Islam

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…

The lost joy of swearing

3 November 2018 9:00 am

Upon discovering that Sinéad O’Connor has converted to Islam, I was about as shocked as a Yuletide shopper hearing the…

Right, a page from the Hamzanama, c.1558-73, depicting Elijah rescuing Amir Hamza's drowning grandson. Left, 'The Raven addresses an assembly of animals', c.1590.

The true face of Islam won’t be found in mosques or Muslim schools, but at the British Museum

3 November 2018 9:00 am

In Britain today, Islam in its original essence is not to be found in mosques or Muslim schools, but on…

Why I’m a Muslim

1 September 2018 9:00 am

When Muslims make headlines, it’s invariably for the wrong reasons. The fuss over Boris Johnson’s burka joke is a case…

One of Britain’s first mosques, the Shah Jahan,Woking, completed in 1889 and financed by the female ruler of Bhopal

The problem with British mosques

30 June 2018 9:00 am

My earliest memory of a mosque is being with my father in London’s Brick Lane Mosque. He was a member…

Is it ok for Muslim parents to stop their kids having non-Muslim pals?

16 June 2018 9:00 am

Is it all right for the Muslim parents of children at British state schools to prevent their sons and daughters…

Letters: An extra 3 per cent won’t fix the NHS

2 June 2018 9:00 am

What the NHS needs Sir: James Forsyth and Fraser Nelson are right (‘The great Tory health splurge,’ 26 May): an…

Britain and Islam – the real special relationship

26 May 2018 9:00 am

In all the agonising about Islamism, and what to do about it, it would be a mistake to forget a…

When will the West take a stand on the persecution of Muslims?

31 March 2018 9:00 am

Anti-Christian persecution, for so long a great untold story, has started to gain the world’s attention. But the suffering of…

The ruins of Dougga, Tunisia convinced Ibn Khaldun that North Africa had once been extremely prosperous and heavily populated

How a 14th-century Arab thinker influenced Ronald Reagan’s fiscal policy

3 March 2018 9:00 am

  At a press conference in October 1981, Ronald Reagan quoted Ibn Khaldun (1332–1406) in support of what is known…

Channel 4’s Kiri is already shaping up to be one of the TV highlights of the winter

13 January 2018 9:00 am

These days a genuinely controversial TV drama series would surely be one with an all-white, male-led cast that examined the…

Is Prince Charles so fond of Islam because he distrusts Jews?

18 November 2017 9:00 am

It has long been my belief that whereas the quality of gentiles drawn to Judaism is very high (Marilyn Monroe,…

Reza Aslan: personable, charismatic and a keen self-publicist. He could be wearing togas and flying around in a private jet in five years’ time

Reza Aslan doesn’t fear God. But should he fear his fellow Muslims?

4 November 2017 9:00 am

Eating human brains, burying one’s face in dead people’s ashes and publicly deriding the president of the United States as…