Islam

Why calling for an ‘Islamic Reformation’ is lazy and historically illiterate

7 February 2015 9:00 am

It’s been said for years now: Islam needs its reformation. Some centuries ago, Christianity ditched its theocratic impulse and affirmed…

Tom Holland’s diary: Fighting jihadism with Mohammed, and bowling the Crown Prince of Udaipur

24 January 2015 9:00 am

As weather bombs brew in the north Atlantic, I’m roughing it by heading off to Rajasthan, and the literary festival…

Mohammed — in pictures

24 January 2015 9:00 am

Two months ago I was sitting beside the tomb of a descendant of the Prophet Mohammed, telling a story about…

How to save Islam from the Islamists

17 January 2015 9:00 am

The terror attack in Paris last week represents Islamism’s most explicit declaration of war on free society. Non-Muslims were slaughtered…

'Religion of peace' is not a harmless platitude

17 January 2015 9:00 am

The West’s movement towards the truth is remarkably slow. We drag ourselves towards it painfully, inch by inch, after each…

Only Muslims can stop more terror attacks

17 January 2015 9:00 am

The targeted assassinations at Charlie Hebdo are triply repellent. Being planned, they are the product of considered decisions, not a…

The really shocking thing about Michel Houllebecq’s Soumission — he rather likes Islam

17 January 2015 9:00 am

Michel Houellebecq’s sixth novel, imagining an Islamic government taking power in France in 2022, has been widely assumed to be…

Let’s all become Japanese for a while

17 January 2015 9:00 am

This is a good time to write about a nation’s resilience in the face of calamity. I am referring to…

An unholy cross between Big Ben and Las Vegas, the Makkah Royal Clock Tower stands on an estimated 400 sites of cultural and historical importance

Mecca: from shrine to shopping mall

6 December 2014 9:00 am

Mecca is the greatest paradox of the Islamic world. Home to the Kaaba, a pagan-era cube of black granite said…

Women in the various hells of Algiers

29 November 2014 9:00 am

On the surface Harraga is the story of two ill-matched women colliding dramatically, with life-changing consequences. What emerges, in throwaway…

The criteria for admittance to a Maldivian cemetery

29 November 2014 9:00 am

Moofushi, Maldives   We clambered aboard a dhoni, the sturdy wooden boat that the Maldivians use for getting about the…

Is France now the sick man of Europe? It is if it’s taking Eric Zemmour seriously

22 November 2014 9:00 am

For the Figaro journalist and TV commentator Eric Zemmour, whose Le Suicide français has been topping the bestseller lists in…

The Islamic sermon that taught me what’s happened to Birmingham

8 November 2014 9:00 am

Birmingham has changed a bit since I grew up there in the 1970s. Back then, the stories of the hour…

Jonathan Sacks on religion, politics and the civil war that Islam needs

1 November 2014 9:00 am

Jonathan Sacks has an impressive track record for predicting the age we are in. In his 1990 Reith Lectures, ‘The…

James Delingpole falls in love with Grayson Perry - and almost comes round to Chris Huhne

1 November 2014 9:00 am

I love Grayson Perry. You might almost call him the anti-Russell Brand: a genuinely talented artist who also has some…

Wear a veil if you like – but don’t treat women like that

25 October 2014 9:00 am

What sort of clothing do you wear when you go to the opera? I assume some of you do go…

Spectator letters: St Augustine and Louise Mensch, war votes and flannel

11 October 2014 9:00 am

Faith and flexibility Sir: What a contrast in your two articles on religion last week: one liberal atheist parent (Claire…

My boy the radical Muslim

4 October 2014 9:00 am

Two years ago this week, my stepson came home wearing an Arabic black thawb. He walked into the sitting-room, smiled…

Marriage and foreplay Sharia-style

27 September 2014 8:00 am

Needless to say, it’s not uncommon to hear single British women in their thirties and forties saying that all the…

Is Britain hardening its heart against Muslims?

6 September 2014 9:00 am

British public opinion has never really turned against Muslims. According to Pew’s 2014 Global Attitudes survey, 26 per cent of…

Let's face it – Ray Honeyford got it right on Islam and education

5 July 2014 9:00 am

Thirty years ago, as editor of the Salisbury Review, I began to receive short articles from a Bradford headmaster, relating…

Spectator letters: VAT and sugar, Boris Johnson and cricket, whisky and bagpipes

28 June 2014 9:00 am

Sugar added tax Sir: Julia Pickles (Letters, 14 June) suggests a sugar tax to combat the obesity epidemic and discourage…

Spectator letters: The trouble with religion, alternatives to HS2, and whisky-drinking dogs

14 June 2014 9:00 am

Old cabby’s tale Stephen Rommei’s London cabby story (Diary, 7 June) reminded me of catching a cab one cold night…

Witness to a stoning

7 June 2014 9:00 am

Attending public executions, whether beheadings or stonings, is not my predilection, yet one does come across them in the course…

View of Baghdad in 1918

Baghdad's rise, fall – and rise again

31 May 2014 9:00 am

The history of Baghdad more than any other city mirrors the ebb and flow that has marked Islamic history and…