Since 9/11, outreach to Muslim communities around the world has been a U.S. diplomatic priority. Perhaps nowhere else is that more in display than in France, where Ambassador Charles Rivkin has made visiting the largely minority suburbs a major focus of his public diplomacy.
In a bid to construct a hotel and church for a Christian priest, archaeologists in Israel may have made a major discovery. As they dug, they came across the remains of a synagogue, one thousands of years old with potential implications for Judaism and Christianity.
As we ring in 2013, it's worth taking a moment to look back on 2012. These stories were the most popular on PRI.org this year — and they run the gamut. From animals to weird science, the PRI.org audience proved, again, they you all go for variety.
France has the largest Jewish population in Western Europe. It also has the largest Muslim population. Those two mix to form a volatile population that's seen deadly violence and a growing level of anti-Semitism.
Russian fourth graders will learn about one of six religions under a new program implemented in that country this school year. Under the new program, lobbied for by the Russian Orthodox Church, parents can choose from six religion or belief systems to learn about.
Many Japanese women look forward to having a Western-style, Christian wedding ceremony -- because they like the pageantry of it all. But as they become more popular, there aren't enough caucasian ministers, deemed essential to the true "white wedding," to conduct them all.
Egyptians over the weekend cast ballots in a two-part referendum on its proposed new constitution. But protests, meanwhile continue, with protesters for and against the constitution taking to the street. It's gotten to the point where business officials say its cutting into their profits.
Alcohol is forbidden for practicing Muslims. But like all prohibitions, for some they prove too tempting. But because of the prohibition, often alcoholics in the Muslim community aren't able to get the treatment they need. Fortunately, that's starting to change.
In Europe and the United States, Muslims, including a group called Muslims for Progressive Values, are pushing for making mosques more inclusive -- to serve all people. Some say this could be the beginning of a reformation of Islam.
Behzat C is one of the most popular shows on Turkish TV, with the public at least. Among government censors, however, it's a popular target. It's not your typical Turkish TV show.