Pew Research Center study shows government restrictions on religion rose in 2016, with Muslims the most common target

The Pew Research Center’s ninth annual study of global restrictions on religion, which analyses the extent to which governments and societies around the world impinge on religious beliefs and practices, has revealed that restrictions on religion around the world continued to climb in 2016, with Muslims the most common target.

2,000 women and children held in Syrian detention camps for links to ISIS represent another challenge for European governments

More than 2,000 foreign women and children are being held in detention camps in Syria after moving with their husbands to join ISIS. After their husbands are captured or killed, many of their families also find themselves captured and stuck in limbo as their home countries ignore pleas to repatriate them.

Muslim federations stand with French Council of the Muslim Faith to launch new finance association

The French government has announced several initiatives that are in their early stages regarding the regulation of Islam in France. In May, Ahmet Ogras, the president of the French Council of the Muslim Faith (CFCM), the institution responsible for representing the religion to the public...

Interreligious bike ride in Berlin sends signal of Jewish-Muslim unity but is overshadowed by...

On June 24, 50 bicycle tandems, composed of Jews and Muslims, made their way from Berlin’s central Holocaust memorial, located next to the Brandenburg Gate, to Bebelplatz – a square in front of Humboldt...

Blaming the Turk: World Cup elimination lays bare Germany’s fragilities and racisms

Germany’s early exit from the football World Cup was met with considerable surprise in the sports world. Having been expected to progress far in the tournament, the defending champions were knocked out already at...

French government freezes Hani Ramadan’s assets; he responds

The French government has frozen the assets of Swiss imam Hani Ramadan as part of the fight against the financing of terrorism. His assets have been frozen for six months, according to the decree published...

Criticism over France’s revised asylum-immigration law

On June 26, the French Senate adopted the asylum-immigration bill following the Law Commission's recommendations, which had called for a toughened bill on several points. It had proposed "a more coherent, firmer, and more...

Erdoğan’s electoral victory aggravates tensions and recriminations in Germany

The Turkish presidential and parliamentary elections have, on balance, handed President Erdoğan the victory he had hoped for – a victory that had looked in jeopardy in the run-up to election day. Most importantly,...

Dutch parliament votes in favour of ‘burqa ban’

After more than a decade of pushing for a ban on face-covering clothing, far-right Dutch politician Geert Wilders has finally succeeded in making this ban reality. Officially, the ban is directed at more general...

Turks in France divided over Erdogan reelection

President Emmanuel Macron has congratulated Recep Tayyip Erdoğan after his presidential election win on Sunday, Macron's office said on Tuesday. "The French president has congratulated Recep Tayyip Erdoğan and wished the Turkish people success...

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