| Oct 8, 2013
| 2:00 PM
RAMALLAH, West Bank – The Palestinian Authority, which is based in the West Bank, and its archrival Hamas, which rules the Gaza Strip, are at loggerheads over who is to go on the annual pilgrimage to Mecca this year.
The Palestinian Authority's...
| Oct 15, 2013
| 2:09 AM
KABUL, Afghanistan -- A bomb placed in a mosque detonated during morning prayers Tuesday, killing the governor of eastern Logar province, Afghan officials said.
No one immediately claimed responsibility for the assassination of the governor, Arsallah...
| Oct 15, 2013
| 11:37 AM
The Islamic world's annual pilgrimage to Mecca came to an orderly and peaceful conclusion Tuesday, with less than half as many Muslims taking part in the hajj this year due to fears that a Middle East-based respiratory illness could spread among the...
| Oct 15, 2013
| 1:49 PM
A quirky habit of German insomniacs and "chill-out" music fans has come to world attention thanks to the U.S. government shutdown.
"Space Night," a nearly 20-year-old late-night broadcast by Bavarian Television, provides a music-sharing platform against...
| Oct 16, 2013
| 10:39 AM
MEXICO CITY -- Ouch.
That is how chagrined Mexicans were reacting Wednesday to the latest twist in their sometimes-beloved (but not so much lately) national soccer team’s torturous efforts to reach the World Cup.
First, the humiliation.
| Jul 19, 2013
| 11:25 AM
I confess that, directed by your letters, I do not write enough about Islam or Muslim spiritual life. To help to correct my lacuna, I've decided not to let the holy Muslim month of Ramadan pass this year without sending along to all of you...
| Jul 31, 2011
A Quiet Revolution
The Veil's Resurgence From the Middle East to America
Yale University Press: 352 pp., $30
When I was 13, one of my classmates came to school one morning wearing a beige head scarf. This was in the 1980s, in Morocco....
| Aug 30, 2011
| 3:44 PM
Muslims in Harford County celebrated the end of the holy month of Ramadan with a prayer ceremony Tuesday morning at the Bel Air Reckord Armory.
As more than a billion Muslims worldwide celebrated completion of the month of Ramadan, Harford's Muslims...
| Nov 5, 2011
| 9:07 PM
One of my happiest and most vivid childhood memories was waking up, in the heart of Cairo, to the loud recitation of "takbeerat," or chants, coming from every direction twice a year.
I can relive it all in an instant when I close my eyes.
| Nov 7, 2011
| 3:47 PM
Hundreds of local Muslims gathered to pray and feast Sunday as part of the religious holiday “Eid Al-Adha” at the Maple Park Community Center.
Muslims around the world celebrate the day that marks the end of many a pilgrimage, or “Hajj,...
| Oct 29, 2012
| 3:26 PM
One of Islam's five pillars is Hajj, the pilgrimage to Mecca.
We also call it boot camp.
Islam's boot camp, which happened this week, is so challenging and rigorous that it would scare the toughest fitness instructor out there.
Yet an estimated 2...