Islam

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…

The Spectator’s Notes

21 October 2017 9:00 am

‘Persecuted and Forgotten?’ is the name of the latest report by Aid to the Church in Need. Unfortunately, there is…

Imran’s biggest test

7 October 2017 9:00 am

It’s been a long journey for Imran Khan. He founded his political party, PTI (Pakistan Movement for Justice), in 1996,…

Ya Allah!

16 September 2017 9:00 am

Last month Luigi Brugnaro, the mayor of Venice, warned that anyone who yelled Allahu Akbar (‘God is the greatest’) in…

Bring on the dancing-girls: Follies at the Oliver

Age concern

16 September 2017 9:00 am

Stephen Sondheim’s Follies takes a huge leap into the past. It’s 1971 and we meet two middle-aged couples who knew…

Beyond belief: Sam Otto as Jalal in Peter Kosminsky’s The State

Straight to hell

2 September 2017 9:00 am

No, The State (Channel 4) wasn’t a recruiting manual for the Islamic State, though I did feel uneasy about it…

We’re losing the cat-and-mouse terror game

26 August 2017 9:00 am

I wonder how Mohammad Khan is getting on in his legal action against Virgin Atlantic. Mo — a Muslim, the…

The many sides of satire

19 August 2017 9:00 am

Brexit the Musical is a peppy satire written by Chris Bryant (not the MP, he’s a lawyer). Musically the show…

Tricky, and slightly sicky

29 July 2017 9:00 am

The Big Sick is a rom-com that’s smarter than most rom-coms, which isn’t saying much, admittedly. It stars a Muslim…

My fears about the new ‘extremism commission’

22 July 2017 9:00 am

The Egyptian-born Muslim cleric Yusuf al-Qaradawi was once invited to speak in this country — and the row which developed…

Islam’s “barbaric fury”

18 July 2017 7:31 am

Andrew Urban has lived up to his famous namesake, Pope Urban II (1088-1099), in his warnings that evil thrives when…

A woman of some importance

8 July 2017 9:00 am

It might seem unlikely that a Christian noblewoman could have had influence over a Muslim city in the 13th century,…

How The Satanic Verses failed to burn

28 May 2016 9:00 am

This is a book which, as one eyes its lavish illustrations and dips into its elegant prose, looks as if…

What could Muslim women do within 48 miles of home? Almost everything

14 May 2016 9:00 am

Secrets of the stars The astrologer Jonathan Cainer died after beginning his last horoscope for his own star sign: ‘We’re…

How moderate are moderate Muslims?

23 April 2016 9:00 am

‘What’s in the news this week?’ I asked my wife as she browsed the first newspaper we had seen for…

In 1600 Muhammad al-Annuri arrived in England, as the Moroccan ambassador, to propose an Anglo-Moroccan alliance. Shakespeare probably started writing Othello six months later

Gloriana and the Sultan — England’s unlikely alliance

2 April 2016 9:00 am

The idea for a mechanical cock was never going to work. In 1595 the English ambassador to Constantinople, Edward Barton,…

What makes the white working class angry? Twits like Hsiao-Hung Pai

19 March 2016 9:00 am

This is a quite remarkable book. Badly written, devoid of anything even vaguely approaching a methodology, patronising, hideously mistaken on…

What do all these evil maniacs have in common?

5 March 2016 9:00 am

More bad publicity for the Islamic State’s ‘Kafir Tiny Tots and Babycare Service’. A burka-clad madwoman wandering through the streets…

Why are children in Guernsey extolling Islam to their parents?

27 February 2016 9:00 am

I have never been to the island of Guernsey. This is a large world and we have a finite amount…

2016 will be a vintage year for tech billionaires and jihadis

2 January 2016 9:00 am

This is going to be one hell of a year, hell being the operative word. It will be the year…

We need Christianity more than ever in this Age of Atheists

12 December 2015 9:00 am

Have we ever needed Christianity more than we do today? It’s a rhetorical question, for sure, because the loss of…

Two socialist triumphs (one of them for Marine Le Pen)

12 December 2015 9:00 am

What a pleasure it was to see two socialist parties triumph in the most recent elections. First, Labour increased its…