Islam

Mansur al-Hallaj hanged and stoned.

How to Make a Martyr

When a death becomes larger than life, memory hangs in the balance.

Benedict XVI visits a mosque.

Let’s Pretend

A clash of civilizations, or a failure of the imagination?

"I found no Sufis, just confusion."

Searching for Sufis

When you look for mystics in a war-torn land, you might find them hiding right in front of you.

Would a children's book be a better response?

A Whole Lot of Stupid

And other factors involved in the transformation of cartoons into riots.

"In Islam, it is not the content of an image that is blasphemous, but the very act of depiction."

The Right to Blaspheme

“God is not mocked,” and other proposed editorial guidelines.

A mosque in Lahore.

The Moderate

A tale of Westernization, lubricated by beer.

Sudanese street scene

Drinking in Tongues

In Sudan, a wayward youth faces the wrath of Mom, Dad, and Allah.

"War birds of the Irish, come to remind us they are hungry for eyes."

A Mantra for the Mujahedeen

How do you pray for an enemy?

Ali in the Ring

Muhammad Speaks

Cassius Clay vs. Osama bin Laden: A fight for the American idea of Islam.

from the new book, The Orientalist Poster, by Abderrahman Slaoui

Advertising Allah

God is my cruise director. Orientalist travel posters sell art deco Islam to the Western world.

Some taller than the Statue of Liberty, stone Buddhas have stood watch over the Bamiyan Valley for over 1500 years.

Taliban Kills Buddha

Islam takes on Buddhism in Afghanistan. A nervous art world attempts to referee. Buddha laughs.