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Factsheets are written by academics, journalists and commentators to explain the context and background of current religion and belief stories. They include information on festivals, timelines of running stories and suggestions for experts and commentators.

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Factsheet: Assisted suicide
While most religious groups have historically opposed the legalisation of assisted suicide, there is a growing movement of people arguing for its introduction on the grounds of faith.
Factsheet: Islam in Britain
There are at least 3.3m Muslims living in the UK, and British Islam is home to a wide variety of traditions, streams, and denominations, many informed by the places where Muslim communities initially emigrated from
Factsheet: Conversion therapy
What is conversion therapy, and why is it so controversial? Explore with our factsheet by Professor Michael King of UCL
Factsheet: The Church of England
The Church of England is England's national "established" Christian denomination. It split from the Catholic Church in the 16th century and today, despite decades of decline, its parishes still cover every inch of England and its institutions remain deeply embedded in national life
Factsheet: Druids
Druidry is a contemporary movement which takes inspiration from the beliefs and practices of the religious leaders in Iron Age European society, known as druids. Modern druidry began in the 18th century during a revival of interest in ancient druids, of which almost nothing is actually known with any historical certainty
Factsheet: Haredi Jews
By Lianne Kolirin Who are Haredi Jews?  Strictly Orthodox Jews are often referred to as Haredi, which stems from the Hebrew word hared, meaning to tremble. Added meaning is drawn from a verse in Isaiah, in which God says: “But to this one I will look, to him who is humble and contrite of spirit, and who trembles at my...
Factsheet: Buddhism
Buddhism is followed by approximately 535 million people worldwide and is variously described as a religion, philosophy, code of ethics, path of practice and spiritual development and/or a way of life
Factsheet: the Methodist Church
Background, history, beliefs, organisation of the Methodists, Britain's fourth largest denomination with 60 million members worldwide.