Islam

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…

Is there anything that can’t be put down to a ‘condition’?

24 August 2019 9:00 am

I suppose it is overstating the case to suggest that dyslexia is simply a term coined to assuage the disappointment…

Why was a finals student disqualified for criticising halal meat?

20 August 2019 12:12 am

We have to talk about the schoolgirl who was disqualified from a GCSE exam on the grounds that she had…

The curious reaction to a niqab-wearing homophobe

29 July 2019 9:05 pm

Are we allowed to criticise the niqab yet? This question crossed my mind as I watched that viral clip of…

What does the Muslim Council of Britain have against Muslims like me?

13 July 2019 5:00 pm

Have you ever wondered why there are so few moderate Muslim voices in the press? It’s not because they don’t…

Billy Connolly and the death of free speech

6 July 2019 2:00 am

I hope readers will forgive me for returning to a subject I addressed here recently. It was a reflection on the…

How Rwanda became an oasis of liberal Islam

1 June 2019 9:00 am

 Kigali, Rwanda To most outsiders, Rwanda is still synonymous with genocide. Nearly a million killed in 100 days; almost three…

We condemned the ideology behind Christchurch. Why didn’t we do the same after Sri Lanka?

27 April 2019 9:00 am

The carnage in Sri Lanka which left more than 300 dead may have been carried out by ‘Buddhists’, according to…

Star quality: Jade Anouka, right, as Bea in Ella Road’s The Phlebotomist

An exceptional dystopia that’s made for TV: The Phlebotomist reviewed

6 April 2019 9:00 am

The Phlebotomist by Ella Road explores the future of genetics. Suppose a simple blood test were able to tell us…

Tobias and the angel, attributed to Titian

Angels through the ages

2 March 2019 9:00 am

A good question for your upcoming Lent quiz: where are angels mentioned in the Nicene Creed? I asked this at…

It will take a few weeks, if not months, to know whether Zoë Ball will become as much of a favourite as Terry Wogan. Photo: BBC / Sarah Jeynes

Zoë Ball has the voice and warmth but not so much the chat

19 January 2019 9:00 am

Whether by accident or design, Zoë Ball took over the coveted early-morning slot on Radio 2 this week just as…