Eating Like a Pilgrim on El Camino de Santiago

Along the nearly 900-kilometer trail through Spain, I crossed nine wine regions that all have their own food specialties. It’s hard—and stupid—to resist.
Anna Gyulai Gaál

How Muslim pilgrimages could diversify Saudi's economy

Saudi Arabia is weaning its economy off oil dependency, and religious pilgrimages are a big part of the plan.
Milena Mikael-Debass
Quick Hits

Quick Hit: Iranians Protest Following Hajj Stampede

Tehran has criticized Saudi Arabia for its mismanagement of the tragedy, the worst during the pilgrimage in 25 years.
middle east

Iran Slams Saudi 'Incompetence' After Death of More Than 700 Pilgrims

Safety during hajj is politically sensitive for the Saudi Arabia's ruling Al Saud dynasty, since the ruling family presents itself internationally as the guardian of orthodox Islam.
Reuters and VICE News
middle east

More Than 700 Pilgrims Crushed to Death in Mecca

The crush, in which at least 450 others were injured, took place on Street 204 of the camp city at Mina, a few miles east of Mecca, where pilgrims stay for several days during the climax of the haj.
Reuters and VICE News

Photos of Greek Christians Crawling to Pray on the Island of Tinos

Every August, pilgrims literally crawl to a holy icon of Virgin Mary that is believed to have healing powers.
Michael Pappas, Words: Melpomeni Maragkidou

Meet the Gay Muslim Filmmaker Who Secretly Filmed His Pilgrimage to Mecca

Indian-born filmmaker and LGBT activist Parvez Sharma's new documentary A Sinner in Mecca is a rare glimpse at a gay man's journey to Saudi Arabia.
Rachel Segal Hamilton
Popping the Marks

Killing the Ones You Love for the Love of God

Like Abraham, my father believed he was ordered by God to put a knife to his son’s throat.
Michael Muhammad Knight