Islam

Labour's worrying descent into communalism

23 June 2021 12:26 am

Labour’s candidate in Batley and Spen, Kim Leadbeater, reportedly pulled out of a hustings featuring George Galloway over the weekend.…

Austria's 'Islam map' is dangerous

3 June 2021 7:35 pm

Austria’s government has unveiled a map detailing the locations of mosques and other Muslim associations all over the country. The…

The empire that sprang from nowhere under the banner of Islam

29 May 2021 9:00 am

When the British formed the basis of their empire in the 1600s by acquiring territories in India and North America,…

The Tories, Islam, and the importance of pluralism

25 May 2021 8:52 pm

The Conservatives will be relieved that an independent investigation has not found the party to be institutionally racist, though relief…

What the demise of Quilliam teaches us about Britain and Islam

17 April 2021 9:00 am

There was much rejoicing among Britain’s Islamists last week when the thinktank and campaigning organisation Quilliam announced that it was…

Why will nobody publish my religious cartoons?

3 April 2021 9:00 am

I am having very little success in getting my collection of cartoons of great religious founders published. Perhaps it is…

Why Muslims like me are worried about the Batley protests

2 April 2021 6:00 pm

To some, the persecution of a schoolteacher who showed his pupils a cartoon of the Prophet Mohammed may seem like…

Bangladesh could pay for failing to crack down on its Islamist threat

31 March 2021 12:15 am

Bangladesh turned 50 last week and the country has much to celebrate. Having inherited a dismal GDP growth rate of…

The Batley Grammar school row is the perfect jihadist recruitment tool

30 March 2021 1:27 am

As controversy continues to rage after pupils were shown an image of the prophet Muhammad by a teacher at Batley Grammar School,…

Are Switzerland and France really ‘Islamophobic’?

11 March 2021 5:30 pm

Is Switzerland ‘Islamophobic’? Critics of the country’s decision to outlaw face coverings think so. The ‘Burqa ban’, which passed into law this week…

Macron is using Islam to outmanoeuvre Le Pen

17 February 2021 6:00 pm

There was a rally in Paris on Sunday at which a couple of hundred protestors vented their anger at the…

When will Pakistan take a stand against terror?

3 February 2021 2:03 am

Last week, Pakistan’s Supreme Court ordered the release of UK born Ahmed Omar Saeed Sheikh who was accused of kidnapping…

What the West can do about China’s Uyghur labour camps

23 January 2021 9:00 am

Who profits from Uyghur labour camps?

It’s been a tough year for socialites

19 December 2020 9:00 am

New York Here we go again, the annual holiest of holies is upon us, although to this oldie last Christmas…

Britain is still failing to confront Islamism

12 December 2020 6:00 pm

How time flies. In March 2014, quite out of the blue, I was commissioned by then prime minister David Cameron…

muslim voters

A third of Muslim voters backed Trump. Why?

12 November 2020 1:13 am

Donald Trump’s defeat in the election was widely predicted. What was less anticipated was the level of support Trump received…

Pilgrimage in the age of pandemic

5 September 2020 9:00 am

Pilgrimage in the age of pandemic

There is no justification for turning Hagia Sophia into a mosque

18 July 2020 9:00 am

It’s a mistake to turn Hagia Sophia back into a mosque

Netflix’s Caliphate is all too frighteningly plausible

16 May 2020 9:00 am

Sweden is now properly celebrated as the Land that Called Coronavirus Correctly. But in the distant past, those with long…

Islam, reform and the battle of narratives

31 December 2019 10:57 pm

Is a wind of change blowing in the Arab world and bringing Muslims and Jews closer together? Ed Husain made…

Islam’s reformation: an Arab-Israeli alliance is taking shape in the Middle East

21 December 2019 9:00 am

When Benjamin Netanyahu visited Oman in 2018 in a gesture of goodwill to Israel’s neighbours, the welcome was not universal.…

The chilling stories from inside China’s Muslim internment camps

14 December 2019 9:00 am

Vegetable-seller Kairat Samarkhan didn’t know why he had been summoned to the police station. ‘I had to empty my pockets…

The appalling vanity of Western feminists who think Margaret Atwood writes about them

14 September 2019 9:00 am

Imagine a country where women have no jobs, no rights and are valued only for reproductive success. Imagine a country…

Revealed: the press regulator’s leaked guidelines on Islamophobia

7 September 2019 9:00 am

If truthful reporting risks increasing tension between communities, should it still be published? Do journalists have a social duty to…

The press regulator must not turn into a religious thought police

7 September 2019 9:00 am

Next year I will begin my fifth decade as a working journalist. As a writer, as an executive — and…