 10, 2013
- Los Angeles Times
LA Times: Sword of division is poised over Iraq
Less than a year and a half after the last U.S. troops left, Iraq's
political leaders are openly debating the prospect of two dangerous
paths for their country: de facto division or civil war. Perhaps both.
May 08, 2013
- The Wall Street Journal
WSJ: Islamists rely on TV sheiks to woo the masses in Egypt
Secular youth used Facebook and Twitter two years ago to help topple President Hosni Mubarak from power, but now Salafi Islamists are gaining sway in Egypt because of TV sheiks like Khaled Abdullah.
May 06, 2013
- The New York Times
NYT: Iran warns Syrian rebels after report of shrine desecration
Iran’s Shiite leaders warned of regional sectarian conflict after reports that Syrian rebels raided a Shiite shrine in a suburb of Damascus last week, destroying the site and making off with the remains of the revered Shiite figure buried there.
April 11, 2013
- The Washington Post
Wash. Post: Women challenge Orthodox practice at Israel’s Western Wall
A long-running battle over worship at the Western Wall, Judaism’s holiest shrine , was rejoined Thursday as Israeli police arrested five Jewish women who wore prayer shawls at a morning service, contrary to Orthodox practice enforced at the site.
April 09, 2013
- The Associated Press
AP: Al-Qaida Iraq branch announces merger with Syrian militant group
Al-Qaida’s branch in Iraq said it has merged with Syria’s extremist Jabhat al-Nusra, a move that shows the rising confidence of radicals within the Syrian rebel movement and is likely to trigger renewed fears among its international backers.
March 20, 2013
- The Los Angeles Times
LA Times: Obama message may not resonate with Israeli youth
By choosing to deliver his landmark speech to Israel in an auditorium filled with students and young people, President Obama is once again turning to a core audience that has always been responsive to his message of hope and change.