At least one young man from Minnesota has died fighting with ISIS militants in Syria. But who would expect a shy, 19-year-old woman with no job and no passport to attempt the journey there? But that's exactly what happened to one Minneapolis family.
Mosques have huge variations in their designs and decorations. But when it comes to designing new mosques in the US, one architect wants to focus on sustainability instead of ornate designs and big chandeliers.
China says it's trying to modernize Xinjiang, the region in far western China that's home to the Muslim Uighur minority. It also claims Uighurs may be training with ISIS militants in the Middle East, but locals say its all part of a fear campaign to stamp out their culture and religion.
The idea of a caliphate has a powerful history for Muslims, who enjoyed their greatest political and military successes under ancient caliphs. But Muslims are divided over whether the caliphate proclaimed by ISIS militants is worthy of that proud mantle.
Uighur Muslims in the city of Karamay are banned from wearing headscarves, having beards or other religiously linked items while using public transportation for the duration of a local sports competition. But the ban may become permanent and stoke tensions between Uighurs and the Chinese government.
Ramadan is finally over, and for many Muslims that means big feasts with family and friends. For Baghdad's drinkers, it also means goodbye to the black market for booze and hello again to their local liquor stores
Twenty percent of Israeli citizens are Arab. And recently, Muslim towns like Jisr az-Zarqa, on the Israeli coast, have been holding Ramadan tours to bring in income, show Islamic traditions and build bridges between Jews and Muslims. But this year, the conflict in Gaza has intervened.
Since the Islamic Revolution in 1979, Iranian women have been forbidden from attending public sporting events. Foreign women are allowed to support their teams in public. So recently some Iranian women snuck into a stadium wearing jerseys showing support for Brazil's volleyball team.
Even in relatively tolerant Indonesia, it's difficult to practice Islam if you're transgender. But an Islamic school is giving transgender women a place to pray — and gain acceptance from Indonesian society.
Pakistan is seen as a hot spot for extreme Islamic beliefs. But most Pakistanis follow a gentler, more tolerant form of Islam, based on Sufi mysticism and folklore. The BBC's Barbara Plett reports from Lahore.
Cyrus Farivar reports that many observers say Iran's internal politics played a role in the release of Iranian-American journalist Roxana Saberi, who was accused by Iran of espionage. Saberi spoke to reporters today in Tehran.
Some say the militant group Hezbollah has a good chance of winning a majority in Lebanon's legislative elections next month. The World's Aaron Schachter reports on what the reaction in the US and Europe might be to a Hezbollah-dominated government.
More than one-and-a-half million Pakistanis are said to have fled the Swat Valley. Many are living in camps. Anchor Marco Werman gets an update on security and humanitarian conditions in Pakistan's remote regions from the BBC's Haroon Rashid.
Pakistani films used to provide an escape of sorts for those trying to forget about the troubles of the day. But now Pakistan's home grown cinema is struggling to survive. The World's Laura Lynch reports from Lahore.