In the U.S. Hinduism has steadily expanded and diversified in the U.S., while in Europe Hindu rituals are taking on a more public expression, according to two recent studies presented at a Washington conference attended by Religioscope.
Sikhism: Western reactions forcing Sikhs to shed turbans
Growing Western intolerance and a series of racial attacks have prompted young Sikh youths to shed their hair and turbans. The trend is a reflection of growing intolerance in the West towards overtly religious clothing – especially veils and turbans – five years after 9/11. Meanwhile, in an effort to bridge the culture-security gap, a Sikh legal group and the US Homeland Security Department have devised a poster meant to help screeners through their interactions with the community.
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Muslims in the West: head scarves in the headlines, but countries take different approaches
The head scarf has hit the headlines in many countries that have Muslim minorities — but authorities have taken markedly different approaches.
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