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June 13, 2016

From Vietnam to South Korea: Muhammad Ali and Conscientious Objectors Today

By Ashfaq Khalfan
As the world mourns Muhammad Ali, South Korea continues to imprison hundreds of conscientious objectors.

May 17, 2016

Religion in U.S. Foreign Policy: Implications for Asia

By Mercy A. Kuo
Insights from Robert W. Hefner
April 06, 2016

Banding for Blasphemy: Mumtaz Qadri and Pakistan's Barelvis

By Farhat Haq
The Barelvis are generally seen as moderate Muslims, but Mumtaz Qadri's execution might change that.

March 29, 2016

The Quran, As Seen by the Muslims

By Akhilesh Pillalamarri
Discovering how most Muslims see their holy book means treading between the two extremes of radical Islam and liberal Western scholarship.

January 08, 2016

How South Asia Will Save Global Islam

By Akhilesh Pillalamarri
The South Asian traditions of Islam offer a compelling alternative to the religion's practice in the Middle East.

August 14, 2015

The Oracles of Malabar

By Sugato Mukherjee
Theyyam is a vibrant folk religion from Kerala, India.
July 01, 2015

'Not Indian Enough': Bobby Jindal, Heritage, and Politics

By Akhilesh Pillalamarri
U.S. politicians Bobby Jindal and Nikki Haley offer two different models for immigrant assimilation.

May 09, 2015

Tajikistan Considers Ban on Arabic Names

By Catherine Putz
Things could get awkward with a president whose name is derived from that of the fourth caliph, Imam Ali.

May 01, 2015

India's Growing Muslim Population: A Political Challenge?

By Jack Detsch
India’s Muslim community will become the world’s biggest by midcentury, according to a new study.

April 30, 2015

Reductio Ad Hitlerum: Who Does the Swastika Belong To?

By Akhilesh Pillalamarri
George Washington University is showing us why the West needs to come to terms with the eastern origins of the Swastika.

April 18, 2015

Exploring the Indus Valley's Secrets

By Akhilesh Pillalamarri
The oldest archaeologically attested civilization in South Asia continues to charm the world.
April 17, 2015

Tajikistan: No Hajj, No Hijab, and Shave Your Beard

By Catherine Putz
In a Muslim-majority country, state control of religious expression tightens.

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