Islam

How Republicans became the anti-Islam party

1 November 2019 12:37 pm

Ilhan Omar will come up a lot in the 2020 US election. She’s part of the ‘Democratic Squad’ of congresswomen…

The terrifying reaction to a panel debate on Islamophobia

28 October 2019 2:25 pm

Have you ever wondered why so few moderate Muslim voices are heard in the public debate? I used to, until…

Revealed: the press regulator’s leaked guidelines on Islamophobia

7 September 2019 9:00 am

The press regulator’s leaked guidelines on Islamophobia mark a sinister shift

The press regulator must not turn into a religious thought police

7 September 2019 9:00 am

Regressive demands on the media only hurt minorities

What does the Muslim Council of Britain have against Muslims like me?

13 July 2019 8:00 am

Have you ever wondered why there are so few moderate Muslim voices in the press? It’s not because they don’t…

How Rwanda became an oasis of liberal Islam

1 June 2019 9:00 am

In Rwandan Islam, intolerance isn’t tolerated

My grief for the victims of the New Zealand mosque attack

15 March 2019 10:24 am

‘We belong to Allah and to Allah we shall return’. Muslims around the world, including me, are now reciting the…

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…

As a Muslim woman, I’d like to thank Boris Johnson for calling out the niqab

23 December 2018 7:05 am

We’re closing 2018 by republishing our ten most-read articles of the year. Here’s No. 9: Qanta Ahmed on the niqab:…

The ‘Islamophobia’ problem

1 December 2018 9:00 am

This is a good time to bury bad news. And sure enough it turns out that a cross-party group of…

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…

The ECHR’s ruling on defaming Mohammed is bad news for Muslims

3 November 2018 7:50 am

In a monumental irony, the ECHR’s agreement with an Austrian court that offensive comments about the Prophet Mohammed were ‘beyond…

The beauty of Islam

1 September 2018 9:00 am

This tolerant, respectful faith has transformed my life

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

Britain is crying out for mosques that reflect the reality of the modern West, says Ed Husain

Tariq Ramadan and the integrity of French justice

23 June 2018 9:00 am

For the last four months, Oxford professor Tariq Ramadan has been rotting in a French jail, like Jean Valjean. He…

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…

Britain and Islam – the real special relationship

26 May 2018 9:00 am

Britain has deep ties to Islam that date back centuries

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

31 March 2018 9:00 am

It’s not only Christians who are suffering from the rise of religious conflict

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…

Might an unearthed letter help explain why Prince Charles is so fond of Islam?

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

Do not fear God, Reza Aslan tells us. You are God. But preaching this form of pantheism can be dangerous, warns Alexander Waugh

The persecution of Christians around the world is worse than at any time in history

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…

Why Pakistan needs Imran Khan

7 October 2017 9:00 am

The former cricketer could well be Pakistan’s next leader

Ya Allah! Stop treating Arab speakers like terrorists

16 September 2017 9:00 am

Stop treating Arabic speakers like terrorists