Islamism

There were far fewer terror attacks last year. Here’s why

12 January 2019 9:00 am

They don’t like to use the ‘Q’ word in counter-terrorism. It’s a bit like blurting out the name of the…

How do you solve a problem like Anjem Choudary?

29 September 2018 9:00 am

Next month the Islamist preacher Anjem Choudary will be released from prison, having served just half of his five-and-a-half-year sentence.…

And I think to myself, not a wonderful world…

25 August 2018 9:00 am

The story of Jay Austin and Lauren Geoghegan is an interesting one, I think, for what it tells us about…

What to do about the returning jihadis

4 November 2017 9:00 am

In normal times, the reported return of 400 Isis fighters to Britain would be the biggest story out there. But…

‘The Incredulity of Thomas’, by Caravaggio. (c.1603). It is only in St John’s Gospel that Thomas is portrayed as unbelieving

A Muslim’s insights into Christianity

28 October 2017 9:00 am

I’m not a critic, I’m an enthusiast. And when you are an enthusiast you need to try your best to…

Songs of the blood and the sword

28 October 2017 9:00 am

Jihadi Culture might sound like a joke title for a book, like ‘Great Belgians’ or ‘Canadian excitements’. But in this…

Poor old Ron and Pen, just trying to help

23 September 2017 9:00 am

Here’s the problem. An Asian bloke gets on to the Tube holding a bulging Lidl bag with wires sticking out…

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…

Farty, smelly and in love with Putin? You must be middle-aged

20 February 2016 9:00 am

There are things that happen when you grow older — bad things, harbingers of death and decay. Past the age of…

François Hollande’s own personal state of emergency

6 February 2016 9:00 am

The terrorist attacks of 13 November have had an enduring effect on people living in Paris and France’s other big…

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Turkey is turning into a paranoid one-party state

30 January 2016 9:00 am

   Istanbul Turkey is less and less a democracy, more and more a paranoid one-party state. If you don’t believe…

The Maldives: sun, sand and fanaticism

5 December 2015 9:00 am

Suddenly, the Maldivians are in the news. Earlier this year, they locked up their first democratically elected president, and just…

Is this the beginning of the end of liberal democracy?

21 November 2015 9:00 am

As a graduate student in the Harvard Department of Government in the late 1980s, I became slightly jaded about the…

Meet the men taking up arms to protect the Middle East’s ancient treasures

12 September 2015 9:00 am

Leptis Magna was deserted when I last visited — no wonder. Tourists daren’t visit Libya these days and so I…

Cameron’s talking to the wrong Libyan government. He should call my old driver

15 August 2015 9:00 am

When I covered Libya’s revolution in 2011, I had a driver named Mashallah. Mashallah was a decent and stoical man…

Why Liz Kendall isn't close to qualifying as 'Taliban New Labour'

15 August 2015 9:00 am

Toxic virus or Taleban: it’s funny how the mild-mannered Liz Kendall has attracted for her Blairite associations the most violently…

The wonders of the Muslim world that my children will never get to see

1 August 2015 9:00 am

I celebrated Eid in a sandy bay in Sri Lanka, watching from the warm, shallow sea as gaggles of local…

I can understand those seduced by Isis; once, it could have been me

25 July 2015 9:00 am

One of the great moments of my student life was opening the door and seeing visitors step back, shocked. I’d…

Christina Lamb’s diary: Meeting the mother of the Sousse killer

11 July 2015 9:00 am

One strange consequence of my job as a foreign correspondent is discovering beautiful places when terrible things happen in them.…

Charles Moore’s Notes: Now even the FT has joined in issuing threats to the Greek people

4 July 2015 9:00 am

‘The Greek people,’ the Financial Times leading article said on Monday, ‘would be well advised to listen closely to the…

Sorry, but you can’t take the Islam out of Islamic State

4 July 2015 9:00 am

At last, British politicians have been galvanised into action by the appalling events last weekend in the Tunisian resort of…

Let's fight terror - by holidaying in gorgeous, welcoming Tunisia

4 July 2015 9:00 am

Just as a pilgrimage to Mecca is a holy obligation for all Muslims, it should now be a patriotic duty…

As blatant rip-offs go, this one is shaping up nicely: Odyssey, BBC2, reviewed

4 July 2015 9:00 am

This week’s Imagine… Jeff Koons: Diary of a Seducer (BBC1, Tuesday) began with Koons telling a slightly puzzled-looking Alan Yentob…

Original sin makes us better people. I wish Muslims believed in it

11 April 2015 9:00 am

These days, on the subject of Islam, non-Muslims have mostly divided into two camps — though there’s a little wandering…

Anders Brievik: lonely computer-gamer on a killing spree

14 March 2015 9:00 am

In 2011, Anders Breivik murdered 69 teenagers in a socialist summer camp outside the Norwegian capital of Oslo, and eight…