Feb 19, 2010 — new debate is raging in Egypt over the niqab, that's the veil worn by some Muslim women that covers their face and body, except for their eyes. Debates over whether to allow head coverings have been the subject of debate in other countries, but now the practice is causing a controversy at Egypt's leading Islamic educational institution, Al-Azhar, which is one of the latest institutions to implement a ban against the niqab. To talk about the debate, host Michel Martin is joined by Al Jazeera reporter, Rawya Rageh who is based in Cairo.
Feb 5, 2010 — Gayle Haggard was living the life of her dreams. She was married to the senior pastor of a thriving megachurch, a mother of five, and a faith leader in her own right. But it all came crashing down when she — along with the rest of the nation — learned her husband was involved in a years-long sexual relationship with another man. Host Michel Martin speaks with Gayle Haggard, author of the book Why I Stayed, about her marriage, her husband's fall from grace and his sexuality.
Jan 22, 2010 — The devastating earthquake in Haiti left thousands of people homeless and struggling to find shelter and food. Haitians have shown resilience and strength amidst destitution of unimaginable proportions. But one aspect of their lives has come under heavy criticism - their belief in Voodoo. Host Michel Martin talks to NPR's religion correspondent Barbara Bradley-Hagerty about the political and social influence of a religion often surrounded in mysticism and misinformation.
Aug 1, 2014 — Host Michel Martin speaks with Rabbi Shmuel Herzfeld for a final Faith Matters conversation.
Jul 14, 2014 — Host Michel Martin speaks with religious leaders about how faith organizations are responding to the recent surge of immigrants along the U.S.-Mexico border.
Jul 11, 2014 — T.D. Jakes was once called "America's Best Preacher" by Time magazine. In this encore broadcast, host Michel Martin speaks with him about how he found his calling to become a pastor.
Jul 4, 2014 — Baroness Sayeeda Warsi, the UK's first Minister of State for Faith and Communities, has a lot on her plate. She tells host Michel Martin about balancing the tightrope between church and state.
Jun 27, 2014 — Kathleen Kelly was excommunicated from the Mormon Church for advocating that women be ordained. Host Michel Martin speaks with Kelly about her cause and her future with the Church.
Jun 20, 2014 — Pastor Amy Butler will take the helm of New York City's progressive Riverside Church later this year. She discusses her desire to become a faith leader and explains her vision.
Jun 6, 2014 — A new survey from the Anti-Defamation League estimates that nearly one in 10 Americans are prejudiced against Jews. But Rabbi Eric Yoffie says American anti-Semitism is not a real threat.