Barney Leith recounts the history of the Bahá’í faith and some of the persecution it has suffered
Each week someone from a different religion explains what they believe in. Here Barney Leith explain
Race hate is a social problem which requires a social solution, writes Ziauddin Sardar
Across Afghanistan, girls and women are now receiving an education: but it is a purely Islamic one
Religious belief is not just a philosophical issue - it divides families and societies. That is why
Darcus Howe on Dhiren Barot, the al-Qaeda plotter who was jailed for life earlier this month
Gordon Brown's $4bn vaccination programme is being resisted in some parts of Africa.
Northern Ireland is on the verge of a historic power-sharing deal. But any pact between hardline rep
Andrew Brown assesses how an understanding of consciousness has implications for atheism
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.
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.
The Moors murderer meets a bumbling Christian; the result is comic horror
The women in my family have started wearing the burqa, as we all use the same bus pass
What's a Satanist allowed to do on Hallowe'en? Can the police keep your case on file even if you're
<strong>The God Delusion</strong>
Richard Dawkins <em>Bantam Press,416pp, £20</em>
Ruth Kelly's wake-up call about Islamism to Britain's Muslims and British society at large is far mo
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.
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?
A religion in Brazil mixes Catholicism with powerful hallucinogens. Alex Bellos joined the congregat
The trouble with being a Muslim is you're not allowed an off day. You can't, if you're a cab driver,
<strong>Last Rites: the end of the Church of England</strong>
Michael Hampson <em>Granta, 244pp, £
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.
<strong>Hope and Other Urban Tales</strong>
Laura Hird <em>Canongate, 230pp, £9.99</em>
<strong>Sacred Causes: religion and politics from the European dictators to al-Qaeda</strong>
Returning to Tyre after 20 years, Samir El-Youssef finds a diverse city has given way to a sectarian
Peaches Geldof is too self-obsessed to get under the skin of the Middle East
<strong>Be Near Me</strong>
Andrew O'Hagan <em>Faber & Faber, 278pp, £16.99</em>
Ali M Ansari on Ayatollah Ali Khamenei of Iran