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.
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, £
<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
Observations on art and religion
<strong>Be Near Me</strong>
Andrew O'Hagan <em>Faber & Faber, 278pp, £16.99</em>
Ali M Ansari on Ayatollah Ali Khamenei of Iran
In Andalucia's Moorish towns, there is hope for the future of Islam in Europe
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.
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.
Ministers must not be allowed to scare us into accepting new terror laws
Is our multicultural society a myth? Across swaths of the country, it barely exists. Yet many migran
Last May, amid considerable fanfare, the Darfur Peace Agreement was signed in Nigeria.
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.
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.
The psychic schools have never been so busy, and it's not the Doris Stokes brigade who want to learn
What works can be said to have altered history?
A few by scientists and philosophers, perhaps, bu
Last Friday, I was on the panel at City Circle, an impressive discussion group of young professional Muslims.
<strong>The Caged Virgin</strong>
Ayaan Hirsi Ali <em>Free Press, 208pp, £12.99</em>
There's plenty of youthful talent in the cabinet, but none has yet shown any appetite for purging th
With west and east on a collision course, can galleries succeed where governments have failed? <stro
<strong>Taken from the <em>New Statesman</em> archive, 7 November 1959.</strong>
Even today, when
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.