Religion

Dispatch

Questioning the Faith in the Cradle of Islam

In Saudi Arabia, a new generation is pushing back against the government’s embrace of fundamentalism. But is the kingdom ready for nonbelievers?

Caryle Murphy |

Review

K Is for Kim Jong Un

Suki Kim's memoir about teaching in an elite North Korean school run by evangelical missionaries highlights the dangers and absurdities of life in a closed society.

Isaac Stone Fish |

Slide Show

The World This Week in Photos

Protests in St. Louis; a pilgrimage in Peru; and the funeral of a Kurdish fighter.

FP Staff |

Argument

Don't Give the Pope the Peace Prize

Francis may be a transformational leader, but so was Obama in 2009.

Elias Groll |

Dispatch

Country of God

In long-Catholic Brazil, the burgeoning evangelical population has become a dynamic political force -- and could even choose the country’s next president.

Adriana Carranca |

Slide Show

The World This Week in Photos

Kurdish refugees cross into Turkey; global marches on climate change; and celebrating Munich's Oktoberfest.

FP Staff |

Dispatch

Germany's Jewish Problem

Anti-Semitism is on the rise in Germany. But is Angela Merkel doing anything about it?

Benjamin Weinthal |

Argument

Bridging the Two Tunisias

So far Tunisia's revolution has managed to bridge the gap between secularists and Islamists. But can that precarious accord make it through election season?

Brian Klaas |

Putinology

The Ghosts of Beslan

Why the memory of a mass hostage-taking -- and the botched rescue attempt that followed -- continues to haunt Russia.

Anna Nemtsova |

Tea Leaf Nation

Mahmud -- Not Just Another Mainland Tourist in Hong Kong

A Uighur jade trader gets a rare chance to visit Hong Kong and has a taste of the freedom he does not enjoy back home.

Jun Mai |

COLUMN

What If the United States Had a Middle East Strategy?

Washington's lack of a plan to confront the spread of radical Islam  looms as an epoch-defining failure.

David J. Rothkopf |

Argument

The Peacock Angel and the Pythagorean Theorem

A thousand years ago, Yazidis and tiny pagan sects flourished under the caliphate. But the days of the tolerant Islamic state are over.

Gerard Russell |

Slide Show

Stranded on Mount Sinjar

The Yazidis, a small Iraqi religious minority, are marooned and starving on a mountain in Kurdistan. Now, the United States is trying to save them from the murderous hands of the Islamic State.

FP Staff |

Dispatch

The End of Days for Iraq's Christians

In the lands of the Old Testament, an endangered religious minority is being wiped out by the brutal Islamic State.

Sophie Cousins |

Christian Caryl

9 Things to Avoid When Creating Your Own Caliphate

If you want to rule for 1,000 years, don't touch my daughters or my cigarettes.

Christian Caryl |

Christian Caryl

The Woman Who Came Back from Hell

How Rwanda's Pentecostals are keeping the demons of the past at bay.

Christian Caryl |

Slide Show

The World in Photos This Week

MH17 shot down in Ukraine; Israel launches a ground invasion of Gaza; and the island of Tenerife, Spain celebrates the patron saint of fishermen.

FP Staff |

COLUMN

@ISIS Is #Winning

Why is a barbaric medieval caliphate so much better at social media than Washington?

Kori Schake |

Argument

Still in the Closet

Life isn't easy for Malaysian gays. And it may actually be getting worse.

Lim Li Min |

Argument

The Scandal of Ambassador Zeid

Why the new United Nations human rights advocate is the wrong man for the job.

Jacob Mchangama |

Christian Caryl

Mosul's Christians Say Goodbye

The jihadist takeover of northern Iraq is a disaster for Iraqis. But the destruction of an ancient Christian culture is a disaster for the world.

Christian Caryl |

COLUMN

The Ghosts of Religious Wars Past Are Rattling in Iraq

How the lessons of the European wars of the Reformation -- hundreds of years old -- can help stave off the lethal mix of religious radicalization and politics.

James Stavridis |

Christian Caryl

False Positive

Why Hillary Clinton's greatest foreign policy "success" isn't the win her new book claims.

Christian Caryl |

Slide Show

The World in Photos This Week

History enthusiasts commemorate the Great War; Thai anti-coup protesters adopt a familiar hand signal; and Hong Kong remembers the Tiananmen crackdown.

FP Staff |

Tea Leaf Nation

Chinese State Media Warns Against 14 'Evil Cults'

China's state security apparatus may have set its sights on a new target -- fringe religious groups.

Bethany Allen-Ebrahimian |

Christian Caryl

Is the Vatican Guilty of Torture?

History has shown that the Catholic Church can be a great force for good. But it can only live up to that promise by properly addressing the clerical sex abuse scandal.

Christian Caryl |

Interview

'A' Jewish State vs. 'The' Jewish State

A conversation with FP's David Rothkopf and former Israeli Ambassador to the U.S. Michael Oren -- on Zionism, the loyalty of American Jews, and the promise of the Promised Land.

Michael Oren |