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IRAQ-RELIGION/HAWZA
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12 Oct. 2017
For more than 1,000 years, the al-Hawza al-Ilmiyya... more
IRAQ-RELIGION/HAWZA
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12 Oct. 2017
Najaf, Iraq
For more than 1,000 years, the al-Hawza al-Ilmiyya south of Baghdad has been one of the hearts of Shi'ite Islamic scholarship, training the clerics who lead Shi'ite communities across the Muslim world. Thousands of students, from teenage boys to university graduates, study Islam at its schools in the holy cities of Najaf and Kerbala. Shi'ites, who are the majority in Iraq, were repressed under dictator Saddam Hussein, a Sunni Muslim, but now lead the Iraqi government since Saddam was overthrown in 2003. Clerics trained at the Hawza have wide social and political influence, both inside Iraq and abroad. This year, around 200 fully fledged clerics will graduate, completing a process that requires at least ten years of study. In the Najaf school, a typical day will see clerics in flowing black robes and white turbans giving lectures to groups of students sitting on the floor of a great hall, lined with pointed arches and elaborate mosaics. Students are given instruction in subjects including Islamic jurisprudence, philosophy, theology, logic and interpreting Islam's holy book, the Koran. REUTERS/Abdullah Dhiaa Al-deen SEARCH "HAWZA" FOR THIS STORY. SEARCH "WIDER IMAGE" FOR ALL STORIES. TPX IMAGES OF THE DAY. Matching text: IRAQ-RELIGION/HAWZA
GERMANY-PROTESTANTS/
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24 May. 2017
Workers transport figures showing German professor... more
SENEGAL-SAUDI/IRAN
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12 May. 2017
An exterior view of a branch of Iran's Al-Mustafa University... more
SENEGAL-SAUDI/IRAN
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12 May. 2017
An exterior view of a branch of Iran's Al-Mustafa University... more
AFGHANISTAN-DAILYLIFE/
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15 Mar. 2016
Afghan children hold the holy Koran as they go to a... more
PAKISTAN-BOXING/
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29 Feb. 2016
Students of a madrasa (religious school) gather to... more
NIGERIA-MUSLIMS/
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11 Feb. 2016
A Shi'ite woman is seen going into a classroom at a... more
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11 Feb. 2016
A boy looks through a broken window at a local Islamic... more
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11 Feb. 2016
A partly demolished Islamic school block is seen in... more
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11 Feb. 2016
A girl peers out of a doorway at a local Islamic school... more
PAKISTAN-DAILYLIFE/
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6 Oct. 2015
Students of a madressa (religious school) take turns... more
EDUCATION-GLOBAL/
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30 Sep. 2015
Tahfiz or Koranic students pose for a photograph in... more
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30 Sep. 2015
Tahfiz or Koranic students recite the Koran in Madrasah... more
POPE-USA/
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17 Sep. 2015
A seminary student passes huge water containers as... more
RELIGION-RAMADAN/
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5 Jul. 2015
Girls read the Koran at a Koranic school during the... more
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5 Jul. 2015
A girl reads the Koran at a Koranic school during the... more
USA-KOREAN/REUNIONS
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26 Mar. 2015
Kim Sung-shil, an elderly Korean-American, speaks during... more
USA-KOREAN/REUNIONS
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26 Mar. 2015
Kim Sung-shil, an elderly Korean-American, speaks during... more
USA-KOREAN/REUNIONS
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26 Mar. 2015
Kim Sung-shil, an elderly Korean-American, speaks during... more
PAKISTAN-DAILYLIFE/
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28 Jan. 2015
Madrasa (religious school) students play in a soccer... more
VATICAN-RELIGION/
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7 Jan. 2015
Pope Francis greets Director of the theology institute... more
VATICAN-RELIGION/
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7 Jan. 2015
Pope Francis greets Director of the theology institute... more
KENYA-RELIGION/
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29 Oct. 2014
A refugee pupil recites the Koran at a makeshift madrasa,... more
Society
Society
A Seminary Behind Bars - 19 Aug 2014
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NIGERIA-EMIR/
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15 Aug. 2014
Women attend an Islamic school in Kaduna, Nigeria,... more
NIGERIA-BOKO HARAM/
