The tobacco industry tried to undermine smoking bans in many Muslim countries, attempting to recruit Islamic scholars and reinterpret religious teachings, according to an investigation by Mark Petticrew from the London School of Hygiene and Tropical Medicine demonstrated.

Pakistan’s Ulema Mashaikh Council, a leading religious organization, issued a fatwa last week to endorse immunization drives—especially for polio—in the country. After polio immunization workers have been targeted and killed in Pakistan recently, the fatwa encouraged…

There is an elephant in the room. He has been stomping around the world for years, spraying graffiti on mosques, igniting fights and fires. His memory is exceptional, but selective, holding fast to images of war and terrorist attacks.  He even takes lives point blank.

When I read about the Urban Death Project in yesterday’s GHN issue, I thought, this sounds familiar. Islam’s burial traditions have underscored natural decomposition for centuries.   Religious practice calls for a thorough wash of the body, or “ghusl,” at least 3…