In Turkey, Kurdish culture is having something of a Renaissance. Public expressions of Kurdish culture are now legal. Now a new cultural center has opened for traditional Kurdish story-tellers to practice their ancient art.
The Turkish government is loosening restrictions on teaching Kurdish in public schools. The question is whether it’s a political ploy, or a real attempt at making peace with Turkey’s Kurds.
Vultures are associated with death but they’re a welcome presence in the Madzharovo region of Bulgaria. The big birds eat carcasses that spread disease, and they bring in tourist dollars as well.
With a booming economy and cosmopolitan energy, Istanbul, Turkey is becoming an increasingly attractive location for young, educated Greeks.
Bulgarian Church officials picked a new leader over the weekend. It should have been a solemn occasion. But the church is embroiled in scandal, even as the government is on the verge of collapse.
This year Russia required fourth graders across the country to take a religion class. There are six choices: Orthodox Christianity, Islam, Judaism, Buddhism, secular ethics or world religions.
The first Russian-language Islamic channel seeks to foster dialogue among Russia’s many Islamic ethnic groups and encourage “moderate” Islam.
Russia’s Center for Combating Extremism has come under criticism for focusing mainly on political opponents of the Kremlin.
Baked at the height of international euphoria about the Obama presidency, the “Baracklava” spends more time on its shelf at the back of the shop these days. It usually only comes out for American tourists.
Church officials says the growth of piety is natural following the collapse of Communism 20 years ago, but Russians, clergy and people alike, are still figuring out what role the church should play.
The performance, and subsequent jail sentence, of the feminist art collective members has opened a deep and divisive debate on relations between church and state in Russia.
President Obama’s “reset” policy with Russia took a blow this week as the USAID was told to pack its bags and leave the country by October 1, 2012.
Chinese government seeks to soothe Turks’ concerns about the ill treatment of China’s 23 million Muslims, including Turkic Uygurs.
Pressure is growing on Greeks to tighten their belts with calls for the church to pay more.
Greeks are fond of reminding visitors that their country is the birthplace of democracy, but some of its religious minorities say that the country is not very friendly or tolerant.