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30 Jul. 2014
Women study Hadith excerpts at Maska Road Islamic School... more
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30 Jul. 2014
A teacher at Maska Road Islamic School teaches Hadith... more
NIGERIA-BOKO HARAM/
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30 Jul. 2014
Sulaiman Sarki, headmaster of Maska Road Islamic School,... more
ALGERIA/
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8 Jul. 2014
Pupils read and learn the Koran during the holy fasting... more
ALGERIA/
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8 Jul. 2014
Pupils read and learn the Koran during the holy fasting... more
AFGHANISTAN/
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30 Jun. 2014
Afghan girls read the Koran in a madrasa, or religious... more
AFGHANISTAN/
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30 Jun. 2014
An Afghan boy reads the Koran in a madrasa, or religious... more
PALESTINIANS-ISRAEL/
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15 Jun. 2014
An Israeli seminary student reacts during a special... more
IRAQ-SHI'ITE/
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29 May. 2014
Iraqi Shi'ite students attend classes at an Islamic... more
NIGERIA/
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24 May. 2014
Boys recite verses from the Koran at an Almajiri Islamic... more
NIGERIA-GIRLS/
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24 May. 2014
A teacher watches as students recite Quranic verses... more
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24 May. 2014
Girls recite Quranic verses at an Islamic school in... more
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24 May. 2014
Young women pray at an Islamic school in Maiduguri,... more
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24 May. 2014
A boy holds a slate of wood with Quranic verses written... more
INDIA-MUSLIMS/
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14 May. 2014
A Muslim girl studies at a Madrassa, or religious school,... more
RELIGION-PRIZE/HALIK
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13 Mar. 2014
Czech priest Tomas Halik smiles during a news conference... more
RELIGION-PRIZE/HALIK
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13 Mar. 2014
Czech priest Tomas Halik (L) acknowledges Jack Templeton,... more
RELIGION-PRIZE/HALIK
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13 Mar. 2014
Czech priest Tomas Halik speaks during a news conference... more
RELIGION-PRIZE/HALIK
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13 Mar. 2014
Czech priest Tomas Halik speaks during a news conference... more
RELIGION-PRIZE/HALIK
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13 Mar. 2014
Czech priest Tomas Halik speaks during a news conference... more
RELIGION-PRIZE/HALIK
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13 Mar. 2014
Czech priest Tomas Halik reacts during a news conference... more
RELIGION-PRIZE/HALIK
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13 Mar. 2014
Czech priest Tomas Halik smiles during a news conference... more
CENTRALAFRICAN/
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24 Feb. 2014
A Muslim boy takes refuge in a Koranic school in the... more
BANGLADESH-ELECTION/
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5 Jan. 2014
Students of a madrasa, or religious school, watch people... more
SOMALIA-LIFE/
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17 Oct. 2013
Children read during a Koranic studies lesson inside... more
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17 Oct. 2013
Sufi teacher Moalim Abdi teaches children Koranic studies... more
PAKISTAN/
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30 Sep. 2013
Girls read books containing short verses from the Koran... more
SYRIA-CRISIS
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18 Sep. 2013
Free Syrian Army members take Islam lessons in Aleppo's... more
Education
Education
Islamic Seminary in Pakistan - 16 Sep 2013
14 PICTURES
PAKISTAN-TALIBAN/
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15 Sep. 2013
Pakistani religious students attend a lesson at Darul... more
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15 Sep. 2013
A Pakistani religious teacher refers to a book at a... more
PAKISTAN-TALIBAN/
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15 Sep. 2013
Pakistani religious students attend a lesson at Darul... more
PAKISTAN-SCHOOL/
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21 Aug. 2013
A Pakistani religious student reads the Koran at the... more
SOMALIA
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1 Aug. 2013
A Muslim girl reads the Koran at the Gaabow Islamic... more
SOMALIA/
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1 Aug. 2013
Macalin Gaabow, a Koran teacher, listens as his students... more
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