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

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

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.

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.

A common enemy
By John O'Farrell - 10 July 13:00

Observations on prejudice by <strong>John O'Farrell</strong>

Can British Islam change?
By Ziauddin Sardar - 03 July 13:00

Muslims have become the country's most politically aware faith group, but they are divided about wha

The suicide bomber in his own words
By Shiv Malik - 03 July 13:00

Shazad Tanweer wrote the statement below on his university application form. Five years later this o

The task force was a sham
By Martin Bright - 03 July 13:00

Whitehall documents leaked to the <em>New Statesman</em> reveal that the Foreign Office manipulated

It's a woman's job now
By Charlie Lee-Potter - 26 June 13:00

The opponents of female ordination have lost the war: 50 per cent of those entering training for the

Cult following
By Alex Rayner - 26 June 13:00

<strong>The Branch Davidians of Waco: the history and beliefs of an apocalyptic sect


Chaos over the biggest issue of our time
By Martin Bright - 19 June 13:00

Nobody knows which Whitehall department is in charge of engaging with Britain's Muslims and tackling

For youth, for Christ and for liberty
By Andrew Billen - 12 June 13:00

America's bonkers Christian soldiers save a borderline-dull documentary, writes Andrew Billen


Losing the plot
By Brendan O'Neill - 12 June 13:00

Londonistan: how Britain is creating a terror state within

Melanie Phillips <em>Gibson Square Book

The many and the happy few
By William Dalrymple - 05 June 13:00

Syria - Politically repressive, the minority Alawite rulers have encouraged a surprising religious t

Cod squad
By Victoria Segal - 29 May 13:00

Film - On screen, Brown's religious thriller is still an unholy mess

<strong>The Da Vinci Code

The American scene
By John Sutherland - 22 May 13:00

Most people in the US believe in heaven and hell. And a lucky few have even had sneak previews

Female fans play political football
By Emilie Bickerton - 22 May 13:00

Observations on Iran

Reason and light
By Caspar Henderson - 15 May 13:00

<strong>John Houghton</strong> tells Caspar Henderson how he convinced the leaders of 30-40 million

Muslim women find a champion
By Sholto Byrnes - 08 May 13:00

Observations on Malaysia

Taking the gravity out of prayer
By Ziauddin Sardar - 08 May 13:00

Who will be Malaysia's first astronauts? And how will they perform their prayers, as Muslims, under