Middle East

Saudi-Vatican agreement to build churches reported

Egyptian media say the kingdom has signed an agreement with the Vatican to construct churches for Christian citizens.

Saudis sign deal with Vatican to build churches: report

Kashmir

Kashmir erupts demanding justice for young rape victim

Activists say cases of rape and sexual violence on women are common as they decry 'reluctant and delayed response'.

Kashmir erupts demanding justice for young rape victim

Saudi Arabia

Catholic cardinal meets Saudi king in historic visit to Riyadh

French cardinal Jean-Louis Tauran's visit marks the first official meeting between Saudi ruler and a Catholic official.

Catholic cardinal meets Saudi king in historic visit to Riyadh

Opinion

Is there room for critical thinking in Islam?

To be Muslim is not to be politically asleep, but rather to be in a permanent state of critique.

Ian Almond

by Ian Almond

Ian Almond

Al Jazeera World

Time Out: Lebanon's Golden Age of Basketball

After the civil war, the basketball court became a new battleground of sectarian divisions between Lebanon's top teams.

Islam

Resplendent mosque architecture from around the world

Arts and influences of the time are infused in every detail of a mosque's Islamic architecture.

Resplendent mosque architecture from around the world

Reporter's Notebook

Church bells to ring once more this Easter in Iraq

Christian community comes together in the Ninevah plains in defiance and celebration of the first post-ISIL Easter.

Church bells to ring once more this Easter in Iraq

China

Historic deal between China and Vatican 'in the making'

Agreement could include Beijing giving the Vatican more say in picking bishops in state-approved churches.

Arts & Culture

Why do we have Easter eggs?

Holy Week in Christianity starting on March 25 includes Palm Sunday, Maundy Thursday, Good Friday and Holy Saturday.

Easter 2018: When and why it's celebrated, with eggs

Football

Scotland: Faith and football interplay in Glasgow

In Glasgow, Scotland, football and religion blend together to produce one of the world's fiercest sporting rivalries.

'An eternal relationship': Scotland's famous football rivalry

Israel

Israel's trick to bypass 'chametz' ban for Passover

Only the non-Jew can possess bread during the week of Passover.

Israel's trick to bypass 'chametz' ban for Passover

Christianity

Prophet Caputa attracts pilgrims to see the Virgin Mary

Some attendees said they had smelled the scent of roses associated with Mary.

Prophet Caputa attracts pilgrims to see the Virgin Mary

Asia

Sri Lanka lifts emergency as ethnic tensions subside

President Sirisena announces end of security measures, after 'assessing the public safety situation'.

Sri Lanka lifts state of emergency as ethnic tensions subside

Indonesia

Bali switches off internet for New Year 'reflection'

Nyepi began at 6am, emptying streets and beaches for 24 hours, except for special patrols to ensure silence is observed.

Bali observes 'Day of Silence', amid complaints over internet cut

Islamophobia

Mosque finally approved in US city after Muslim group sues

According to the lawsuit, the effort for the mosque was met by virulent attacks against the Muslim religion in Bayonne.

Mosque finally approved in US city after Muslim group sues