Fact Tank Aug. 20, 2014

Who are the Iraqi Kurds?

While the Kurds are a crucial part of Iraq’s political makeup, they are an ethnic group, not a distinct religious sect within Islam.

Global Jul. 30, 2014

Turks Divided on Erdogan and the Country’s Direction

Turks are almost evenly split between those who are happy with Prime Minister Erdogan’s leadership and the state of the nation, and those who believe his government is leading the country down the wrong path.

U.S. Politics Jul. 18, 2014

Most Think the U.S. Has No Responsibility To Act in Iraq

As violence and chaos spreads in Iraq, the public is wary of U.S. involvement in the country.

Fact Tank Jun. 27, 2014

Ramadan a dilemma for some World Cup players

Muslims comprise 11% of the collective population of the 16 countries that advanced out of the tournament’s group stage.

Fact Tank Jun. 18, 2014

The Sunni-Shia divide: Where they live, what they believe and how they view each other

Iraq and Iran are two of only a handful of countries that have more Shias than Sunnis.

Fact Tank Feb. 7, 2014

Sochi Olympics shine spotlight on Russia’s Muslim population

Security has been among the main storylines leading up to the Winter Olympics, set to begin in Sochi, Russia. Sochi is not far from the city of Volgograd, the target of several recent suicide bombings, and according to The Associated Press, up to 100,000 security personnel have been deployed to guard against potential terrorist acts. […]

Fact Tank Jan. 14, 2014

Q&A with author of U. Mich. study on preferred dress for women in Muslim countries

University of Michigan researcher Mansoor Moaddel explains the methods behind the survey and how the findings differ (or don’t) by gender, religion, age and education.

Fact Tank Nov. 14, 2013

Muslim holiday of Ashura brings into focus Shia-Sunni differences

Each year, millions of Shia pilgrims visit the shrine of one of their most revered figures – Hussein, the Prophet Muhammad’s grandson. While Ashura is sacred for all Muslims, it is especially important to Shias, illustrating some of the differences between Shia and Sunni Muslims.

Religion Nov. 7, 2013

Many Sunnis and Shias Worry About Religious Conflict

There are high levels of concern about sectarian tensions in several countries where Sunnis and Shias live side by side. These concerns are particularly pronounced in Lebanon, where two-thirds of all Muslims say sectarian tensions are a big problem.

Fact Tank Oct. 11, 2013

5 facts about the hajj

The annual Muslim hajj (pilgrimage) to Mecca is underway, and more than a million pilgrims already have entered Saudi Arabia from abroad. These are five important facts about the hajj.