Arts & Culture

Philippines: Millions join Black Nazarene procession

The procession is expected to last more than 20 hours and up to 15 million are expected to pay their respects.


India court bans religion, caste in election campaigns

Supreme Court rules elections must be secular as it warns parties which select candidates based on their backgrounds.


Christmas message leads to death threats in Pakistan

Son of a former governor killed for supporting blasphemy law reforms threatened after solidarity messages with victims.


The decline of Afghanistan's Hindu and Sikh communities

"I am an Afghan first... But if our life is under threat, if our families are faced with risks, we have to leave."


New York police allow Sikh and Muslims to grow beards

In a move aimed at inclusion, the New York Police Department also agrees to allow Sikhs to wear turbans.

The Crusades: An Arab Perspective

Liberation: Acre and the End of the Crusades

From the Third Crusade to the siege of Acre: How the crusader presence in the Holy Land was brought to an end.


Interfaith weddings at UK Sikh temples hit by protests

Minority at a crossroads as community members threaten to continue protests against mixed marriages at gurdwaras.


The legacy of the Crusades in contemporary Muslim world

The conflict between the West and the Arab and Islamic worlds is at its core political.

by As'ad AbuKhalil

Pope Francis

Pope Christmas message: Time for weapons to be still

"It is time for weapons to be still for ever and actively seek negotiated solution," Francis says in Vatican address.

Occupied West Bank

Christians flock to Bethlehem to mark birth of Christ

Tourists and local Christians gather in birthplace of Jesus to mark Christmas Eve despite hurdles of the occupation.


Community unites to assemble worlds' tallest Xmas tree

Assembly work resumes on the Guinness World Record-breaking 325-foot-tall Christmas tree taking shape in Colombo.


UK Muslims and Christians team up to help homeless

Faith groups are working together to care for street sleepers and other vulnerable people in the run-up to Christmas.

The Crusades: An Arab Perspective

Unification: Saladin and the Fall of Jerusalem

We explore how Salah Ed-Din unified the Muslim states and recaptured the holy city of Jerusalem from the crusaders.

Arts & Culture

Santa's helpers in a town where every day is Christmas

A look into the world of plastic Christmas trees and metallic tinsel in China, where 60 percent of decorations are made.


Indonesia: We're not losing control to 'radicals'

Violent mass demonstrations have challenged the image of Indonesia as practising a moderate form of Islam.