Iran

Saudi Arabia has united with Israel against Iran – and a desert storm is brewing

11 November 2017 9:00 am

Saudi Arabia is gearing up for war with Iran

How Britain fell for Saudi Arabia’s reforming Crown Prince

11 November 2017 9:00 am

How Britain fell for the Crown Prince

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

Wonder Beyond Belief: a book to challenge and change you

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…

The Kurds are on their own

21 October 2017 9:00 am

The routing of Isis in northern Iraq ought to be a time of international celebration, but as ever in the…

Brexit talks stall after efforts to accelerate

21 October 2017 9:00 am

Home Theresa May, the Prime Minister, and David Davis, the Brexit Secretary, went to Brussels and had dinner with Jean-Claude…

Was I first in line for the euthanasia chamber?

21 October 2017 9:00 am

On Saturday night, I toddled up to the village hall for the fish-and-chip supper, quiz night and raffle — bring…

Forget our misguided friendship with Saudi Arabia: Iran is our natural ally

2 September 2017 9:00 am

The West’s friendship with Saudi Arabia is misguided

Donald Trump keeps on blaming both sides for white supremacist violence

19 August 2017 9:00 am

Home Regulated rail fares will rise by 3.6 per cent in January, bringing the price of annual tickets from Oxford,…

I switch personalities depending on which Spectator party it is

22 July 2017 9:00 am

I switch personalities at Spectator parties, depending who the guests are: for our readers’ tea party, I am a warm…

Donald Trump’s Qatari masterstroke

1 July 2017 9:00 am

A major Greek ship owner, whose political knowledge matches his wealth and business acumen, explained to me what the Qatar…

Unlikely allies: Israel and the Saudis

24 June 2017 9:00 am

How Israel and the Saudis found themselves on the same side

Portrait of Persia’s Prince Abbas Mirza, c.1820. From his bailiwick near the Russian border he dispatched educational missions to Europe, sponsored translations of key European works and imported metal casting techniques and the printing press. (Getty images)

When Islam was synonymous with knowledge and erudition

11 March 2017 9:00 am

Christopher de Bellaigue, a journalist who has spent much of his working life in the Middle East, has grown tired…

Muslim magic – Islam has always dabbled in the occult

15 October 2016 9:00 am

Islam has always dabbled in the dark arts, says Justin Marozzi

King of heavy metal Bruce Dickinson at Madison Square Gardens in 1983

Meet the fans who risk death for heavy metal

14 May 2016 9:00 am

We in the West may snigger at heavy metal, but in some parts of the world its practitioners face the death penalty. Karen Yossman reports

Why the World Service is worth every penny

5 March 2016 9:00 am

What makes the World Service so different from the rest of the BBC? I asked Mary Hockaday, the controller of…

Portrait of the week

9 January 2016 9:00 am

Home David Cameron, the Prime Minister, decided to allow ministers to campaign for either side in the referendum on membership…

Why we have to stand by foul, brutal Saudi Arabia

9 January 2016 9:00 am

The Saudis have got the new year off to a busy start, haven’t they? The authorities executed 47 people, including…

Islamic State is making its threats a reality

14 November 2015 9:00 am

Isis could be on the brink of creating a terrifying new world order

Iran’s hidden war with the West – and what we can do to fight back

24 October 2015 9:00 am

It’s up to Britain to ensure that the nuclear dealdoes not allow a greater threat to the Middle East

Letters: The Assad option, and a pre-nup for Taki

25 July 2015 9:00 am

Don’t write off Assad Sir: Ahmed Rashid refers to our ‘Arab allies’ supporting al-Qaeda (‘The plan to back al-Qaeda against…

Iran can’t be trusted

18 July 2015 9:00 am

Iran is, beyond doubt, a sponsor of terrorism and this week it has been made much stronger. It has (again)…

Portrait of the week

18 July 2015 9:00 am

Home The government postponed a Commons vote on relaxing the Hunting Act in England and Wales after the Scottish National…

Some good came out of the negotiating chamber this week, but it concerned Iran rather than Greece

18 July 2015 9:00 am

As an occasional lecturer on the abstruse topic of the efficacy of sanctions in conflict resolution, I find myself much…

Why Saudi Arabia is kicking back against the USA

6 June 2015 9:00 am

Why America’s once-cautious ally suddenly looks so skittish