Religion

When is Eid al-Adha and how is it celebrated?
Muslim pilgrims wait for the start of prayers at the Grand Mosque in Mecca during the hajj
In Depth

When is Eid al-Adha and how is it celebrated?

The ‘Festival of the Sacrifice’ marks the end of the annual Hajj pilgrimage
14 Jul 2021
Is Macron losing control of his military over an Islamism revolt?
Emmanuel Macron
In Depth

Is Macron losing control of his military over an Islamism revolt?

Thousands of soldiers sign letter claiming nation is on brink of civil war following ‘surrender to Islamists’
12 May 2021
Votes, Cuban vaccines and empty churches
An American church
Podcast

Votes, Cuban vaccines and empty churches

Are the Democrats falling into a hypocrisy trap? How did Cuba develop such a strong biotech industry? And will anything reverse religious decline?
2 Apr 2021
Pastor farts on congregants to show ‘God’s power’
Pastor Christ Penelope
Tall Tales

Pastor farts on congregants to show ‘God’s power’

And other stories from the stranger side of life
1 Apr 2021
The school row over Prophet Mohammed cartoons
Protesters outside Batley Grammar School
Getting to grips with . . .

The school row over Prophet Mohammed cartoons

West Yorkshire school closed and teacher in hiding after protests by angry parents
26 Mar 2021
Countries where the burka is banned
Burqa, veil
In Depth

Countries where the burka is banned

Switzerland becomes latest country to ban the Islamic face veil
8 Mar 2021
French academics clash with minister over ‘Islamo-leftism’ inquiry
French Minister of Higher Education Frédérique Vidal
In Brief

French academics clash with minister over ‘Islamo-leftism’ inquiry

Row over allegations of extremism in universities stokes growing culture war
22 Feb 2021

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2020 Quiz of the Year
Quiz of the year
In Brief

2020 Quiz of the Year

Have you been paying attention to the year’s biggest events?
26 Dec 2020
What are the 12 days of Christmas and what do they mean?
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In Depth

What are the 12 days of Christmas and what do they mean?

The song has become a Christmas classic - but here is what the days actually represent
15 Dec 2020
France launches raids in crackdown on ‘political Islam’
Emmanuel Macron pictured with French Interior Minister Gerald Darmanin
In Brief

France launches raids in crackdown on ‘political Islam’

Interior minister says inspections are part of ‘massive action against separatism’
4 Dec 2020
Explained: Macron’s dispute with Pakistan over school IDs
Emmanuel Macron speaks during a videoconference
In Brief

Explained: Macron’s dispute with Pakistan over school IDs

France demands apology for ‘blatant lies’ following Pakistani minister’s ‘Nazi’ allegations
23 Nov 2020
The Week Unwrapped: Viral faith and mythical prejudice
Ultra orthodox Jews pray at the tomb of Reb Nachman of Breslov, founder of the Breslov Hasidic movement
In Depth

The Week Unwrapped: Viral faith and mythical prejudice

Is religion helping to spread the pandemic? Why are Armenia and Azerbaijan fighting? And are legends and fairytales inevitably non-PC?
13 Nov 2020
Why everybody’s talking about Macron and the Muslim world
Emmanuel Macron pays his respects by the coffin of Samuel Paty's inside Sorbonne University's, Paris.
In Depth

Why everybody’s talking about Macron and the Muslim world

Protests break out across the Middle East over French president’s ‘crackdown’ on Islam
28 Oct 2020
French rally in support of free speech after teacher murder
A rally in defence of free speech is held in Paris, France
In Brief

French rally in support of free speech after teacher murder

Thousands attend marches to honour Samuel Paty following killing on Friday
19 Oct 2020
Peerage for first black Archbishop ‘imminent’ following snub
Ex-Archbishop of York John Sentamu
In Brief

Peerage for first black Archbishop ‘imminent’ following snub

John Sentamu’s absence from honours list triggered accusations of ‘institutional prejudice’
19 Oct 2020
Instant Opinion: ‘nothing sticks’ to Trump’ - until now
Donald Trump
In Depth

Instant Opinion: ‘nothing sticks’ to Trump’ - until now

Your guide to the best columns and commentary on Friday 11 September
11 Sep 2020
Stressed zoo elephants to be given cannabis in new trial
150313-elephant.jpg
In Brief

Stressed zoo elephants to be given cannabis in new trial

And other stories from the stranger side of life
27 Aug 2020
Why everybody’s talking about the 48-hour Twitter boycott
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In Depth

Why everybody’s talking about the 48-hour Twitter boycott

Social media users stage 48-hour ‘walkout’ in protest against platform’s response to anti-Jewish tirade
29 Jul 2020
What is breast ironing and how common is it in the UK?
African girl
In Depth

What is breast ironing and how common is it in the UK?

