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?

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.

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

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

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'

Dictators: Reform and the mullahs
By Ali M Ansari - 04 September 13:00

Ali M Ansari on Ayatollah Ali Khamenei of Iran

Sketches of Spain
By Yasmin Alibhai-Brown - 04 September 13:00

In Andalucia's Moorish towns, there is hope for the future of Islam in Europe

Watch this grass-roots group carefully
By Ziauddin Sardar - 04 September 13:00

A few weeks ago, a group of men knocked on my door. The three adults had large and unruly beards and wore shalwar kameez, the national dress of Pakistan. The two teenage boys accompanying them, in jeans and T-shirts, were in the initial stages of growing their beards.

Curiosity or tolerance?
By Dolan Cummings - 04 September 13:00

Observations on art and religion

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

The white country
By Janet Bush - 28 August 13:00

Is our multicultural society a myth? Across swaths of the country, it barely exists. Yet many migran

Sudan: The peace deal that wasn't
By Pieter Tesch - 28 August 13:00

Last May, amid considerable fanfare, the Darfur Peace Agreement was signed in Nigeria.

Somalia: Courts open old wounds
By Rageh Omaar - 28 August 13:00

The past few months have witnessed the most dramatic and profound developments in Somalia since the collapse of the US military inter vention 13 years ago, a mission that failed when what should have been a humanitarian project became a "counter-terrorism" operation.

When we need to be frightened, and when we do not
By Staff blogger - 28 August 13:00

Ministers must not be allowed to scare us into accepting new terror laws

Islam must embrace different sects
By Ziauddin Sardar - 21 August 13:00

In the last weekend of July, a group of British Muslims flocked in their thousands to attend a convention in Alton, Hampshire. Most were of Pakistani, Bangladeshi or Indian origin.

Fascism in a soundbite
By Rageh Omaar - 21 August 13:00

As with 7 July last year, I remember exactly where I was, what I was doing and how I felt, as a British Muslim, when I heard the news.

Jordan's protest
By Sam Alexandroni - 21 August 13:00

Observations on the Middle East

Israel's sense of defeat
By Haim Baram - 21 August 13:00

Observations on the Middle East

Generation X-Files
By Stephen Armstrong - 07 August 13:00

The psychic schools have never been so busy, and it's not the Doris Stokes brigade who want to learn

Battle of the books
By John Gray - 31 July 13:00

What works can be said to have altered history?

A few by scientists and philosophers, perhaps, bu

An encounter with radical Islam
By Martin Bright - 26 July 13:25

Last Friday, I was on the panel at City Circle, an impressive discussion group of young professional Muslims.

Enemy of the faith
By Fareena Alam - 24 July 13:00

<strong>The Caged Virgin</strong>

Ayaan Hirsi Ali <em>Free Press, 208pp, £12.99</em>

ISBN 074329

Young, gifted and silent
By Martin Bright - 17 July 13:00

There's plenty of youthful talent in the cabinet, but none has yet shown any appetite for purging th

The art of understanding
By Alice O'Keeffe - 17 July 13:00

With west and east on a collision course, can galleries succeed where governments have failed? <stro

A Rethinking Sermon
By Ralph Miliband - 17 July 10:38

<strong>Taken from the <em>New Statesman</em> archive, 7 November 1959.</strong>

Even today, when

Delwar Hossein Sayeedi
By Martin Bright - 13 July 18:55

Those wondering why this blog has been silent for so long should watch Channel 4 tomorrow night at 7.30pm to see my programme about the government’s relationship with radical Islam.