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A woman named Samira kisses Diaa Hadid’s cheek after sharing her prayer mat with Hadid, in Mecca, in Saudi Arabia. Photograph: Diaa Hadid/New York Times)

Diaa Hadid, a correspondent in the Jerusalem bureau of the New York Times, completed her first pilgrimage to Mecca this week. She chronicles the expe(...)

Pilgrims circle the Kaaba, Islam’s holiest shrine, at the Grand Mosque in Saudi Arabia’s holy city of Mecca. Photograph: Getty Images

The war of words between regional religious and political rivals Iran and Saudi Arabia has heated up as more than two million Muslims assembled in the(...)

A person holds a picture of the priest Jacques Hamel outside Rouen’s cathedral during the funeral of the priest who was killed in a church in Saint-Etienne-du-Rouvray on July 26th. Photograph: Joel Saget/AFP/Getty

I am so angry about events of the past few weeks. On the one hand Europe – particularly France – is seeing only now, for the first time at close quart(...)

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