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Photos of the Day: Honoring the Lord Shiva

A Hindu Sadhu (holy man) poses for a photograph during the Maha Shivaratri festival at the Pashupatinath temple in Kathmandu, Nepal on February 27, 2014. Hindus mark the Maha Shivratri festival by offering special prayers and fasting to worship Lord Shiva, the lord of destruction. (Prakash Mathema/AFP/Getty Images)
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In India and Nepal, devoted Hindus dress up in elaborate costumes to celebrate Maha Shivrati or the Great Night of Shiva in reverence of Lord Shiva, lord of destruction.

India's Move on 'Hindus' Shows Disturbing Fear of Free Expression

Image taken from the cover of Wendy Doniger's 'The Hindus: An Alternative History.'
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The recent brouhaha over a book on religion has Vishakha Desai worried that Indian cultural discourse is being "hijacked by narrow-minded interests."

Video: Indonesia's 'Burden' Regarding Islam and Democracy

Indonesia Foreign Minister Dr. Marty Natalegawa (L) and Asia Society Executive Vice President Tom Nagorski at Asia Society New York on September 19, 2013.
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Can Indonesia be seen as a democratic model for other Muslim-majority countries like Egypt and Tunisia?

What Reza Aslan Said About Islamophobes Before His Viral Fox News Interview

Author Reza Aslan offers a witty response to the
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Watch a clip from Aslan's 2010 Asia Society appearance in which he boldly takes on Islamophobes and offers a witty response to the "unprecedented" wave of anti-Muslim prejudice he saw sweeping the U.S. in 2010.

Photo of the Day: Vesak Buddhist Festival in Sri Lanka

A Buddha sits on display during the annual Vesak Buddhist festival, which celebrates the birth, enlightenment, and passing of Buddha in Colombo, Sri Lanka on May 24, 2013. (Lakruwan Wanniarachchi/AFP/Getty Images)
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A Buddha sits on display during the annual Vesak Buddhist festival, which celebrates the birth, enlightenment, and passing of Buddha in Colombo, Sri Lanka on May 24, 2013. (Lakruwan Wanniarachchi/AFP/Getty Images)

Photo of the Day: A Holy Queue in Myanmar

Monks of Kha Khat Wain Kyaung Monastery stand in line in Bago, Myanmar on February 19, 2013. (hans a rosbach/Flickr)
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Monks of Kha Khat Wain Kyaung Monastery stand in line in Bago, Myanmar on February 19, 2013. (hans a rosbach/Flickr)

Photos: Lahore Christians Put Local Spin on Holiday Rituals

An elderly woman singing along with a Christmas carol at Dhala United Methodist Church, Lahore, Pakistan in December 2011. (Nushmia Khan)
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Pakistani-American multimedia journalist Nushmia Khan gets poignant images of a sometimes embattled religious minority.

Book Excerpt: 'The World of Persian Literary Humanism' by Hamid Dabashi

L: The World of Persian Literary Humanism' by Hamid Dabashi (Harvard University Press, 2012). R: The author (Golbarg Bashi).
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What does it mean to be human? Columbia University scholar Hamid Dabashi explores this age-old question through the creative subversions of Persian literary tradition.

Photo of the Day: A Pious Portrait in India

An old
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An old "sadhu" or monk poses for a photo in Varanasi, India on July 8, 2012. (bestarms/Flickr)

Pakistan FM Khar 'Embarrassed' By Riots, But Calls for Understanding

Pakistan Foreign Minister Hina Rabbani Khar responds to a question at Asia Society in New York on Thursday, September 27, 2012. (Bill Swersey/Asia Society)
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"We do not condone violence," Foreign Minister Hina Rabbani Khar said Thursday at Asia Society in New York. "That is not what Islam teaches us."