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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: Quakers
Quakers are a small Christian-derived religious community, focused on non-hierarchical, spontaneous experience of God in worship and social justice activism in the world. It grew out of the religious and social upheaval in 17th century England and is now present around the globe
Explainer: The Lambeth Conference       
The background to the Lambeth conference of 650+ global Anglican bishops, who gather in Canterbury in July
Factsheet: Zakat
Explaining zakat, one of the five pillars of Islam, a gift of money considered one of the most important forms of charity
crucifixion good friday
Examining the Biblical accounts of Good Friday, the day when Jesus was crucified and buried in a tomb
Factsheet: Crimean Tatar Muslims in Ukraine
Muslims are a minority religion in Ukraine with many living in Crimea and their leaders are urging them to defend their country
Factsheet: Jewish community in Ukraine
With up to 400,000 Jewish residents, Ukraine is home to the world’s fifth-largest Jewish community, but thousands are fleeing the country.
Factsheet: Russia and the Orthodox church
The history, facts and stats explaining the Russian Orthodox Church's claim on Ukraine and alliance with the Kremlin
Factsheet: Christian Zionism
The meaning of Christian Zionism, a belief that the Jewish people have a right to return to Israel and this heralds the end times.