Muslim pilgrims leave Mount Arafat after spending the day there as part of the hajj pilgrimage in Arafat, Saudi Arabia. Photograph by Alaa Badarneh/EPA
A student wears a traditional costume while performing during the grand Confucian ceremony of Seokjeon at a shrine in Sungkyunkwan University in Seoul. Seokjeon is a biannual ritual to consecrate Chinese philosopher Confucius and his disciples as supreme teachers at civil temples. Photograph by Kim Hong-ji/Reuters
Muslims wait to break their fast on the first night of the holy fasting month of Ramadan at Jama Masjid in New Delhi, India. Photograph: Kevin Frayer/AP
In this week’s issue, Adam Gopnik traces the origin of Mormonism and its meanings, and considers what the religion can all tell us about Mitt Romney: http://nyr.kr/OLJr5B
Judaism and the Jews: The Jewish diaspora has come a long way, says David Landau. But there are deep religious and political divisions, mostly centred on Israel
A group of boys been attentive to a teacher reading the Qur’an. Photograph by Muhammed Muheisen/AP
Muslim women perform an evening prayer marking the first eve of Ramadan. Photograph by Dita Alangkara/AP
First lady Michelle Obama Thursday offered a rare public reflection on her religious faith, telling a conference of the African Methodist Episcopal church that the life of Jesus Christ is a model for democratic organizing.
"It’s kind of like church," Obama said. “Our faith journey isn’t just about showing up on Sunday for a good sermon and good music and a good meal. It’s about what we do Monday through Saturday as well, especially in those quiet moments, when the spotlight’s not on us, and we’re making those daily choices about how to live our lives.
Photograph: Lee Jin-man/AP