Islam: the five pillars
By Asim Siddiqui - 04 December 9:59

This week the faith column is devoted to Islam beginning with a brief overview of the religion

How my religion works
By Barney Leith - 01 December 14:25

How Bahá’ís worship, how the religion is structured and who wields power

The history of the faith
By Barney Leith - 30 November 11:56

Barney Leith recounts the history of the Bahá’í faith and some of the persecution it has suffered

How being a Bahá’í shaped my life
By Barney Leith - 28 November 12:54

Each week someone from a different religion explains what they believe in. Here Barney Leith explain

Wanted: new thinking on race hate
By Ziauddin Sardar - 27 November 12:00

Race hate is a social problem which requires a social solution, writes Ziauddin Sardar

Can sharia be good for women?
By F Brinley Bruton - 27 November 12:00

Across Afghanistan, girls and women are now receiving an education: but it is a purely Islamic one

Back-seat drivers
By Ambur Beg - 27 November 12:00

Observations on the road

Playing God
By A C Grayling - 27 November 12:00

Religious belief is not just a philosophical issue - it divides families and societies. That is why

The deadly existence of a quiet man
By Darcus Howe - 20 November 12:00

Darcus Howe on Dhiren Barot, the al-Qaeda plotter who was jailed for life earlier this month

Who can make polio history?
By Michela Wrong - 20 November 12:00

Gordon Brown's $4bn vaccination programme is being resisted in some parts of Africa.

Divided in peace
By John Kampfner - 20 November 12:00

Northern Ireland is on the verge of a historic power-sharing deal. But any pact between hardline rep

Why God can't not exist
By Andrew Brown - 13 November 12:00

Andrew Brown assesses how an understanding of consciousness has implications for atheism

A new McCarthy era dawns in America
By Ziauddin Sardar - 13 November 12:00

My friend Vinay Lal is a formidable intellect. An old-fashioned polymath, he teaches South Asian history at the University of California, Los Angeles (UCLA). Always outspoken, Vinay relishes a good argument and marshals his case to devastating effect.

A guide to being a Bahá'í'
By Barney Leith - 06 November 17:30

I was a callow 17-year-old when I first met the Bahá'ís. I'd been brought up and confirmed in the Church of England, but my faith had waned somewhat in my teens and I considered myself an atheist.

Piety and prejudice
By Andrew Billen - 30 October 12:00

The Moors murderer meets a bumbling Christian; the result is comic horror


Shazia's Week
By Shazia Mirza - 30 October 12:00

The women in my family have started wearing the burqa, as we all use the same bus pass

Changing the rules*
By Sadakat Kadri - 30 October 12:00

What's a Satanist allowed to do on Hallowe'en? Can the police keep your case on file even if you're

The divine comedy
By Margaret Cook - 30 October 12:00

<strong>The God Delusion</strong>

Richard Dawkins <em>Bantam Press,416pp, £20</em>

ISBN 05930554

One minister who understands the problem
By Martin Bright - 23 October 13:00

Ruth Kelly's wake-up call about Islamism to Britain's Muslims and British society at large is far mo

Apply tolerance, but test it against the principles of the good society
By Staff blogger - 23 October 13:00

Britain is a tolerant country, even if sometimes it seems that politicians are over-fond of saying so. This is not a smug pat on the collective back.

Anti-Islamist coup?
By Martin Bright - 18 October 13:56

It seems Madeleine Bunting, the Guardian columnist who argues the case for dialogue with the Islamic far-right has suddenly resigned as director of the think tank Demos after just weeks in post. What is going on? Has there been an anti-Islamist coup?

Sects and drugs
By Alex Bellos - 16 October 13:00

A religion in Brazil mixes Catholicism with powerful hallucinogens. Alex Bellos joined the congregat

Tired of Islam thrust in our faces
By Peter Wilby - 16 October 13:00

The trouble with being a Muslim is you're not allowed an off day. You can't, if you're a cab driver,

Love's labours lost
By Giles Fraser - 16 October 13:00

<strong>Last Rites: the end of the Church of England</strong>

Michael Hampson <em>Granta, 244pp, £

Jack Straw's thinly veiled abuse of power
By Ziauddin Sardar - 16 October 13:00

I am no supporter of the veil. I have grave reservations about women wearing it, and serious disagreements with the allegedly Islamic principles on which the practice is based. But the struggle against this hoary old religious chestnut has to be founded on understanding and reasoned argument.

Tales of the unexpected
By Natasha Tripney - 15 October 13:00

<strong>Hope and Other Urban Tales</strong>

Laura Hird <em>Canongate, 230pp, £9.99</em>

ISBN 184

In the name of God
By Jonathan Meades - 09 October 13:00

<strong>Sacred Causes: religion and politics from the European dictators to al-Qaeda</strong>


Paradise lost
By Samir El-Youssef - 11 September 13:00

Returning to Tyre after 20 years, Samir El-Youssef finds a diverse city has given way to a sectarian

A beginner's guide to "It" girls
By Killian Fox - 11 September 13:00

Peaches Geldof is too self-obsessed to get under the skin of the Middle East

<strong>The Beginner'

Keeping the faith
By Peter Bradshaw - 04 September 13:00

<strong>Be Near Me</strong>

Andrew O'Hagan <em>Faber & Faber, 278pp, £16.99</em>

ISBN 0571216021