School says sorry for asking children as young as 11 to research the harmful practice
15 Jun 2020
52 ideas that changed the world - 51. Islam
Mecca
In Depth

52 ideas that changed the world - 51. Islam

Followers of the religion make up a quarter of the global population
12 Jun 2020
Instant Opinion: Cummings ‘makes the public feel like fools’
Dominic Cummings
In Depth

Instant Opinion: Cummings ‘makes the public feel like fools’

Your guide to the best columns and commentary on Tuesday 26 May
26 May 2020
Ukrainian police demand names and addresses of city’s Jews
Ultra orthodox Jews pray at the tomb of Reb Nachman of Breslov, founder of the Breslov Hasidic movement
In Brief

Ukrainian police demand names and addresses of city’s Jews

Jewish leader says last such demand was ‘during the German occupation’
12 May 2020
What is St George’s Day?
The St George flag
In Depth

What is St George’s Day?

Celebrations for England’s legendary dragon slayer are normally a subdued affair
23 Apr 2020
When does Ramadan start in 2020?
Asian Muslims break their fast in a food hall on the first Friday of the holy month of Ramadan in Dubai, 14 September 2007. The world's 1.2 billion Muslims marked the first Friday of the holy
In Depth

When does Ramadan start in 2020?

The holiest month in the Islamic calendar sees Muslims undertake a 30-day fast
20 Apr 2020
Oxford professor arrested for theft of ancient Bible shards
Oxford University
In Depth

Oxford professor arrested for theft of ancient Bible shards

Academic has described the allegations as a ‘malicious attempt’ to harm his career
17 Apr 2020
Cardinal George Pell walks free after convictions overturned
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In Depth

Cardinal George Pell walks free after convictions overturned

Former Vatican treasurer was serving a six-year sentence for child sex abuse
7 Apr 2020
When is Passover 2020 and how will it be celebrated?
Passover, Seder
In Brief

When is Passover 2020 and how will it be celebrated?

This year’s Jewish holiday looks set to be unique, with millions of people under lockdown measures
7 Apr 2020
What is the Hajj and will it be cancelled?
Muslim pilgrims wait for the start of prayers at the Grand Mosque in Mecca during the hajj
In Depth

What is the Hajj and will it be cancelled?

Two million people expected to take part in annual Islamic pilgrimage
1 Apr 2020
Israel’s ultra-Orthodox ‘ignoring coronavirus measures’
ultra orthodox
In Brief

Israel’s ultra-Orthodox ‘ignoring coronavirus measures’

Government considers quarantining devout neighbourhoods as infection rate soars
1 Apr 2020
Instant Opinion: ‘The worst thing about having coronavirus’
coronavirus test
In Depth

Instant Opinion: ‘The worst thing about having coronavirus’

Your guide to the best columns and commentary on Thursday 19 March
19 Mar 2020
Purim 2020: what is the Jewish holiday?
Purim
In Depth

Purim 2020: what is the Jewish holiday?

Joyous, boozy festival has been dubbed the ‘Jewish Mardi Gras’
9 Mar 2020
The meaning of Lent - and ten popular things to give up
Coffee
In Depth

The meaning of Lent - and ten popular things to give up

From coffee to complaining, Lent offers a unique opportunity to give up our vices
24 Feb 2020
Pope Francis steps back from allowing married priests
Pope Francis
In Depth

Pope Francis steps back from allowing married priests

Progressives hoped the pontiff would make an exception to the 1,000-year-old tradition in the Amazon region
13 Feb 2020
Archbishop labels Church ‘institutionally racist’
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In Depth

Archbishop labels Church ‘institutionally racist’

Justin Welby says he is “ashamed of our history and our failure”
12 Feb 2020
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