Video: Eastern religions
Nov. 15: Continuing a "Today" show special series called "The Mystery of Faith," Campbell Brown explores Eastern religions, including Buddhism and Hinduism.
Video: Evangelicals in America
Nov. 14: Continuing a "Today" show special series called "The Mystery of Faith," "Today" show host Meredith Vieira explores the growth of evangelical Christians in America and their changing political power.
Video: A look at Christianity in America
Nov. 14: "Today" show host Meredith Vieira talks with David Foster, author of "A Renegade's Guide to God," Episcopalian Mary Schinke, Sam Harris, author of "Letter to a Christian Nation," and conservative Christian Colleen Knoedler about religion's place in society.
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History: Within two centuries after its rise in the 7th century, Islam spread from its original home in Saudi Arabia into Syria, Egypt, North Africa, and Spain to the west, and into Persia, India, and, by the end of the 10th century, beyond to the east. In the following centuries, Islam also spread into Anatolia and the Balkans to the north, and sub-Saharan Africa to the south. The Muslim community comprises about 1 billion followers on all five continents. Islam is the fastest-growing religion in the world.
Darfur violence escalates
Attacks by Arab militia have spread to neighboring Chad, where Darfurians were seeking refuge. View images of the destruction and displaced people.
History: Judaism is one of the world’s oldest continuing religious traditions. It originated in the land of Israel (also known as Palestine) in the Middle East. Jewish communities have existed at one time or another in almost all parts of the world, a result of both voluntary migrations of Jews and forced exile or expulsions.
Mystery of Faith
Religion divides, unites, inspires and saves. From Christians to Muslims, see how the devoted pray, worship and celebrate.
History: Founded in northeastern India, this religion is based on the teachings of Siddhartha Gautama, known as the Buddha or Enlightened One.
History: Christianity is the most widely distributed of the world religions, having representation in all the populated continents of the globe. In the late 1990s, its total membership exceeded 1.9 billion people. The religion is divided into three main groups: Roman Catholicism, Eastern Christianity and Protestantism.
“TODAY” explores how different religions view the afterlife.
Ann Curry’s Photo Journal
NBC’s Ann Curry recently traveled to Chad and Darfur, Sudan. She brought along her digital camera to document the trip.
How to help in Chad and Darfur
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