Prayers of the Persecuted

This work looks at places that are "bridges" that lie at cultural and spiritual borders, at the crossroads of forgotten minorities, documenting beliefs and traditions of vulnerable communities, their fragile resistance, and their openness to dialogue. It explores places where the sacred can transcend borders.

The richness of cultural complexity is disappearing in lands where many diverse peoples have cohabited and interacted for thousands of years, sharing saints, gestures, symbols, myths, songs, and gods. “Prayers of the Persecuted” concerns minorities fleeing persecution in the Balkans, the Middle East, the Caucasus, and Central Asia. 

The Hazara

A look into the sacred spaces of the Hazara Shia, the third largest group ethnic group in Afghanistan.