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
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.
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.
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.
Observations on prejudice by <strong>John O'Farrell</strong>
Muslims have become the country's most politically aware faith group, but they are divided about wha
Shazad Tanweer wrote the statement below on his university application form. Five years later this o
Whitehall documents leaked to the <em>New Statesman</em> reveal that the Foreign Office manipulated
The opponents of female ordination have lost the war: 50 per cent of those entering training for the
<strong>The Branch Davidians of Waco: the history and beliefs of an apocalyptic sect
Nobody knows which Whitehall department is in charge of engaging with Britain's Muslims and tackling
America's bonkers Christian soldiers save a borderline-dull documentary, writes Andrew Billen
Londonistan: how Britain is creating a terror state within
Melanie Phillips <em>Gibson Square Book
Syria - Politically repressive, the minority Alawite rulers have encouraged a surprising religious t
Film - On screen, Brown's religious thriller is still an unholy mess
<strong>The Da Vinci Code
Most people in the US believe in heaven and hell. And a lucky few have even had sneak previews
Observations on Iran
<strong>John Houghton</strong> tells Caspar Henderson how he convinced the leaders of 30-40 million