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Ramadan will come to a close with the annual Eid al-Fitr, the festival of breaking the fast, after this past month Muslims from around the world have abstained from eating, drinking, smoking and other bodily desires during daylight hours in order to focus on spirituality, good deeds, and charity. Alan Taylor of The Atlantic provides us a look around the world at the traditions, ceremonies, community, and celebrations of Ramadan.
Father Justin, a Greek Orthodox monk who lives in the Sinai desert in Egypt, is in charge of bringing the St. Catherine’s into the 21st century. The ancient collection of liturgical texts that he works with, writes Fleur Macdonald of BBC News, includes some of the earliest Christian writings, with a library that rivals the size of the Vatican's. Analysis of the books reveals composition of writing materials, as well as hot-topic issues of the time such as international relations, women saints, terror attacks, and protection of Muslims in the ancient world.
The months of Ramadan can be arduous as Eid al-Fitr is eagerly awaited for Muslims around the world. How is the celebration of Eid al-Fitr decided upon, and how come it often differs between Muslim and communities and families each year? The Economist explains.
The Afghan soccer team, which is the 12th team in history to be invited to play in a “Test match,” has surmounted obstacles unknown to most athletes. Sidharth Monga of the New York Times explains how the team, formed in 1995, has, despite terrorism, displacement and war, risen to the highest heights, winning fans the world over.
Prime Ministers Tsipras and Zaev of Greece and the former Yugoslav republic of Macedonia have reach an agreement after 27 year long dispute over the name of the latter, explains John Psaropoulos of Al Jazeera.