jihad

The word ‘extremist’ has lost all meaning

3 March 2018 9:00 am

A few years ago, in these pages, Matthew Parris defined Ukip as a party of extremists. Perhaps one of his…

Modern terrorism and ancient Greek tragedy: Isis meets Antigone

2 September 2017 9:00 am

If someone was to lob the name Antigone about, many of us would smile and nod while trying to remember…

Why Anjem Choudary should not have been sent to prison

10 September 2016 9:00 am

It was impossible not to feel rather sorry for the radical Muslim ‘cleric’ Anjem Choudary and his imbecilic henchman Mohammed…

France began breeding jihadis when it ruined its primary schools

3 September 2016 9:00 am

E .D. Hirsch Jr., the American educationalist and author of Cultural Literacy, has a new book out that may throw…

France’s civil war — and the struggle facing Europe

21 November 2015 9:00 am

...and the struggle facing Europe

How do bright schoolgirls fall for jihadis? The same way they fall for Justin Bieber

28 February 2015 9:00 am

How could they? How could girls brought up in the wealthy West abandon their families and their own bright futures…

A state of terror: Islamic State longs to be left alone to establish its blood-stained utopia

31 January 2015 9:00 am

The Sykes-Picot agreement will be 100 years old next year, but there will be no congratulatory telegrams winging their way…

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…

Why does Isis slay hostages? To cover up the fact that it’s losing

10 January 2015 9:00 am

Isis slaughters kidnap victims because it guarantees headlines. It's better at slaughtering innocents than it is at winning wars

Cowboys and Muslims: that’s the new global power struggle, according to the latest great American novel

10 January 2015 9:00 am

‘I’m pleading with you, with tears in my eyes: if you fuck with me, I’ll kill you all.’ When ‘The…

How Islamic State commanders squeeze their hostages for every penny

15 November 2014 9:00 am

Islamic State commanders know exactly how to extract the greatest possible profit from their hostages. Some care about little else

What is to be done about a world where everything is for sale?

20 September 2014 9:00 am

Next time you read about an auctioneer’s gavel coming down on a $150 million painting bought by some flunkey representing…

Our boys in the Islamic state: Britain's export jihad

23 August 2014 9:00 am

Why we lead the West in exporting jihad

No, I haven’t seen that beheading video. And it’s not right to share it

16 August 2014 9:00 am

It’s time to stand up against the self-righteous sharing of videos of beheading and other gruesome violence

‘It’s jihad, innit, bruv’: meet the British Muslims going to fight in Syria

26 July 2014 9:00 am

Meeting the British Muslims who have joined the ‘Islamic State’

Soldiers aren't social workers, Mr Cameron. Remember that before taking on hopeless wars

16 November 2013 9:00 am

The ghost people, the letter people. The ones we hear about in court but never call by their real name;…

The blurry line between Islam and Islamism

15 June 2013 9:00 am

There’s an Islamic school in Birmingham which is very highly regarded. It’s called Darul Uloom — the same name as the…

The Spectator’s Notes

1 June 2013 9:00 am

The website of the Security Service (MI5) says that since the end of the Cold War, the threat of subversion…