Tattoos, faith and caste in India | The Wider Image

January 12, 2016
Mahettar Ram Tandon, 76, a follower of Ramnami Samaj, who has tattooed the name of the Hindu god Ram on his full body, poses for a picture inside his house in the village of Jamgahan, in the eastern state of Chhattisgarh, India, November 17, 2015. "It was my new birth the day I started having the tattoos," Tandon said. "The old me had died." "The young generation just don't feel good about having tattoos on their whole body," he added. "That doesn't mean they don't follow the faith." REUTERS/Adnan Abidi  PICTURE 9 OF 31 - SEARCH "RAMNAMI" FOR ALL IMAGES TPX IMAGES OF THE DAY      - RTX2205I

(Mahettar Ram Tandon, 76, poses  in the village of Jamgahan, in the eastern state of Chhattisgarh, India, November 17, 2015. REUTERS/Adnan Abidi)

Living in the city of the dead | The Wider Image

January 5, 2016


cairocem1In a sprawling Cairo neighbourhood known as the City of the Dead, life and death are side by side. Amid a housing crisis in Egypt, and with the population of the capital estimated at 20 million, thousands of people count themselves lucky to call Cairo Necropolis home.

Limits on foreign pilgrims on Haj contribute to drop in Saudi mobile subscriptions

January 27, 2014

(A Muslim pilgrim prays as another takes a photo with his mobile phone at the Grand Mosque during Tawaf al-Wadaa (Farewell Tawaf) on the last day of the annual haj pilgrimage in the holy city of Mecca October 29, 2012. REUTERS/Amr Abdallah Dalsh)

Western debt crisis spurs growth of Islamic finance

November 30, 2011

(Barwa Bank's at Al-Rayyan branch in Doha November 29, 2011. REUTERS/Fadi Al-Assaad

Most U.S. Protestant pastors doubt Beck, Obama are Christians-poll

December 7, 2010

What do conservative TV and radio personality Glenn Beck and U.S. President Barack Obama have in common? Most U.S. Protestant pastors doubt their Christian credentials.

Most U.S. Protestant pastors see Islam as dangerous – survey

December 15, 2009

American Muslims at the Atlanta Masjid of al-Islam mosque, 9 Feb 2007/Tami Chappell

from Left field:

Woods takes first step on road to redemption

December 12, 2009

Slug is GOLF-CHAMPIONS/By Kevin Fylan and Tom Pilcher

Tiger Woods's decision to take an indefinite break from golf will be a real worry for a sport that has relied on the drawing power of the world's best player for so long but it might prove to be a necessary first step on the player's own road to redemption.

Texas Southern Baptists see conversion opportunities among Muslims

August 27, 2009

The latest issue of Southern Baptist Texan to arrive in my mailbox has a front page story which caught my eye about a new evangelism drive aimed at the state’s Muslim population. You can see their on-line report here.

Southern Baptists (and Republicans): old, white and in decline?

June 25, 2009

The evangelical Protestant revival has been one of the most dynamic religious and social movements in the United States in the last three decades. According to the Pew Forum on Religion & Public Life, one in four U.S. adults now count themselves as followers of this faith tradition.

What Darwin and evangelicals had in common: hatred of slavery

June 17, 2009

Back in January we reported on a new book which argued that a hatred of slavery did much to form Charles Darwin’s views on natural selection as he sought to prove that blacks and whites had a common ancestor and were not separate species or products of “separate creations” as many of the 19th century defenders of white supremacy maintained.