"You can’t say that religious opinions made over 1, 000 years ago are valid for all times," says Gamal al-Banna, a reformist Muslim cleric in Egypt. "We must have a revolution in the understanding of Islam, a revolution almost like Martin Luther’s."
"He deserves to pray. He has a right to faith, too," says Safiyyah Muhammad of her autistic son, Sufyaan. Their mosque in Irvington, New Jersey and other houses of worship are working to accept and include people with disabilities and special needs.
On May 21, 2009 the Moroccan American Cultural Center and the American Jewish Committee sponsored an interfaith panel discussion in New York City on "Women’s Spiritual Voices: Crossing Continents, Finding Common Ground." Panelists explored the roles of women religious leaders in Islam, Judaism, and Christianity.
Rami Elhanan and Mazen Faraj are members of the Parents Circle-Families Forum, a grassroots group that unites bereaved Israelis and Palestinians who have lost immediate family members to the Middle East conflict. Together they promote a message of dialogue, reconciliation, and peace.
Watch Shohreh Aghdashloo, Cyrus Nowrasteh, and Steve McEveety talk about their new film, "The Stoning of Soraya M."
Geneive Abdo, Iran analyst at the Century Foundation, says the mass demonstrations challenging Iran's Supreme Leader, Ayatollah Ali Khameni, are unprecedented. "It's believed that he more or less authorized the rigging of this election," says Abdo.
Geneive Abdo, Iran analyst at the Century Foundation, talks about the religious dimensions of Iran's political crisis and the challenges it poses for the Islamic Republic’s cleric-run establishment.
Tufts University international relations professor Vali Nasr and veteran Middle East correspondent Kate Seelye, now a vice president at the Middle East Institute in Washington, discuss President Obama's speech to the world's Muslims.
Read comments and analysis by religious leaders, scholars, and others on President Barack Obama's speech to the Muslim world.
One thing Rep. David Price (D-NC) expects to hear in Obama's June 4 address is "a sense of humility that also has a religious undertone, that we recognize that we're fallible and that national causes are not to be identified in any unequivocal way with God's will."